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Philippians: A Commentary for Biblical Preaching and Teaching (Kerux Commentaries) Hardcover – Illustrated, November 26, 2019
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Timothy D. Sprankle is senior pastor at Leesburg Grace Brethren Church in Northern Indiana. He has taught Bible in academic and church settings since 1995 and pastored for ten years. Sprankle is also a conference speaker and coauthor of God’s Big Picture.
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0825458358
- ISBN-13 : 978-0825458354
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.65 x 9.25 inches
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Publisher : Kregel Ministry; Illustrated Edition (November 26, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,332,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Each section includes a brief section on the literary structure and themes of the passage, a short exposition, and then verse by verse exegesis of the passage including renderings of key Greek terms, sidebars on cultural backgrounds (e.g. slaves and servants, saints from Philippians 1:1-8), and the theological focus of the passage. This is followed by Preaching and Teaching Strategies: an exegetical and theological synthesis, the main preaching idea, contemporary connections, a section on creativity in presentation, a summary of preaching points, and then a list of discussion questions and additional resources.
The commentary highlights well some of the key themes in Philippians: the themes of joy, partnership in the gospel, the call to stand together, looking to others interests, highlighting the example of Christ, and the surpassing worth of knowing Christ and dependency upon him. In very readable form the exegetical part of the commentary sets out key textual issues, terms, and background and sums this up well in identifying the theological focus of the passage.
I found the preaching section less helpful. The preaching strategies did flow from exegesis and model this practice making a number of good points and suggested some creative ideas for presentation (e.g. on Philippians 1:27-30 on loyalty to Christ, suggesting use of a kingdom “pledge of allegiance.”). Perhaps it is my own preference to determine the preaching idea and homiletic outline from my own study and not preach someone else’s material, but I found these sections less helpful than the exegetical sections. Still, the preaching author often raised good ideas that “preached” to me, for example, from Philippians 2:5-8, he poses good questions about what it means to climb down the ladder of privilege.
The discussion questions are helpful for those using this commentary with adult education groups or those teaching the passage in a Bible study. The authors also offer an extensive reference section with eighteen pages of contemporary books, commentaries and articles on Philippians.
This commentary strikes a good balance between the highly technical commentaries and the popular commentaries that are often transcribed sermons. This is helpful for pastors and lay teachers who may not have extended time for study but want to give exegetically sound messages. Just don’t plagiarize the preaching material. I might be in the audience!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Kregel Ministry has launched a new commentary series, the Kerux Commentary series, with this specific public in mind. As for now, only the commentary on Danial and Philippians are available, but there are more volumes ready to be released soon.
The authors of the commentary on Philippians are Thomas Moore and Timothy D. Sprankle, both with extensive experience in ministry and publishing, something readers will notice while reading and studying this book. The Bible version used by the authors is the NASB.
The book opens with an overview of all preaching passages, which is an outline divided by pericopes showing the natural division of every chapter. Every division contains the exegetical idea, theological focus, preaching idea (homiletical idea) and preaching pointers. This section provides readers with a visual and textual foundation for the study and preparation of the sermon or lesson.
The following section is a 13 pages introduction where the authors cover authorship of the letter, provenance, date, occasion for writing, readers, genre, historical setting, and emphasis. The perspective adopted by the Moore and Sprankle is the most accepted and traditional perspective, stating that the Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians around A.D. 62.
Every division (pericopes) contains a textual structure followed by the exposition of the passage and preaching and teaching strategies. Contemporary connections, and creativity in presentation are other remarkable features this volume offers to readers. Every chapter concludes with discussion questions, which enables this book to be used in study groups, and the author’s suggestion for further reading. Though this commentary cannot be considered as a technical commentary, the authors make usage of New Testament Greek when appropriate and necessary.
Summarizing, this book fulfills its purpose by assisting pastors, teachers and Church leaders with tools to improve their exposition and teaching of the letter to the Philippians. If you are a pastor or are serving in any kind of teaching ministry in your church, this book will assist you well in your ministry.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255