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Expository Outlines & Observations on Romans: Hints and Helps for Preachers and Teachers (Ventura)


Rob Ventura mines the rich doctrinal truths of the book of Romans and offers quick, accessible, expository nuggets for preachers and teachers.

Each section highlights:

  • A central theme
  • A homiletical outline
  • Exegetical and practical insights
  • Applications for believers
  • Applications for non-believers

The exegesis of the original Greek is presented clearly without being highly technical. Readers are aided on their journey by some of church history's finest, including Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, and Lloyd-Jones. An excellent addition to any preacher's study, this book will enrich your preaching and cause vour heart to marvel anew at the astounding grace of God.


Rob Ventura’s thoroughly Reformed exposition of Paul’s greatest epistle is packed full of insights for preachers and teachers of God’s Word. His approach strikes an excellent balance. He discusses the details of each verse without getting overly technical. He quotes great theologians of the Augustinian/Reformed tradition while letting the Scriptures speak for themselves. His commentary is exegetical, doctrinal, and warmly practical, containing helpful applications for both believers and unbelievers at the end of every section. This is a reliable and highly recommended exposition for people who want to be like Ezra in studying, obeying, and teaching God’s Word (Ezra 7:10). 

—Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

In Rob Ventura’s commentary on the book of Romans, he states that Paul’s purpose in writing this letter to this church was fivefold: biographical, theological, practical, pastoral, and missional. The same can be said about this new work. Furthermore, its deep insights and simplicity make it useful to all believers — the seasoned expositor, the Sunday school teacher, the parent leading family devotions, and the recent convert.

—Paul Washer, Founder and Director of HeartCry Missionary Society

As readers, as ministers, as pastors, we can never get to the bottom of Romans. Rob Ventura in his study of the letter particularly assists those who preach and teach the epistle. This commentary is carefully outlined with helpful exegetical comments along with theological reflection. It especially stands out for its focus on application and for quotes from luminaries from the past.

Dr. Tom Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

If preachers around the world were to expound on Romans, as Steven J. Lawson in his foreword to this commentary wishes they would, they might think it too daunting a task. The sheer number of commentaries on Romans is overwhelming, and they are often aimed at the academy of scholars rather than the pastor of a local church. Rob Ventura has mined these resources, includes a list of his favorite evangelical commentaries for preaching through Romans, and provides his own solid and theologically grounded insights in a way that is most helpful for those who have the weekly charge to proclaim God’s Word. For each section, he lays out the general theme, provides a homiletical outline, a summary, key exegetical and practical insights (the latter are often alliterative). What is unique is his inclusion of suggested applications from the text for the non-Christian. His diligent research covering the long history of the interpretation of Romans and his own discerning reading of the text will be a most welcome resource for pastors. I highly recommend it.

—Dr. David E. Garland, Professor of Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

With flair but no fluff, this well-organized study models how to think through Romans from the ground up. It will aid preachers and teachers in grasping both the stately trees (verses) and magnificent forest (the whole epistle) of the sublime gospel presentation called Romans. Notable features include (1) effective citation of dozens of commentators from previous centuries, (2) careful attention to the Greek text, and (3) the author's zeal to see people saved through Jesus the Messiah whom Romans presents. We all need Him. This book skillfully unpacks, and packages for the reader, the power of God for salvation contained and explained in Romans.

—Dr. Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, USA

This is a splendidly rich and extremely useful volume, written in a style reminiscent of Spurgeon's Treasury of David. It abounds with pithy outlines of the biblical text, insightful exegetical analysis, select quotations from classic commentaries, and suggested points of application. From now on, this will be the first resource I'll turn to when studying any passage from Romans. 

—Phil Johnson, executive director, Grace to You, the media ministry of John MacArthur

There are few books of Scripture more important to understand and expound than Paul's great epistle to the Romans. Its doctrinal exposition of the gospel is unique in Scripture. But it is crucially important to communicate its profound teachings practically, popularly, and passionately. This is the value of Rob Ventura's exposition of the book. He provides the student and the preacher with a clear and straightforward exposition and also potent and timely application of the letter. May God give Rob's work wonderful usefulness in spreading Romans life-changing gospel truths. 

—Dr. Sam Waldron, President, of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary and One of the Pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Owensboro, Kentucky

Rob Ventura is an author, scholar, and pastor-preacher with the gift of expressing New Testament theology in clear, elegant prose. Reading him in full flow in his new commentary on Romans affords the simple pleasure of watching an expert do what they do best. He has plundered the finest commentators on this letter giving the book a delightful fragrance, and so, has put every succeeding expositor and preacher of Romans in his debt. In this fine achievement, he clothes conservative evangelical proclamation with a refreshing intellectual rigor. For everyone whose task and delight it is to explain the meaning and relevance of the Word of God, this book is an indispensable resource. Not only does it help us understand the meaning of this mighty letter but, from the manifested principles of interpretation and application, it illumines all of Scripture's relevance to us. Tolle Lege! Take up and read!

—Dr. Geoff Thomas, former pastor for over fifty years of Alfred Place Baptist Church (Independent), Aberystwyth, Wales

About the Author

Rob Ventura is one of the pastors of Grace Community Baptist Church of North Providence, Rhode Island. He is a coauthor of A Portrait of Paul and Spiritual Warfare, and is the general editor of Going Beyond the Five Points, Covenant Theology, and A New Exposition of The London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. He has also contributed articles to journals, periodicals, and The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible.


A New Exposition of the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 (Ventura)


For centuries, Baptists have published confessions of faith as formal statements of their beliefs. Chief among these is the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. This doctrinal statement is a spiritual treasure trove worthy of our fresh attention. In this new study, more than twenty contributors unpack its timeless biblical truths, ‘things which are most surely believed among us’ (Luke 1:1). Our prayer is that the Lord will use this volume to richly edify and sanctify His people worldwide, and to assist the churches in pursuing biblical holiness and doctrinal purity. May these labors send God’s people back again and again to the Bible, which is—as the confession states—the ‘only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience’ (1.1).

A note from RHB:

While RHB holds to the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards, we also believe we can profit from authors who hold slightly different positions on important, but secondary matters (baptism, polity, covenant theology, etc.). We are promoting this exposition of the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 in the hopes of promoting a sense of unity amongst all who hold to these historic expressions of the Christian faith.

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Includes contributions from:

  • Earl M. Blackburn
  • Brian Borgman
  • Dave Chanski
  • David Charles
  • Jason Ching
  • Victor Claudio
  • Jim Domm
  • Gary Hendrix
  • Steven Hofmaier
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Mitch Lush
  • Lee McKinnon
  • John Price
  • Mike Renihan
  • John Reuther
  • Mark Sarver
  • James Savastio
  • Jeffery Smith
  • Rob Ventura
  • Calvin Walden
  • Sam Waldron
  • Austin Walker
  • Jeremy Walker 


"This is an important resource for Baptists to understand their historic doctrines that were rooted in the Reformation. While I would disagree with some of the comments that argue for credobaptism, many of the chapters are superb in their biblical, theological, and experiential understanding and application of the great truths of Scripture."Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Biblically rooted, theologically careful and engagingly written, this work is also consistently warm in its tone and practical in its application, authored as it is by pastors who are committed to the biblical truths that the Confession teaches." - Robert Strivens, Principal, London Seminary, London

"In a most attractive, readable and scholarly way this rich volume presents historic Christianity as Baptists have absorbed it and been confessing it for the last 333 years in this grand statement of our best Confession of Faith. This book is a tremendous achievement." - Geoff Thomas, Conference Speaker and author, Aberystwyth, Wales

"You do not need to agree with every sentence in this 1689 Confession to benefit greatly from its exposition by men of theological orthodoxy and pastoral integrity. Read and sink your mind and heart into the rich truths as expressed in this new work." - Ian Hamilton, Associate Minister, Smithton Culloden Free Church of Scotland, Inverness

"In an age of relativism and unregulated piety, a return to the doctrines of grace espoused by this confession is urgently needed. The exposition of these truths given in this volume is masterful. May its publication and use aid in the reformation of the church in our time." - Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

"Many of the contributing expositors of the chapters in this new exposition of the 1689 are veteran pastors in the latter years of their longstanding pastorates. May the following generations be faithful stewards as they have been, in profession and practice, of the “sound words” they have set forth in this new work. Herein is a legacy of truth to be bought and not sold (Proverbs 23:23)." - George McDearmon, Pastor Ballston Lake Baptist Church, Ballston Lake, NY

"Whereas there are many books dealing with one or two aspects of theology, it is good to have one book that gives those coming to Reformed Baptist convictions a comprehensive view of what we believe." - Conrad Mbewe, Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church and first Chancellor of the African Christian University, Lusaka, Zambia

"Here is a tool for every follower of Christ who desires to see Jesus, our altogether lovely One, more clearly, understand His redemptive labors more fully, and walk more nearly to Him in applied truth." - John Snyder, Pastor at Christ Church, New Albany, Director of Media Gratiae

"This volume will add richness to the weekly study of a pastor and give an invaluable book for church groups for enriching their biblical knowledge and the contextual consistency and doctrinal coherence of the inspired Scriptures." - Tom Nettles, Senior Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky