Luke Sermon Series Bibliography

Luke Sermon Series Bibliography

Here are the main works I am using as I preach through the Gospel according to Luke. Brief descriptions are attached to some of the works. My studies during the week do show up on Sunday morning but not in an exhaustive fashion. It’s my conviction that the pastor should strive to be as much a scholar of the text as possible and that this will involve rigorous study. The sermon is the tip of the iceberg that is undergirded by a massive foundation unseen under the water. It is like the finished carved piece of wood. The excess material is on the floor and was carefully dissected, but is not useful to hold up alongside the finished piece.

–          Wilcock, M. (1979). The Savior of the world : The message of Luke’s gospel. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

  • I recommend this commentary for all folks who are looking for a concise series that gets to the main point of the text while also being academically informed.


–          Utley, R. J. D. (2004). Vol. Volume 3A: The Gospel According to Luke. Study Guide Commentary Series. Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

  • This is a great exegetical commentary that will concisely deal with the grammatical construction and meaning of the original Greek.


–          Carson, D. A. (1994). New Bible commentary : 21st century edition (4th ed.). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, Ill., USA: Inter-Varsity Press.

  • I. Howard Marshall contributes the commentary notes on Luke in this single volume commentary that I recommend for all Christians who desire a nice single-volume commentary on the whole of Scripture.


–          Elwell, W. A. (1996). Vol. 3: Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. Baker reference library. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

  • Thomas Schreiner contributes the commentary on Luke in this solid single-volume commentary. Schreiner is a trustworthy conservative Evangelical scholar.


–          Keener, C. S., & InterVarsity Press. (1993). The IVP Bible background commentary : New Testament. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

  • Interesting tidbits are found throughout Keener’s work. The wealth of background information offered here is sometimes missed even in some of the more expensive commentaries on Luke.


–          Marshall, I. H. (1978). The Gospel of Luke : A commentary on the Greek text. The New international Greek testament commentary. Exeter [Eng.: Paternoster Press.

  • This is one of the most thorough commentaries on Luke and is framed on rigorous exegesis of the text. Marshall is also a Lucan scholar, having written a volume on Luke as theologian.


–          Bock, D. L. (1994). Luke Volume 1: 1:1-9:50. Baker exegetical commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

  • One of the best commentaries on Luke by a conservative evangelical who is able to deal with higher criticism and other assaults on the text.

–          Stein, R. H. (2001). Vol. 24: Luke (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

  • The Baptist publishers offer this nice set that isn’t overly technical, nor neglectfully brief. It is more comprehensive than the shorter Tyndale set and is also moderately priced. I actually like this set quite a bit. I would say that this is an intermediate commentary and would point folks to the Tyndale and Message for Today sets first. Stein is a respectable scholar who has done work in the NT.


–          Morris, L. (1988). Vol. 3: Luke: An introduction and commentary. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

  • This is a great commentary to begin with for the layperson. Morris is solid.


–          Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953-2001). Vol. 11: New Testament commentary : Exposition of the Gospel According to Luke. New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

  • A trustworthy commentary series that can be had on CBD for a large discount. Recommend this entire set for the libraries of those who want a dependable set that also aligns with a Reformed theological conviction.


–          Godet, F. L., Shalders, E. W., & Cusin, M. D. (1881). A commentary on the gospel of St. Luke. New York: I. K. Funk & co.

  • An old classic…always got to read from a dead guy in the 19th century to balance things out.


–          Bond, J. (1890). The Gospel According to St. Luke. London: Macmillan.

  • Another classic that deals with straight exegesis of the Greek.


–          Hughes, Kent.  Preaching the Word Series. Luke (2 vols)

  • This is homiletical gold designed for the preacher. Hughes is a master of illustrations and showing forth the majesty of Christ while also dealing faithfully with the challenges of the text.


–          Geldenhuys, Norval. New International Commentary on The New Testament: Commentary on Luke.

  • This is a solid commentary from a solid series.


–          Nolland, John. Word Biblical Commentary Series: Luke.

  • This is a good set that deals with all of the higher critical assessments of the text. It is probably the most informed series with regards to higher criticism.


–          Stronstad, Roger. The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke.

  • This is a wonderful Pentecostal contribution on a  Lukan theological framework  throughout Luke-Acts. I don’t agree with Stronstad’s conclusions in total, but have been greatly influenced by Stronstad’s thesis that there is a distinct Lukan pneumatology that aligns more closely to modern Pentecostal-Charismatic practice.


–          Bauckham, Richard. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses:  The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony.

  • Bauckham throws the knockout punch to higher criticism theories on the Gospels. This is a contemporary top-notch work for those questioning the reliability and source material of the Gospels.


–          Bovon, Francois. Luke the Theologian.

  • Lukan Biblical theology through and through.


–          There are a few other resources such as that of the original languages and a handful of very good language resources as well as some journal articles and such.


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