I requested a copy of “Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus In Philippians” so I could do a review on it. This book is just one of the many commentaries in the “Christ-Centered Exposition” series by Holman Reference (B&H Publishing). The series is not completely finished quite yet, but authors already doing work and those planned for future books are very solid writers such as Francis Chan, Tony Merida, Matt Chandler, andmany other great authors. The series is edited by Dr. David Platt, Dr. Daniel L. Akin and Dr. Tony Merida. This particular book on Philippians is authored by Tony Merida and Francis Chan. I was very grateful to get this commentary so I could get sample of how this commentary series stacks up. I received a copy of this commentary from Holman Reference for me to do a review on it through their B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by B&H/Lifeway/Holman to write a positive review.
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Simply put, I am highly impressed with this book. If the other books in this series (some are being written and others are in the planning stages) are even half as good, you will not be disappointed with this commentary series. The commentary in this book truly holds to the title where Christ is seen throughout the Scriptures. It provides excellent exposition that is not the same as typical commentaries where they provide commentary for every single verse. Rather, in this book, the authors approach a section of the Scriptures and provide in-depth commentary based on that particular topic that is very solid and insightful. This series is kind of geared toward pastors and small group leaders by design, however, I strongly feel that anyone can really get even more of an appreciation and understanding of the Word of God through this commentary series. At the end of each chapter in this book, the authors have a short section called “Reflect and Discuss” which contains ten very thought provoking questions and application points. These are excellent questions that really can be easily used in a small group-type study or even for individual reflection and application. Overall, I would say that this book and the series is highly recommended.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK
Type of Book: New Testament Commentary
Publisher: Holman Reference / B&H Publishing / Lifeway
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0805497588
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this commentary from is Christianbook.com. They have it for $10.99 – suggested retail from the publisher is $14.99 but they do not sell directly from their website but they do from their parent company Lifeway for $14.99. See below for a breakout and links to the different prices from some major re-sellers. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
Color: Black text
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 8.2″ x 0.6″
Number of Pages: 226 (publisher’s website and Amazon, etc. say it’s 288 pages)
Authors: Tony Merida and Francis Chan
Series Editors: Dr. David Platt, Dr. Daniel L. Akin and Dr. Tony Merida
Typeface and Print:
The printing is perfectly fine making it very easy to read the text on every page. No complaints at all.
Does Commentary Convey Biblical Truth:
I can tell you that this commentary on Philippians is very solid from a Scriptural perspective. Each chapter starts out with sentence that nicely summarizes the Main Idea of the portion of Scripture that is covered within the chapter. Following that is a very good outline of the section of Scripture covered then on to the actual commentary content. As previously stated in this review, the commentary in this book is more of a topical or sermon-like nature rather than a verse-by-verse nature that you might see in some other commentaries. Following the commentary portion, the authors have a short section called “Reflect and Discuss” which contains ten very thought-provoking questions and application points. These are excellent questions that really can be easily used in a small group-type study or even for individual reflection and application. This commentary really does have a very natural flow making it easy to follow with the writing style the authors used. Highly recommended!
Chapter 1 – Phil 1:1-2: Partnership and Church Planting in Philippi
Chapter 2 – Phil 1:3-8: The Happiest Man in Rome
Chapter 3 – Phil 1:9-11: Praying for Your Partners in the Gospel
Chapter 4 – Phil 1:12-18: How to Maintain Joy in Ministry
Chapter 5 – Phil 1:18b-26: A Life Worth Living and a Death Worth Dying
Chapter 6 – Phil 1:27-2:4: Living Worthy of the Gospel Together
Chapter 7 – Phil 2:5-11: A Christ-Centered Mind-set
Chapter 8 – Phil 2:12-18: Shining Like Stars
Chapter 9 – Phil 2:19-30: Model Servants
Chapter 10 – Phil 3:1-11: The Glory of Knowing Christ
Chapter 11 – Phil 3:12-21: Making Every Effort to Know Christ
Chapter 12 – Phil 4:1-9: Shepherding a Church’s Heart
Chapter 13 – Phil 4:10-23: Models of Giving and Receiving
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