The Bible Speaks Today Series

The Bible Speaks Today Series

Series edited by J. A. Motyer and John Stott

Edited by J.A. Motyer and the late John R. W. Stott, the Bible Speaks Today commentaries are characterized by what Stott called a "threefold ideal . . . to expound the biblical text with accuracy, to relate it to contemporary life and to be readable." As such, each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.

The BST series, now complete, covers all sixty-six books of the bible (Old and New Testaments) in fifty-five volumes. If you preach or teach from Scripture, the Bible Speaks Today series will help you apply the timeless biblical message to the everyday experiences of your listeners. And if you study the Bible on your own, these volumes will be a helpful resource focusing on the significance of God's Word for your own life and work.

Originally published in 1968, the first title in the series was Stott's The Message of Galatians. It went on to become an incredibly beloved commentary, providing "excellent models for expository preachers, combining clarity of communication with careful exegesis, theological literacy and wise application. But they have also been eminently devotional," said Derek Tidball, series editor of the companion Bible Speaks Today Themes series. In the years since this series was first launched, more than one million copies have been sold of the Old and New Testament volumes.

The Bible Speaks Today Series
product set
  • Length: 55 volumes
  • ISBN: 978-0-87784-925-4
  • Item Code: 0925

In a Twitter Q A, Tim Keller said one of his favorite New Testament commentaries is the BST:

Tim Keller via Twitter

"I have found the Bible Speaks Today volumes inspirational and scholarly, and of enormous practical use."

Steven Gaukroger

"The Bible Speaks Today is a fine resource that works at listening to the message in the original situation of the biblical books and hearing God's Word for today through the Scriptures."

Christina Baxter

"These volumes are models of fruitful exposition."

J. I. Packer

"Transformation changes God's people and empowers the church to be Christ's body in the world. The Bible Speaks Today series has been written with just this transformation in mind and succeeds in helping it to happen. I have seen it!"

Mark Labberton

"The Bible Speaks Today series delivers on its promise: it allows us to truly hear the Scriptures in their original contexts, and empowers us to clearly communicate them in our own [contexts]. . . . With an eye to the preacher, these commentaries have helped me 'bring out of [the] storeroom new treasures as well as old (Mt 13:52)."

Mark Buchanan, author and pastor

"I recommend them wholeheartedly."

D. Stuart Briscoe

"Represents first-quality biblical scholarship from an evangelical perspective."

Preaching Magazine

"Popular and useful for every pastor, teacher and thoughtful believer."

Southwestern Journal of Theology

"The Bible Speaks Today series of biblical commentaries have earned a justified welcome place in the collections of preacher/pastors for their popular expositions of Bible books brought by well-credentialed scholars."

John de Hoog, Vox Reformata
David J. Atkinson
Joyce G. Baldwin
J. Alec Motyer
Derek Tidball
Raymond Brown
Raymond Brown
David G. Firth
Michael Wilcock
David J. Atkinson
Mary J. Evans
Michael Wilcock
John W. Olley
Robert Fyall
Raymond Brown
David G. Firth
David J. Atkinson
Michael Wilcock
Michael Wilcock
David J. Atkinson
Derek Kidner
Christopher J. H. Wright
Christopher J. H. Wright
Barry G. Webb
Dale Ralph Davis
Christopher J. H. Wright
Derek Kidner
J. Alec Motyer
Rosemary Nixon
Peter Adam
Barry G. Webb
E. Michael Green
Donald English
Michael Wilcock
Bruce Milne
John Stott
John Stott
David Prior
Paul Barnett
John Stott
John Stott
J. Alec Motyer
John Stott
Raymond Brown
J. Alec Motyer
Edmund P. Clowney
Dick Lucas and Christopher Green
David Jackman
Michael Wilcock

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J. Alec Motyer

J. Alec Motyer (1924–2016) was a renowned Old Testament pastor and scholar. With extensive experience in parish ministry, he was principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England, and was well known as a Bible expositor. His books include The Prophecy of Isaiah, and he was the Old Testament editor of The Bible Speaks Today series.

Read about his legacy in this article in memoriam from the Gospel Coalition.

John Stott

John R. W. Stott (1921–2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain and the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974).

Stott's many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. His best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than sixty languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian, and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.

Whether in the West or in the Majority World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen's New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors, and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

Browse all of John Stott's books and learn more about how IVP and other publishers are commemorating Stott's one hundredth birthday. You can also view the Stott100 site from Langham Partnership.