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John (Saint Andrews Expositional Commentary)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  447 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
In his latest book, John, Dr. R. C. Sproul offers his readers the fruits of his lifetime of biblical study as expressed in his most recent calling.

Dr. Sproul, a respected seminary teacher, conference speaker, and author, long saw his role in full-time Christian ministry as centered on the task of teaching. But in 1997, God placed him in the position of preaching weekly at
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published December 11th 2009 by Reformation Trust Publishing (first published 2009)
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Jul 13, 2012 Joshua rated it really liked it
R.C. Sproul comes with high recommendation from almost everyone I know. Perhaps I came to this text with higher expectations than I should have. It was certainly a good book and I will definitely read Sproul again in the future. Here are my thoughts about his book on John.

First I would like to say that Dr. Sproul's intention for this book seemed to be creating a commentary that would be accessible to people of various backgrounds. In this regard I would say that he accomplished that task well. T
Jun 10, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
The Gospel according to St. John is unique in the four Gospels in that it only shares about ten percent of its content with the other three and includes the Upper Room Discourse, Christ's High Priestly prayer, and the seven I AM sayings of Jesus. And R.C. Sproul, in this expositional series he preached to his own church, does a masterful job of patiently interpreting this book.

There are many passages to be read over and over, and here are just two:

On the church being made to be confessional - "t
Jan 23, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it
Recommended to Adam by: Brian
R.C. Sproul’s commentary on the Gospel of John features the strong, frequent marks of a major popular Reformed theologian and gifted teacher. His insights here are always accessible and illuminating. Readers will not for the space of a single chapter, I think, forget that the book originated as an expository sermon series. That is, the commentary is filled with personal anecdotes (some of which are a bit less effective than others) and occasional references to pop culture. It goes without saying ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I continue to read the modern-day commentaries, I become increasingly convinced that our contemporary theologians do more to undermine the Word the God than some of Christianity's worst critics. Christians should consider the warning of the Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah: "How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Mic rated it it was amazing
Great commentary on the book of John. Very well grounded.
John Gardner
Jun 24, 2010 John Gardner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to learn that Dr. Sproul was writing a series of new commentaries. He has long been one of my favorite theologians, and is one of the clearest teachers of Scripture that I have encountered. I was a bit concerned, however, that his commentaries might be somewhat more “intellectual” than many of his other books. Often in his lectures, he operates on a different mental plane than most mere mortals!

So it was much to my relief to see that this commentary was very approachable and easy t
John Gardner
Jul 10, 2010 John Gardner rated it it was amazing
I was excited to learn that Dr. Sproul was writing a series of new commentaries. He has long been one of my favorite theologians, and is one of the clearest teachers of Scripture that I have encountered. I was a bit concerned, however, that his commentaries might be somewhat more “intellectual” than many of his other books. Often in his lectures, he operates on a different mental plane than most mere mortals!

So it was much to my relief to see that this commentary was very approachable and easy t
Sep 06, 2011 Evan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I preached through the Gospel of John from Nov. 2009 to Aug. 2011 I found R.C. Sproul's commentary on the Gospel unequaled in its balance of deep theological teaching and practical application. This commentary was always in my study as I prepared sermons for the Church's edification.

As useful and challenging as Dr. Sproul's writings are it is important to remember that they do come from a Covenant Theologian's bent. So it should not surprise one that when Dr. Sproul comments on the Apostle Jo
Feb 04, 2012 Tyson rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
John's Gospel has been one of my favorite New Testament books for some time and though I haven't read a large number of R. C. Sproul's books, many of my friends have a great deal of respect for him. I had always wanted to read through an in-depth commentary on John and I felt that Sproul would do an excellent job.

Though his book isn't as detailed as other commentaries may be, it nevertheless provides a lot of insight into the main themes of John by looking at individual passages and showing how
Greg Beauchamp
Apr 18, 2016 Greg Beauchamp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent commentary.

This is an excellent commentary in that Mr Sproul includes both well researched information and his own personal testimony regarding the Gospel of John. I have several of his Bible commentaries and many of his other books and I have never been disappointed with any of them. Mr Sproul is a gift to the Christian community and am hoping that He writes a commentary on earth h of the books of the Bible.
Jeremy Gould
Apr 11, 2016 Jeremy Gould rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent commentary through the book of John. Admittedly, I am biased. I don't think there's anything out by Dr. R.C. Sproul I have not liked for various reasons. Like the other books in the St. Andrew's Expositionary Commentary series, this is highly recommended - especially those sections dealing with the "difficult passages" in John chapter 6 regarding the Sovereignty of God in salvation.
Jul 26, 2014 Pm rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent review of the gospel of John that is insightful and personal. Rather than a technical commentary, this review is more like a conversation between friends discussing the book. It is highly enjoyable if approached in this way. There are many detailed commentaries on John but RC does not attempt to write another but rather presents a conversation with personal stories and thoughts. I especially enjoyed his brief story of his conversion to Christ which illustrates how every sing ...more
Emmanuel Boston
Jul 14, 2013 Emmanuel Boston rated it it was ok
*Some thoughts, not a full review:

Moves too quickly from the text to application and misses prominent theological points/themes because of it.

Occasionally inaccurate regarding cultural elements.

Occasionally inaccurate regarding the thrust of a passage.

Prone to overstatement (e.g. "I am convinced that the Ascension is the most important part" [of the work of Christ]. Yet, the Ascension only appears in Luke & Acts--it cannot be the most important part).

Sproul writes within the Reformed traditi
Matthew Young
Sep 01, 2014 Matthew Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening

I have read the Gospel of John before, but never with guidance. This book is intensive and time-consuming, but one of the most informative books I've ever read. I highly recommend, and will definitely be rereading it again in the near future.
Zachary McDonald
Jan 09, 2016 Zachary McDonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed Dr. Sprouls writing, teachings, and sermons since high school but this is my first time reading one of his commentaries. One of the characteristics I first loved about him was he ability to teach the depth of biblical truths in a very concise, God honoring, and clear manner. This is precisely why he is enjoyed by folks from all spans of the Christian life, professors, pastors, laymen, and new believers alike. This commentary on the Gospel of John was no different. My only complain ...more
C.B. Stone
Nov 14, 2014 C.B. Stone rated it it was amazing
Loved this dive into the book of John. RC is great at breaking theology and doctrine down so it can be understood easily by someone without such a background. A lot of aha moments in this one. I feel like I came to know Jesus even better.
Mar 20, 2015 Cory rated it really liked it
This exegetical survey of the gospel of John is a fine introduction for those new to the book, the Christian Faith, or to Sproul's style. However, if you have read John several times and listen to the Reasonable Faith podcast, there's probably little new here for you. Very roughly speaking, the book is about 1/3 direct long quotes of John (cumulatively, quoting the entire gospel at least once), 1/3 smaller "in-line" quotes and paraphrases of the biblical text, and 1/3 interpretation or explanati ...more
Caleb Ripple
Sep 17, 2014 Caleb Ripple rated it really liked it
Over our Wednesday night study of John, I read most but not all of this good work.
Aug 01, 2013 台耀 rated it really liked it
Every time I read one of the Gospels, I can't help but feel like I have had a divine encounter with the One. To have had that chance to walk with Him and "hear" Him speak, and follow Him all the way to Jerusalem, Calvary and then witness His resurrection and Ascension. Each time I finish one of the Gospels, it feels like I always leave learning something new about Him.

And it really helps, how Sproul breaks down complex theology into digestible form. It's amazing how God uses him to open the eye
Nov 30, 2012 Mandi rated it it was amazing
This book gives a brief overview of each chapter in John's Gospel taken from R.C. Sproul's sermon series. In typical Sproul style the book is full of deep insights yet explained easily enough for anyone to take to heart. I really enjoyed how the chapters are written from a pastor's perspective and not only a theologian. This book makes a great devotion when reading through the book of John. The chapters are short enough to easily read in the morning during personal study time. This is the second ...more
Ryan Jankowski
May 17, 2014 Ryan Jankowski rated it really liked it
Excellent! Highly recommended commentary on the Book of John.
Aug 25, 2014 Aimee rated it it was amazing
This added so much to my reading of the gospel of John. I was concurrently doing a study on John by Beth Moore and found this to be so much more useful in filling in the missing pieces and helping me to unpack the text for myself. I will definitely use Sproul's sermons again for other biblical books when available.
Ron Sheets
Feb 09, 2014 Ron Sheets rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Good overview of the Book of John.
Sep 04, 2011 Loren rated it really liked it
It was a decent book. I used it as our church was doing a sermon series in John. It is definitely less academic and more conversational in a sermon-y kind of way. There were times I wish it would have gone into more depth.
May 26, 2011 Jstrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used this commentary as an aid in teaching through the Gospel of John with our Sr. High youth and found it to be immensely helpful - both for my mind and heart, as well as in communicating the truth to our students!
Jul 25, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
Sproul always has such good things to say and such helpful ways of looking at things. This book is no different. Many of the chapters were just perfect, but quite a few felt stretched out and needlessly long.
Jim V
Mar 16, 2014 Jim V rated it it was amazing
An excellent and easy to read commentary. Expository as if reading through a series of good sermons. Short enough that these could be done as a devotional. Good balance between teaching and application.
James Mayfield
Feb 09, 2015 James Mayfield rated it liked it
There was a some though provoking stuff in here and it did teach me some things. It is heavily Reformed in its theology. It was free so no complaints here.
Emma Dehoog
Jan 08, 2015 Emma Dehoog rated it really liked it
i used the book for devotional reading as well as help for a bible study on John. Very helpful and insightful
Dec 25, 2010 Devan rated it liked it
A helpful commentary with pastoral reflections. Not technical. From a Reformed Presbyterian perspective.
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Dr. R.C. Sproul was born in 1939 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He is president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and the founder and chairman of the ministry that began in 1971 as the Ligonier Valley Study Center in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. In an effort to respond more effectively to the growing demand for Dr. Sproul’s teachings and the ministry’s other educational resources, th ...more
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