5 Stars Out Of 5
Simple, Yet Profound. Vintage R.C. Sproul
December 26, 2010
R.C. Sproul and Reformation Trust Publishing have teamed up to bring us classic teaching by Dr. Sproul in the form of commentaries. They have now published commentaries on Romans, John, and the book of Acts with another for 1st and 2nd Peter due out March 2011.
It might also be helpful to note that these commentaries are taken from expositional sermon series that he has done at his church in St. Andrew's Florida.
I'm a big fan of Dr. Sproul and was looking forward to reading his new commentary on the book of John and in true R.C. Sproul fashion I was not let down. I want to simply list a few thoughts I had about this commentary:
1. It looks like a great commentary for the everyday Bible reader. It's not very lengthy nor is it technical.It is a great resource for those wanting guidance without a lengthy reading commitment.
2. However, it is unique in how much R.C. is able to pack into such little space. Which is one of the great things about his writing ability. He is able to quickly and seemingly effortlessly guide us through complex issues, point us to Jesus at every turn, and take us quickly into worship of God. We can trust that much technical and meditative work has been done and is coming through to us in a way that is easy to understand.
3. Which makes this an ideal commentary even for those wanting to seriously grapple with the text. Those wanting to go more technical will benefit from this commentary by having it on hand when the going gets tough to help bring them back to seeing the bigger picture. And not only that, but also with R.C's ability to write simply and profoundly there is goldmine behind each statement begging us to dig even deeper into the riches of Christ.
4. I appreciated that the text of the Bible was written out at the beginning of each section. No doubt it can often be assumed that those looking at commentaries have their Bible's out, but why take the risk? Also, it shows the priority that is placed on God's Word and it is certainly only to our benefit that it be read afresh before diving into the commentary.
5. Finally, each section is wrapped up with contemplative thoughts on application as the meaning of the text is brought out, showing how we can think about this passage and what it may be calling for in response from us. There are often calls for christian's worship of Jesus, reminder's of God's astonishing love and grace in our lives, and calls for repentance and faith for unbelievers.
In conclusion, Sproul's love of Jesus and of His gospel are often evident. This commentary will hopefully prove useful in not only helping to explain the text to many, but also in eliciting our worship and experience of the gospel of our great Savior.