Christ-Centered Exposition Commentaries (CCEC) | Reviews, Theology

Christ-Centered Exposition CommentaryThe Christ-Centered Exposition Commentaries is guided by Augustine’s conviction, “Where Scripture speaks, God speaks.” The CCEC series takes a Christ-centered approach to all 66 books of the bible, which means authors are always mindful of the person and work of Christ as they interpret Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation.

A core value of the series is that the bible is God-breathed, making it authoritative and timeless. Volumes in the series are not technical, so people who aren’t familiar with the original languages can easily understand and follow the discussions. The commentaries are so accessible, they can be read straight through.

The series is edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida.

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Christ-Centered Expositional Commentary: Reviews

Matt Smethurst, Associate Editor for The Gospel Coalition:

“It’s one thing to know Bible stories; it’s another to know the story of the Bible. It’s one thing to be aware of the story’s many heroes; it’s another to have met the Hero himself. From the Old Testament that anticipates him, to the Gospels that manifest him, to the Book of Acts that proclaims him, to the Epistles that explain him, and to the Book of Revelation that tells of him coming again, your Bible is about Jesus. That’s why I love the vision of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. It models for preachers and teachers how to proclaim—with pastoral focus and exegetical care—the beauty of the gospel from every page of Scripture.”

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

“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.”

CCEC Author Interviews on Best Bible Commentaries

John – Matt Carter (click to read full Q & A)

Preview: I love how John begins his gospel with addressing the deity of Christ, and not simply starting with some event or aspect of Jesus’ life. John starts with Jesus’ character. That sets the stage for everything else that happens in the gospel, all viewed through the lens of his authority and divinity.

Isaiah – Andrew Davis (click to read full Q & A)

Preview: I loved unfolding Isaiah 53 especially, because of its powerfully clear display of substitutionary atonement, the center of the gospel. I also enjoyed the soaring display of God’s majesty in Isaiah 40, and the amazing prediction of the spread of the gospel to the distant shores in many places in Isaiah.

Volumes in the CCEC Commentary Series

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Exalting Jesus in Exodus

Exalting Jesus in Leviticus

Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel

Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Kings

Exalting Jesus in Ezra and Nehemiah

Exalting Jesus in Proverbs

Exalting Jesus in Ecclesiastes

Exalting Jesus in Song of Songs

Exalting Jesus in Isaiah

Exalting Jesus in Ezekiel

Exalting Jesus in Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk

Exalting Jesus in Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Exalting Jesus in Matthew

Exalting Jesus in Mark

Exalting Jesus in Acts

Exalting Jesus in Galatians

Exalting Jesus in Ephesians

Exalting Jesus in Philippians

Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus

Exalting Jesus in Hebrews

Exalting Jesus In James

Exalting Jesus in 1, 2, & 3 John

Exalting Jesus in Revelation

Purpose of the CCEC Commentary 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. Projected contributors to the series include notable authors such as Russell D. Moore, Al Mohler, Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, Mark Dever, and others.