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By Cecil Sherman / Helwys / 2006
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In thousands of Bible study classes across America, teachers, elders, and pastors use Cecil Sherman to help them teach essential passages in the Bible. Dr. Sherman served as the primary commentary writer for the Smyth and Helwys Formations series of adult Bible study for nearly fifteen years. In those years, he contributed to nearly 700 sessions across 45 issues of the commentary and addressed an extensive amount of Scripture.
Dr. Sherman’s commentaries provide a depth of biblical scholarship that he brings to life through rich storytelling based on a lifetime of experience and spiritual wisdom. He is able to communicate the gospel in a way that balances bold proclamation with good pastoral sense. By drawing the reader into a dialogue around a passage, Sherman is able to expound on what might otherwise seem complex and distant, helping the reader discover its richness.
His writing is clearly informed by careful research into biblical languages, backgrounds, theology, and archaeology. His love of the church is revealed through each commentary he writes, speaking to the real issues and challenges congregations face today.
Now, at long last, his commentaries are being made available once again. These five volumes collect the wisdom, insight, and wit that Sherman’s readers have come to treasure week after week through the years.
Cecil Sherman has most recently served as visiting professor of pastoral ministries at the Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Sherman has pastored at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1985-1992, and First Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina, from 1964-1984. He was the first executive head of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and served on the board of directors for the Alliance of Baptists. Sherman is a graduate of Baylor University and is the recipient of the Baylor Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for 1992. He received a B.D. and Th.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has been very active in church life and community service and has written extensively, publishing numerous articles and several books. Sherman continues to write Sunday school literature and other Christian educational resources for Baptists.