Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Written specifically with the busy preacher in mind, Preaching Romans offers a discussion on the central issues of Romans to help preachers develop sermons their congregations need to hear in order to understand, appreciate, and commit themselves to the gospel for which Paul gave his life. While much of Romans is controversial and invites scholarly analysis, Bruce Shields maintains that the purpose of the word is not fulfilled until the people for whom God intended it hear it. Shields begins his discussion with Paul's understanding of preaching.
Shields' treatment of Paul's letter to the believers in Roam is that of looking through a window at how Paul approaches an early Christian Community for the Purpose of developing a good relationship to help advance his missionary journey westward to Spain and of helping them to deal with specific issues of how Christian should live in relation to one another and to the larger community. He looks at the historical setting of the letter and its sermonic from which Shields refers to as "gospel logic."