Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition. Exalting Jesus in Mark is written by Daniel L. Akin.
This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. Its presented as sermons, divided into chapters that conclude with a "Reflect & Discuss" section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. Its not academic but rather presents an easy-reading, practical and friendly commentary. The series is projected to be 48 volumes.
There are four things I know which are rock-solid certain. When Danny Akin sits at the keyboard to write a Bible commentary you can be sure it will be (1) as straight as an arrow theologically and doctrinally, (2) it will be bathed in prayer with a heart that beats to please Him above all things, (3) it will be culturally pertinent with a 'scarlet thread' woven through every page pointing to Jesus, and (4) it will magnify the Lord Jesus and His call to take the gospel to every tongue and tribe and people on the planet. Read it and reap!
President/CEO-GuideStone Financial Resources
To preach a Gospel without proclaiming the gospel is tragic and inexcusable. Yet far too many sermons on texts from the Gospels fail to display the glories of Jesus as God, Savior, and King. In his very first verse, Mark reminds us that his Gospel and the gospel are all about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Yet our arrogance breeds sacrilege, prompting us to make the Gospels more about us than about Him. Akin's book helps preachers 'get it right' by guiding them in giving Jesus his proper place in the exposition of the Gospel of Mark and reminding us that Christ should be the sacred obsession of every disciple in both the pulpit and the pew.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Confidence in the truth and power of God's written Word should prompt pastors and teachers not only to say worthy things about the Bible, but also to preach and teach with faithfulness from the Bible. The Christ-Centered Exposition series helps us to do just that. Theologically rock solid, this series is a clear, practical, and useful guide to the kind of biblical exposition that will please the Lord and build up his church.
Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
There is nothing more helpful to a pastor than resources that are biblically faithful and pastorally applicable. The Christ-Centered Exposition series hits the bulls eye. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to understand the Scripture in its context in order to apply it in real life.
Lead pastor of The Journey, St. Louis
David Platt, Tony Akin, and Tony Merida have launched a series that will give a rising generation of pastors a tremendous resource for seeing how all the Scriptures prepare for and proclaim the ministry of Christ. The pastoral focus, the preaching tools and the redemptive insights make this a series of immediate use and great aid to pastors who want to equip their people to serve the Lord in the joyous power of the gospel rather than in the vain pressures of servile dread or slavish fear.
President Emeritus, Covenant Seminary and Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church