Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Focus of Christian Ministry

"...I am convinced that the ministry which seeks to exalt mankind can, in the end, do no good for mankind. On the contrary, the ministry which will reach the truths of man's complete ruin in sin and God's perfect remedy in Christ can best reach the heart of the need of the human race and can bring the only remedy that can heal the heart which God has declared to be humanly incurable (Jer. 17:9).

(Donald G. Barnhouse, Exposition of Romans Vol. I, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (June 1952))

I recently received the four volume set of Barnhouse's Exposition of Romans as a combined Father's day/Birthday present. CBD had a really good offer on this set that was hard to beat or resist. I'm just getting into volume one, and am finding Barnhouse's exposition a very rich treasure of devotional reading.

If you allow Barnhouse's Dispensationalism to keep you away from his Exposition of Romans, it is your loss, and you do yourself a great dis-service. Barnhouse was familiar with a wide number of commentaries on Romans including those from the Reformed and Puritan writers. This work has been a standard for a number of years, and now I see why. I highly recommend it.

Sola Deo Gloria!

~ The Billy Goat ~

1 comment:

Jo Ann said...

I also own a complete set of Barnhouse four volumes on Romans. I can not begin to express my joy and deepen understanding of Romans and any other books of the Bible that Donald Barnhouse has ever given a sermon on.

Barnhouse also has all of the four volumes of Romans on C.D.'s exactly like the written sermons in the four volumes which sell at a very high price that is beyond my means.

I would love to buy a used set of his C.D.'s on Roman's. Maybe someone could help me to obtain these C.D.'s.