This Christian ebook helps to bring Apostle Paul's message to the Ephesians (6:10-18) to life. This bestselling ebook provides a historically accurate background of a Roman Centurion's armor then draws vital correlations to the spiritual armor God gives his children: the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, Feet Prepared with the Gospel of Peace, The Shield of Faith, The Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit. Glossy, full-color ebook will help you to ""stand firm in the faith.""
Learn to put on the full armor of God when facing temptations and struggles. The key to this best-selling Christian ebook is the insights brought by Paul's knowledge of a Centurion's armor. Having a correct picture in mind is important to accurately teaching and understanding this portion of Scripture. While many other illustrations of The Armor of God show armor from the Middle Ages, or other time periods, the Rose illustration presents historically accurate Roman armor. In a side-by-side fold-out format, The Armor of God ebook describes each piece of armor, its historical background, and its application to our spiritual battles today.
The Apostle Paul knew how important it was for believers to understand the provision of spiritual armor that God made for them. Paul's teaching to the Church at Ephesus was born out of firsthand knowledge of Roman Centurions' armor. He saw them up close on many occasions.
The Armor of God ebook provides the following information:
•A detailed description of the armor of God
•Historical background on how the armor was put on and its purpose
•The application of the armor to our lives today, such as how the "Belt of Truth" prepares believers to be truthful
•Greek or Latin terms
•The passage of Ephesians 6:10-18 verse-by-verse alongside an illustration of a Roman Centurion in full armor
•Background information on Paul, his missionary journey, and life in Ephesus
•A chart that helps believers stand firm in spiritual warfare by contrasting the "Devil's Schemes" with God's plan and the armor or weapon to combat it, and a Scriptural reference. For example: One of the Devil's schemes is LIES. God's plan/armor is Truth. Proverbs 14:25 would be a good reminder of God's plan
Armor of God ebook makes an excellent supplemental resource for these bestselling Christian authors titles:
•Kay Arthur, Lord, is it Warfare? Teach Me to Stand: A Devotional Study on Spiritual Victory
•Beth Moore, Armed for War, enhanced CD
•Dr. Charles F. Stanley, When the Enemy Strikes: The keys to Winning Your Spiritual Battles.
The Names of Jesus ebook is an excellent tool to help you learn the 50 names, character and personal attributes of Jesus. Names such as the King of Kings, Chief Cornerstone, and Lion of Judah hold special insights that will strengthen your walk as a believer. In about 30 minutes, you will know the 50 Names of Jesus along with Scripture references from both the Old and New Testament, the meaning of each name, and more.
Knowing and understanding the names of Jesus will enrich your time of personal devotion and prayer, and will help you build faith and trust in the Lord. In this easy-to-follow ebook each of Jesus' names and its meaning is listed, along with the Bible reference and special insights.
For example, in John 6:32-35, Jesus is called the "Bread of Life, which means "Jesus is our sustenance." An interesting fact is that the name of the town where Jesus was born, Bethlehem, means "the house of bread." This means the "Bread of Life" (Jesus) was born in "the house of bread" (Bethlehem).
Below is a sampling of the Names of Jesus:
•King of Kings
•Lord of Lords
•The Way, the Truth, and the Life
In addition to explaining the names of Jesus and their meanings, the Names of Jesus ebook offers suggestions on how to use this resource during times of prayer, praise, worship and personal reflection, including:
•What it means to pray in Jesus' name
•Praying the way Jesus taught us to pray
•When God says "no" to our prayers
The Names of Jesus ebook also includes names of God with parallel verses referring to Jesus such as:
•Yahweh-Yireh, "God Will Provide," and "I am the bread of life," (John 6:35)
•Yahweh-Tsidkanu, "The Lord Our Righteousness," and "Because of Jesus, we are righteous before God," (2 Corinthians 5:21)
The Names of Jesus ebook is filled with interesting information on Jesus that will help you learn more about Him and increase your appreciation of Him. You are sure to refer to this resource often as you study the Bible and learn more about Jesus.
The Names of Jesus ebook is an excellent complement to classes offered by Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) International as well as a good supplement to the following titles:
• Beth Moore, Jesus •Bill Hybels, Jesus •Charles Swindoll, Great Lives: Jesus the Greatest Life of All •Phillip Yancy, The Jesus I Never Knew
Note: BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP is a registered trademark of a ministry organization having no affiliation with Rose Publishing, Inc..
Topical Index: King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Good Shepherd, Chief Cornerstone, The Way, The Truth, and the Life, Advocate, I AM, Wonderful Counselor, High Priest, Holy One, Alpha and Omega, Mighty God, Morning Star, Lion of Judah, Son of God, Son of Man, Rock, Immanuel, Beloved
The Holy Spirit has many names in the Bible, and each name will help you understand more about the power and work of God in your life. In Names of the Holy Spirit, you will see 32 names of the Holy Spirit from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, learn what the names mean and see the scripture references for each name.
Studying the names of the Spirit will help you get a full, well-rounded idea of who the Holy Spirit is and how he operates. Just a few of the names you will find in Names of the Holy Spirit include:
• Breath of the Almighty
•Power of the Highest
•Spirit of Judgment
•Spirit of Life
•Spirit of Christ
•and many more
For each name of the Holy Spirit, you will see one or more Scripture references, the meaning of the name, and an application, or how the name can be applied. For example:
•Name - Sprit of Knowledge
•Reference(s) - Isaiah 11:2
•Meaning - The Spirit is the Spirit of clarity of mind
•Application - The Spirit does not lead to confusion but to true knowledge (1 Corinthians 14:33)
There are many misunderstandings about the Holy Spirit. Some people think of the Holy Spirit as an impersonal force, a common bond of love, or as "mind," "intellect," or "will." But the Bible tells us much more: The Holy Spirit is a Person who plays an important role in our lives. In addition to details on the Names of the Holy Spirit, this ebook has information on:
•The Spirit and Prayer
•The Fruit of the Spirit
•The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
•The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Names of the Holy Spirit has an entire page devoted to the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. You don't want to miss the chart showing the different gifts of the Spirit and where the passages on the Gifts can be found in Scripture. Also included in Names of the Holy Spirit is a study tip that will help you observe the Gifts of the Spirit in action while reading the Bible.
Names of the Holy Spirit can be read in 30 minutes or less, yet it's packed with information on the Holy Spirit and will help you appreciate and fall in love with the third person of the Trinity. You are sure to use this resource over and over again as you study the Bible and learn more about the Holy Spirit.
Revelation Bible Symbols Explained:
•The 7 Seals
•The 7 Churches
•Mark of the Beast
•The 7 Trumpets
•The 7 Bowls
•Fall of Babylon
•New Creation - New Heaven and New Earth
•Healing of the nations
Different Ways to Read the Book of Revelation:
•Historicist - Revelation is prophecy about church history from the time of John to the end of the world.
•Preterist - Revelation is prophecy that was fulfilled primarily in the first century AD.
•Futurist - Revelation is prophecy primarly about the future end of the world.
•Idealist - Revelation is a non-historical and non-prophetic drama about spiritual realities.
These days, love is a risky adventure requiring not only strength and character, but also a vulnerable, gritty commitment. Paul's famous passage on love, 1 Corinthians 13, is often quoted during weddings, but it has a far greater application to today's world. Dare to Love unpacks this meaty chapter without sentimentalism, examining and applying the hard work of loving another human being, a spouse, child, friend, or neighbor.
Discusses the differences in the four kinds of love: Agape (unconditional, God-like), Philia (friendship), Eros (pleasure, sexuality), and Storge (gift-love between parents and children). 1 Corinthians 13 includes principles that bring healing and restoration to marriages and families today. This pamphlet is perfect for people who are engaged, married, or caretakers for the sick or elderly. It also goes well with the movie "Fireproof," the book Love Dare and other marriage enrichment books.
100 Prophecies Fulfilled By Jesus - Messianic Prophecies Made Before the Birth of Christ
This Christian ebook speaks to the very heart of the hope we have in Christ, the Messiah. It's amazing to discover that Jesus fulfilled more than 100 prophecies foretold 400 - 1500 years before his birth. This bestselling pamphlet shows you the Old Testament prophecies that relate to Jesus' birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection and includes the New Testament fulfillments.
100 Prophecies Fulfilled By Jesus contains a helpful chart that presents Old Testament prophecies that are divided into those regarding "Jesus' Birth," "Jesus' Life and Ministry," and "Jesus' Death and Resurrection" and the New Testament fulfillments of each prophecy. Also included are the "Jesus' Titles and Attributes" mentioned in both Old and New Testaments. 100 Prophecies Fulfilled By Jesus makes an excellent Bible study or reference tool and will help you share the amazing story of the Old Testament's promise of the Messiah's coming and the New Testament's glorious fulfillment of those promises.
Here are some prophesies found in the 100 Prophecies Fulfilled By Jesus pamphlet:
•Prophecy: Be of the tribe of Judah
•Old Testament References: Genesis 49:8-10, "Judah, your brothers will praise you...The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his."
•New Testament Fulfillment: Matthew 1:13, "A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham...Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah...
JESUS' LIFE AND MINISTRY
•Prophecy: The King comes to Jerusalem riding on a donkey
•Old Testament References: Zechariah 9:9, "See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
•New Testament Fulfillment: Mark l1:1-10, "When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it...."
JESUS' DEATH AND RESURRECTION
•Prophecy: Be hung upon a tree as a curse for us
•Old Testament References—Deuteronomy 21:33, "Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God's curse. You must not desecrate that land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance."
•New Testament Fulfillment—Galatians 3:13, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written; "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."
100 Prophecies Fulfilled By Jesus "color-codes" the different Old Testament prophecies so you can see the number of years they were made before the birth of Christ.
"You want to know about Jesus' fulfilled prophecies? This is it! [100 Prophecies Fulfilled By Jesus] is laid out beautifully and in a very nice and bold design. We really should know this material - A quick Bible study guide."
Leo Dacus, Jr. (Customer review from CBD.com)
We can live with confidence and hope because we are "forgiven," "beloved," "new creatures," "rescued," "made alive," "loved," and and that's just the beginning!
Each of the 30 traits has a Bible reference. Be reminded and reassured of the many qualities and characteristics you possess as a believer.
This will be treasured for years.
Ways to use this ebook
•time alone with God
•Sunday school classes
•small groups or home fellowships
•single mothers groups
•hospital and hospice
Study Questions for Personal or Group Use
•Read panels 1-2. Pick one or two traits that believers have as a result of having faith in Jesus Christ. Look up the Scripture references. How does this connect with your life, and why is it meaningful to you?
•Read panels 3-4 on "Who God created me to be." Pick one of these traits and look up the Bible references. Why did you select this one? How would you apply it to your life?
•Read panels 5-6 on "Who I am on my own (when I ignore God)?" Even after putting faith in Christ, people still face the temptation to live life for themselves. Look up the verses for this trait and read them aloud. What practical ways can a person let go of their selfish patterns?
•Read panel 7. The Apostle Paul was a very important person before he started following Christ. Compare what he says about his life before and after. What strikes you as most important?
•Read panels 8-10 on "Who I will be in Christ." Pick one favorite and read the verses. Why is this promise encouraging to you?
•Read panels 11-13 and focus on panel 13. How are you a member of Christ's body? How are you willing to serve?
Rose Guide to the Temple is a full-color Christian ebook that provides a complete easy-to-understand overview of the history of the Temple in Jerusalem. If you enjoy studying God's Word, you will love the fact that Rose Guide to the Temple answers many questions about how the Temple looked during biblical times. Bible scholars and professors will enjoy the well-annotated text. The author is archaeologist and professor Dr. Randall Price, who has spent more than 30 years exploring the Holy Land and studying the Temple.
Rose Guide to the Temple has 150 images, charts, diagrams, photos, and illustrations, many of which have never published before, and covers the important events and people in the history of the Temple from Abraham to modern day, including:
•Pre-Temple Sanctuaries (The Garden of Eden and the Tabernacle)
•The First Temple -Solomon's Temple, King David, King Solomon, directions for the "House of the Lord"
•The Temple Complex-The Courtyard, Brazen Altar, Molten Sea, Bronze Basins
•The Holy Place-Golden Lampstand, Table of the Bread of the Presence, Altar of Incense
•Holy of Holies-The Veil, Ark of the Covenant, Cherubim
•Eight purposes of the Temple
•Feasts of the Bible
•Destruction of the Temple
•Time line of the Temple (there are 5 detailed time lines in this book)
•The Second Temple-Zerubbabel's Temple
•The Second Temple Expanded-Herod's Temple
•The gates, porches, and courts of the Temple
•The Temple's importance at Jesus' time
•Destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans
•History of the Temple Mount during the Roman and Byzantine Periods
•Islamic Period and Dome of the Rock
•From the Crusades to the Modern Era
•Political struggle for the Temple Mount
•The Future Temple-Ezekiel's Temple
•The Temple Scroll
•The New Jerusalem
Knowing the whereabouts of ancient cities and their distance from modern-day locations remains an essential part of any Bible study. The Then and Now® Bible Map Insert enables you to conveniently place over 22 full-color maps within your Bible to reference throughout your Bible study.
With this insert, you will easily find out fascinating facts, such as -
• The ruins of Nineveh are in Northern Iraq near Mosul in Kurdish areas.
• The wise men were probably from Iran or Saudi Arabia.
• Queen Esther's throne was less than 300 miles northeast of Kuwait City.
Then and Now® Bible Maps Insert features:
• Middle East: Then and Now maps
• Old Testament Time Line
• Abraham's Journeys
• Journeys of Jacob and Joseph
• Families of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
• The Exodus: Then and Now maps
• Judges and Prophets of Israel
• Holy Land-Twelve Tribes: Then and Now maps
• The Cycle Pattern in Judges
• Holy Land-United Kingdom: Then and Now maps
• The Tabernacle
• Holy Land-Divided Kingdom: Then and Now maps
• Assyrian Empire: Then and Now maps
• Babylonian Empire map
• Persian Empire maps
• New Testament Time Line
• Jerusalem map
• Holy Land-New Testament: Then and Now maps
• Paul's Travels and Missionary Journeys maps
• Paul's Journey to Rome
Now, you will know where Bible places are today and will discover how Location, Location, Location matters within the Bible with Rose Publishing, Inc.'s Then and Now® Bible Map Insert.
Deluxe Then and Now® Bible Map eBook includes full-color Bible maps that show modern cities and countries. Now you can see where Bible places are today. This is the deluxe version of the #1 Bible Atlas.. It includes twice as many pages as the original version. The best-selling Deluxe Then and Now® Bible Map Book brings new relevance to your studies and teaching, and compares Bible locations with modern-day sites.
Tell Bible stories and lead studies while presenting today's geography. Here are some examples:
• Daniel was taken as POW to Iraq (where the ruins of Babylon are today south of Baghdad) and lived there the rest of his life
• The ruins of Nineveh are in Northern Iraq near Mosul in Kurdish areas
• The wise men were probably from Iran or Saudi Arabia
• Queen Esther's throne was less than 300 miles northeast of Kuwait City
Deluxe Then and Now® Bible Maps uses larger, easier-to-read type than most Bible atlases.
The maps include:
• The Middle East during Old Testament Times
• Map of the Assyrian Empire at three different time periods
• The Holy Land during the time of the Old Testament (12 Tribes)
• The Holy Land with territory of Kings Saul, David, and Solomon.
• The Holy Land showing the United and Divided Kingdoms
• Map of the Babylonian Kingdoms and Persian Empire
• The Holy Land during the time of Jesus (and a list of where Jesus walked)
• Paul's Journeys (Roman Empire at AD 60)
Deluxe Then and Now® Bible Maps also includes these maps:
• List of Paul's journeys and routes
• Chart of Paul's letters (date, where written, and to whom)
• Abraham's Journeys (2 maps)
• Jacob's Journeys
• Joseph's Journey to Egypt
• The Exodus and Wilderness Wanderings
• The Tabernacle layout (birds-eye view)
• Map of Jerusalem at the time of Kings David and Solomon
• Map of Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus
• Tomb of Jesus
• Chart of major and minor prophets, location, to whom they prophesied
• Kingdoms of Daniel 2
• New Testament and Old Testament Time Line
• Journeys of Peter and Philip
• Expansion of Christianity in the Roman Empire
Compared to textbooks on the Tabernacle, The Tabernacle ebook is designed and written to be easy-to-understand and may be used for personal study or by a wide variety of groups. The Tabernacle is a tremendous teaching aid and an informative guide to teach on topics such as:
•What it was like to enter the Tabernacle
•The Pattern of Worship and the furnishings of the Tabernacle
•How the 12 Tribes of Israel camped around the Tabernacle in a specific order
•The Ark of the Covenant
•Old Testament Symbols of Jesus
•Aaron as High Priest and Jesus as the better High Priest
The Tabernacle pamphlet illustration, created exclusively for Rose Publishing by renowned Bible artist Stan Stein, provides an amazing inside look at the Tabernacle and all its furnishings. But this visual teaching aid not only explains the Old Testament Tabernacle in detail, it also helps young and old alike understand the symbolic relationship between the Tabernacle and Jesus Christ.
The content of The Tabernacle offers a wealth of information for the study leader and those they teach, including:
1. A Numbered Key to the full-color Tabernacle illustration includes Bible references and descriptions for each of the following Tabernacle features
•The Gate of the Court
•Laver of Bronze
•Table of Showbread (Shewbread)
•Altar of Incense
•Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies)
•Ark of the Covenant
•The Cloud and Pillar of Fire
•The High Priest and His Holy Garments
2. An In-Depth Description of the Ark of the Covenant
•A physical description of the Ark
•Where it was placed in the Tabernacle
•The role of the Levites, the Day of Atonement and the Mercy Seat
•Where God dwelled and spoke to the Priest
•The scriptural references to the Ark of the Covenant
3. Old Testament Symbols of Jesus, including Old Testament and New Testament Bible references.
4. A Description and full-color illustration of the High Priest
•Clothing and the purpose of the 11 specific items found in scriptures, such as the Turban (or Mitre), onyx stones on shoulders, and breastplate with 12 precious stones
•Service of the High Priest
•Aaron, the High Priest
•Jesus, the better High Priest
5. The Types of Sacrifices in the Tabernacle, their purposes and scripture reference
6. The Journey of the Ark of the Covenant
•From Mt. Sinai and covering 400 years beginning with the Exodus in 1450 BC
•Ending in 500 BC when Jeremiah prophesied that the Ark would be replaced by the Lord's presence.
7. The Tabernacle campsite and the placement of the 12 Tribes of Israel around the Tabernacle, including:
•The families of Merari and the Tribes of Naphtali, Asher, Dan
•The families Moses, Aaron and sons and the Tribes of Issachar, Judah, Zebulun
•The families of Kohath and the Tribes of Gad, Simeon, Reuben
•The families of Gershonites and the Tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin
"If you go to the Facebook page The Tabernacle Journey you will see our efforts to reach out to Sedona and our many tourists with a full-scale reproduction of the tabernacle. We actually used the Rose book to prepare the groups that were waiting to enter. One guest ordered a copy from you. It was very helpful. I attached the script we used for our guides. We had about 1000 visitors go through before one of the worst storms I have ever seen here made the structure unstable and the ground too wet. We fight quite a battle here in what the New Age calls its capital. Many were very moved. One Jewish man exclaimed at the end of the tour, 'So the tabernacle was all about the Messiah!" --- Paul Wallace, The Tabernacle Journey"
Where are the Bible lands today? Where were Iraq and Iran in Bible times? The answers to these questions and many others are found in the bestselling ebook Then & Now® Bible Maps. This full-color, reference tool contains 17 Bible maps that show ancient cities and countries in black with modern-day boundaries marked in red. Then & Now® Bible Maps is fantastic for comparing places in the news with places in the Bible.
Then & Now® Bible Maps will help you better understand the events and stories in the Bible by showing you where they occurred in conjunction to modern day locations. Your Bible study becomes more meaningful when you learn the location of Old Testament Persia and see the places Paul's first missionary journey would take him if traveling the same route today. You will also better understand the biblical context of the places that are in the news every day, like Syria, Lebanon and Macedonia.
Then & Now® Bible Maps pamphlet makes it easy to compare Bible times with modern times. On each of the 17 maps, modern-day cities and countries appear in red type or red underline if the name has remained the same. Then & Now® Bible Maps provides helpful historic information, such as:
• The Holy Land: Then (1300 BC Twelve Tribes) and Now (modern times) uses color coding to show Canaan divided by the Twelve Tribes, and also shows the historical and modern-day names of cities within the regions occupied by the Twelve Tribes
• Paul's Journeys: Then (AD 47-62) and Now (modern times) shows the locations of the Seven Churches of Asia (modern day Turkey) found in Revelation 1-3, as well as cities, towns, ancient ruins, mountains, modern capital cities and a key for measuring the distance traveled from city to city
• Empires & Kingdoms: Then and Now® shows the changing boundaries of the Assyrian Empire, Babylonian Kingdom, and Persian Empire
You will refer to the Then & Now® Bible Maps pamphlet often to see:
• The Middle East Bible Times and Today
• The Holy Land: Then (1300 BC Twelve Tribes) and Now (Modern Times)
• Empires & Kingdoms: Then and Now®
• The Holy Land: 1020 BC and 900 BC
• Places of Jesus' Ministry Then (AD 26-30) and Now
• The Holy Land: Then (New Testament Times AD 1-70) and Now (Modern Times)
• Paul's Journeys: Then (AD 47-62) and Now (Modern Times)
• Paul's Journeys: AD 47-62
• Paul's Second Journey: AD 49-51
• Paul's Third Journey: AD 52-57
• Paul's Journey to Rome: AD 57-62
You will find Then & Now® Bible Maps is a very useful supplement as you learn more about the Scriptures.
Almost every person in the Bible belonged to one of the 12 Tribes of Israel based on their ancestry: From Moses who was a Levite to the Apostle Paul who was Benjaminite. Each tribe had its own history, land, and heritage. Now you can easily grasp the "backstory" of each tribe and see key information at a glance! For example, find out the significance of Jesus being called the "Lion of Judah." For each of the 12 Tribes of Israel, you will get—
• A quick overview of its meaning, size, family history, location, and more.
• A picture of the tribe's symbol (such as the lion from the Tribe of Judah)
• Simple summary of Jacob's blessing, Moses' blessing, and other key events related to each tribe. (Find out the major battles, controversies, and scandals that impacted each tribe. Plus, see which important Bible people came from each tribe of Israel.)
Features Incredible Visual Aids (Map of Israel, Tabernacle Diagram, and more)
This pamphlet is packed with visual aids that will help you see key information at a glance. These visuals will enrich your understanding of the 12 Tribes of Israel and add depth to any Old Testament study:
• Family Tree of Jacob (Israel)
• Tabernacle diagram showing where each of the 12 tribes encamped around the Tabernacle.
• Time Line showing key events, starting with Abraham's journey from Haran
• Easy-to-read, full-color map showing how the "promised land" was divided amongst each of the 12 tribes according to their inheritance. The map is color-coded so you can easily spot each tribe's location!
Psalm 23 has been read and cherished by countless generations and is considered the most popular psalm in the Bible. Easily read in 30 minutes or less, Psalm 23 is a great Bible study tool that provides a number of scriptural references that shows the importance of following the good shepherd.
14 panels, fits inside most Bibles, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, unfolds to 38 inches long
Now you can get an insider's look at what Psalm 23 is all about — a view from the shepherd. Learn how -
•Psalm 23 reveals the yearly cycle of sheep moving through their pastures
• A nomadic shepherd cared for his flock
• Danger, drama, and salvation from death figured into shepherding
•Sheep learned to trust and recognize their shepherd
•Compare rod and staff references throughout the Bible.
The Psalm 23 pamphlet is a word-by-word study of this cherished psalm, providing a meaning and an application for each phrase, as well as related Bible passages. For example:
"He restores my soul"
• Meaning - God cares for and keeps my heart and mind.
• Sheep may become "cast," stuck on their backs, unable to get up. A downcast sheep is one that has rolled over into a depression and cannot right itself to stand. In this condition, a sheep struggling to raise itself may quickly become dehydrated in the simmer sun. A cast sheep is also easy prey for wild animals. top heavy, body down in a hole, legs flailing the air, a sheep in this state is a funny sight to see - funny, but also helpless.
• Application - We can trust God for the needs of the body and spirit.
• How has God restored your soul?
• Related Passages - John 16:33; 17:13; Psalms 42:11
Psalm 23 also includes a number of charts that compare a shepherd's duties with Jesus' actions, Old and New Testament shepherding imagery, Scripture references that show how different people in the Bible use their rod and/or staff, and other information that will help you with your daily walk the Lord.
The Bible is made up of 66 books, written over 1600 years, by about 40 writers. And Bible Overview will give you a grasp of each book quickly in this full-color ebook.
People need to know:
• Where do I start?
• What is the most important thing I should know about this book?
• How does it fit with the rest of the books of the Bible?
This full-color guide gives you a fantastic 2-to-6 page overview of each book of the Bible, and includes—
• Purpose -Author -Date written
- Key themes - Key verses
- Photos, maps and time lines
- Summary of the key teachings
- Outline of the stories in the book
- What it tells us about Jesus
- What we can learn from it today
Perfect for personal study or for the Bible study that wants to hand out overviews for each book.
When you want to learn the Bible, you want a clear and simple overview that makes it easy. You want to understand the main message and how it all focuses on God's salvation through Jesus Christ.
Some people use handbooks, but they are too detailed and have too much information. Commentaries are 3-inches thick with tiny type from edge to edge. You need something easy and colorful, filled with basic information. And you want to understand who wrote the book and why. You want to know what this book tells us about God. And why this book is important to us today.
For example, Bible Time Line makes fascinating comparisons: The first Olympic games in Greece were at the time of Jonah in the Old Testament. This handy ebook is filled with full-color illustrations and photographs. There is no better timeline of Bible history for Bible studies, church groups, Sunday schools, and small groups.
The Bible Time Line Covers Every Major Event in Bible History It begins with Genesis and Adam and Eve, through the life of Abraham, and ends with the life of the apostle John and the Book of Revelation. The ebook provides key dates, events, and leaders from the Bible, world and Middle Eastern history. You will gain a new perspective on the place and time of biblical history when you see the comparisons.Fascinating Facts: Compare Bible History and World History Old Testament Events
•The first recorded Olympic game in Greece was held during the time of Jonah.
•Daniel lived in Babylon at the same time Confucius was in China and Buddha was in India.
•Moses was leading the Exodus while the Sheng Dynasty was flourishing in China.
•The Greek historian Homer lived during the time of Isaiah, Amos, and Micah.
New Testament Events
•Mt. Vesuvius erupted and buried the city of Pompeii just 50 years after Jesus' death and resurrection. The apostle John probably would have known about it.
•Emperor Caligula who ruled 7 years after Jesus' resurrection was a madman. He made his horse a senator.
•Trajan, the general who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD, later became Emperor of Rome. He officially made Christianity a crime punishable by death.
•When Paul was taken under guard to Rome, he didn't see the Colosseum. It was built 4 years after his death.
•Emperor Nero, who had Peter and Paul executed, also had his wife and mother killed.
What Makes Bible Time Line the Best and Most Affordable Bible Chronology
•The Bible Time Line includes:
•The Books of the Bible and the centuries in which events occurred
•A special inset covering Creation to Abraham
•Biblical eras such as Abraham to the Sojourn in Egypt, Moses and the Exodus, the Judges, United Kingdom, Divided Kingdom, the Exile, Restoration of Jerusalem, Intertestamental Period, and ultimately, the New Testament.
•Lists key events such as the establishment of the Abrahamic Covenant, the First Passover, the Tabernacle, the Ten Commandments, the prophets, the kings and their years of rule, the restoration of Jerusalem, the building of the Temple, the birth of John the Baptist, plus so much more.
•Kings and Prophets Time Line Showing all of the Kings and Prophets of Israel and Judah
•World history time line includes:
•World events such as the emergence of writing forms, the first code of law, the Iron Age, the Trojan war, the founding of Rome, the birth of Buddha and Confucius, Alexander the Great's conquests, Cleopatra's rule, the fall of Masada, and numerous other events
•Middle East history time line includes:
•The building of the Egyptian pyramids, the rule of Amenhotep II (among other Pharaohs), the rise of the Persian Empire, the Roman Empire, and literally dozens of other historical facts.
•Bronze Age and Iron Age Events
Where to Find Favorite Bible Verses has hundreds of Bible verses organized by topics so you can find the Scripture reference you want quickly and easily. Some of the topics include: God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Words of Comfort and Strength, Old Testament events, the Life of Jesus, Book of Acts/The Early Church, Money, Prayer, and much more. You will refer to Where to Find Favorite Bible Verses again and again as you look through the Bible for the important "nuggets" of wisdom that can only be found in the Scriptures.
Depending on the topic, Where to Find Favorite Bible Verses provides a short portion of Scripture along with the location in the Bible. For example:
•Topic: Words of Comfort and Strength
•A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
•Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26
•Be quick to listen, slow to speak ands slow to become angry. James 1:19
•Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. 1 Peter 3:9
•[The Lord] satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9
•O Lord, you have searched me and know me. Psalm 139:1-10
•I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20
•You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. John 16:32
•Topic: Commitment to God
•[Choose] this day whom you will serve...As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
•Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. Ruth 1:16
•See first his kingdom and his righteousness. Matthew 6:33
Other topical lists, such as Old Testament Events and the Teachings and Parables of Jesus, have a short description and the scripture reference. For example:
•Joseph and his brothers - Genesis 37, 39-47
•Moses and the Burning Bush - Exodus 3:1-10
•Fall of Jericho - Joshua 6:1-25
•Daniel in the Lion's Den - Daniel 6
•and many more
Where to Find Favorite Bible Verses is designed to fit inside most Bibles, so you can have this important resource available when you need it. You will want to buy extra copies of Where to Find Favorite Bible Verses so you can give them out as gifts, stick them in different Bibles around the house or give one to a friend who could use some comfort from God's Word.
- Unification Church
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- Armstrongism (latest updates)
- Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism
Baha'i World Faith
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This Spiritual Gifts booklet explains each of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and what they mean. When you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit gave you spiritual gifts to build up fellow believers, both in your own church and worldwide. This pamphlet defines spiritual gifts, and describes the differences between the biblical gifts. The Spiritual Gifts Test helps you identify your spiritual gifts, and explains how to use your gifts to benefit others.
Each gift of the Spirit is vital and none is more important than others. No matter what your giftedness is, you play an important role in strengthening the church.
Did You Know? 63% of Christians Don't Know Their Spiritual GiftsA recent Barna study showed that nearly two-thirds of Christians don't know their spiritual gift(s), don't think they have a gift at all, or claim to have a gift that is not actually biblical.
Most Christians know something about Spiritual Gifts, but many don't realize how important they are. Believers are given Spiritual Gifts to contribute to the growth of the church. Spiritual Gifts are important because Scripture says that the church needs all of the gifts working together to help build the Body of Christ. Every believer counts! This pamphlet includes a Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire to determine which gift(s) you might have.
The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to Christians to help build the life and ministry of the Church. Yet, a large number of Christians do not use or even recognize their spiritual gift. Rose Publishing's Spiritual Gifts pamphlet will help you learn how important Spiritual Gifts are and how to develop the gift(s) the Holy Spirit has given you.
Topics in the Spiritual Gifts pamphlet include —
• A self-test "Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire" to determine which gift or gifts you may have.
• Description of each gift and how to develop it more as you minister to other believers.
• Individual study
• Small Group or Sunday School class
• Christian School
• New Believers' class
• Church library
Study Questions for Personal Use or Small Groups:
• Read pages 2-4: Based on page 2, what are the purposes of the gifts? These days many churches have paid staff; so why would the God give each believer a gift for the church? Why are these gifts important to all believers?
• See page 3: Some gifts are very dramatic and visible and others are quiet and don't attract much attention. What is the main purpose of these gifts? Why do people need to be involved with other Christians, rather than becoming isolated? Scripture says we must appreciate each person's gift even if it is not very showy. How might you recognize the gifts that other believers have?
• See page 4 and the 8 biblical ways that Holy Spirit works in our lives: The Holy Spirit is actively at work in the church with the purpose of glorifying Christ and helping the body of Christ (believers in the church) become more mature. Look at the list: Pick two ways the Holy Spirit acts and why they are important to the church. What would happen if these did not happen? How might you help carry out these priorities in your church?
• Read all of page 5 and then go back to the first paragraph. If the Holy Spirit provides the life to the body, how do the members "keep it moving"? Later in the Spiritual Gifts pamphlet, each gift will be described, but based on these four lists of spiritual gifts from Scripture, why do you think such a wide variety of gifts is given to the church? Pick any two gifts and tell how (in your opinion) they fit into the Holy Spirit's priorities on page 4.
• Read page 6-7: Christians in every type of church agree on what the spiritual gifts are, but not all Christians agree on precisely how and when they are to be used. Look at Paul's warning at the bottom of page 6 (taken from 2 Corinthians 12:12-26) about not being arrogant but showing concern for each member of the body (each person) so that the church isn't divided. How can we show concern and respect and avoid hard feelings today?
• Read pages 8-10 describing each gift. Pick two gifts and read the Bible verses that go with it. Questions: How does this gift build up other believers? Give two examples of ways it ministers to the church. Is there a way this gift might be misused?
• Answer the questions on the Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire on pages 11-13. Which gift(s) do you think you might have and why? How could you use this gift to minister to others in your church? Are there any ministries in your church you could help?
• Easy to read. Explains the Bible visually.
• Attractive. Full-color, packed with fascinating charts and illustrations.
• Easy to understand. Uses concise and simple language.
• Fast. This glossy attractive booklet can take less than 20 minutes to read.
• Durable. Spiritual Gifts glossy coating helps it last.
• Convenient. This pamphlet's small size makes it easy to carry inside of your Bible, folder, or binder.
• Engaging. Spiritual Gifts offers fascinating facts and handy study tips that revitalize individual and group Bible studies.
• Lightweight. Easier to mail than a book, enabling you to uplift and equip friends, family members, and missionaries anywhere in the world.
Many teenagers and adults know at least one person who has been involved with some sort of occult practice, whether it be reading horoscopes or being interested in astrology. A Barna Group survey reveals that nearly 75% of all U.S. teens have dabbled in some form of psychic activity or witchcraft.
Christianity, Cults, and the Occult, an ebook that can be read in 30 minutes or less, takes a close look at eleven cultic movements that have a wide range of occult connections and compares them to the origins and key beliefs of Christianity.Christianity, Cults, and the Occult helps Christians understand their own beliefs and explains the backgrounds of different occults, a list of occult terms and definitions, as well as Scriptural warnings against the occult.
People enjoy discussing this topic and the ebook will equip them to know how deal with the occult when it confronts them in their schools or neighborhoods. Christianity, Cults, and the Occult explains why people are attracted to occult groups like Kabbalah which include people like Madonna and Demi Moore.
Christians need to understand what's behind the different cults and occult so you can express to others how and why your beliefs are different. Christianity, Cults, and the Occult addresses the following topics for each of the 11 movements:
•Origins (founders, dates, headquarters)
•Symbols and photos
•News and controversies
These are the 11 cults examined in Christianity, Cults, and the Occult:
•Freemasonry (Masons, the Masonic Lodge)
More than ever, you need clear, reliable information so you can speak intelligently when talking about your Christian beliefs. Christianity, Cults, and the Occult provides you with information that will help you understand, pray for, and offer help to others who are interested in the occult.
The Ten Commandments is an ideal Bible study resource for youth and adults. This ebook can be read in 30 minutes and shows both the traditional and contemporary wording of each of the 10 Commandments, a principle and the meaning of each commandment, what Jesus taught about the commandments, and why the 10 Commandments are important today.
Below is an example of the information you will find in The Ten Commandments:
•Commandment 3 - Do Not Misuse God's Name
•Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.
•God's name is holy, powerful and glorious.
•God's name is holy and should be treated with respect. there is power in the LORD's name and it shouldn't be used lightly. Because God is Spirit, we know Him through what He says about Himself, to take His name in vain violates God's nature. As God's creation, everything a person says and does should be done in order to praise and glorify God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
•When a man named Shelomith blasphemed the name of God with a curse, the Lord commanded that he be taken outside the camp and stoned to death. (Leviticus 24:10-16)
•Jesus was accused of blasphemy because He claimed to be God. (John 10:33)
•James warned believers to watch what they say because the tongue is capable of evil and poison and can easily corrupt a person. (James 3:5-9)
•Jesus said, "...every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven...But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words, you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:31, 36, 37)
•Jesus said to begin praying with: "Our Father in heaven, hollowed be your name." (Matthew 6:9)
•Jews and Jewish scribes would go to great measures in order to avoid saying or writing the LORD's name for fear of blasphemy. The Bible says we are to pray, heal, and baptize in Jesus' name. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:17, John 14:13, Acts 3:6)
•The Bible says that what we say is very important and it is a glimpse into who we are (James 3:9-12). God loves us and wants us to love and worship Him in whatever we are doing and at all times. God wants us to use His name; it is holy and powerful. If we can show respect for the names of our fathers, mothers, teachers and doctors, then how much more should we respect the name of our sovereign God.
The Ten Commandments breaks the 10 Commandments into two main divisions: commandments about our relationship to God and commandments about our relationship to other people. This ebook is also a great resource on the history of the commandments and why The Ten Commandments were revolutionary for their time.
What does the Bible say about the end times that lead to the return of Jesus Christ? The major views on the end times that can divide Christians are examined in the Four Views of the End Times ebook, which can be read in 30 minutes or less. This fascinating ebook shows four different Revelation time lines and diagrams, a definition of the four major end time views, supporting Scriptures, a time line of the view's popularity, and a sampling of Christian leaders supporting the view.
The events leading up to the return of Jesus Christ can be a controversial subject. Four Views of the End Times addresses end time eschatology, outlining the four major views regarding events leading up to the second coming of Christ. Below is the outline applied to each of the four Revelation time lines with several examples:
• What is emphasized by each end time view
• Which Scripture references are used to support the position
• The time period for the view's main popularity; for example:
•Dispensational Premillennialism - Gained acceptance in the 1800's and is still widespread
•Historic Premillennialism - The earliest view following the time of the apostles
•Amillennialism - Emerged in the 5th century; championed by St. Augustine
•Postmillennialism - Became popular in the 1800's but decreased in the early 1900's as a result of a world war and economic depression
• A graphic time line showing the order of events held by each view
• A sampling of Christian leaders sharing the viewpoint:
•Dispensational Premillennialism - Dr. Charles Stanley, Rev. Tim Lahaye, Hal Lindsay
•Historic Premillennialism - Justin Martyr 100-165 AD, John Warwick Montgomery - current
•Amillennialism - Martin Luther, John Calvin
•Postmillennialism - Jonathan Edwards, R.C. Sproul
The Four Views of the End Times ebook is packed with information regarding what Jesus and Paul taught about the end times and their viewpoints and biblical references are presented in way that is easy to understand. The ebook also includes a list of important terms and definitions, such as:
• Church age
• The Great Tribulation
The Four Views of the End Times is a "must-have" for anyone who is interested in the end times and the return of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Temple is an amazing, bestselling guide that presents hundreds of facts about the Temple. The full-color ebook covers the Tabernacle in the wilderness to the Temple built by King Solomon, Zerubbabel, and Herod's Temple, the one Jesus knew so well. The Temple ebook has colorful illustrations of the Temple drawn to scale based on measurements from the Bible. Each of the Temple furnishings are explained in detail, as well as their functions, purposes, and the meanings they have for believers today.
A beautiful cutaway illustration of the first temple, Solomon's Temple, shows what the Temple may have looked like inside and out. Teachers can show students the outer courtyards of the Temple and the area where Jesus praised the widow who gave sacrificially to the Lord, giving "the widow's mite." The Temple ebook explains each of the Temple's key features: the Ark of the Covenant, the Veil, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place (the Holy of Holies), to name a few. The Temple pamphlet includes:
•A tour of the temple and its features
•An historical time line and fascinating facts
•A Q & A about the Temple
•A beautiful illustration of Herod's Temple (sometimes called the third temple)
• References to Jesus in the Temple
•Biblical encounters that happened in God's Temple
The Temple ebook provides a numbered list indicating each of the key features of the Temple and explains their original purposes and what their uses mean to us today. For example: The Brazen Altar (Bronze Altar). Back THEN it was the place where the perfect animal was sacrificed for the sins of the people. NOW Jesus is the perfect sacrifice. Old and New Testament Scripture references are provided for each Temple feature:
•Sacrifice / the Brazen Altar (Bronze Altar)
•The Sea (Bronze Basin)
•Brass Pillars (Bronze Pillars)
•Golden Lampstand and Tables of Showbread
•Golden Incense Altar
•Most Holy Place
•Ark of the Covenant and Mercy Seat
An historical time line shows the years the Temples were built, destroyed, and rebuilt. The timeline covers:
The Temple ebook provides fascinating details:
•Learn who made the plans for the Temple
•Who raided and destroyed the Temples
•Whether the Temple will be restored
The Temple is an excellent overview on "God's dwelling place on earth".
Some of the topics:
Why is Heaven important?
What do we mean by heaven?
What can we know about heaven from the Bible?
What kind of relationships will exist in heaven?
Will we be able to recognize our loved ones in heaven?
What is the new heaven and the new earth?
This eBook gives biblical reasons to have confidence that we will recognize one another, that we will be freed from suffering and pain, and that we will have joy and a closeness with one another and with the Lord that is beyond our experience here.
Gain new insights from the Greek words neos and kainos to see that our lives will be better, renewed, and transformed, to their original glory and purpose. Compare the media's view of heaven with the real vibrant heaven of Scripture.
We have glimpses of heaven in our daily lives: in the love we experience for and from other people, in the majesty of nature's beauty and power, in the generosity and kindness of people in times of need, in the smile of a happy baby, in the loyalty and warmth of our pets, and in moments of deep emotional and spiritual connections with our loved ones and God.
This eBook will give comfort and inspiration to those wondering about heaven. Those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ will know the joy and fulfillment of being in a place that has the best of this life and much more.
Author: Benjamin Galan, MTS, ThM, Adjunct Professor of Old Testament Hebrew and Literature at Fuller Seminary.
There are over 100 names used to describe God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. Each of these names tell us something about His character and hold a special message of encouragement for us as believers. In Names of God, discover what each name means, where to find it in the Bible, and how to practically apply it to our lives today. Experience the peace that comes from learning how to worship God — one name at a time!
Includes the following names —
• Shiloh (Jesus, Our Promised Peace)
• El Roi (The God Who Sees Me)
• Spirit of Counsel (The Holy Spirit)
• Immanuel (God with us)
Every pastoral counselor should have a stack of these available.
The greatest wisdom and comfort during troubled times is found in God's Word. This easy-to-use resource, Bible Promises for Hope and Courage , brings together 100 of the most comforting and encouraging verses of Scripture to address life's most difficult times. The 14-panel fold-out format presents a wealth of information in an attractive format.
Bible Promises for Hope and Courage provides Scriptures that address personal challenges and needs, for example:
•Loneliness and depression—Zephaniah 3:17, Psalm 34:18, Matthew 28:20
•Contentment—Psalm 27:14, Hebrews 6: 10-12, Job 1:21
•Strength and courage—Psalm 21:7, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:10
Bible Promises for Hope and Courage ebook encourages those in need to:
•Choose to trust God with their challenges
•Resist the temptation to worship the problem
•Regain their joy and peace
•Pray and thank God, and let Him take care of it
Carefully selected Scriptures are offered for these challenges and needs:
•Loneliness and depression
•Impatience, insecurity, temptation, anger
•Strength and Courage
•Peace and Joy
•Assurance of Salvation
•Help making tough decisions
•Sharing one's faith
•And much more
• "What Do I Actually Need to Believe?"
• "What Is At Stake Here?"
Essential Doctrine Made Easy will also show you where to find the answers in the Bible. The ebook also includes a glossary of Christian terms, a chart showing how other religious groups treat these essentials, and much more.
What are the core teachings of the Bible that have defined Christianity for more than 2,000 years? This bestselling ebook outlines and explains:
• God's unity - There is only one God
• God's triune nature - One God in three Persons
• Christ's virgin birth
• Human depravity - No one can win God's favor by their own efforts
• Christ's sinlessness
• Christ's deity
• Christ's humanity
• Necessity of God's grace
• Necessity of faith
• Christ's atoning death
• Christ's bodily resurrection
• Christ's bodily ascension
• Christ's intercession
• Christ's second coming
Each doctrine is examined by answering specific essential questions. For example:
The Doctrine: Christ's atoning death
The penalty for sin is death—not only physical death (separation of the soul from the body), but also spiritual death (separation of ourselves from God). The penalty we owe to God was paid by Christ through his death on the cross. The acceptable payment had to be perfect, complete, and without fault. Christ, the perfect Man, gave Himself in our place, so that whoever believes in Him will not die (physically and spiritually) but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Question One: What Do I Actually Need to Believe?
Only Christ's sinless life, sacrificial death and bodily resurrection can bring us to God.
Question Two: What's at Stake Here?
The unique nature of Jesus' work of salvation.
• For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Mark 10:45
• He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. - I Peter 2:24
• For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. - I Peter 3:18
• No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6
What do other religions believe?
An easy-to-use chart shows how four other religious groups treat the 14 essentials. A key indicates whether the group accepts, redefines or denies each doctrine, enabling the reader to understand the controversies regarding these religious sects. Other religious groups include:
• Latter Day Saints (Mormonism)
• Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower)
• Christian Science
Essential Doctrines Made Easy also addresses belief in the inspiration of Scripture and the methods of interpretation, which are important to faith, although not a necessary factor in salvation.
Four ancient creeds of the early Church are summarized in the ebook, giving an historical overview of what the Church deemed most essential. These creeds include:
• The Apostles' Creed
• The Nicene Creed
• Athanasian Creed
• The Creed of Chalcedon
A glossary of Christian terms is included, defining 24 terms which are widely used but not always understood, such as orthodoxy, mediator, grace, deity, and soteriology.
Understanding the Beatitudes will help Christians learn how to live the "Kingdom" life. Those who follow Jesus will be inspired and challenged to live out these attributes in contrast to worldly values:
•Poor in spirit
•Purity in heart
For each Beatitude, explanation includes:
•What does it mean?
• Related Scripture
What's at Stake in the Calvinism vs. Arminianism Debate?
The two views have many practical implications. Do people have free will or does God predestine them to be saved? If God elects us, is there any reason to spread the Gospel? Can a person lose his salvation? This easy-to-understand pamphlet compares the teachings of Arminianism with Calvinism and gives the key Bible verses you need to understand this important topic.
Some people have strong feelings about salvation via "free will" versus "predestination." Both sides use Bible passages to state their case and often the discussion can go in many different directions. The Free Will vs. Predestination pamphlet provides a
side-by-side comparison chart of Arminianism and Calvinism on:
• Free Will and Total Inability
• Security of the Believer
This Free Will vs. Predestination Pamphlet Includes
• History Timeline of Key Events
• Predestination Timeline: Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Reformed Churches, Synod of Dort
• Arminianism Timeline: Pelagius, Erasmus of Ratterdam, Albert Pighius, Arminius, Remonstrants
• Shows where Free Will vs. Predestination views agree
• Biblical passages supporting each view. Helps Christians develop an appreciation and respect for each other's beliefs
• Glossary of words: Arminian Points, Prevenient Grace, Regeneration, Remonstrance, Saints, Synod, and TULIP.
Few stories in the history of the world are as amazing and as touching as the story of how we got the Bible. This stunning pamphlet takes readers through this historical story and a time line of faithfulness, courage, and sacrifice for the sake of making the Bible available to us today. How We Got the Bible provides:
•Ten key points on how we got the Bible
•Illustrations of ancient documents created on papyrus and fine animal skins, as well as the first printing press
•A time line that follows the emergence of the Scriptures that begins in 2000 BC and each major step taken in Bible publishing through AD 2000
How We Got the Bible is an amazing ebook that will encourage every believer, and that answer the questions of those still seeking. The ebook reveals how the Old and New Testaments were communicated through a variety of forms beginning as early as 1500 BC when they were written on stone, clay and leather, and later on papyrus, and fine animal skins. Discover the reasons we can trust the reliability of the Bible, for example, how earliest Bible manuscripts were intricately copied by hand and how ancient texts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, validate the earliest manuscripts.
A time line in the ebook displays the remarkable and fascinating history of the Bible beginning in 2000 BC with Old Testament writers. The time-line captures key moments in Bible-making history such as:
•The translation of the Septuagint, the Hebrew Old Testament translated into Greek in 500 BC
•The collection of the 27 Books of the New Testament and formal confirmation of the Canon in AD 300
•The first English translation of the Bible by John Wycliffe in 1300
•The King James Version of the Bible written in 1611
•The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947
•The creation of dozens of modern versions of the Bible through 2008
How We Got the Bible ebook reveals the people that were key to Bible translation history, including: Erasmus, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, and many others.
Topical index: Apocrypha, Augustine, Bible translations, church fathers, codex, Dead Sea Scrolls, earliest translation, earliest translations, first book printed, first English Bible, Gutenberg, Hebrew Scriptures, Jewish tradition, Martin Luther, manuscripts, Maoretic text, New Testament, Old Testament, Origen, papyrus, parchment, Qumran, Roman type, scribes, scroll, scroll of Isaiah, scrolls, Tyndale, Vatican Library, vellum, Whittingham, Wycliffe
Chapters in What Christians Believe At a Glance include:
•Essential Doctrines - the 16 key beliefs Christians hold.
•Creeds - These simple summary statements were the early Church's way of training new believers, and helping them discern truth from error.
•The Trinity - Simple explanation, plus answers to questions. Includes diagrams, illustrations, and ways of helping people understand what the Trinity is--and isn't.
•Life of Jesus - His claims, his miracles, his death, resurrection, ascension, and Second Coming. This covers the key biblical passages. Includes a time line and a map of Jesus' travels.
•Denominations Comparison - Helpful side-by-side comparison of the beliefs of 12 Christian church groups on God, Scripture, Church structure, founder, date, and more. Shows where they are unified and where they diverge.
•Baptism - Covers Jesus' command to be baptized, the symbolism in Scripture for baptism, what to expect when being baptized. Includes the most common types of baptism and what biblical basis and symbolism is being emphasized.
•Understanding the Book of Revelation - Shows four approaches that serious Christians have taken to this book over the past 2000 years. This side-by-side comparison helps Christians focus on Christ--the beginning and the end.
•Heaven - Compares the popular views of Heaven in the media with the actual passages in Scripture. Very encouraging to know about this place of joy, restoration, and healing.
What Christians Believe At a Glance is ideal for:
•Discipleship - for individuals or groups
•Intro to Christianity - for new believers or a refresher course
•Pre-baptism or Baptism prep
The Rose Guide to End Time Prophecy is an easy-to-understand overview that examines key portions of Scripture and explains different ways that Christians have interpreted end times prophecy. Simple charts and illustrations help you see the whole picture.
Includes explanations of and charts/diagrams for -
• Book of Revelation - four ways Christians interpret it.
• Book of Daniel - the statues, beasts, goats, and the 70 weeks. And three ways to interpret the 70 weeks
• Four main Christian views of the end times: Pre-Mil, Post-Mill, A-Mill and Historical Pre-Mill
• Terms in the Book of Revelation: the Beasts, 666, Millennium, Antichrist, Armageddon, and Tribulation
• A Dispensational time line chart compared with two other Christian views of God's work with Israel
• Jesus' teachings in Matthew 24, known as the Olivet Discourse, and two ways of understanding each passage (wars, rumors of wars, tribulation, earthquakes, etc.).
• Two views of the Temple in the End Times
• Ezekiel's Temple vision - 4 ways of understanding it
• Important beliefs about the end times that all Christians hold
This ebook will give you confidence as you look at the Bible and at events in today's newspapers. You will be better informed and will have a Christ-centered, biblically based view of Jesus' second coming.
Award-winning author Dr. Timothy Paul Jones has bachelors and masters degrees in biblical literature and pastoral ministry, as well as a doctorate in educational leadership. He is a professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. In 2010 he won the ECPA Christian Book of the Year award in the Christian Education category for Christian History Made Easy.
"I like the Rose Guide to End Times Prophecy because it levels the playing field. It shows options of how to interpret prophecies in the Bible rather than saying, "This is the only way Christians believe." It has a balanced approach, which is better for small group study. It just lays out the facts of how Christians over the centuries have understood these passages."
- Glen, Customer Service Manager
"Stunning art and fantastic side-by-side comparison charts. The explanations and diagrams in this book make the Bible passages clear. Some end-times prophecies in the Bible were a mystery even to the biblical writers. No wonder people have varying interpretations today. It's good to survey what Bible scholars think about each Bible verse, rather than having just one viewpoint pushed on you."
- Gene, Operations Manager
"This book does an amazing job in clarifying and comparing the different Christian views. It's very insightful and highly visually appealing."
- Sergio, Design Director
"Rose Guide to End Times Prophecy gave me choices. It showed the different ways of understanding the Book of Daniel and Revelation. And it helped me know what each viewpoint really teaches. A lot of people know only one part of a view, but they don't understand all the rest of the beliefs that go along with that view."
- Gretchen, Publisher
Endorsements from Seminary and Bible College Professors
In the midst of eschatological debates and arguments, this book [Rose Guide to End Times Prophecy] provides a refreshingly fair and irenic approach to a difficult and sensitive topic. It will certainly help the reader understand the breadth of theological issues involved in discussing the end times. Most importantly, it places the reader's attention on the issue the Scriptures emphasizes: the glory of God and His faithfulness to His Word. Having this biblical perspective makes this book a must read for those in the church to rightly grasp the content and beauty of eschatology.
Dr. Abner Chou, The Master's College, Santa Clarita, CA
It doesn't take long for a discussion of the end times to get kooky, hyper-complex, or both. If you're afraid to talk about the last days because you're afraid you'll wind up gazing at byzantine prophecy charts or listening to someone talk about how you ought to be storing up food and weapons, this book is for you. Timothy Paul Jones, one of the most brilliant scholars in the Christian world, takes the words of Jesus seriously, all of them, including the ones about the end. He takes them so seriously that he refuses to hide them under a bushel of scholarly jargon or of sensationalistic hype. Read and be blessed.
Russell D. Moore, Provost, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Kudos to Dr. Timothy Paul Jones – he has taken a difficult subject and presented it concisely, clearly, and colorfully. Jones’s book offers the fruit of scholarship and research in such a way that both scholar and non-scholar alike can read and profit. He is eminently measured and fair in his presentation of the various views that Christians have held on prophecy and the future. I especially appreciate how Jones allows the reader to see representative views, on topic after topic, speak for themselves. Here is the book [Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy] that I will want close at hand when I preach or teach biblical passages relating to the future.
Guy Prentiss Waters, Associate Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS
It seems that the Christian interest in the end times will never end. Unfortunately, much confusion reigns within the various evangelical camps regarding what the other camps believe. If you are interested in really understanding the several evangelical approaches to the end times this study is a must! Dr. Jones knows his material well and presents it clearly. I highly commend Dr. Jones for his intelligent, fair, and practical presentation of theFour Views of the End Times.
Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D.
Author, He Shall Have Dominion and Before Jerusalem Fell
A Professor tells why he is choosing Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy
I was sent a copy of the book Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy with the request to consider writing an endorsement for it. Quite frankly, I had no desire to do so, as I quit reading books on prophecy when I graduated from Bible College over 35 years ago. You see, while in college I backed up with Scripture, to my satisfaction, several contradictory views on how to interpret the book of Revelation. That resulted in me laying aside the whole area of end-time prophecy and saying I am going to focus instead on discipling nations, as commanded by Jesus. I figured, eschatology was obviously ambiguous, and to fight and argue over interpretations was unprofitable to the furthering of the administration of God, which is by faith (1 Tim. 1:4).
However, when I first glanced at this book, I was struck by the full color charts on almost every page. I love charts, as so much information can be communicated so clearly in such a small amount of space. They captured my eyes, were easy to read and laid out multiple views of eschatology side by side, without feeling a need to judge any of them. Instead they simply showed the key unique emphases of each interpretative view along with its scriptural basis.
As I began to read I really got excited. Timothy Paul Jones was not putting anyone down. He was not judging or condemning or insisting his view was right and everyone else was wrong. As a matter of fact, he was not even stating what his view was. He was simply, honestly and clearly presenting the four major views of Revelation in a clear, concise, orderly manner.
So then I asked myself, but why even care about these four different ways of interpreting the book of Revelation? And as I turned to the next page (page 72), the author asked the question, "Why does it matter?" obviously fully in tune with his reading audience (which is something I absolutely love about the book). Then he gives the best answer to that question I have ever heard. It is so we know and appreciate the historical positions the church has held on the book of Revelation, so we can be informed and so we can learn to respect and honor those who hold positions different from ours. Well this is refreshing, and as God has been telling me that I need to honor all people. In my early Christian life, I was trained to judge and put down everyone who held a view different than mine, so I destroyed the unity of the body of Christ, because of my theological beliefs on things which were not essential to the message of salvation by faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This is an outstanding book, which clearly and simply lays out four differing views of end-time prophecy, providing scriptural support for each, showing the unique approaches each view takes, and encouraging you to understand and not judge those who disagree with you. Finally we can honor and love all people (1 Pet. 2:17) as we consider various views of interpreting end time prophecy. What a gift to the body of Christ. Thank you Timothy Paul Jones!
Now I want to read other books Dr. Timothy Paul Jones has written, plus I want to sell your book off our website, and add it as the first and only course on eschatology our university has ever offered.
Dr. Mark Virkler, Founder and President of Christian Leadership University
The Lord's Prayer in the News: "Offensive" Super Bowl Ad Disturbs Christians
Most people didn’t see the Super Bowl ad showing Doritos being served instead of communion wafers because it was yanked before it ran, reported USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2011/01/super-bowl-doritos-ad-catholic-offensive/1?csp=34
There was a loud protest among those who previewed the ad in January. Despite excuses by the ad agency saying it wasn’t meant to be a parody, many people thought it was offensive.
It's shocking that the media should treat the body and blood of Christ as a joke. The Lord's Supper is a deeply meaningful event, one that is celebrated by Christians around the world. Perhaps some people have never been educated about its significance. When was the last time you heard a sermon on the importance of the Lord's Supper?
It's a shame we just assume that people understand the Lord's Supper.
This 14-page full-color ebook goes through the basics of the Lord's Supper, which is known as the Holy Communion, Eucharist, and the Breaking of the Bread.
•Why do Christians around the world celebrate the Lord's Supper?
•How do Christians view its importance? 5 reasons to make it part of worship.
•How does it promote unity in the body?
•What message does it teach new believers?
•How do various Christians define Jesus'presence in the bread and cup. (Does the bread actually become Jesus'body?)
People need to know the significance
•What it means: 7 key themes
•What Jesus said
•What Paul taught
•History in the Early Church
•Comparison chart of different views of the Lord's Supper
People can read this little ebook in just a few minutes. It answers all of the most common questions and will reinforce the importance of the Lord's Supper. People will understand what it means and why they should take it seriously. They will see how it brings us to deeper worship and fellowship with other believers—not just in the seat next to us but around the world.
5 Ways to use this Lord's Supper ebook
•preparing for a first communion
• leading a new believer's class
•discussing in a small group study
• including in a "basics of the faith" course.
Why buy now?
•Easy to read. Full-color, packed with fascinating charts and diagrams.
•Attractive. Designed for the VISUAL learner.
• Fast. This 14-page ebook is perfect for the busy person who doesn’t have time to read long books.
• Available at Rose Publishing, Inc., whether you need 1 or 1000. Call us or contact us using the live chat button above Monday-Friday 7 am-4 pm Pacific. No one knows this product like we do.
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5 Key Features of Rose Publishing's Ruth ebook
•Gives a Great Summary of the Book of Ruth This 14-page ebook explains the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz in an easy-to-understand way. It separates this epic love story into "scenes," covering each portion of the story's significance.
•Includes the Historical Background of the Book of Ruth Discover how politics, economics, and geography affected these Bible people. Why did Naomi's husband move to Moab in the first place? Why didn't the Israelites get along with the Moabites? And more.
•Explains the Significance of the Cultural Customs Mentioned within the Book of Ruth. The book of Ruth is packed with cultural traditions that enrich the meaning of the story. This Ruth Bible study explains these important cultural practices and shows their significance. For example—
• Naomi had a social status lower than a slave once her husband and sons died.
• Ruth took home more than 10 times the average salary of harvesters when she worked in Boaz's field.
• When Ruth asked Boaz to "spread the corner of [his] garment" over her, she is asking him to make a symbolic gesture for marriage. (Plus, you will find out how this particular act relates to our covenant in Christ.)
•Gives the Meaning of Key Names and Phrases Find out the Hebrew meaning of key names, words, and phrases, and how they relate to the bigger story of God's faithfulness. For example—
• Naomi [which means "pleasant"] changes her name to "Mara" [which means bitter.]
• Both Boaz and Ruth are praised for showing "Hesed," a type of love that suggests taking loyalty, commitment, and compassion a step beyond what is simply required.
•Emphasizes God's Continual Faithfulness In the story of Ruth we encounter loss, suffering, disappointment, uncertainty and bitterness. But we also find good news; we find love, commitment, perseverance, hope, and God's powerful guidance in the midst of trials. Even though Ruth wasn't an Israelite, she was called by God to something much greater than anyone expected: She is one of only five women listed as an ancestor of Jesus Christ. Her story is a reminder to us all of God's unfailing love and faithfulness.
This Ruth Bible study tackles issues we all face today, making it perfect for a women's Bible study group, for anyone who wants to learn more about the women of the Old Testament, or for anyone needing a fresh reminder of God's enduring love and guidance.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.--Galatians 5: 22, 23 The Fruit of the Spirit study is an excellent study for believers at any level of spiritual growth or maturity. Believers will spend a lifetime seeking the manifestation of the fruits in their lives. The Fruit of the Spirit pamphlet provides insight to how the fruits of the Spirit were evident in the life of Jesus as well as what the fruit truly looks like in the lives of believers. Here is an example from the pamphlet. One of thefruit of the Spirit is love. The pamphlet defines love this way: Love is not based on emotions or feelings. It is a decision to be committed to the well being of others without any conditions or circumstances. The pamphlet reveals: A definition for each fruit of the Spirit How each fruit was exemplified in Jesus' life Scripture references that show the fruit manifested in someone's life The Greek Word for each of the fruits of the Spirit, including these two-- The Greek word for love is agape The Greek word for joy is chara The Fruit of the Spirit pamphlet offers four powerful verses that define Good Fruit as well as a list of Bad Fruit that includes: greed, anger, drunkenness, and evil desires, among others.
Islam & Christianity is a short ebook that can be read in 30 minutes or less and compares the basic beliefs of Christians and Muslims (followers of Islamic faith) on eight different topics. Using an easy-to-follow format, this bestselling ebook helps believers understand the key differences between Muslims and Christian. It looks at key issues and asks, "What Muslims Believe," "What Christians Believe," and addresses "How to Correct Misunderstandings." With this knowledge, you can reach out to Muslim without offending cultural sensitivities.
More than one billion people around the world follow the teachings of Muhammad and Islam. Islam & Christianity is an excellent tool for pastors, teachers and others who are interested in discovering the beliefs that Christians and Muslims have in common and those that are different. This tool will help pastors and leaders equip missions-minded believers to avoid common witnessing mistakes and to be more sensitive about sharing their faith with Muslims. Discover what Muslims have been taught about Christianity and how to answer their questions and concerns.
The Islam & Christianity ebook addresses eight key areas:
•Who God is
•The Holy Scriptures
•Practices and Rituals
•Salvation and Paradise
•The Role of Women
•Religion and Culture
Here are a few of the interesting facts that teachers and their students will encounter in studying Islam & Christianity:
•Muslims believe Muhammad is the final prophet, but that Jesus was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life.
•Many Muslims misunderstand the concept of the Trinity.
• Some Muslims are worried that Western society will corrupt their children because of the images they see on TV and magazines.
•Muslims are committed to the Five Pillars of religion.
•In Islam, there is no savior; Allah is supreme.
Islam & Christianity also provides this insightful and helpful information:
•More than a dozen Do's and Don'ts of reaching out to Muslims, including:
•Do make it clear you are a Christian
•Do be sensitive to cultural manners: men should speak with men, women with women
•When sitting don't point the sole of your shoe toward anyone.
•Notes and additional references on Islam
•A mini-glossary of 17 words that are key to connecting with and understanding Muslims
The Life of the Apostle Paul ebook consists of hundreds of fascinating facts revealed through concise descriptions, colorful maps of his journeys, a time line of recorded life events, his letters and their messages, and much more. Beginning with his birth in the year AD 5 (approximately) and continuing through his death in AD 64 or 68, this bestselling pamphlet is an excellent study on its own or a helpful supplement to any study of Paul's epistles.
What happened from the time Paul was a Pharisee persecuting Christians to the time he was beheaded for his faith? The answers to these questions and many others are found in The Life of the Apostle Paul, a comprehensive yet easy-to-use ebook Pastors and teachers will find it easy to present:
•Background on Paul's (Saul's) education and Damascus Road conversion
•Maps of Paul's well-documented missionary journeys
•His writings to key churches and individuals
The ebook also reveals the many hardships Paul suffered on behalf of the Gospels, for example, having been:
•Under arrest for two years without a trial
•Bitten by a snake
Pastors and missions leaders may want to purchase a copy of this ebook for each church member.
The Life of the Apostle Paul ebook is a wonderful way for teachers to present the remarkable life of Paul. The pamphlet includes:
•A timeline of key life and ministry events
•Maps of his three missionary journeys that covered approximately seven years, collectively, as well as --
•The names of those who traveled with him, such as Barnabas, John Mark, Luke, Timothy, Priscilla and Aquila, among others
•The main routes and approximate miles traveled on each venture
•A chart of Paul's writings including:
•The name of each letter and a key verse of each letter
•Paul's letters: Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Romans, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians, 1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy
•To whom the letters were written
•Where they were written
•When they were written
•And the theme of each letter
•Scriptures on the "thorn" in Paul's flesh
Paul's key teachings include topics on sin; justification; church leadership; marriage and singleness; and prayer, to name a few.
This pamphlet was written to show this generation some of the "good deeds" that Christians have done over the past 2000 years.The Scriptures say that even non-Christians will glorify God when they see the kindness and good works done by Christians (Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12)
It includes dozens of examples, from the abolition of slavery in England to advances in medicine and science. Includes specifics about educating the poor, feeding the hungry, caring for lepers, and reforming laws to protect the weak. This is a valuable reference guide--buy one for a skeptical friend and another for yourself. Examples are taken from art, literature, science, medicine, law, education, philosophy, charity, and equality for all people.
Here is the story of Jesus' birth and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies in a beautiful ebook that can be used as a handout at Christmas and as a Bible study to use during Advent. Using traditional wording from Matthew and Luke's Gospels, and beautiful full-color art, this ebook starts with the angelic announcement of John the Baptist's birth and the angel Gabriel's visit to Mary. It continues with Mary and Joseph traveling to Nazareth, the birth of Jesus, and the visitation of the shepherds and the Wise Men. It ends with the Gospel story and a forward look toward Christ's second coming. This beautiful ebook will be treasured.
Contains suggestions for Advent celebrations and traditional suggested readings; also includes suggestions for using the ebook as a Christmas program script.
Ideas for Use Questions for Discussion or Journaling:
•Read "The Advent of Hope" (panels 1-4). In the New Testament, John the Baptist fulfills the role of Elijah (also known as Elias in some Bible versions). What did the ancient biblical prophecies say he would do and why?
•How did Jesus fulfill Psalm 89:3-4? What is the connection between Jesus and King David?
•How did Mary respond to the angel's message? How did Joseph respond? How does the Lord deal with our own confusion in life?
•Read "The Advent of Peace" (panels 5-6). In those days, the most powerful man in the world was Caesar Augustus. Look at the Old Testament prophecies. How is Jesus similar and different from Caesar? You may want to compare their status in society, their wealth and power, and their effect on future societies. Both would bring a kind of peace to the world. How would you describe the differences?
•Read "The Advent of Joy" (panels 8-9). King Herod of Judea was one of the most ruthless rulers of the time. As a baby, Jesus had powerful enemies and his life was in danger. How did God protect him? Many people expected Jesus to be the Messiah for the Jewish people only, but God's plan was to bless the entire world. How do we see hints in these Scriptures.
•Read "The Advent of Love" (panels 10-11). The Christmas story is more than the story of a tiny baby. Jesus was sent to earth to "seek and save" us. How was Jesus similar to us? How is he different?
•Read Isaiah 53:5-6. What was the greater purpose for Jesus' life? How did he redeem us? Why is Jesus good news for all people?
•At the time of Jesus' birth there was war and destruction. Within a few years of Jesus' death, Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed. What hope does Jesus bring to a dark world?,br/>•Jesus died, rose again, and ascended into heaven where he intercedes with the Father on our behalf. What is our response to Jesus? What claim does he have on our lives? Have you ever asked him to forgive your sins and be Messiah and king of your life?
Have you ever questioned God's goodness during tough seasons? It's easy to accept that God is loving when you receive a promotion and that he's merciful when someone forgives you.
But, God's characteristics during troubling times can appear so abstract that applying his identity to our life circumstances can seem like a theological puzzle: we possess all the pieces but don't know how they fit together. How can God be good and my life remain troubled, uncertain, and instable?
Let's face the truth. Logically knowing God's traits is not enough to change our perspectives. We need an overview that allows us to meditate on his traits and that suggests practical ways to apply his identity to our everyday lives.
Rose Publishing's Attributes of God, a full color, 14-page pamphlet, explains 20 traits of God in an easy-to-reference chart. This easy–to–understand pamphlet explains each attribute, and provides probing questions and devotion–based activities to help you apply the insights to your personal walk.
Experience the relief, joy, and hope that comes from deepening your understanding of God's identity with Rose publishing's Attributes of God.
Knowing God's attributes will affect your—
•Worship by deepening your understanding of God's praiseworthy attributes.
•Life Perspective by enabling you to discover the hope that comes from realizing that his very nature meets your every need.
•Relationship with God by fostering a more intimate awareness of His traits.
•Relationship with Others by revealing the traits you can develop as you seek after him, such as patience, faithfulness, and love.
•Identity by revealing to you your worth, as you focus on the astounding attributes of the God who loves you.
These are common questions in today's society. Salvation can be a difficult concept to explain to a postmodern thinker. Fortunately, God's Word provides many ways of looking at our situation, and at God's solution. 24 Ways to Explain the Gospel contains dozens of word pictures and illustrations that will help you communicate the gospel in ways everyone can understand.
The Bible is full of illustrations that use common experiences, such as gardening, having debt, a campfire, or joining a family, to explain what Jesus accomplished on the cross. In 24 Ways to Explain the Gospel, you will see 24 metaphors from the Bible, positive and negative examples, and several illustrations that show how the positive/negative examples can be explained. (A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase compares or describes something. For example: “A mighty fortress is our God” - “mighty fortress” is a metaphor to help to describe God.)
Below is an example from 24 Ways to Explain the Gospel:
• Metaphor: Light - Jesus is the light that shines on our path toward God (John 12:46)
•Positive examples: Light - Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12)
•Jesus' light shines in our heart (2 Cor. 4:4-6)
•Children of the light (Eph. 5:8)
•Jesus has rescued us from darkness (Col. 1:13)
•Putting aside the deeds of darkness (Romans 13:12)
•Negative examples: Dark - People living in darkness have seen a great light (Matt. 4:16)
•People loved darkness (John 3:19)
•Illustrations - A campfire in the wilderness provides light, warmth, safety and sustenance.
•The light helps campers to find their way back to camp. It provides warmth for the night. It keeps the animals away. It cooks food and purifies water.
•In a similar way, Jesus provides us with a guiding light, warmth, safety, and sustenance for our journey of life.
Discussion questions for 24 Ways to Explain the Gospel
For a group study, volunteers might take turns reading a paragraph.
• Read panels 1-4. Which of these ways of explaining the Gospel helps you personally see the good news differently? Was there one that stood out? If so, why?
• Read panels 5-6, paying attention to the word "redemption" and what it meant in the biblical world. Which metaphor of redemption connected with you the most? Why?
•Read panel 7. Imagine yourself explaining the Gospel to someone using one of these plans. Which one fits your style the most? Which one fits your friend? What would you do differently?
•Read panels 8-10, and discuss the idea of citizenship. How does the concept of being a citizen of the kingdom of heaven appeal to people today? Which metaphor in this section connects with you and why?
•Read panels 11-13, and spend some time on the biblical definition of the word "sin." What aspects of sin and redemption were new to you? How does the Gospel help us heal our relationship with God and with the people around us?
How to use 24 Ways to Explain the Gospel
Bible studies, small group discussions, discipleship classes, young adult studies, evangelism training, personal study.
The Passover is the Old Testament feast that celebrates and remembers God's liberation of Israel from Egypt. It also foreshadow's Christ's sacrifice on the cross. In just 14 pages, you will learn the history of this special day and the symbolism in the Passover that points to Jesus Christ. Christ in the Passover also includes a Passover seder that can be used by Christians year round.
Jews and some Christians celebrate the Passover as a holiday that commemorates God's miraculous rescue of Israel from Egyptian captivity. God instituted the Passover feast over 3,500 years ago to remind his people of how much he loved them. The Passover is meaningful to Christians today because it is packed with symbolism that points to Jesus Christ and how much he loves us.
Most people today do not observe Passover or understand its significance. Christ in the Passover looks at the origins and symbolism of the Passover and how the Old Testament Passover is relevant today through God’s Son, Jesus. Christ in the Passover shows six ways that the Passover in the Old Testament points to Jesus, who was called the “Lamb of God.”
This [Passover] is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the LORD. This is a law for all time.
Christ in the Passover gives hundreds of facts at a glance, including:
• The Passover story from the Bible - celebrating the Exodus from Egypt
• The parallels between the Passover in the Old Testament and the work of Jesus Christ as the perfect Passover lamb in the New Testament. This is a good way of explaining the Jewish roots of Christianity.
• The symbolism of the perfect lamb
• The similarities between Passover and the Lord's Supper
• A Christian Passover Seder script, with everything you will need, including the recipes. Our staff held a seder and it was very meaningful to everyone. It takes only 30 minutes and is good for all ages. Children have fun finding the hidden matzah bread that symbolizes Jesus. The Christian Seder can be used at home, in a small group, a classroom or a Bible study.
Why is the Passover story important for Christians today?
At some point, you will face hard times, tough problems, and unfair circumstances. It's good to know that when times are tough, God loves you and watches out for you. Passover is a reminder of God's control over earthly events and ultimate victory over sin and death. Christ in the Passover will increase your faith in God as you learn that Jesus was sent to earth to become the Passover Lamb for all humanity.
Following Jesus answers the big question for every new believer, "I'm a Christian, so now what?" Studying the handy 12-page booklet helps believers get on the right path and begin to find their place in God's family -- a family that serves the Lord and loves others.
The Christian walk is not about rules, but a relationship between a loving God and his beloved children (Romans 5:6-11). The booklet also provides a list of suggested key verses for the new believer to learn and memorize.
5 Key Areas of Christian Discipleship from Following Jesus Discipleship Guide
1. Salvation, Sin & Forgiveness
•How can I be sure that I'm saved?
•Can God forgive me?
•What if I sin again?
2. Prayer, Bible study and Church
•How do I pray?
•How do read the Bible?
•Do need to go to church?
3. Fears Doubt and Trust
•What about fears and doubts?
•Can God be trusted?
•What's my purpose in life?
4. Spiritual Gifts, Giving and Sharing
•What are spiritual gifts and talents?
•What about giving?
•How do I tell others?
5. Reliability of the Christian Faith
•Is the Bible reliable?
•Is following Jesus the only way to be saved?
•Is there evidence for the resurrection
• Did you know that Buddhism draws "large numbers of people who switch ... from Protestantism and Catholicism"? (Pew Forum survey, 2007)
• Did you know that George Lucas, Jennifer Lopez, Tiger Woods, Tina Turner and others have said they believe in Buddhist principles?
• Have you heard people describe themselves as a "Buddhist Christian"? (You might be surprised how much this is happening today.)
Buddhism is on the rise, especially among young people. The kind face of the Dalai Lama appears to promise peace and reconciliation without "religion." That's the problem: Some people are now starting to call themselves Buddhist Christians and claim to "belong" to both. This pamphlet investigates the beliefs of Buddhism that every Christian should know.
The 10 Questions & Answers on Buddhism pamphlet takes a close look at Buddhist philosophy and how it compares with Christianity. Topics in the pamphlet include:
• Who was Buddha?
• What did Buddha teach?
• What's the Buddhist view of the Afterlife?
• What's the Buddhist view of Scriptural Documents?
• Is reincarnation, in the Buddhist view, as positive as people in the west think it is?
• Individual study
• Small Group or Sunday School class
• Christian School
• New Believers' class
• Church library
Why Buy? • Easy to read. Explains the Bible visually.
• Attractive. Full-color, packed with fascinating charts and illustrations.
• Easy to understand. Uses concise and simple language.
• Fast. This glossy attractive booklet can take less than 20 minutes to read.
• Durable. 10 Q&A on Buddhism glossy coating helps it last.
• Convenient. This pamphlet's small size makes it easy to carry inside of your Bible, folder, or binder.
• Engaging. 10 Q&A on Buddhism offers fascinating facts and handy study tips that revitalize individual and group Bible studies.
• Lightweight. Easier to mail than a book, enabling you to uplift and equip friends, family members, and missionaries anywhere in the world.
50 Proofs for the Old Testament includes important finds such as:
• The Pontius Pilate inscription -- which confirms his historicity as Roman prefect in Luke 3
• The "city authorities" (polytarch) inscriptions -- proof that the apostle Paul's use of the word was correct in Acts 17
• The Synagogue at Capernaum (Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37; John 6:59)
• The Gallio inscription -- proof of the Roman governor Gallio mentioned in Acts 18)
• The Erastus inscription -- showing that Erastus, mentioned in Romans 16:23, was an important public official
A companion piece to 50 Proofs for the New Testament is 50 Proofs for the Old Testament which examines archaeological and other proofs regarding the legitimacy of Old Testament people and events. Both pamphlets are excellent resources for Bible studies or for anyone who has questions about the accuracy of Scripture.
The Life of Joseph is a easy-to-use, beautifully illustrated guide through God's purposes in suffering. This pamphlet follows the story of Joseph from the beginnings of God's promise to Abraham to the reconciliation of Joseph's family in Egypt. Life of Joseph includes a time line of the important events in the lives of Joseph and his family, as well as a family tree of Jacob's (Israel) sons. Life of Joseph also includes a side-by-side comparison of the dreams Joseph interpreted and how God was working in the lives of Joseph, Jacob, his brothers, and Judah to ultimately bring about the promised Messiah, Jesus!
Life of Joseph helps us see meaning in suffering and aids us in our own journey toward wisdom. Includes a map and time line. Why is Joseph's story so compelling? Look at Joseph's life at age 17:
•Favored excessively by his father
•Hated by his 10 older brothers, who had a history of violence and treachery.
•Thrown into a pit in the wilderness
•Sold into slavery and never returned home again.
•His parents were given proof he was dead and no search was instigated
Later, when it appeared his life was improving, he was...
•Stalked by someone powerful and vengeful
•Falsely accused and imprisoned
•Abandoned in jail without friends or defenders
•Forgotten by people who owed him a favor
To any observer, it would appear that God had abandoned Joseph. But invisibly God was working behind the scenes.
Life of Joseph brings the fascinating story of Jacob, Joseph, and his family to life and is a resource you will be referring to again and again as you study the book of Genesis.
Through vivid imagery, John writes Revelation to reveal the end of human history, the return of Christ, and the establishment of a new heaven and a new earth. Revelation message of hope assures Christians that God is in sovereign control of all past, present, and future events, and that Jesus Christ will judge the lost and rule in ultimate victory over all human and demonic opposition.
The Mac Arthur Study Guide Series provides a twelve week, verse-by-verse examination of the books of the New Testament. This revised and updated series continues to be one of the best-selling study guides currently available for individuals or small groups.
Features Include:Twelve week studyThought-provoking questionsVerse-by-verse commentarySpace provided for note-taking
Written in 1958, The New Testament in Modern English is one of the most dynamic and lively translations to ever appear in print. Phillips’ rendering of Holy Scripture into contemporary English is accessible and powerful to a modern audience. Easy to read and remarkable in its passionate depictions of Jesus and the Apostles, this book is a classic work of Christian literature perfect for anyone looking to supplement their understanding of the Bible and enrich their spiritual life.
Unlike other versions of the New Testament, this translation uses as many English words as are necessary to bring out the richness, force, and clarity of the Greek Text. Intended as a companion to, or commentary on, the standard translations, Wuest's "expanded translation" follows the Greek word order and especially reflects emphases and contrasts indicated by the original text.
This book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances."
How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians' answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic "son of God." No modern historian has come up with a more convincing explanation. Facing this question, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of the Christian worldview and theology.
Bailey begins by surveying the development of allegorical, historical-eschatological, aesthetic, and existential methods of interpretation. Though figures like Julicher, Jeremias, Dodd, Jones, and Via have made important advances, Bailey sees the need to go beyond them by combining an examination of the poetic structures of the parables with a better understanding of the Oriental culture that informs the text.
Bailey's work within Middle Eastern peasant culture over the last twenty years has helped him in his attempt to determine the cultural assumptions that the teller of the parables must have made about his audience. The same values which underlay the impact of the parables in Christ's time, Bailey suggests, can be discovered today in isolated peasant communities in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. Because time has made almost no impact in these cultural pockets, it is possible to discern, for example, what it meant 2,000 years ago for a friend to come calling at midnight, or for a son to ask for his inheritance prior to his father's death.
In addition to illuminating the cultural framework of the parables, Bailey offers an analysis of their literary structure, treating the parabolic section as a whole as well as its individual components. Through its combination of literary and cultural analyses, Bailey's study makes a number of profound advances in parabolic interpretation.