If you’re like most Christians you want to increase your understanding of God’s word. You do this by attending church and maybe a Bible study or two, you might even lead one!
I’ve done all of that too. I’ve even read myriads of books, those found on the “self-help” shelf at Christian bookstores. But I still found myself wanting something more. A deeper understanding of how the Bible fits together as a whole. I’ve wanted to know why “that verse is there” because to my small mind it didn’t seem to contextually fit. What could I do? Where could I go to find the answers?
I know! I thought they were all stuffy and boring, books only to be read by boring, intellectual scholars, or on nights I would wrestle with insomnia. Definitely not something to get excited about.
Then I picked up this commentary on the gospel of John. And wow!!
Christ-Centered Exposition, Exalting Jesus in John is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition series that affirms that the Bible is a Christ-Centered book.
I haven’t made (and don’t plan to) reading commentaries a part of my regular time with Jesus. I would much rather read His Word to me and hear His voice explaining or answering my questions than have man’s thoughts on His word. But sometimes He leads to other books for the answers I seek.
Exalting Jesus in John is written much like a Bible study. Each chapter has a passage, a main idea, and questions from the text. The passage is divided into smaller portions and explained further. The end of each chapter has some questions for review and discussion.
You could use this book on your own in your own personal Bible study; reading the passage and then the chapter, in a group Bible study or Sunday school class, or just to supplement what you are already doing. It wouldn’t have to be read from cover-to-cover, you could simply find the chapter you have questions about and read the commentary there. The possibilities are endless!
I received a free copy of this book from BH Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.