About the Author
Stephen Rummage is the Senior Pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida, a multi-campus church with over 9,000 members in the Tampa Bay area. He is a frequent guest speaker for churches and conferences across the United States. His daily radio teaching ministry, Moving Forward, airs nationwide on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Dr. Rummage’s personal ministry vision is to teach God’s Word to transform lives. Dr. Rummage received the B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating magna cum laude. He holds the M.Div. with specialization in biblical languages from Southeastern Seminary and completed the Ph.D. in preaching and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Rummage has authored or contributed to eight books. His Planning Your Preaching is used widely as a seminary and college textbook. With his wife Michele Rummage, he co-authored Praying with Purpose. He co-authored Engaging Exposition with Daniel Akin and Bill Curtis, named “Book of the Year” by Preaching Today in 2012. He and his wife, Michele, live near Brandon, along with their son, Joshua.
Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. Dr. Gallaty grew up in New Orleans and was educated at William Carey University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. Th. M., Ph.D.). He is the author of Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples. His upcoming book, Rediscovering Discipleship will be released in the Fall of 2015. Robby is passionate about making disciples. His discipleship ministry, Replicate Ministries (http://replicateministries.org), produces resources, videos, and materials to assist believers in carrying out the Great Commission. Robby and his wife, Kandi, are the proud parents of two sons, Rig and Ryder.
Dr. David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world.
A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. David has written several books, Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and most recently Counter Culture (to be released February 2015). He also has a radio program on Moody Radio, Radical with David Platt, that can be heard around the world and features past sermons and teaching from David’s ministry.
David founded Radical (Radical.net), a ministry devoted to serving churches and disseminating disciple-making resources toward the end that the gospel might be made known in all nations.
David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.
Daniel L. Akin is the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington and has authored or edited many books and Bible commentaries including Ten Who Changed the World and the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary volumes on Mark and 1, 2, 3 John.
Tony Merida is lead pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as associate professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His books include Faithful Preaching and Orphanology.
Table of Contents
Series Introduction xi
Zephaniah Commentary Micah Fries
Introduction 1:1 1
The Day of the Lord Is Coming because of Their Idol Worship 1:2-18 3
Repentance Is Necessary in Response to God's Judgment 2:1-3 15
The Nations Will Be judged because of Their Pride God Will Restore His People 2:4-3:8 20
So That They Will Trust and Obey Him 3:9-20 34
Haggai Commentary Micah Fries
The Call to Repent and Rebuild 1:1 45
Disregarding God Leads to a Lack of Human Flourishing 1:2-11 47
Fear of God Leads to Repentance 1:12-15 56
Obedience Requires Strength but Results in Blessing 2:1-9 69
Israel Would Flourish When They Obeyed 2:10-23 74
Zecharia Commentary Stephen Rummage
Go Home! 1:1-6 79
Extreme Jealousy 1:7-2:13 90
Guilt Stripped 3:1-10 104
Our Strength, or God's Spirit? 4:1-14 119
The Power of God's Spirit 5:1-6:15 130
From Fasting to Feasting 7:1-8:23 139
Your King is Coming 9:1-17 151
Following the Right Shepherd 10:1-11:17 161
There is a Fountain 12:1-13:1 171
His Certain Victory, Your Greatest Hope 13:2-14:21 182
Malachi Commentary Robby Gallaty
Introduction 1:1 197
Sovereign Love 1:2-5 205
Meaningful Worship 1:6-14 212
The High Cost of Spiritual Leadership 2:1-9 221
Broken Relationships 2:10-16 231
The People's Court 2:17-3:5 241
Roadmap to Reconciliation 3:6-12 249
Treasured Possession of God 3:13-18 258
A Light in the Darkness 4:1-6 267
Works Cited 276
Scripture Index 281
Micah Fries - Nashville, Tennessee Stephen Rummage - Brandon, Florida Robby Gallaty - Chattanooga, Tennessee