The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary (1 Corinthians)
by Kim Riddlebarger
The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament is a new exegetical commentary series published by Tolle Lege Press. The series, edited by Jon D. Payne, will be authored by sixteen ministers from five countries representing ten different Reformed denominations. The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary seeks to be rigorously exegetical, God-centered, redemptive-historical, sin-exposing, Gospel-trumpeting and teeming with practical application. It aims to encourage ministers, elders, seminarians and interested laypeople to rediscover the profound spiritual benefits of systematic expository preaching; that is, the faithful preaching of the “whole counsel of God” -- verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book. It also endeavors, by the power of the Spirit, to help Christ’s kingdom disciples to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).
Kim Riddlebarger, a trusted pastor-scholar, and one of the premier exegetes and expositors of our day, has given the Church a gift with this excellent commentary on First Corinthians. In these fine expositions we not only learn about the thorny and complex challenges that faced the church at Corinth, we are also taught the Spirit-inspired diagnoses and remedies dispensed by the Apostle Paul–– powerful, Christ-centered truth that applies as much today as it did in first century Corinth. I commend this volume to the Church with pastoral urgency and absolute confidence."
— Michael A. Milton, Ph.D.,
Chancellor/CEO, The James M. Baird Jr. Chair of Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
Having shared and sat under the ministry of Kim Riddlebarger for many years, I am delighted to see the fruit of his faithful labors reach a wider audience. Combining attention to exegetical detail with decades of pastoral experience, this commentary will reward generously with its unique insights into this wonderful epistle.
– Michael S. Horton,
Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California, Host of the White Horse Inn talk show, and Editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation magazine
First Corinthians is a book that has long been neglected by Reformed commentators. That is why I am so glad that Kim Riddlebarger has provided the church with this exegetically-sensitive and doctrinally-sound exposition. Riddlebarger handles the letter's difficult issues with care and pastoral sensitivity. In addition, he models for the Church what faithful exposition should be. This second installment in the Lectio Continua series is a welcome addition to any Christian's shelf!
– Guy Prentiss Waters,
Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS
“As the history of preaching is unfolded, it becomes clear how important the orderly, systematic preaching through the scriptures has been a favorite system of preaching over the centuries. One is surprised to discover how many of history’s great preachers made a regular practice of preaching through one book of the Bible after another. Origen, the first Christian preacher from whom we have any sizable collection of sermons, preached most of his sermons on the lectio continua. We find the same with John Chrysostom who is usually referred to as the greatest Christian preacher. We find the same true of Augustine as well. At the time of the Protestant Reformation Zwingli, Calvin, Bucer and John Knox followed this system regularly, and they passed it on to the Puritans. Today we see a real revival of lectio continua preaching. The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament represents a wonderful opportunity for the Church to recover a truly expository pulpit.”
- Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old
John H. Leith Professor of Reformed Theology and Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, S.C.
Author of “The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church” (7 vols / Eerdmans Publishing)
“The concept behind this series is a fascinating one and, given the list of authors, I am confident that the final product will not disappoint. This promsies to be a great resource for churches seeking to know the word of God more fully.”
- Dr. Carl R. Trueman
Professor of Church History and Academic Dean at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA
“There are so many fine commentaries available today. However, it’s great to have a reliable author you can turn to for solid Reformed reflection on Scripture. In this case, there are sixteen of them—friends and fellow shepherds who have given me great insight into God’s Word over the years. I’m looking forward eagerly to Fesko’s Galatians commentary—and to each one after that!”
- Dr. Michael S. Horton
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary California
Host of the White Horse Inn
Editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation Magazine
“Those of us who have promoted and practiced Lectio Continua expository preaching through the years eagerly await the volumes Tolle Lege Press has announced in its Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament. We are equally eager to read such a series written by pastors who have practiced the method in their churches. The international and interdenominational character of the series will only add to the richness of its insights.”
- Dr. T. David Gordon
Professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College
Author of “Why Johnny Can’t Preach” (P&R, 2009)
by Rev. Dr. John V. Fesko
“The book of Galatians is a crystal vial containing the sweet medicine of salvation in Christ alone. Fesko opens the vial and pours out the healing doctrines of justification by faith alone and sanctification by grace alone. His simple, expository style will connect with ordinary people. Yet he helps us to do biblical theology, uncovering the Old Testament roots of the gospel. He guides us in systematic theology, distilling clear doctrinal statements from the Scriptures with the insights of great theologians of the past. And his commentary is practical, leading the reader in this present evil age to live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself up for us. Read Galatians and read this book—and then walk by faith in Christ alone.”
- Dr. Joel R. Beeke
President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan