“My books are my tools. They also serve as my counsel, my consolation, and my comfort. They are my friends and my delights.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
Those words appear on a coffee mug that Jessica picked up for me at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary a few years ago. As a result, those words are often on my desk as I study along with stacks of friends.
Some time ago at Fellowship Church Lubbock we wrapped a year long study in the book of Hebrews. I wanted to share with you a few resources that I used to prepare those sermons and what I found to be particularly useful. I’m not going to list all of them here, because some were less helpful and others would probably be even less helpful to those who don’t want to wrestle through translation. Of course, you might find such a resource extremely helpful if you have trouble falling asleep at night.
If you decide to embark on a journey in Hebrews on your own, I would suggest two friends you might want to invite on your journey.
The first is Hebrews in the Reformed Expository Commentary series. This commentary is authored by Richard D. Phillips and always seemed to provide a refreshing perspective or point of application. Phillips also does a wonderful job of inserting the perspective of Reformed figures into the book. Most people probably will not pick up a commentary for casual reading, but there is a sense that this commentary could be read in such a fashion. I often thought of this commentary as an unexpected surprise. It introduced me to the writing and teaching of Phillips, and that alone is a great gain.
The other suggestion I would have is the Commentary on Hebrews in the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series. This work is authored by Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner, my New Testament theology professor at SBTS. Dr. Schreiner does a great job of outlining the entire book and providing helpful sections on how one section transitions to another section in the text. His commentary will be like a tour guide through Hebrews, helping you keep your eyes on the big picture while pointing out the finer details along the way.
If you decide to jump into a study of Hebrews, there are 45 sermons on our website that I hope you will find as useful resources. Perhaps you could even invite someone to join you in your study, meeting with them once a week. It would be a great means of discipleship where you could both listen during the week, read a few pages of one of the commentaries listed above, all while studying the book and preparing to discuss.