The History and Purpose of The Sermon Notebook

Today’s post was written by guest blogger Alan Carr, creator of The Sermon Notebook, which is currently only sale for 50% off. Learn more about it here.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul, in his words to Timothy, articulated the philosophy that brought The Sermon Notebook into being. Paul wrote, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2 KJV)

The Internet ministry of The Sermon Notebook began as a very small endeavor. In 1997, a friend suggested that I post a series of sermons I had prepared from the book of Revelation. I took his advice. When the initial response to the sermons was positive, and interest in my sermons grew, I developed The Sermon Notebook, and our ministry was born.

Since then, I have posted well over 1,100 sermons. Over the years, the ministry has grown beyond all of my expectations. The ministry of The Sermon Notebook is accessed by tens of thousands of visitors every day, and I regularly receive emails from every populated continent in the world. I am grateful to the Lord for how He has blessed this ministry and used our sermons since those humble beginnings years ago.

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“The Bible Is To Be Lived.”

The Randall House Bible Commentary Series is a must have for pastors and students of the Bible. The authors share an unclouded commitment to the inerrant Word of God, and each of the ten volumes includes verse-by-verse commentary, summaries of passages, and application notes for preaching and teaching.

An Overall Aim to be Practical

While The Randall House Bible Commentary Series is not intended to be highly technical, the volumes also aren’t purely devotional. They are understandable while seriously expounding the text. When the writers comment on the Greek text, they do so in a way that anyone without formal training can follow, with technical comments put in parenthesis. The overall aim of this series is to be practical, as general editor Robert Picirilli says in the introduction, “Above all; the Bible is to be lived.”

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Free Friday! Passionate Conviction

Free Book Friday for Bible Software

Part of the broader task of Christian scholarship is to help create and sustain a cultural milieu in which the gospel can be heard as an intellectually viable option for thinking men and women. Therefore, the church has a vital stake in raising up Christian scholars who will help to create a place at the university for Christian ideas. The average Christian does not realize that there is an intellectual war going on in the universities and in the professional journals and scholarly societies. Christianity is being attacked as irrational or obsolete; and millions of students, our future generation of leaders, have absorbed that viewpoint.

This is a war we cannot afford to lose.

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Ideally Suited for Wordsearch – Extremely Helpful for Sermon and Lesson Preparation

No matter what verse you are studying, the definitions of important words and more information on the people, places, and backgrounds can help you understand the Bible on a deeper level. With encyclopedias in Wordsearch, you are only a few clicks away from becoming a more knowledgeable student of God’s Word.

For this Encyclopedia Sale, 9 of our best encyclopedias are on sale from 50-75% off.

New! The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia – Intro Sale

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is widely acknowledged as one of the most brilliant religious thinkers in American history. A multifaceted figure, he was a theologian, pastor, preacher, missionary, and philosopher during his lifetime.

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The Exegetical Summary Series

If you are preaching, teaching, translating, or doing serious study of God’s Word, the Exegetical Summary Series gives you a huge head start on your research. The Exegetical Summary Series is a 30-volume set that compares and summarizes many excellent Bible translations, commentaries, lexicons, and other study resources. This series can save you many hours of prep time for preaching, teaching, and translating.

A Resource Unlike Any Other

For each passage of Scripture the editors of this work guide you in a systematic and practical way. They take great care in helping you exegete, or interpret, each passage by offering these 4 sections:

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Over 11,717 Pages of Excellence

The New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC) is one of the most highly respected commentaries on the New Testament. The 13 volumes look at the New Testament through atheological and historical lens to provide scholarly verse-by-verse exegesis.

Over 11,717 Pages of Excellence

Research at this level cannot be rushed. The first volume in the series was released over 37 years ago, and work still continues on the remaining few volumes. The authors chosen to write these commentaries are leading Bible scholars who each have an unmatched understanding of the Greek New Testament. Each volume has been painstakingly researched and written.

In print, the volumes so far have over 11,717 pages filled with excellent research. As an example, the volume on Matthew has 1,245 works listed as sources in the bibliography.

You Don’t Need to Understand Greek to Use this Set

One of the best parts of the NIGTC is that you don’t need to understand Greek to use this commentary. Anyone with a desire to go deeper in God’s Word will come away from this work with a rich understanding of any given text. If you do have training in biblical languages, you’ll experience a deep appreciation for how the text is analyzed and exposed. But if you don’t have any language training, you’ll find the commentary is extremely readable and enlightening. Using the NIGTC often will help you grow fond of New Testament Greek.

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