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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

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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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Product Details

  • Series: St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (December 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567691854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567691856
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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.
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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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