As a skilled educator, Kendell Easley continues to be surprised at how uninformed students are of basic biblical and theological terms as they enter college and seminary. Further, as a churchman and an active observer of the local church scene, he is persuaded that many people who have been in church all their lives have somehow failed to gain a basic understanding of essential Christian words.
In 52 Words Every Christian Should Know, Easley provides a Bible verse in which each word or concept is used, a succinct definition, and helpful articles further explaining the significance of each entry. Finally, he poses interactive questions to the readers, drawing them closer into a personal relationship with God.
Today the word church provokes wide-ranging reactions and generates discussion on a variety of issues among Christians and non-Christians alike. In order to sort through this maze of responses and topics, a biblical and theological foundation must be laid that provides a clear vision of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ and its significance in God's eternal purpose.
With extensive pastoral, teaching, missions, and administrative experience, this team of contributors carefully sets forth the biblical teachings concerning the church and then builds on this core material, relating the theology of the church to salvation history, church history, God's glory, and God's mission:
- Paul R. House, "God Walks with His People: Old Testament Foundations"
- Andreas J. Kstenberger, "The Church According to the Gospels"
- Kendell H. Easley, "The Church in Acts and Revelation: New Testament Bookends"
- David S. Dockery, "The Church in the Pauline Epistles"
- Ray Van Neste, "The Church in the General Epistles"
- James A. Patterson, "The Church in History: Ecclesiastical Ideals and Institutional Realities"
- Stephen J.Wellum, "Beyond Mere Ecclesiology: The Church as God's New Covenant Community"
- Christopher W. Morgan, "The Church and the Glory of God"
- Bruce Riley Ashford, "The Church in the Mission of God"
Faithful to the End: An Introduction to Hebrews Through Revelation offers a careful study of these latter biblical letters, closely examining each one's authorship and origin, destination and audience, purpose, and major themes. Appropriate as a reference work or textbook in college and seminary classrooms,
this volume uniquely combines head knowledge with a challenge to the heart, for it is purposefully titled after each book’s recurring theme of persevering in the faith.
Coauthor Terry L. Wilder writes, “Our hope is that God might use this text to help readers not only learn about these New Testament books, but also to appropriate the message contained in each. May we be faithful to the end!”