A new commentary for today’s world, The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. The first commentary series to do so, SGBC offers a clear and compelling exposition of biblical texts, guiding readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts. Its story-centric approach is idea for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and all who want to understand the Bible in today’s world.
SGBC is organized into three easy-to-use sections, designed to help readers live out God’s story: Listen to the Story; Explain the Story; and Live the Story.
“He also uses it in 6:5 to speak of what Jesus was able to do in a context where faith was lacking. His hometown largely rejected him, which left Jesus amazed at their lack of faith. Mark makes the intriguing statement that because of this, Jesus was unable to do any miracles except to heal (therapeuō) just a few sick people.” (Page 189)
“Perhaps Christians and church communities ought to consider silence and careful reflection rather than feel the urgency to speak. After all, they may misrepresent Jesus and his reign, resulting in a grasp of the kingdom that Jesus calls satanic (4:15; 8:33).” (Page 17)
“As the narrative unfolds, it turns out that Jesus’s words are a warning directed to insiders, those who are complacent about being ‘in’ the kingdom. In fact, his real target is the disciples.” (Page 136)
“Jesus calls for complete lives, not just hearts. And he is forming communities of people that will receive the kingdom by undergoing a thorough transformation of community practices, habits, prejudices, ideological commitments, and social dynamics. Social rankings will be turned on their heads, and conceptions of leadership will be totally overthrown.” (Page 7)
“In fact, in Mark 6:5 Jesus is still able to heal (in the therapeuō sense) in a context where faith was lacking. But when Jesus commends people for their faith and notes that it is effective to draw them into the power of the kingdom, he uses the verb sōzō, pointing to God’s saving power breaking out to overtake and renew a person.” (Page 189)
Getting a story is about more than merely enjoying it. It means hearing it, understanding it, and above all, being impacted by it. This commentary series hopes that its readers not only hear and understand the story but are impacted by it to live in as Christian a way as possible. The editors and contributors set that table very well and open up the biblical story in ways that move us to act with sensitivity and understanding. That makes hearing the story as these authors tell it well worth the time. Well done.
—Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary
The Story of God Bible Commentary series invites readers to probe how the message of the text relates to our situations today. Engagingly readable, it not only explores the biblical text but offers a range of applications and interesting illustrations.
—Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary
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