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There are four things I know which are rock-solid certain. When Danny Akin sits at the keyboard to write a Bible commentary you can be sure it will be (1) as straight as an arrow theologically and doctrinally, (2) it will be bathed in prayer with a heart that beats to please Him above all things, (3) it will be culturally pertinent with a ‘scarlet thread’ woven through every page pointing to Jesus, and (4) it will magnify the Lord Jesus and His call to take the gospel to every tongue and tribe and people on the planet. Read it and reap!
President/CEO-GuideStone Financial Resources
To preach a Gospel without proclaiming the gospel is tragic and inexcusable. Yet far too many sermons on texts from the Gospels fail to display the glories of Jesus as God, Savior, and King. In his very first verse, Mark reminds us that his Gospel and the gospel are all about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Yet our arrogance breeds sacrilege, prompting us to make the Gospels more about us than about Him. Akin's book helps preachers 'get it right' by guiding them in giving Jesus his proper place in the exposition of the Gospel of Mark and reminding us that Christ should be the sacred obsession of every disciple in both the pulpit and the pew.
Professor of New Testament and Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Confidence in the truth and power of God’s written Word should prompt pastors and teachers not only to say worthy things about the Bible, but also to preach and teach with faithfulness from the Bible. The Christ-Centered Exposition series helps us to do just that. Theologically rock solid, this series is a clear, practical, and useful guide to the kind of biblical exposition that will please the Lord and build up his church.
Founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
There is nothing more helpful to a pastor than resources that are biblically faithful and pastorally applicable. The Christ-Centered Exposition series hits the bull’s eye. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to understand the Scripture in its context in order to apply it in real life.
Lead pastor of The Journey, St. Louis, and co-author of For the City
David Platt, Tony Akin, and Tony Merida have launched a series that will give a rising generation of pastors a tremendous resource for seeing how all the Scriptures prepare for and proclaim the ministry of Christ. The pastoral focus, the preaching tools and the redemptive insights make this a series of immediate use and great aid to pastors who want to equip their people to serve the Lord in the joyous power of the gospel – rather than in the vain pressures of servile dread or slavish fear.
President Emeritus, Covenant Seminary and Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
It's one thing to know Bible stories; it's another to know the story of the Bible. It's one thing to be aware of the story's many heroes; it's another to have met the Hero himself. From the Old Testament that anticipates him, to the Gospels that manifest him, to the Book of Acts that proclaims him, to the Epistles that explain him, and to the Book of Revelation that tells of him coming again, your Bible is about Jesus. That's why I love the vision of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. It models for preachers and teachers how to proclaim—with pastoral focus and exegetical care—the beauty of the gospel from every page of Scripture.
Associate Editor for The Gospel Coalition
Few things are more important for faithful biblical interpretation than reading Scripture in light of its master narrative. The Christ-Centered Exposition series aims to do just that. In a postmodern age, these commentaries provide pastors and lay people an invaluable resource that is unswervingly committed to the authority of Scripture and the centrality of the Gospel in the Bible’s storyline.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary