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John (St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary) [Kindle Edition]

R. C. Sproul
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Book Description

In his latest book, John, Dr. R. C. Sproul offers his readers the fruits of his lifetime of biblical study as expressed in his most recent calling. Dr. Sproul, a respected seminary teacher, conference speaker, and author, long saw his role in full-time Christian ministry as centered on the task of teaching. But in 1997, God placed him in the position of preaching weekly at St. Andrew's in Sanford, Florida. There, he adopted the ancient Christian practice of lectio continua, or continuous expositions, the method of preaching verse-by-verse through books of the Bible (rather than choosing a new topic each week). Since taking up this task at St. Andrew's, Dr. Sproul has preached through several books of the Bible, including the Gospel of John. Encouraged by his congregation at St. Andrew's, Dr. Sproul has now begun to adapt these sermon series for a wider audience. The result is the St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary, which is being jointly published by Reformation Trust Publishing and Crossway Books. In John, Dr. Sproul confesses that he attained a new depth of understanding of the Gospel when he preached through the book. Nevertheless, he came to the Gospel after much study of it, and that familiarity is readily apparent from the first chapter on the Prologue of John's Gospel to the final chapter on Peter's restoration. John includes fifty-seven chapters, each of which began as a St. Andrew's sermon. Dr. Sproul deals with major themes as he moves through the book passage by passage. Though the book is an expositional commentary that is, it does not deal with each and every verse, it unpacks major themes in Dr. Sproul's easily understandable style. Readers will find invaluable insights into the goals John had in writing his Gospel, the background for Jesus' time, and the meanings of some of John's most difficult passages. John is an easily readable introduction to this unique record of Jesus' life, packed with insights and exhortations that will draw the reader closer to the Savior and encourage him or her to a greater depth of love and devotion to Him.

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The St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary series will be welcomed throughout the world. It promises to have all of R. C. Sproul's hallmarks: clarity and liveliness, humor and pathos, always expressed in application to the mind, will, and affections. Dr. Sproul's ability to focus on the big picture, his genius of never saying too much, leaving his hearers satisfied yet wanting more, never making the Word dull, are all present in these expositions. May they nourish God's people well and serve as models of the kind of ministry for which we continue to hunger --Sinclair B. Ferguson: Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

R.C. Sproul, well-known as a master theologian and extraordinary communicator, now shows that he is a powerful, insightful, helpful expository preacher. This collection of sermons is of great value for churches and Christians everywhere. --W. Robert Godfrey: President, Westminster Seminary California

R.C. Sproul is a legend in our time. His preaching has held us in awe for half a century, and these pages represent the fruit of his latest exposition, coming as they do at the very peak of his abilities and insights. I am ecstatic at the prospect of reading the St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary series. It represents Reformed theology on fire, delivered from a pastor's heart in a vibrant congregation of our time. Essential reading. --Derek W. H. Thomas: John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

About the Author

Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder, chairman and president of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.

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  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (December 11, 2009)
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  • Language: English
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Good Stuff from R.C. Sproul March 6, 2010
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This book is basically like a series of teaching sermons on the Gospel of John. It has a total of 57 chapters. Each starts with the 15-20 Bible versions to be studied in the chapter. The remainder of the chapter then teaches based on this text. The book comes from the expositional style of preaching, which Dr. Sproul practices at his own church. In fact, there were a series of these on the Book of Acts a year or so on weekend broadcasts of his Renewing Your Mind radio program. I personally find this to be a very helpful way to study the Bible. It is more challenging than simply reading, but better connected than a verse-by-verse commentary. Dr. Sproul is an strong proponent of Reformed Theology and applying academic and philosophical rigor to the study of the Bible. He is, IMHO, a brilliant Bible scholar and teacher. This book is in that tradition. I am currently teaching a study on John to a group of high school students and this has proved a very useful resource to augment the study we are using which is, in my mind, a bit shallow. It was well worth the money I paid for it. I look forward to other books in this series.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for content, 2 stars for Kindle translation September 8, 2010
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A masterful work on the timeless Gospel of John by Dr. R. C. Sproul, marred only by the careless transcription to the Kindle version. Some words in the Kindle version appear to be "stuck" together as can be found in, among other places, the opening paragraph of the Good Shepherd Discourse chapter (after the Scriptural reference). The poor print quality is not commensurate with the price tag of $15, and certainly does NOT reflect the high-caliber work associated with Ligonier Ministry and Reformation Trust Publishing. I would gladly take my money back and buy the Hard Copy version. In fact, I recommend that you do exactly that -- buy the HARD COPY version!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I was excited to learn that Dr. Sproul was writing a series of new commentaries. He has long been one of my favorite theologians, and is one of the clearest teachers of Scripture that I have encountered. I was a bit concerned, however, that his commentaries might be somewhat more "intellectual" than many of his other books. Often in his lectures, he operates on a different mental plane than most mere mortals!

So it was much to my relief to see that this commentary was very approachable and easy to read. In fact, it is possibly the most accessible book of its type that I've seen. I especially appreciated the format of this book.

Rather than write a verse-by-verse exposition, as many commentators do, Sproul has broken John's gospel into 57 chapters, focusing on individual events and encounters. He then writes his commentary in a very conversational style, often relaying personal stories and analogies to help teach the text. This writing style lends this commentary to reading just like one might read any other typical book, rather than requiring strenuous study like many other commentaries. It is highly recommended for students of Scripture at any level of spiritual maturity or theological experience!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Sproul's best work December 17, 2010
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Dr. Sproul is a well-known and respected author. Some of his works include The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and Now, That's a Good Question!. Sproul is also the head of Ligoneer Ministries and Pastor of St. Andrew's Chapel. To many, including this reviewer, Sproul has been influential towards understanding Biblical Christianity.

However, the commentary on John is not his best work. While there were some good nuggets found in various chapters, the commentary lacked Sproul's engaging style, did not always completely cover the entire topic and the writing style seemed abrupt at times.

For instance, in the chapters on the "Woman at the Well", he never covers the last part of this section in Scripture and the end of Chapter 10 seems to abruptly and awkwardly end. Whether this is a result of poor writing on Sproul's part (which I doubt), the editor's poor editing, or his messages were poorly transcribed from his teachings at St. Andrew's Chapel, I do not know. The commentary is not "in-depth" and many of the practical applications will be familiar with those who have studied Sproul for many years.

There are some positives aspects of this commentary. Sproul tells good stories. Whether he is talking about a man with an IQ of over 180 (Chapter 11) or when Sproul caught a thief (Chapter 12), those who love listening to him can almost hear his voice as he is telling these stories. As well, this commentary is faithful to historic Christianity and is easy to read for everyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine addition to any Biblical studies collection March 11, 2010
New light to the texts of the Bible can be made through the thoughts and ideas of other readers. "John" is an entry into the St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary series by R.C. Sproul, a minister and prominent speaker on Bible studies offers his own delve into the insight of the world, as he provides many essays of commentary on several books on the Bible, emphasizing what the important text and offering his own interpretation of the often metaphorical scripture. "John" is a fine addition to any Biblical studies collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
Just excellent I highly recommend it for those who want to preach John o just study at home, RC explains it very simple and plain.
Published 10 days ago by anderson caviedes
5.0 out of 5 stars R C Sproul books are awesome. This book did not disappoint me
R C Sproul books are awesome. This book did not disappoint me.
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Amazing commentary. Often revealing that our misunderstanding and misinterpretation is a result of our worldly nature. A nature that is blinded in our prideful being. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Tomm Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great commentary written in a way that most can understand
Great commentary written in a way that most can understand. Dr. R. C. Sproul is able to take intellectual concepts and present them in such a way that one new to bible study can... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dale Pilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not too Heavy and Not too Light - Just Right
RC brings a lot of knowledge and insight to this commentary. I first heard RC on Sirius XM on his broadcast "Renewing Your Mind". He is very easy to read and listen to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul miles
5.0 out of 5 stars illuminating commentary
R.C. Sproul does a great job of illuminating the text, adding insight into historical context, nuance of the original language, etc I really do have a more thorough and rich... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent commentary on John
This is an awesome commentary that I would highly recommend. It is biblically sound and explains things in a way that is easy to understand. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MamazoLipp
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and reviving
This book was my introduction to RC Sproul. I am so grateful for the clarity, humility and intentionality with which he communicates. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cory Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
I have read the Gospel of John before, but never with guidance. This book is intensive and time-consuming, but one of the most informative books I've ever read. Read more
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Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Fla. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He can be heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and around the world, and on RefNet 24-hour Christian internet radio. Dr. Sproul has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, has spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and has written more than ninety books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also serves as general editor of The Reformation Study Bible.

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