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In the face of false teachings about Jesus, the apostle John took a direct approach. "I heard Jesus speak," he wrote. "I saw him . . . I even touched him." Just as we would write about someone we knew and loved, John told the early believers the truth about the Savior. But he didn't let them off the hook without an examination of their lives. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us" (1 John 1:9). John was not alone in his concern about the influence of false teachers in the early church. Jude, a half-brother of Christ, also wrote to the believers. In his letter, he firmly warned against defecting from true biblical faith, urged all believers to fight for truth, and encouraged all followers of Jesus to stand firm in spite of intense spiritual warfare. The MacArthur Bible Studies provide intriguing examinations of the whole of Scripture. Each guide incorporates extensive commentary, detailed observations on overriding themes, and probing questions to help you study the Word of God with guidance from John MacArthur.
The Chalcedonian Definition of 451 never completely resolved one of the critical issues at the heart of Christianity: the unity of the 'person' of Christ. In this eagerly-awaited volume - the result of deep and sustained reflection - distinguished theologian Bruce Lindley McCormack examines the reasons for this philosophical and theological failure. His book serves as a critical history that traces modern attempts at resolution of this problem, from the nineteenth-century Lutheran emphasis on Kenoticism (or the 'self-emptying' of the Son in order to be receptive to the will of the Father) to post-Barthian efforts that evade the issue by collapsing the second person of the Trinity into the human Jesus - thereby rejecting altogether the logic of the classical 'two-natures' Christology. McCormack shows how New Testament Christologies both limit and authorize ontological reflection, and in so doing offers a distinctively Reformed version of Kenoticism. Proposing a new and bold divine ontology, with a convincing basis in Christology, he persuasively argues that the unity of the 'person' is in fact guaranteed by the Son's act of taking into his 'being' the lived existence of Jesus.
This New Testament marks the thirty years since the launch of The Revised English Bible. This facsimile edition comes with a new preface by the Archbishop of York John Sentamu, as well as the original preface by the former Archbishop of Canterbury and chairman of the Translation Committee, Donald Coggan. Originally commissioned by the mainline British Christian denominations, the REB translation constitutes a truly ecumenical Bible version presented in British English. This anniversary New Testament reproduces the lucid prose of the REB and is attractively presented in a single-column setting. It comes in a pocket-sized format bound in flexible green imitation leather with gilt edges, combining practicality with affordable elegance. Compact and graceful, it is suitable for every occasion and would make a fine gift.
Students and scholars reading the secondary literature on Galatians must often negotiate specialized language and complex lines of argumentation. In addition to the theological jargon that traditionally characterizes discussion of Galatians, there is also a significant amount of rhetorical and sociohistorical terminology. This volume facilitates familiarity with the technical terminology and with issues central to the interpretation of Galatians and presents examples of the prevailing points of view as well as some recent challenges to them. The essays included explore the rhetorical and epistolary approaches to examining Galatians, comprise a comprehensive introduction to significant research in the field, and represent some of the best work available. Mark Nanos offers an introduction and glossary of terms to help students begin their study and a comprehensive volume bibliography and modern author and ancient sources indexes for those who are continuing on to further study. Contributors John M. G. Barclay Robert M. Berchman Hans Dieter Betz C. Joachim Classen Nils A. Dahl James D. G. Dunn Philip F. Esler Paula Fredriksen Robert G. Hall G. Walter Hansen A. E. Harvey James D. Hester Robert Jewett Paul E. Koptak B. C. Lategan Troy Martin J. Louis Martyn Dieter Mitternacht Mark D. Nanos Joop Smit Johan S. Vos Nikolaus Walter
Share the biblical story of Christmas with the contemporary and engaging language of "The Message" Bible. This pocket-sized booklet is the perfect way to personally share the message of the hope of Christmas through excerpts that not only highlight the nativity narrative but also the love and hope given to mankind through Christ's birth. A compilation of revealing Old Testament prophecies and rich, first-hand gospel accounts, "The Message of Christmas" uses fresh, personal language that will engage and enlighten what you thought you already knew about Christ. With an all-new section offering the "Gifts of Christmas," including "love," "joy," "forgiveness," "hope," "wholeness," and more, "The Message of Christmas" will help believers share the gospel and provide a life-impacting experience in the lives of the people around them.This convenient pack of 100 "The Message of Christmas" booklets and100 door hanger bags is the best value and easiest way for churches and businesses to share the true message of Christmas with customers, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. The door hanger bags are helpful distribution tools for groups, churches, and Christian schools and business owners who may want to hand out "The Message of Christmas" booklets to neighboring homes or businesses.
In the letters to Timothy and Titus, as he nears the end of his life, Paul focuses on the idea of inheritance. The faithful, he writes, must guard and pass on the heritage of gospel truth for the next generation. Paul's clear commitment to the church as the pillar and foundation of the truth continues to challenge Christians in every era. In this revised Bible Speaks Today volume, John Stott finds in 1 Timothy and Titus a dynamic truth that orders Christian life in the church, the family, and the world. With his trademark warmth and clarity, Stott guides readers through the text, highlighting key themes and applications for today. Stott's pastoral voice and dedication to teaching the Word echo Paul's as he calls each generation to guard the message entrusted to them. This revised edition of a classic volume features a new interior design, updated Scripture quotations, and light updates throughout.
"Atonement by the Resurrection" shows that the resurrection of Christ was a causal factor counteracting sin and its consequences, thereby producing the reconcilliation of humanity with God. It was not simply a sign that it had been achieved. Thus is was an event which was complimentary to the Crucifixion in its consequences. The present book attempts to recitfy that inbalance, by offering an orignal account, of the much neglected role of the Resurrection, as one of the causes of humanity's salvation. It must not be regarded simply as a sign of its successful accomplishment.
The Letter to Philemon has been read by generations of interpreters, including towering figures such as John Chrysostom, as having to do with Paul returning the fugitive slave Onesimus to his master. Hence the letter, at best, was made complicit in the institution of slavery and, at worst, was foundational for the view that slavery was God ordained. This oppressive interpretation still holds sway in the academy and church alike. In his interdisciplinary study, Stephen E. Young sets a new trajectory for understanding this unassuming epistle. Our Brother Beloved: Purpose and Community in Paul's Letter to Philemon opens with a case study on the use of the Letter to Philemon in the debates surrounding slavery and fugitive slaves in antebellum America. The book then analyzes the major background stories that have been used as keys to interpret the letter, showing that past and present oppressive uses of the Letter to Philemon are due not to the letter's contents but to the persistence of erroneous readings. Young provides a new interpretation that accounts for every element of the Letter to Philemon while also addressing many shortcomings of previous interpretations. In so doing he pioneers the use of Positioning Theory, from the field of social psychology, as an analytical approach, opening up a new avenue for the study of ancient texts. That texts shape the identity of readers is widely recognized, but biblical scholars tend to disregard the process by which that influence unfolds. Young demonstrates how the Letter to Philemon sought to shape the identity of its readers within their sociocultural context by molding them into a community of deliverance, one that could receive Onesimus no longer as a slave but as a brother and fellow worker in the gospel. Such a fresh reading carries strong implications for the ongoing cause of social justice.
Feasting on the Gospels is a new seven-volume series that follows up on the success of the Feasting on the Word series to provide another unique preaching resource, this time on the most prominent and preached upon New Testament books, the four Gospels. With contributions from a diverse and respected group of scholars and pastors, Feasting on the Gospels will include completely new material that covers every single passage in the New Testament Gospels, making it suitable for both lectionary and non-lectionary use. Moreover, these volumes will incorporate the unique format of Feasting on the Word, with four perspectives for preachers to choose from for each Gospel passage: theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical. Feasting on the Gospels will provide a special resource for all who preach, either continuously or occasionally, on the Gospels.
The letters of 1 and 2 Peter and of Jude come from a time in Christian history about which we know little; thus they represent rare voices from a crucial time in Christianity's development. And the picture of early Christianity suggested by these letters is a fascinating one.
Theologian and church historian Catherine Gunsalus Gonz lez studies three often overlooked books in the New Testament, 1 and 2 Peter and the Letter of Jude. These writings from the late first century or early second century helped guide the young church as it faced a variety of issues, both internal to the church's life, and external in the social and political culture in which it was growing. The letters help us focus on the character of the church and the importance of congregations in the church's ongoing life. They raise basic issues of authority, on how the church knows the directions to follow, how Christians should live, and how diverse views should be considered. Gonz lez uses a variety of resources to illuminate these letters. She very helpfully centers on their theological importance for contemporary churches and for Christian living.
Most Christians are unaware of the doctrinal debates taking place within the religious academic community. When they "are "aware of these discussions, they may consider them irrelevant or even harmful to Christian practice. Jaime Clark- Soles invites seminarians, seminary faculty, and church leaders to find common ground by considering the various debates, the reasons they persist, the implications of each, and how they pertain to Christian identity and faith within the larger contemporary culture. Includes study questions.
Abilingual side-by-side treatment presentation of the New Testament with Proverbs. Both the Chinese Contemporary Version (CCB) and the English New International Version (NIV) areclear, accurate and easy to understand. It features footnotes throughout in English and Chinese and additional helps in Chinese. Features: * Chinese Contemporary Translation (CCB) * New International Version (NIV) * 489 pages, 2 column format * 10 point Chinese / 8.5 point English text sizes * Printed on quality Bible paper * 6" x 9" x 7/16" * Paperback"
The theme of heaven and earth is a much-overlooked aspect of the
Gospel of Matthew. In this work, rising scholar Jonathan Pennington
articulates a fresh perspective on this key interpretive issue,
challenging both the scholarly and popular understandings of the
meaning of Matthew's phrase, "kingdom of heaven."
The second in a series of six textbooks written by authors who have extensive experience of teaching students in the first two years of university level study. It enables students to engage with Letters and Revelation for themselves, and not just to be passive learners, and offers activities and challenges at introductory and intermediate levels, and the key background information needed to enable them to work at the required level. This new edition includes updated bibliographies throughout, with numerous corrections and updates.
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