John (St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary) by R. C. Sproul is a great commentary on the Scriptural book of John. For years I have appreciated Dr. Sproul’s ability to communicate difficult truths in easy to understand ways. I have appreciated his skills as a bible scholar, pastor, and teacher from afar by listening to him on the radio. I was thrilled when I got a PDF copy of this commentary to review. Dr. Sproul has applied his keen expositional skills to the book of John and has produced a very readable and reliable guide to this beloved book of Scripture.
The commentary is divided up into 57 chapters that focus on the various portions of scripture. The chapters work in order through the book of John. Each chapter appears as a written sermon complete with illustrations and pertinent background information (similar to the commentaries by James Montgomery Boice in his commentary, Gospel of John, The (5 Vol. Set), though Sproul covers John in one volume and it takes Boice five).
This commentary has several practical uses. I can see it being a great benefit for those who are looking for a devotional guide to the book of John. It also functions well as a commentary for those who are looking for some basic background information on a passage. When preparing a message, one of the last things I do is see how other pastors and teachers have approached a text, especially when considering a difficult passage… This volume has been extremely helpful in allowing me to see how a seasoned expositor handles the expression of the text.
This was a great commentary and I would highly recommend it pastors and laymen alike. The book is easy to read, follows a predictable pattern and draws a steady point of application. John (St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary) is an excellent resource. The retail price is $27.00 (Hardcover), and is available at a discount at steep discount at Amazon.com for $17.82. I gave it five stars.
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