Helpful Commentaries on Galatians

At Cornerstone, I have been preaching a sermon series through the book of Galatians. It has been a great series for our church and for me personally. It has really required some extra study time and I wanted to share with you the commentaries and resources I have been using throughout the series. In preparing a message series, I start with the Bible passage and then break it down into manageable sections to preach each week. I then spend time looking for the major themes and points I want to make from each section. These commentaries have been helpful in preparing my messages. All are either available as Kindle books are as ebooks in Logos or Wordsearch. Here is a quick rundown.

Galatians For You by Tim Keller This has been the most helpful commentary for my series. Keller does an incredible job of presenting the information in an understandable format. The information is detailed, yet practical. This is a perfect research for preaching through the book of Galatians.

Christ Centered Exposition Exalting Jesus in Galatians by David Platt – This commentary is based on David Platt’s sermon series on Galatians. Platt does an excellent job in organizing and presenting the important details in the book of Galatians. My sermon series is based on the sections in this book, although many of my points have been adapted¬†from Keller’s commentary.

The Message of Galatians by John Stott – This is the Galatians commentary that everyone else references. It is the standard and is excellent. The language is not as contemporary as Keller and Platt, but it is still easy to understand.

Cornerstone Biblical Commentary – This is a commentary series that I really enjoy using. It brings out both application and exegesis of each passage. It is also based on the New Living Translation which I have been using throughout my sermon series.

Holman Commentary – This is yet another commentary that is heavy on application. I like the use of illustrations as well. However, it is the least detailed of all the commentaries listed here.

I hope information like this is helpful to you. Even if you are not a pastor, commentaries can be helpful in studying the Bible. You will see different viewpoints, but trust God to reveal to you both the meaning and application of each text you study. 


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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4 Responses

  1. Larry Goodale says:

    Thanks. I am getting ready to preach a series on Galatians in my church. Your recommendations are very helpful. Did you look at the NIV Application Commentary at all? Are there any commentaries you found that weren’t very helpful? I was looking at a few that you recommend and I will need to get them. Thanks again!

    • Mike says:

      I did look at the NIV Application Commentary at the Christian bookstore, but I didn’t have a copy of my own to use throughout the series. It looked like another great resource. The first three books I listed were definitely my favorite. Thanks for stopping by the blog. When we preach God’s Word faithfully, lives will be changed!

      • Larry Goodale says:

        I have already purchased the first two resources for my Kindle based on your recommendations. I agree that faithfully preaching God’s Word does change lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thanks for your thoughts and encouragement!
        PS. I found your preaching series online. I just may listen to your sermons as well. I downloaded the first LifeGroup discussion Guide. Are other churches free to use them too? I would certainly adapt it for my church, but I love the questions!

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