Bibliography for Preaching through Romans

I am currently preaching through the book of Romans at the church I pastor in East Tennessee. I have just finished the eleventh chapter and thought it might be a good idea to list some of the resources that I think have been the most helpful to me as I study this glorious book. By the way, I got this idea from Scott Lamb’s post over at Wisdom of the Pages on “Top 5 Lukan Commentaries for Expositional Preaching” (Good list!). So without any further ado, here is my list:
The Epistle to the Romans (NICNT) by Douglas Moo

Romans (ECNT) by Thomas Schreiner

The Epistle to the Romans (PNTC) by Leon Morris

Romans by John Stott

Epistle to the Romans by John Calvin

Any other recommendations?


  1. OK, seriously:
    The Finished Work of Christ by Francis Schaeffer
    Romans 1-8 and Romans 9-16 by John MacArthur

  2. The three-volume commentary on Romans by the late James Montgomery Boice I found found exceedingly helpful.

  3. I also like MacArthur’s.
    If you have the time M. Lloyd-Jones set is good reading (14 volumes!). I have found that I like ML-J much more now that I have read Iain Murray’s biography of him.
    I also like John Murray and also Hendrickson’s.
    Luther’s provides a good read also.

  4. David,

    I heard the book of Romans shines a lot of light on the commentaries!

    I have Dr. MacArthur’s volumes, but they were not in my top 5 most useful (sorry John!). I meant to get Schaeffer’s book, but I didn’t. I’d love to read it!


    I have Boice’s 4 volume set also, but I didn’t find them as helpful as the others I listed. They are a good source of illustrations however. Boice’s approach to preaching through books was different than mine is. He focused on the theological themes and move very slowly. I tend to preach larger sections at a time.


    I have most of Lloyd-Jones set on Romans, but I haven’t had the time to use them. Since I preach through much larger sections at a time than he did, I would have to read hundreds of pages each week for each passage. That would leave me little time for other commentaries and could distort my interpretation of key passages (not that I disagree with the good doctor too often). However, I hope to read through this set devotionally in the years ahead.

    I don’t have John Murray’s volume though it is often referenced by the authors in the list above (except Calvin, for chronological reasons). I have the Hendriksen volume and I like it too. It just didn’t make the cut to the top 5.

    Thanks for the comments, keep them coming!!!

  5. Wiersbe’s stuff really is good for the devotional aspect. Also, you probably don’t ascribe to all of his theology, but J. Vernon McGee’s commentary on Romans is wonderful. He describes chapters 1-8 very biblically and you would even think he was reformed at times. However, you would probably not want to read his commentary on 9-11.

    By the way, how many preaching weeks will it take for you get through the entire book? I’m curious as to how you would divide it up.

  6. Jeremy,

    Are you trying to be funny?


    I agree that Wiersbe’s stuff is good. I don’t read alot of expositional commentaries though, especially until I’ve dealt with the text and come to an understanding of what it says. Otherwise, I can’t get away from how someone else preached the passage.

    I gave away my set of J. Vernon McGee years ago. They never seemed to be helpful to me, so I passed them on to someone else.

    In answer to your question, I’ve preached 35 messages so far (chapters 1-11). It looks like I’ll be preaching about 12 more messages before I’m done for a total of 47 (in case you can’t add).

  7. Steve,

    That’s a good point about expositional commentaries. It would be too easy to preach someone else’s sermon.

  8. I like that Stott commentary, but have you ever read through that part about the pre-Adamic race in covering Romans 7?

  9. Scott,

    Yeah, that’s actually in the commentary on 5:12-21. I think it’s just another unnecessary attempt to accomodate the “scientific” evidence of the fossil record. I think there are other explanations for the fossil record that do not require the adjustment of Divine revelation. What do you think?

    By the way, I used Stott’s Men Made New (the expositions of Romans 5-8 given at the Keswick convention about 30 years ago) when I was preaching through Romans 5-8. It doesn’t go into all that stuff about the pre-adamic homininds.

  10. Doh! Yes, of course it was Romans 5… talking about the second Adam if I remember right.

    On one hand, I have profited much from that particular commentary.
    On the other hand… I certainly can’t go along with that stuff – I am hopelessly bigoted by my love affair with Answers in Genesis.

  11. You’re nearly done w/ the book, but if you have a library near you or the cash, get a hold of Schlatter and Nygren (o/p). They are stimulating though Moo and Calvin are far wiser on ‘righteousness’ in 1:17. As a whole, Ridderbos’ ‘Paul’ is indispensable. Of course you’re right, Moo is the best and while Murray is still good for an old NICNT entry, Moo is a great replacement. R Longenecker will be doing Rom in NIGTC but it will be hard to beat Moo. C Kruse will be replacing Morris in PNTC. Enjoy!

  12. I know I’m more than a little late to the party here but has anyone read Robert Mounce’s Romans commentary in the New American Commentary series? This is awful but I know I had a long conversation with someone about it but I can’t remember the thrust nor the person.

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