Coming up in this quarter of the year we are preaching through in the morning services, Romans 9-16. I’m a big fan of trying to understand how books of the Bible hold together and this can be difficult, especially when we come into this upcoming Romans series halfway through the book. So with that in mind, I would like to suggest some resources to help you with this.

Former Assistant Minister of St Michael’s and now Moore College Lecturer, Lionel Windsor, has done extensive work in the book of Romans including his PHD thesis on chapters 9-11. However, he has also provided a ‘crash course’ covering the whole book of Romans. It’s a video of him giving a presentation that is 75 minutes long to leaders of his church as they prepare for their upcoming sermon series in Romans 12-16.

You can find it here: http://www.lionelwindsor.net/2021/04/12/romans-crash-course-2/

However, if you are a visual learner, on that same webpage there is access to an infographic that covers Lionel’s material. And if you dive deeper into Lionel’s site you’ll find even more useful posts on other parts of Romans for more detail.

For other visuals that are helpful, you may want to look up Australian Mark Barry’s website, ‘Visual Unit’. The site is a collection of biblical diagrams, illustrations and infographics that he’s put together. He’s even got some stuff in different languages like Chinese and Spanish. The particular thing I want to bring to your attention is his work on Romans. He has a simplified as well as a Big Picture overview of the book. However, there’s much more there on other parts of Romans including Romans 7 on marriage and the law as well as justification by faith from Romans 3:21-26. There’s also maps of Paul’s missionary journeys as well as visuals on Romans 5-8.

And for those of you who would like to have a handy resource on other books in the New Testament especially looking at authorship, dating, sources and purpose then I recommend to you, “An Introduction to the New Testament’ 2nd Ed. by D.A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo. The book will also provide a summary of the content of each New Testament book. It’s not the newest book on the block, but it is still a solid one and although you will pay more for it than a regular book, it will be a great investment for delving deeper into the New Testament.

I hope these resources will help you to dig deeper into God’s word!

Liam Shannon
Assistant Minister