This morning I preached the 46th and final message on the book of Romans. As I placed my favorite five commentaries on the shelf for the last time last night, it was with mixed emotions. I have joy because of the benefit that I know my time of study in Romans has been for me and my hearers. But there was also sadness because I won’t be able to give the attention to this book as much as I have over the past year. It is mind boggling to think back about the amount of time that I spent in this glorious book over the past year. I’ve spent approximately 700 hours studying this book over the course of the last year (that’s nearly a month of 24 hour days!), reading approximately 3,200 pages of commentary, written 184 pages of sermon notes and preached for 35 hours!
My prayer now is that this time will have not been wasted but that the Holy Spirit will use the truths studied by me and delivered to my congregation to produce eternal, life-changing results!
My final post for my last message in Romans will be posted sometime tomorrow. It is titled “Together for the Gospel!” and comes from Romans 16:1-27.