Don’t say we didn’t tell you. We’re telling you now. The Christ-Centered Exposition series (B&H) has officially launched with the publication of Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. The series editors—Danny Akin, David Platt, and Tony Merida—serve as authorial triumvirate for the first book. Future volumes will be written by Russell D. Moore, Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, Mark Dever, J. D. Greear, Eric Mason, Robert Smith, Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, Thabiti Anyabwile, Al Mohler, and Paige Patterson.
The Christ-Centered Exposition series is framed by certain convictions. From the back cover:
This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. We purpose to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible. In doing this, we are not commending wild allegory or fanciful typology. We must be constrained to the meaning intended by the divine Author Himself, the Holy Spirit of God. However, we also believe that the Bible has a Messianic focus, and the authors in this series will exalt Christ from all of their texts.
The series editors express the determination to ensure exegetical accuracy in each of the works. They view pastors—especially those busy with the responsibilities of ministry—as the target audience for the series and for that reason include helpful illustrations and theologically driven applications.
These convictions and characteristics drive the first volume in the series, Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. Each major section of commentary includes a main idea, outline, brief discussion of the text according to this outline, and reflection and discussion questions. Where necessary, the authors include an “excursus,” or parenthetical discussion of a key issue from that passage. An example from 1 Timothy 1:3–20 illustrates this clear presentation.
The authors provide this main idea for the text: “Church leaders must lead God’s people to persevere in the gospel in the face of false teaching and other challenges” (p. 12). They then discuss this main idea through three major sections: We Must Guard the Gospel (1:3–11); We Must Celebrate the Gospel (1:12–17); We Must Fight for the Gospel (1:18–20). Akin, Platt, and Merida also provide an excurses on “The Three Moral Uses of the Law” (pp. 15–16) in which they conclude, “as we rest in the righteousness of Christ, possessed by the Spirit of Christ, compelled by the ongoing grace of Christ, we are led from the inside out to walk in God’s will. For the Christian, God’s law is no longer a crushing hammer but a divine guide.” Finally, the chapter ends with ten discussion questions (p. 21) such as, “How would you state the gospel in one sentence?” and “How do the three uses of God’s moral law apply to unbelievers? To believers?”