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  • Series: St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary
  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (December 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567692656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567692655
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'R.C. Sproul' someone said to me in the 1970's 'is the finest communicator of the Reformed world.' Now, three decades later, his skills honed by long practice, his understanding deepend by years of prayer, meditation, and testing (as Martin Luther counseled), R.C. shares the fruit of what has become perhaps his greatest love: feeding and nourishing his own congregation at St. Andrew's from the Word of God and building them up in faith and fellowship and in Christian living and serving. The St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary will be welcomed throughout the world. It promises to have all R.C.'s hallmarks: clarity and liveliness, humor and pathos, always expressed in application to the mind, will, and affections. R.C.'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. They are his gift to the wider church. May they nourish God's people well and serve as models of the kind of ministry for which we continue to hunger. --Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson: Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

I tell my students again and again, ' you need to buy good commentaries and do so with some discernment.' Among them there must be preacher's commentaries, for not all commentaries are the same. Some may tell you what the text means but provide a little help in answering the question, 'How do I preach this text?' 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 the pastor's heart in a vibrant congregation of our time. Essential reading. --Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas: Associate Minister First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC

How exciting! Thousands of us have long been indebted to R.C. Sproul the teacher, and now, through the St. Andrews Expositional Commentary, we are indebted to Sproul the preacher, whose sermons are thoroughly biblical, soundly doctrinal, warmly practical, and wonderfully readable. Sproul masterfully presents us with the 'big picture' of each pericope in a dignified yet conversational style that accentuates the glory of God and meets the real needs of sinful people like us. This series of volumes is an absolute must for every Reformed preacher and church member who yearns to grow in the grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ Jesus. I predict that Sproul's pulpit ministry in written form will do for Christians in the twenty-first century what Martyn Lloyd-Jones's sermonic commentaries did for us last century. Tolle lege, and buy these volumes for your friends. --Dr. Joel R. Beeke: President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

About the Author

Dr. R. C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and can be heard teaching daily on the Renewing Your Mind radio broadcast on more than three hundred radio outlets in the United States and throughout sixty countries. He also serves as president of the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and as minister of preaching and teaching at St. Andrew s in Sanford, Florida. He has written more than seventy books, including The Holiness of God, Truths We Confess, Defending Your Faith, The Invisible Hand, Faith Alone, The Truth of the Cross, and The Prayer of the Lord.

More About the Author

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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It makes the reading experience that much more enjoyable!
Kevin P. Halloran
Sproul carries the reader through the text step by step to better grasp the content and does a wonderful job for an expositional commentary.
If you're unfamiliar with the St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary series by R.C. Sproul, you need to get familiar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Gardner on February 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Four stories about Jesus and this is the oldest. It is also the quickest since every event in Jesus' life seems to have happened immediately after the last. Yet what sets this account apart is that it speaks dramatically of Christ's authority and the draw that he had as people heard and felt the weight of that connection to the Father.

In his signature style, R.C. Sproul present this full exposition of the gospel account with Christ's authority as its central theme. His accessible discourse provides a look at the gospel nearly verse by verse as he not only talks about the passage itself, but connects it with the rest of the book and its significance to the life of Christ and our foundational belief as Christians.

I found his discussion of the Olivet Discourse (Mark 13) especially helpful. The chapter contains arguably the most controversial part of the account, even among Christians. Jesus' predictions of the "coming of the Son of Man" and for the "end of the age" have sparked denominational divides and atheistic attacks alike. Sproul does a great job presenting what I agree is likely the closest interpretation of these passages as they would have been heard by the apostles and in terms of the events of the day.

Calling the book and "expositional commentary" is a bit of a misnomer. I expected a thorough scholarly work and with that perspective it is seriously lacking. However, it serves well as a "reader's commentary" in which Sproul does an exposition on each passage in a more pastoral style by including an application and helpful illustration to many. It also read a bit more like a devotional as several points were restated in subsequent chapters, to the extent that I even checked to make sure that I had not skipped back to a previous chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Acheson on February 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of RC Sproul's expository commentaries and have read all bar one. They are very thorough providing great background, context and insight into the inspired Word. This particular edition of "Mark" is no exception.

I expect there are far more detailed expository studies, however, this has a good blend for someone like me who is keen to taste good theology but not get drowned by everything that a full and complete theological study can introduce.

Having read this 400+ page commentary I have a better understanding of its meaning and also I feel my knowledge of Jesus and the Father have increased. Accordingly, I rate the commentary highly.

Sproul doesn't tackle everything and in particular I was left a little flat by the fact he didn't spend much time on why Jesus chose to first appear to Mary Magdelene (can we ever know?) or on the signs that believers will have in post-apostolic times, both of which feature in the last Chapter 16.

This is a very good read and challenges the mind whilst providing excellent context and insight into Jesus life.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lighthouse88 on January 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Title: Mark: He Taught Them as One Who Had Authority
Author: Dr. R. C. Sproul
Pages: 400
Year: 2011
Publisher: Reformation Trust
What would you think of an author who writes the following in the Preface of this commentary?
"Very early in my tenure with St. Andrew's, I determined that I should
adopt the ancient Christian practice of lectio continua, "continuous expositions,"
in my preaching. This method of preaching verse by verse through
books of the Bible (rather than choosing a new topic each week) has been
attested throughout church history as the one approach that ensures believers
hear the full counsel of God. Therefore, I began preaching lengthy
series of messages at St. Andrew's, eventually working my way through several
biblical books in a practice that continues to the present day.
Previously, I had taught through books of the Bible in various settings,
including Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and audio and video teaching
series for Ligonier Ministries. But now I found myself appealing not so
much to the minds of my hearers as to both their minds and their hearts." (pg. xi)
Would you be drawn to such a commentary? I was struck by the fact that here was a man who saw the deepest need of the Church. Sermons can be on topics or in a series, but ask yourself, "How much can I recall from Sunday's sermon?" If you're like me, you might have to honestly say, "I can't remember." While there is not anything inherently wrong with teaching in a series or topics, I am learning it isn't very effective.
In the author's preface, cited above, he makes an interesting declaration that verse by verse has been "attested throughout church history.
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By Jonathan Whittle on April 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The St. Andrews Expositional Commentary Series has to be one of my favorites. I currently own John, Romans, and 1&2 Peter. Recently I received a free pdf version of Mark from the publisher, Reformation Trust, and I am writing a review and will receive a free hard copy for doing so.

At 424 pages, it seems to be no light read. However, this book is not written like a commentary and reads naturally. If you’ve ever read through a Bible commentary, they are usually very academic and are broken up verse by verse with detailed explanations underneath. That is not the case with this series. This series captures the heart of expositional preaching, in a written format. In the Series Preface, located at the beginning of every book in the series, Dr. Sproul makes clear that he is devoted to bridging “the gap between seminary and Sunday school…appealing not so much to the minds of my hearers but to both their minds and hearts.” He acknowledges that this series will not give you the most nuanced insight into the passages, but rather, Dr. Sproul provides the clearest understanding of the “big picture”, as he states in the Series Preface. From the new believer to the seasoned, this commentary will provide a robust understanding of every passage. I have used these commentaries not just for teaching and speaking engagements, but also for my personal study. There is not one believer who cannot benefit from these commentaries.

Simply put, these are clear and concise sermon manuscripts compiled into one book. The beginning of every chapter has the Biblical text followed by 5-10 pages of exposition, and each chapter is divided into sections. The reader is also given background information, such as author, probable date for its composition, who it was written to, etc.
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