Dr. Boa reminds us that part of the approach to understanding Romans is to discover the heart of the author, the apostle Paul. What did he want the Roman church to know and learn? This letter delivered some very profound doctrinal and practical truths to the first-century church that remain relevant to Christians today. The church at Rome contained Jews and Gentiles who were in need of apostolic guidance and teaching. They needed to know the purpose and power of the gospel. The goal Paul had in mind in writing this letter was to teach, equip, and unite the Roman believers in the faith, to prepare them to be co-laborers with him in an extraordinary task—spreading the gospel.
Kenneth Boa is President of Trinity House Publishers and Reflections Ministry, Inc. He is engaged in a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, England. He is the author of Conformed to His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation.
William Kruidenier is a freelance writer/editor who, for six years, served as Editorial Director for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.