Today’s guest post is by Tony Merida—a pastor, professor, and author, and a leading evangelical voice on the importance of Christ-centered exposition, global missions, and orphan care. After adopting five children, Merida coauthored Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care, which unveils the grassroots movement to serve hundreds of millions of orphans and “functionally parentless” children across the globe. His latest project is coediting the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series (CCE) along with David Platt and Daniel Akin. Get the CCE’s Exalting Jesus in Matthew and Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus today!
When I was in college, I became a disciple of Jesus. After about a year of following Christ, I sat under the expository preaching of Jim Shaddix for three consecutive nights at a worship event, and it changed my life. My heart “burned within me,” like the disciples on the Emmaus Road, as he unfolded the glories of Scripture. Since then, my aim in the pulpit has not changed: to expound the Bible and point people to Jesus. So when Dr. Daniel Akin, another mentor and model expositor, approached me about contributing to the new Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series (CCE) and serving as a general editor with him and my friend David Platt, I was deeply honored and thrilled.
There are lots of commentaries out there, so what makes this series different? Let me mention some hopes of CCE.
First, we (the editors) hope that the CCE helps pastors teach the Word of God, and helps people understand the Word. God builds his church by his Word. One may build a crowd in some other way, but you won’t build a church apart from the God-breathed Scriptures. So we want people to know the Bible and see the church flourish.
Second, we want to exalt Jesus. While we don’t approve of wild allegory or fanciful typology, we do have the conviction that the whole Bible is Christian Scripture. We believe that the Bible is a unified book, and that Jesus is the hero of the storyline of Scripture. In the words of our denominational statement of faith, “Christ is the center of divine revelation” (BFM 2000).
Third, we hope that the various voices, many of whom are younger pastors, will provide helpful models for expounding books of the Bible. Exposition is both science and art. The scientific piece involves the rules of exegesis; the artistic piece involves sermon design and style. Our hope is that this series will provide some good examples of expositors that communicate the Bible with exegetical accuracy and with artistic effectiveness, and in so doing, show teachers what it looks like for someone to expound a book of the Bible. By reading exposition after exposition, the younger aspiring teacher or preacher should catch the nature and rhythm of doing Christ-centered exposition week by week.
Fourth, we expect this series to have a missions focus. We believe that this missional focus is a natural outflow of the Bible’s Messianic focus. As we unfold the Bible’s drama, we will unfold God’s global plan. The Bible’s storyline is moving to the climactic, Christ-exalting end that we read about in Revelation. In addition, we also anticipate that each author will provide missional applications and illustrations to both challenge and inspire readers to make disciples of all nations.
In the words of Platt, “If you have a Bible . . . and I hope you do,” then I invite you to study along with us through the CCE as we seek to both know the Word of Christ and worship the Christ of the Word.
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Get the CCE’s Exalting Jesus in Matthew and Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus on Vyrso today! Then download Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care to get biblically sound advice and heartwarming stories to encourage you to help God’s children all over the globe.
Today’s guest post is by Tony Merida—a pastor, professor, and author, and a leading evangelical voice on the importance of Christ-centered exposition, global missions, and orphan care. After adopting five children, Merida coauthored Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care, which unveils the grassroots movement to serve hundreds of millions of orphans and “functionally […]