"This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unifed redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. We purpose to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible. In doing this, we are not commending wild allegory or fanicful typology. We must be constrained to the meaning intended by the divind Author Himself, the Holy Spirit of God. However, we also believe that the Bible has a Messianic focus, and the authors in this series will exalt Christ from all of their texts." - Series Editors
About the Series
Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible.
Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition.
It's presented as sermons, divided into chapters that conclude with a "Reflect & Discuss" section, making it ideal for small group study, personal devotion and sermon preparation. It's not academic. Our aim is to present an easy reading, practical and friendly commentary.
About the AuthorsTony 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.
Francis Chan is the best-selling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, and You and Me Forever, and the host of the BASIC. series (Who Is God and We Are Church). Currently, Francis is planting churches in the San Francisco area and recently launched a countrywide discipleship movement with David Platt called Multiply. Together, Francis and his wife Lisa raise their five children in Northern California.
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.
This commentary on Philippians is a gift to pastors because it blends qualities rarely combined in commentaries: faithful text-work, careful application, and winsome communicatin. Tony and Francis stay anchored to Scripture, model a heart for people, and most importantly, keep their eyes on Jesus. As preachers, we should always do the same, and this comentary will serve us well.