Mark presents the fruits of Dr. R. C. Sproul's lifetime of biblical study as expressed in his most recent calling. After a long and distinguished ministry as a teacher in various settings, Dr. Sproul accepted a call in 1997 to preach at St. Andrew's in Sanford, Florida. There, he adopted the ancient practice of preaching through books of the Bible, eventually working his way through several of them. He has now begun to adapt those sermon series in book form, and the result is the St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary series.
In Mark, the fifth volume in the series, Dr. Sproul deals with major themes in his easily understandable style. Readers will find invaluable insights into the goals Mark had in writing his gospel, the background for Jesus' time, and the meanings of some of Mark's most difficult passages. This introduction to the gospel of Mark is packed with insights and exhortations that will draw the reader closer to the Savior and encourage him or her to a greater depth of love and devotion to Him.
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Dr. R. C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and can be heard teaching daily on the Renewing Your Mind radio broadcast on more than three hundred radio outlets in the United States and throughout sixty countries. He also serves as president of the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and as minister of preaching and teaching at St. Andrew s in Sanford, Florida. He has written more than seventy books, including The Holiness of God, Truths We Confess, Defending Your Faith, The Invisible Hand, Faith Alone, The Truth of the Cross, and The Prayer of the Lord.Review:
'R.C. Sproul' someone said to me in the 1970's 'is the finest communicator of the Reformed world.' Now, three decades later, his skills honed by long practice, his understanding deepend by years of prayer, meditation, and testing (as Martin Luther counseled), R.C. shares the fruit of what has become perhaps his greatest love: feeding and nourishing his own congregation at St. Andrew's from the Word of God and building them up in faith and fellowship and in Christian living and serving. The St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary will be welcomed throughout the world. It promises to have all R.C.'s hallmarks: clarity and liveliness, humor and pathos, always expressed in application to the mind, will, and affections. R.C.'s ability to focus on 'the big picture' his genius of never saying too much, leaving his hearers satisfied yet wanting more, never making the Word dull, are all present in these expositions. They are his gift to the wider church. May they nourish God's people well and serve as models of the kind of ministry for which we continue to hunger.--Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson: Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
I tell my students again and again, ' you need to buy good commentaries and do so with some discernment.' Among them there must be preacher's commentaries, for not all commentaries are the same. Some may tell you what the text means but provide a little help in answering the question, 'How do I preach this text?' R.C. Sproul is a legend in our time. His preaching has held us in awe for half a century, and these pages represent the fruit of his latest exposition, coming as they do at the very peak of his abilities and insights. I am ecstatic at the prospect of reading the St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary series. It represents Reformed theology on fire, delivered from the pastor's heart in a vibrant congregation of our time. Essential reading.--Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas: Associate Minister First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC
How exciting! Thousands of us have long been indebted to R.C. Sproul the teacher, and now, through the St. Andrews Expositional Commentary, we are indebted to Sproul the preacher, whose sermons are thoroughly biblical, soundly doctrinal, warmly practical, and wonderfully readable. Sproul masterfully presents us with the 'big picture' of each pericope in a dignified yet conversational style that accentuates the glory of God and meets the real needs of sinful people like us. This series of volumes is an absolute must for every Reformed preacher and church member who yearns to grow in the grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ Jesus. I predict that Sproul's pulpit ministry in written form will do for Christians in the twenty-first century what Martyn Lloyd-Jones's sermonic commentaries did for us last century. Tolle lege, and buy these volumes for your friends.--Dr. Joel R. Beeke: President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
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