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The apostle Paul's letter to the Romans is widely regarded as his magnum opus. At the center of that book lies chapter 8, which Derek Thomas calls the "the best chapter in the Bible," for the 39 verses of that single chapter of Scripture, Paul shows how the Gospel brings believers all the way home. From "no condemnation" (v. 1) to "no separation" (v. 39), the chapter is an overview of the Christian life.

In How the Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home, Dr. Thomas leads his readers step-by-step through this remarkable chapter of Scripture, unfolding the way stations along the Christian journey and uncovering profound exhortations and reassurances for God's people.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 140
Vendor: Ligonier Ministries
Dimensions: 8 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1567692567
ISBN-13: 9781567692563

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In How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas explores Romans 8, which he calls “the best chapter in the Bible.” Here he finds an exposition of the steps through which God leads His people in the process of their salvation, but also loving counsel on such topics as prayer and resisting the Devil, as well as exhortations and comforts for weary pilgrims. Dr. Thomas begins at Romans 8:1 with “the best news imaginable”—believers’ just and deserved condemnation before God has been taken away by Jesus Christ’s work on the cross. He then contrasts earthly minded and spiritually minded people, showing that only those who are spiritually minded know life.

In Romans 8:29–30, he explores several steps in the process of salvation—foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and, finally, glorification—which show God’s invincible purpose in redemption. Finally, he unfolds the powerful promise of the final few verses of Romans 8: nothing can separate those God has redeemed from His saving love. How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home is a powerful exploration of the manifold gifts the heavenly Father has lavished upon His people–and a preview of the greater inheritance that lies ahead.

Author Bio

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas is senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., and Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow and author of many books, including How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Calvin’s Teaching on Job, and, with Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson, Ichthus: Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Saviour.

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How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, written by Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas, leads readers through Romans 8. Thomas goes through what he calls “the best chapter in the Bible,” and shows how it encompasses almost the entirety of the Christian life.

Dr. Thomas has written or edited fifteen books, is an associate minister at a church in South Carolina, and is an adjunct professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. This book began as a series of sermons and reads like its source material. Because of this, each chapter is filled with excellent points and material, but the sermon-like format makes it difficult to read more than one chapter at a time due to the mild jump in content and delivery.

Dr. Thomas delivers on his intent in the text, giving us the joy of “no condemnation” found at the start of Romans 8 and reassuring us of “no separation” from Christ. He beautifully reminds us of things such as Christ's declaration that we are “not guilty” of sin. Finally, he reassures us in quoting, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

Overall, How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home is an excellent journey through a deep chapter of the Bible, but it is laid out to be taken in strides. It is meant to be read and pondered. Like sermons, a strong message can be drawn from this book, with some chapters bearing more fruit than others depending upon where a person is in his Christian walk. The overarching message is still excellent and worthwhile for anyone. – David Hestand, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

"While Christians may believe that the gospel merely begins our Christian lives, Derek Thomas shows us convincingly that the gospel is the beginning, middle, and end of our lives—indeed, that it is status-shaping, holiness-motivating, and glory-providing. Moving through the grand biblical themes of Romans 8 that shape our understanding of who and whose we are, believers will see that our union with Jesus determines everything about us. Would that my church members might marinate in these truths and so emerge gospel-soaked and gospel-encouraged."


“In How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Derek Thomas skillfully expounds Romans 8, a passage that has become my favorite chapter of the Bible. Thomas dives deep into doctrinal truth and beckons us not only to believe these truths intellectually, but to experience the beauty of our personal salvation against the backdrop of the final restoration of all things.”


"The best books are those that instruct the mind, engage the imagination, and ignite the heart with love for God. Dr. Derek Thomas’ How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home does all three. With theological care, textual precision, and a pastor’s heart, Dr. Thomas holds Paul’s glorious meditation in Romans 8 to our eyes and helps us remember again just how great is the salvation Jesus won for His people. If you want a better understanding of the Bible, a deeper appreciation for the gospel, and a spur to worship Jesus Christ our Savior, this book is a great place to start."

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