|Author||: Milton Vincent|
|Publisher||: Focus Publishing (MN)|
|Release Date||: 2011-11|
|ISBN 10||: 9781885904935|
|Pages||: 110 pages|
By showing how you can preach the gospel to yourself each day, this book will help you savor the glories of God's love and experience the life-transforming power of the gospel in all areas of life.
Christian vision -- Procreation versus reproduction -- Abortion -- Genetic advance -- Prenatal screening -- Suicide and euthanasia -- Refusing treatment -- Who decides? -- Gifts of the body: organ donation -- Gifts of the body: human experimentation -- Embryos: the smallest of research subjects -- Sickness and health.
With so many versions of the gospel being marketed to the public, which message is correct? Why do so many professing Christians not know the essential elements of the message that Paul deemed to be the very “power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16)? The Gospel of Our Grandfathers offers a theologically deep yet understandable overview of the glorious gospel that was “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Ideal for small group study, personal devotion, evangelism, or new member instruction, this study explores the gospel in five sections: The Attributes of God The Depravity of Fallen Man The Substitutionary Atonement of Christ Man’s Response—Repentance and Faith Assurance of Salvation The Gospel of Our Grandfathers is a simple work that seeks to bring you face-to-face with the attributes of God, the plight of man, the excellence and sufficiency of Christ, the application of redemption, and the assurance of salvation. Whether you are a seasoned follower of Christ, a new Christian, or a curious skeptic, you will find in this account a clear, biblically saturated presentation of the message that men of old have proclaimed and men of valor are called to proclaim still. “J. A. White ... lists the facts of the gospel of Jesus Christ and shows his reader that, in short, this is your father’s and grandfather’s religion.” —Rick Walston, PhD, President of Columbia Evangelical Seminary “A clear and faithful presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, once delivered to the saints! The Gospel of Our Grandfathers will deepen your understanding and encourage your soul.” —Greg Gilbert, author of What Is the Gospel? and pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. “In The Gospel of Our Grandfathers, John White points the reader’s gaze to the God of the gospel, portraying the various facets of His character and His work for the salvation of sinners through Jesus Christ. Amply supported by Scripture and expanded upon by gospel sages past and present, the thoughts John shares in this warm-hearted book will enrich your love for Christ, deepen your appreciation for the Faith once-delivered to the saints, and equip you to deliver the gospel to the next generation with clarity and depth. This present generation, and the generations to come, are well served by this resource!” – Milton Vincent, author of A Gospel Primer for Christians
|Author||: Tim Challies|
|Release Date||: 2007-12-19|
|ISBN 10||: 1433520524|
|Pages||: 208 pages|
Spiritual discernment is good for more than just making monumental decisions according to God's will. It is an essential, day-to-day activity that allows thoughtful Christians to separate the truth of God from error and to distinguish right from wrong in all kinds of settings and situations. It is also a skill-something that any person can develop and improve, especially with the guidance in this book. Written by a leading evangelical blogger, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment is an uplifting, scripturally grounded work that explains the need for discernment, its challenges, and the steps that will cultivate it. Author Tim Challies does not do the discerning for readers; he simply shows them how to practically apply scriptural tools, principles, and wisdom so that their conclusions about everything-people, teachings, decisions, media, and organizations-will be consistent with God's Word.
The authors use an extended metaphor to serve up a little book with a big message about two essentials of the Christian life. What do bookends have to do with the Christian life? They are a metaphor that Jerry Bridges has developed over the years, and which he and coauthor Bob Bevington flesh out in this small volume. The two "bookends" explain not only how we as sinners can be made acceptable to a holy God but also we can find the power to change. They are thus essential for the Christian life. In a unique book that should garner the attention of a wide range of readers, the authors use their extended metaphor to help readers answer questions like: How can I overcome persistent guilt? How can I deal with the pressure to measure up? Where can I find the motivation it takes to grow? How can I live the Christian life with both my head and my heart? How can I be sure God loves me? How can I change in an authentic and lasting way? So what are the bookends of the Christian life? Christ's righteousness as it is transferred to dependent believers, and the Holy Spirit's power as it enables their transformation. In continuing their goal to re-center the church at large onto the historic gospel of Jesus Christ, Bridges and Bevington have served up this little book with a big message so that believers and seekers alike can understand these two keys to a genuine Christian life.
Helps readers move beyond the wounds and baggage of bitterness, disagreements, and broken relationships. "True or false: most Christian pastors and counselors agree on what forgiveness is and how it should take place." This question is part of Chris Brauns's Forgiveness Quiz that draws readers into his book and gets them thinking about the subject of forgiveness. The truth is, pastors and counselors disagree profoundly on this subject. Unpacking Forgiveness combines sound theological thinking and honesty about the complicated questions many face to provide readers with a solid understanding of biblical forgiveness. Only God's Word can unpack forgiveness. The wounds are too deep for us to find healing on our own, and the questions are too complex to be unraveled by anything but the wisdom of God. This book goes beyond a feel-good doctrine of automatic forgiveness, balancing the beauty of God's grace and the necessity of forgiveness with the teaching that forgiveness must take place in a way that is consistent with justice.
As he convincingly demonstrates that the Western world is becoming increasingly, overtly pagan, Wright articulates how paganism now manifests itself in Western culture, shows how the gospel confronts it at the roots, and presents a challenging agenda for the church. "An urgent book for the times--passionate, brilliant, filled with hope".--Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School.
Penned by a Christian teacher who has led thousands of students through the unfamiliar terrain of systematic theology, A Primer for Christian Doctrine serves as a friendly guide to theology's topics, debates, and terminology. Telling you what you need to know as you begin your study of theology or doctrine, the book is an ideal companion to more comprehensive texts. After a brief introduction defending the continued need for doctrine, Jonathan Wilson clearly and concisely maps out each of the main topics of Christian belief in separate chapters. He also traces the differing emphases of theologians while suggesting reasons for their differences. Whether as a first taste of theology or as a readable summary of its present state, Wilson's Primer for Christian Doctrine will be an invaluable resource for students and small groups pursuing a deeper knowledge of what Christians believe.
Follow your heart. You do you. You are enough. We take these slogans for granted, but what if this path to personal happiness leads to a dead-end? In Rethink Your Self, Trevin Wax encourages you to rethink some of our society’s most common assumptions about identity and the road to happiness. Most people define their identity and purpose by first looking in (to their desires), then looking around (to express their uniqueness), and finally—maybe—looking up (to add a spiritual dimension to life). Rethink Your Self proposes a counter-intuitive approach: looking up before looking in. It's only when we look up to learn who we were created to be that we discover our true purpose and become our truest selves.
|Author||: Mike McKinley|
|Release Date||: 2011-06-07|
|ISBN 10||: 1433525798|
|Pages||: 160 pages|
Jesus divided the world into two groups—those who follow him and those who don’t. But what happens when someone thinks he or she is a Christian, but isn’t? With his witty, engaging style, Mike McKinley takes readers on a journey of what it means to be a Christian. He asserts that “manipulative evangelism techniques and a poor understanding of the gospel have resulted in an abundance of professing Christians who have no idea what it means to follow Christ.” Each chapter title begins with “You’re not a Christian [if/when/just because you]...” As he surveys what it means to be Christian, McKinley offers criteria for evaluating one’s standing before God. Readers are guided through a series of challenges to reflect, repent, remember, and report to another person. Am I Really a Christian? ends with chapters on salvation and the local church. This unique book is written for nominal or new Christians and can be used in personal or small-group study.
Newspapers are filled with stories about poorly educated children, ineffective teachers, and cash-strapped school districts. In this greatly expanded treatment of a topic he first dealt with in Rediscovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Douglas Wilson proposes an alternative to government-operated school by advocating a return to classical Christian education with its discipline, hard work, and learning geared to child development stages. As an educator, Wilson is well-equipped to diagnose the cause of America's deteriorating school system and to propose remedies for those committed to their children's best interests in education. He maintains that education is essentially religious because it deals with the basic questions about life that require spiritual answers-reading and writing are simply the tools. Offering a review of classical education and the history of this movement, Wilson also reflects on his own involvement in the process of creating educational institutions that embrace that style of learning. He details elements needed in a useful curriculum, including a list of literary classics. Readers will see that classical education offers the best opportunity for academic achievement, character growth, and spiritual education, and that such quality cannot be duplicated in a religiously-neutral environment.
flu·en·cy / noun :the ability to speak a language easily and effectively Even if they want to, many Christians find it hard to talk to others about Jesus. Is it possible this difficulty is because we're trying to speak a language we haven't actually spent time practicing? To become fluent in a new language, you must immerse yourself in it until you actually start to think about life through it. Becoming fluent in the gospel happens the same way—after believing it, we have to intentionally rehearse it (to ourselves and to others) and immerse ourselves in its truths. Only then will we start to see how everything in our lives, from the mundane to the magnificent, is transformed by the hope of the gospel.
“A battle manual for every Christian.” —Sinclair B. Ferguson The Christian life is a battle. We are in a daily struggle against the world, sin, and Satan. But God didn’t leave us to fend for ourselves. He gave us his own armor—armor that Jesus has already worn on our behalf all the way to the cross. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is now at work inside of us. This book unpacks each of the pieces of spiritual armor Paul describes in Ephesians 6, inviting us to take up the armor each day, all while resting in the finished victory of Christ and the assurance that our strength for the battle comes from him.
Argues that the increasing power of Christian fundamentalists in American politics threatens the country's citizens, blames the Bible for promoting intolerance of other faiths, and describes atheism as "an admission of the obvious."
While there are many books written about Christian discipleship, there are not nearly enough books on discipleship that primarily expound the Bible itself. The Apostle John wrote three letters, however, with the main purpose of helping disciples to grow. That You May Know: A Primer on Christian Discipleship is an enriching study that will lead you through John's teaching on following Jesus as a disciple. This book is more than a commentary and more than a topical book on the subject of Christian discipleship. Instead, this is a primer on Christian discipleship written as a careful reading of God's word in 1, 2 & 3 John. It's ideal for your own individual devotional reading or as a helpful resource for your group Bible study. What others are saying about That You May Know: "Whether you are a new believer or a seasoned saint, you will benefit greatly from reading this book. It does exactly what a Bible commentary should do--enlighten, encourage, and enrich--and it does so in a manner that is clear, wise, and practical." --Warren W. Wiersbe, Former Pastor of the Moody Church, Chicago, IL "Pastor Gerber marries thorough exegetical study with a loving pastoral tone in this very helpful primer on discipleship. He carries the reader along with him to a deeper understanding of the word of God, the promises God makes to his children, and what it means to be a disciples of Jesus." --Parker Johnson, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Brewton, AL
Thirty-One Daily Readings to Help You Be Gospel-Saturated All Day, Every Day
So where are your family and friends going to spend eternity - heaven or hell? You can make the difference. I hear many Christians say, "I want to witness, but what do I say?" Many times the hardest part in witnessing is just getting started. When fear grips or they get tongue tied Christians often wonder: "How do I segue this conversation onto the Gospel track?" This is a huge problem because if a Christian does not know how to transition a conversation onto the Gospel track, then they will not be witnessing at all. This book is the solution that contains over 400 Icebreakers to help get you started. These icebreakers are friendly and easy to use and they are listed by location so that you can witness to the lost wherever you go. Many Christians wait to share the Gospel until Christmas or Easter. Many times that is too late because so many young people are killed instantly though car wrecks, drug overdoses or drive by shootings and even middle-aged people die suddenly of heart attacks or some other illness. No one ever knows when their last day on earth will be. It will stir your compassion and give you the needed courage to witness to the lost wherever you go Please be kind, use loving boldness and remember that God is love. All 400 icebreakers Icebreakers are organized in sections under headings: I Want to Witness, But What Do I Say - Around: Entertainment; Financial Affairs; Food; Healthcare; Holidays and Special Times; the Great Outdoors; Shopping or Doing Errands; Sports, Work and Traveling. There is a handy INDEX in the back! Each section contains 7 to 9 different "object evangelism icebreakers." God gave the ideas for these icebreakers when He revealed to me that Jesus taught using objects in his environment in Matthew 13 using parables. Christians can witness like Jesus did through taking an object and making a comment that relates to the Gospel in some way, which makes a great transition or segue into the topic of the Gospel. For e.g.: WATER - "This water reminds me of the living water. Have you ever had any of that water?" Or DOOR - "This door reminds me of what Jesus said (John 10:9) that He is the DOOR to eternal life. Have you ever walked through that door?" Or DOWNLOAD - "Downloading this file or picture reminds me of the time I downloaded Jesus into my heart. Have you ever done that download?" SALT & PEPPER - "These salt and pepper shakers remind me of the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of darkness." Or BREAD - This bread reminds me of what Jesus said: "I Am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry," (John 6:35). Or SUGAR - This sugar reminds me of how sweet it is to trust in Jesus. After you say the icebreaker, you LISTEN to what they say in response and then be led by the spirit in what you say next. It is a "no fail" way to witness to the lost because, even if they do not accept Jesus at that moment, the object is still there to continue to remind them of what you said long after you are gone. After you say the icebreaker, the chapter "Truth to Say to 13 False Religions" will help you even more to witness to: Atheists & Evolutionists, Buddhists, Hindus, Jehovah Witnesses, Jewish people, Mormons, Muslims, New Agers, Scientologists, Unitarian Universalists and Homosexuals and Lesbians. There is also a chapter called Prophetic Evangelism that teaches you how to witness using a word of knowledge that God gives you to deliver a prophetic word to witness to the lost. There are several testimonies that show you, "Yes, it works!" About Rev. Susan Nazarewicz: Susan graduated from the UNC at Chapel Hill (B.A.); RHEMA Bible Training College, Victory World Missions Training Center, Church On the Move School of Ministry and Prophetic Age Ministries Institute and is ordained by John G. Lake Ministries. She works as a prayer partner at Oral Roberts Ministries at the Abundant Life Prayer Group and is a member at RHEMA Bible Church in Tulsa, OK where she sings in the choir.
|Author||: Stuart Scott,Andrew Jin|
|Publisher||: Shepherd Press|
|Release Date||: 2019-09-30|
|ISBN 10||: 9781633421769|
|Pages||: 160 pages|
"Nobody reaches out to me when I go to church." "This church really isn't much of a family." Have you heard these kinds of comments? How sad if they are true, especially as God's Word has so much to say about how believers should interact with one another! An array of interpersonal problems between spouses, children, parents, siblings, friends, coworkers can easily develop, but if you are a Christian, you can put the Bible's message into practice and see how radically it transforms your relationships with others. By carefully examining the "one another" commands in Scripture, the authors provide a Word-based understanding of what God intends for Christian relationshipsƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚"ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚€ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚"showing not only what they look like, but also how to develop them. Enjoy reading and sharing this book; it's very well suited for individuals, couples, and small groups.