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John (St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary) Hardcover – December 11, 2009
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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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Sproul is a philosophical thinker, a gifted theologian, and a stalwart for truth; but in this commentary what stood out to me was not as much Sproul's vast intellectual understanding of John (which is not absent), but rather his pastor's heart. His teacher's heart.
In this commentary Sproul brings down the most lofty theological truth with incredible clarity, without even a tinge of the pompous intellectualism that can often permeate exegetical works. He provides a wealth of personal stories which help to illustrate the multitude of lessons that are packed throughout the book of John. It is this personal and human aspect that helps make this commentary such a gem.
Sproul also does well to not get so far into the details of the text that may be easy to rabbit trail on. He states a few viewpoints on certain controversial passages, presents his own perspective--and then moves on to the next passage without rambling needlessly on the periphery points. This makes each chapter extremely readable, and helped me stick to the essence of what John was communicating.
All in all, this commentary is perfect for laypeople like myself; an excellent choice to help assist in a Bible Study. Five stars.
Unlike many commentaries John is not highly technical; it is an adaptation of a series of sermons Dr. Sproul taught to his congregation. Yet despite not addressing highly technical issues, John does address issues in the text if they would be applicable to a pastor preaching to a congregation, or to anyone reading through the Gospel of Mark. One of these textual issues is that of John 7:53-8:11which is the text of the woman caught in adultery. Dr. Sproul accepts this section of the text as genuine, as he preached a sermon on it. It seems evident from this and from other places in his commentaries (Eg. Mark 16:8-16) that Dr. Sproul defaults to the KJV acceptance of passages as a general rule when large issues of textual variances come into play.
Since the audience that John is intended for is laymen as well as the Pastor; it can be used for devotional reading and as a aid to pastors looking for practical application on the text. This dual approach makes John one of only a handful of expositional commentaries, which are unabashedly reformed in theology yet have extremely insightful application without getting bogged down in technical discussions of exegesis about the Greek text.
When it comes down to it if you are looking to dive into the Gospel of John at any level of formal education or understanding Dr. Sproul’s John is a marvelous addition to your commentary library, for his expositional treatment of the text of the Gospel of John helps you understand and apply God’s Word to your daily life.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.