09/05/2017 in: Look Insideon
Commentaries may seem as if they are only for pastors, theologians, and seminary students. That’s not true! Any Christian who is looking for reliable information on the Bible can pick up a commentary and start reading.
Those who write commentaries know that not all Christians are the same. So, they make different types of commentaries! For example, the Courson’s Application Commentary is all about life application. You can learn more about the history and context of the Bible in a way that will directly influence your life.
So, if you’re wanting to go more in-depth, but are much more interested in devotional-style reading (instead of heavy, academic literature), then this might be the resource for you. Let’s look inside.
Like any enhanced resource you purchase for our app, Courson’s Application Commentary is built to work with the Resource Guide. As you’re reading the Bible, the Resource Guide follows along! It gives an overview of resources in your library that have content related to your passage. In the screenshot below you can see we have a hit in our commentary section for Courson’s commentary. After reading other commentaries or Study Bibles that explain the text, I can then turn to this commentary to help with applying God’s Word to my life.
One characteristic of this commentary that I enjoy is its ability to speak on my level. Courson doesn’t use heave Greek or Hebrew lingo or bore you with information on how papyrus of the original manuscripts were created. Instead, he takes a devotional approach to explaining the text. It comes alive and is easily applicable to life—here and now. He gets right to the point. This means you don’t have to waste time skimming through pages of endless commentary trying to find one or two sentences of practical application. You come to this commentary looking for application, and it is given to you.
TOPICAL ARTICLES (or little sermons)
Scattered throughout the commentary are what Courson likes to call “Topical Articles.” Think of them as sermonettes, or little,-itty-bitty sermons. Here, Courson takes a passage and deals with it topically, incorporating other passages as needed, to completely bring the big idea of a passage to life. A perfect example is the article titled, “He Didn’t Say That!” which is a study on Genesis 3:3. In this article, Courson does a wonderful job explaining Adam’s sin and how easy it would have been for us to commit the exact same sin.
The easiest way to access these articles is through the table of contents. If you open the Verse Chooser (and look at the list view!), then you’ll see a section called “Topical Table of Contents” for each of the three volumes. Here, you will find a list of all the topical articles in that volume organized by topic. Use this to easily find what the Bible says on anxiety, how you can improve your Christian walk, or any other topic.
Courson’s Application Commentary is a perfect companion to your daily Bible reading. Additionally, it’s useful to the Bible teacher or pastor who needs inspiration in apply the Bible to their hearers lives.
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