Author: Jacques Ellul
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2012-06-19
First-timeTranslation in English - - - The relationship between Christians and Jews has often been very tense, with misunderstandings of Paul's teachings contributing to the problem. Jacques Ellul's careful exegesis of Romans 9-11 demonstrates how God has not rejected Israel. The title is taken from the verse, Is there some injustice in God? The answer is a clear no. God's election simply expanded outward beyond Israel to reach all peoples of the earth. In the end, there will be a reconciliation of Jews and Christians within God's plan of salvation. Written in 1991, three years before Ellul died, An Unjust God? brings a new understanding to a section of Scripture known for its conventional and limited interpretations. One significant feature of the book is Ellul's personal experience of the suffering of Jews under the Nazi regime; and this has direct bearing for the way he links the sufferings of Israel with the sufferings of Jesus. Ellul is then bold enough to say that a major reason why the Jewish people have not accepted Jesus as Messiah is because the Christian Church has not done well to emulate the Jewish Savior of the world.
Author: Glenn Packiam
Publisher: David C Cook
Release Date: 2010-01-01
God has offered us firsthand knowledge of His love, His grace, and His power. Yet so often, we too easily settle for someone else's descriptions, the Cliff notes from another's spiritual journey. We are content for "God-experts" to do the heavy lifting and then give us the bottom line. And like any secondhand information, after enough times through the grapevine, the truth about God deteriorates and crumbs of rumor are all that remain. But when life derails, and things don't go as we had planned, our thin view of God is challenged. In those critical moments, we can choose to walk away from God, or to let our questions lead us home. When we choose to wrestle with God, to engage Him for ourselves, we-like Jacob and Job and David-will see rumors die and revelation come alive. It's time to hear the magnificent, Divine Invitation. It's time to take God up on His offer and embrace the mystery and majesty of knowing Him for ourselves.
Author: S. Lewis Johnson
Release Date: 2014-11-25
Discovering Romans: Spiritual Revival for the Soul is a popular level guide by outstanding Bible teacher S. Lewis Johnson that opens up the motivating truths found in the apostle Paul’s powerful letter to the Romans. Anyone hungry to grow in practical understanding of Scripture will profit from Johnson’s rich teaching that stimulates both mind and emotions. This beloved pastor and professor works through the text engagingly, providing both clarifying insights and life applications along the way. Each chapter ends with reflection questions, making this volume useful not only for individual reading (or preparation for teaching) but also in small group Bible studies. John MacArthur once said, “Through the years I have listened to the preaching of S. Lewis Johnson far more than any other preacher.” Reading through this volume will be a soul-reviving experience.
Continuing a Gold Medallion Award-winning legacy, this completely revised edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series puts world-class biblical scholarship in your hands. Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this new thirteen-volume edition marshals the most current evangelical scholarship and resources.The thoroughly revised features consist of:• Comprehensive introductions• Short and precise bibliographies• Detailed outlines• Insightful expositions of passages and verses• Overviews of sections of Scripture to illuminate the big picture• Occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues• Notes on textual questions and special problems, placed close to the texts in question• Transliterations and translations of Hebrew and Greek words, enabling readers to understand even the more technical notes• A balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion
In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]. Is who you are today based on what you do, or is it defined by who you are? A distorted identity and life of bondage are not a coincidence. A poor understanding of our identity is the primary cause of bondage amongst Christians today. For your identity directly determines your every decision and how you choose to live your life. A person who is liberated has the right or power to do as one pleases, or freedom without restraint or bondage. Galatians 5:1 declares this reality – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. However, too many sincere believers today are living in some type of bondage when they already have the power to be set free. Therefore understanding who we are and unlocking the power within us as children of God is the key to liberated life. A desire to be all that God created us to be should be our highest pursuit in life. When we understand who we are and our purpose in Christ, we will be able to take hold of all the amazing plans He has in store for us. In this book you will understand the reality of your true identity as a Christian, the purpose of being broken and restored, as well as the importance our thoughts captive. You will discover practical steps to walking in freedom and the significance of becoming all you were created to be. Founded in biblical principles and inspiring stories, this book will help you realize your true identity that can empower you to having long lasting freedom in every area of your life. What other people daily struggle with does not have to be your story too. That there is absolutely nothing which is too powerful or difficult for God to set you free today. No matter your past mistakes or current circumstances, join me as we realize the divine freedom that is ours in Christ.
Honoring Gods Temple explores the relationship between the mind, body, soul, and spirit. To live a life of peace and purpose, we must have all facets of our being in one accord. As we begin to shift our understanding and transform our pattern of thinking, our life will manifest itself as healthy and holy. Honoring Gods Temple gives very practical methods to achieve each step of a lifetime change. No extreme diets and no radical exercises are necessary to achieve the new life you desire. Just simple, effective, biblical guidelines are offered to help you achieve your goal.
Women were created for intimacy with God. But so many things get in the way! Past abuse. Regret. Shame. Feelings of unworthiness. How can worship hold any real meaning? Using the model of Mary of Bethany, who anointed Jesus' feet with costly perfume, readers discover how the act of worship itself is transformation. Worship can be a place of truth and transparency! Through stories of gifted women who have overcome tremendous pain and obstacles to become worship leaders today, they show the deepness and wideness of God's love for women everywhere. They also explore the lives of biblical women who worshiped despite oppressive circumstances, and found strength and confidence to continue to focus on God. Readers will find courage to overcome the past and the desire to worship God extravagantly and wholeheartedly.
Author: Rafael Rodriguez
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2014-10-29
If You Call Yourself a Jew reads Romans as a dialogue between Paul and a Gentile proselyte to Judaism. This fresh reading brings Romans into focus as Paul's exposition of the revelation of God's righteousness--his faithfulness to his covenant promises to Abraham, which climaxed in the announcement that "in you all the tribes of the earth will be blessed" (Gen 12:3). Paul insists that the righteousness of God is revealed, "for the Jew first as well as for the Greek," not through Torah but through the faith(fullness) of Jesus. Torah and the prophets provide corroborating witness for God's righteousness, but Gentiles who bend their necks to Torah's yoke miss the actual mechanism for finding peace with God. Paul found in the story of Jesus the image of complete faith in/faithfulness to God; in Jesus' resurrection he found the image of God's complete faithfulness, "for the Jew first as well as for the Greek." Whereas Torah resulted in curse and death, it also anticipated the unconditional faithfulness of God for both Jew and Gentile. For Paul, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the account of the outworking of God's faithfulness: the end of Torah's curses and the fulfillment of its blessings.
Ready for a Bible that takes you deeper into God’s Word? Dive in! You’ll find information that makes it easy to understand how biblical events and teachings come together. The features in this Bible help you quickly locate stories, look up new words, and more. Discover how the Bible can become more real and transform your life as you step further into God’s Word. Features include: • Book introductions and outlines give an overview of each book of the Bible • Comprehensive concordance to help find key verses quickly and easily • 16-page full-color maps section for locating important places • The complete New International Version (NIV) translation • Double-column format • Easy to read textbook type • 16-page full-color front inserts offer further understanding of the Scriptures, including: o Timeline of Captivity and Return o Between the Testaments o The Ministry of Jesus o Timelines of Old and New Testaments o Timelines of the Kings and Prophets of Israel and Judah o Lists of Jesus’ Miracles and Parables
Author: Sandra Maria Van Opstal
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release Date: 2012-10-03
In this Urbana Onward minibook, Sandra Van Opstal argues that culturally diverse worship practices create a space for us to encounter the mission of God. Such a missional approach to worship, she promises, will renew the church's vision and witness, proclaiming that the kingdom of God is here, accomplishing reconciliation, justice and shalom.
GOD, FIRE AND TRUTH “A POETIC JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE ” This is a book about the bible written all in poetry. Each and every book of the Bible is in this book with a few of my own poems not based upon the book that I read to get the major poems about the most important parts of the Bible. If you like the Psalms but find the other parts of the Bible a bit confusing, then this is a book that will help you understand the Bible better. We have a loving, but just God. You wouldn’t let your child run wild in the traffic of the streets would you? Well God sets down rules so that we can be safe and get through this sometimes hard world. He does it because He loves us! I hope this book will give you hours of enjoyment. I know I learned a lot from writing it that I did not know from reading the actual Bible. Nothing can surpass the actual Bible, but for some, you may find this book to be rather fun. The poems were written from reading a small book about the most important parts of each book of the Bible. God bless you, Diann Ross Woodbury
The landmark Africa Bible Commentary compiled the wisdom of over seventy African scholars in one volume. Now the Africa Bible Commentary Series provides deeper insights into each biblical book. This series places a premium on showing the relevance of biblical concepts for the life of the church. Case studies and African illustrations make this happen in ways that mere explanations cannot. In addition, each commentary is divided into sermon units for easy use in developing a preaching series on the biblical books. Dr. Andria shows how Paul’s words to the Roman church are still relevant to the church today. Key Features: • Easy-to-understand writing style • Content organized into sermon units for use in preaching • African case studies and illustrations for contextual application • Questions for discussion after each unit • Endnotes explaining the Greek and academic discussions
Author: David V. Adams
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2010-09-13
With the onslaught of books on how to do worship, Dr. David Adams' conversational book, Lifestyle Worship, is a breath of fresh air. Highlighting the current concept of worship, Dr. Adams explains the contrast and similarities of biblical worship within our contemporary definition of worship. Sprinkled with humor, Lifestyle Worship gets to the heart of what true worship is and offers practical suggestions to deepen your walk with God. With years of research behind him, Dr. Adams is quickly garnering attention as one of the leading authorities on worship and cultural theology.