Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Review of R.C. Sproul's commentary on Matthew

                Matthew is the newest entry in R.C. Sproul’s New Testament commentary series. This series takes Sproul’s expositional sermons an said books and compiles them into a commentary. There are six volumes in the series, in Sproul’s signature conversational style. It is this very style that makes this volume easily accessible to the pastor looking for help preparing a sermon or the average Joe just looking for some clarity about a particular passage.
            In the world of commentaries there are polar ends of the spectrum from the highly technical to the purely devotional, this work falls somewhere in between. It is not technical to the point of breaking down Greek words and participles and the such but it gives you a nice verse by verse explanation of the material being discussed. This is by no means a short book and I would not see anyone sitting down to read all 800+ pages just for something to do.
            If you are a pastor working on sermon in the Gospel of Matthew and would like a little extra pastoral insight, this work lets you feel like you picked up the phone and asked Sproul himself to give you the none technical response to a particular section of Scripture. And if you are reading through the Gospel in your personal devotions this work will also provide you the extra insight to apply the word to your life and have a greater understanding of what was going on at the time.

            I have no problem recommending this work to anyone who happens to be looking for a good commentary on Matthew, as long as they are not looking for a bunch of technical jargon and Greek definitions. I did receive a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for my fair and honest review; I was not required to give a positive review of this material in order to receive it. So dig in the book of Matthew and let Sproul give you some pastoral insight as you go. 

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