Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scholarship Doesn't Replace Bible Reading

I am very excited about moving to Princeton, WV and becoming senior pastor of the First Church of God on 301 Mahood Avenue.  After I preach a Sunday morning series on the Mission & the Purposes of the Church (taken from Acts 2) I will begin the most challenging and rewarding preaching assignment ever: I will preach, verse by verse, through the life-changing Gospel of St. Matthew.  

Matthew's Gospel account is for everyone, saint and sinner alike.  It answers the question, "Who is King Jesus?"

It's gonna be thorough.  I will delve into the socio-religious background of First Century Judaism.  The Messiah will be placed in the contemporary situation of his day.  We will listen to Matthew on the Apostle's own terms.  By the illumination of the Holy Spirit I believe many lives can be converted/sanctified through the preaching of the Word.

Here are just a few of the massive academic works that I will consult as I preach through Matthew:

Alford, Henry.  Matthew—Mark (The Greek Testament:  A Critical and Exegetical Commentary)
Barclay, William.  Matthew  (The Daily Study Bible Series)
Broadus, John A. Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew
Carr, Arthur.  Matthew (Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges)
Carson, D. A.  Matthew (Two Volumes, The Expositor's Bible Commentary)
Edersheim, Alfred.  The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah 
Keener, Craig S.  The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
France, R. T.  The Gospel of Matthew (The New International Commentary on the New Testament)
Lange, John Peter.  Matthew (Bibelwerk)
Lloyd-Jones, David Martin.  Studies in the Sermon on the Mount
Meyer, Heinrich August Wilhelm.   Matthew (Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Handbook)

And many, MANY additional sources, including those on Kindle and electronic commentaries on e-Sword.

Oh, and yeah, the actual New Testament Gospel According to St. Matthew.

A preacher has to watch himself lest he is tempted to lean on the thoughts of brilliant scholars without taking the time to keep his own finger on the text.  Classic and modern scholarship is fine...but they are no substitute for studying the Bible for himself.