Providing an accurate, balanced and holistic picture of the church's monumental first years as told in the book of Acts, I. Howard Marshall focuses on Luke's role as a historian, literary artist and theologian as he tells of the fledgling church's quest to partner with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth.
While Romans has been among the most influential books of the New Testament, it has also been the subject of some of the church?s most heated debates. In the concise and informative style that has become the hallmark of the Tyndale Commentaries, F. F. Bruce guides us along the difficult but rewarding paths of this great letter.
In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul makes his most passionate and direct appeal for a gospel free of ethnic or ritual exclusion. Alan Cole illuminates the potency and power of Paul's message to the Galatian church.
Paul's letter to the Philippians may aptly be seen as a meditation on joy. But Paul's joy, rather than the result of ease and comfort, is a contentedness made pure through suffering. Ralph Martin draws out these themes.
In Colossians, Paul presents Christ as "the firstborn over all creation," and appeals to his readers to seek a maturity found only in Christ. In Philemon, Paul appeals to a fellow believer to receive a runaway slave in love and forgiveness. In this volume N. T. Wright offers comment on both of these important books.
Matthew was the most popular Gospel in the early church, widely read for its clear emphasis on Jesus' teaching. Drawing on its use as a teaching or discipleship manual, this clear, incisive commentary by Craig Keener expounds Matthew as a discipleship manual for believers today.
Probing its depths, Ronald Kernaghan invites readers into a fascinating exploration of Mark's Gospel as a parable, an open-ended story that invites us on a lifelong journey of discipleship. Throughout, Kernaghan explains what the gospel meant to its original hearers and its application for us today.
In Luke, Jesus proclaims "good news to the poor...freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind." More than any other, this Gospel shows Jesus' concern for the downtrodden, the oppressed and the marginalized. Darrell Bock shows why Luke's Gospel is "tailor made" for our world--a world divided along ethnic, religious, economic and political lines.
Rodney A. Whitacre edits this pastorally-oriented commentary that includes background material concerning authorship, date and purpose, as well as a summary of important theological themes. A passage-by-passage exposition follows that focuses on understanding what John had to say to his original readers in order to see its relevance for the church today.
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