My goal is to publish a summary of each class discussion while it is still fresh in my mind. Currently we are studying Romans, but you can read summaries of earlier discussions under the “archives” menu items. Allow me to say a little about the resources I use and the way I prepare for each discussion. Each week I hope we can answer three questions for the passage we examine:
What does it say?
What does it mean?
What now do we do?
I like to always begin simply by reading the scripture passage, and to begin as if it is the first time I have seen these words. Sometimes I will try a different translation to perhaps gain a fresh perspective, but most often I begin with NASB or NIV. For much of my study I use a parallel New Testament with an interlinear Greek/English translation between the NASB and NIV. Recently I discovered The Source New Testament with Extensive Notes on Greek Word Meaning by Dr. A. Nyland.
I enjoy digging deeper into the Greek with the help of The Analytical Greek Lexicon by Harold Moulton. For commentary during our study of Thessalonians I relied most on a Tyndale commentary by Leon Morris. I also used Paul For Everyone by N. T. Wright and a John Stott Bible study on 1&2 Thessalonians. Midway through our study of Thessalonians I also found useful a Thornapple commentary by G.G. Findlay.
The commentaries I have used for our study of Romans include: the Tyndale commentary by F.F. Bruce; a two volume exposition by D. G. Barnhouse; Encountering the Book of Romans by Douglas J. Moo; Romans, God’s Good News for the World by John Stott; and Chuck Swindoll’s “Living Insights commentary.
If I have allowed adequate time to prepare, I find it works well to “sleep on it” and give the Holy Spirit additional opportunity to enlighten me. Often I gain new insight alone in the shower or during my early morning walks.