Further Reading for “The Churches of Revelation”
Pastor Jay is in a 4-week series on the letters written to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. Immersing ourselves in the biblical text is paramount—it only is inspired, eternal, and powerful! May I encourage all of us to read through these chapters at least once each week. With that said, the Lord has also provided His Church with people having the gift of teaching. As Ephesians 4:12-13 tells us, the spiritual gifts have been apportioned “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” This gift is present in our church through the pulpit and classroom settings, available over the airwaves, and obtainable in books and other resources. In this article, I would like to highlight some excellent print resources (most should be available digitally) to help us dig further into the Scriptures. Those marked (*) are in the church library.
BOOKS ON THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN REVELATION
• For the message of the seven letters, turn to Christ’s Call to Reform the Church* by John MacArthur, and What Christ thinks of His Church* by John Stott.
Other authors include William Barclay*, Dwight Gunter*, and Robert Murray McCheyne*
• For the historical background of the letters, use the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary* (this is an invaluable resource on the people, places, objects, and events in the Bible and a must for your personal library).
Two of the best in-depth treatments are by Colin Hemer and William Ramsay.
COMMENTARIES ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION
• At an introductory level, try Daniel Akin, the Moody Bible Commentary*, and Leon Morris.*
Others include Alan Johnson*, Warren Wiersbe*, and Michael Wilcock.
• At a middle level, look to Scott Duvall, Dennis Johnson, and Craig Keener.*
Others include John MacArthur and John Walvoord.*
• For advanced options, two of the best are by Greg Beale* and Robert Mounce* (Note: Beale has written two commentaries. This is his Revelation: A Shorter Commentary. It’s “shorter” (over 500 pages) because it is a “digest” of his technical commentary on the Greek text which numbers over 1,300 pages!).
Another advanced choice would be Grant Osborne.
Happy reading! Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.