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Preaching Through Matthew

In the recent weeks the church where I pastor has gone through some changes.  In light of these changes the Lord has been good and provided me an opportunity to preach through the book of Matthew.  I’ve been at it now for a few weeks and am thoroughly enjoying it.  As I have been preparing it has given me the chance to use Grant Osborne’s commentary on Matthew from the Zondervan Exegetical series.  I must say that I have found it extremely helpful.

Many commentaries can be tedious (e.g., heavy on details and various views).  These commentaries serve a purpose, but often touch on issues that are rarely brought up in sermons.  When I first picked up the Zondervan Exegetical commentary I thought it might be like so many other commentaries I already own.  I was wrong.  Below are the points from the Series Introduction that I have found to be true.

The key question to ask is: What are you looking for in a commentary?  This commentary series might be for you if

  • you have taken Greek and would like a commentary that helps you apply what you have learned without assuming you are a well-trained scholar.
  • you would find it useful to see a concise, one-or-two sentence statement of what the commentator thinks the main point of each passage is.
  • you would like help interpreting the words of Scripture without getting bogged down in scholarly issues that seem irrelevant to the life of the church.
  • you would like to see a visual representation (a graphical display) of the flow of thought in each passage.
  • you would like expert guidance from solid evangelical scholars who set out to explain the meaning of the original text in the clearest way possible and to help you navigate through the main interpretive issues.
  • you want to benefit from the results of the latest and best scholarly studies and historical information that help to illuminate the meaning of the text.
  • you would find it useful to see a brief summary of the key theological insights that can be gleaned from each passage and some discussion of the relevance of these for Christians today.

Currently these four volumes are available:

Matthew, by Grant Osborne.

Galatians, by Tom Schreiner.

Ephesians, by Clinton Arnold.

James, by Craig Blomberg.

Let’s face it, none of us have time to wade through 7-10 commentaries.  As a matter of fact we seem to facing commentary overkill with how many are produced each year.  As you select commentaries, consider the Zondervan Exegetical series.  A busy pastor will quickly find this series to be an immense help.  This series gives you more than the basics, but does so without overwhelming you.  It has quickly become one of my favorites.

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