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Author(s): John Piper
Publisher: Crossway Books
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“God has appointed preaching in worship as one great means of accomplishing his ultimate goal in the world.” —John Piper
John Piper makes a compelling claim in these pages about the purpose of preaching: it is intended not merely as an explanation of the text but also as a means of awakening worship by being worship in and of itself. Christian preaching is a God-appointed miracle aiming to awaken the supernatural seeing, savoring, and showing of the glory of Christ.
Distilling over forty years of experience in preaching and teaching, Piper shows preachers how and what to communicate from God’s Word, so that God’s purpose on earth will advance through Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, God-centered preaching—in other words, expository exultation.
Wise Sheep Among the Wolves
All Christian disciples have one thing in common: as they carry the gospel across the ocean and across the street, persecution will become the norm for those who choose to follow Jesus. How believers respond in the face of persecution reveals everything about their level of faith and obedience.
The Insanity of Obedience is a bold challenge to global discipleship. Nik Ripken exposes the danger of safe Christianity and calls readers to something greater. The Insanity of Obedience challenges Christians in the same, provocative way that Jesus did. This book dares you—and prepares you—to cross the street and the oceans with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Some of Jesus’ instructions sound uncomfortable and are potentially dangerous. We may be initially encouraged by His declaration, “I am sending you out.” But how are we to respond when He then tells us that He is sending us out “like sheep among wolves”?
In light of the words of Jesus, how can modern-day believers rest comfortably in the status quo? How can we embrace casual faith in light of the radical commands of Jesus which are anything but casual? Ripken brings decades of ministry experience in some of the most persecuted areas of the world to bear on our understanding of faith in Jesus. The Insanity of Obedience is a call to roll up your sleeves . . . and to follow and partner with Jesus in the toughest places on this planet.
“We have the high privilege of answering Jesus’ call to go,” Ripken says. “But let us be clear about this: we go on His terms, not ours. If we go at all, we go as sheep among wolves.”
Jesus gives us Himself. And He gives us the tools necessary for those who dare to journey with Him.
The Grace Essentials series aims to make some of the greatest classics of Christian literature accessible to the contemporary reader. Biblical Christianity unlocks Calvin’s masterpiece, The Institutes of the Christian Religion. Through exploring in turn the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Calvin sought to achieve a “knowledge of ourselves” in light of “knowledge of God”. This work, foundational to theological thought for five centuries, is presented here in a faithfully edited version – perfect for enriching Bible Studies or devotionals.
At the hidden center of man’s being is the dwelling place of the Triune God. It is such a private, intimate place that no one can intrude but Christ, and even He will enter only through an invitation of faith. Once the Spirit enters the core of the believer’s heart and establishes residence there, man becomes a true child of God. But baptism, confirmation, receiving the sacraments, church membership, etc., mean nothing unless God has truly inhabited the soul.
In Man: The Dwelling Place of God, Tozer reveals what it truly means to have Christ within us—like leaving your old life behind, understanding the Bible, making godly choices, loving God for Himself, Christian fellowship, and more.
The Bible teaches that the goal of the Christian life is to become like Jesus—for our own personal growth and for the sake of others. Every believer needs to ask three big questions: What do I believe? What should I do? And who am I becoming?
In Think, Act, Be Like Jesus, bestselling author and pastor Randy Frazee helps readers grasp the vision of the Christian life and get started on the journey of discipleship. After unfolding the revolutionary dream of Jesus and showing how our lives fit into the big picture of what God is doing in the world, Frazee walks readers through thirty short chapters exploring the ten core beliefs, ten core practices, and ten core virtues that help disciples to think, act, and be more like Jesus Christ.
This compelling new book can be used in conjunction with the 30-week all-church Believe campaign or read separately as an individual study. Either way, readers will deepen their understanding of what it means to not just know the Story of God but to live it.
Billy was born on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1918 just days after the signing of the armistice that ended the first world war. At the age of sixteen, Billy Graham came to Christ during a Christian revival meeting and it wasn’t long before he felt the call to preach.
With the help of his wife Ruth and many other friends and colleagues, Billy Graham set out to preach to the world. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was founded and since that day Billy has preached to over 80 million people in more than 185 countries. Millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts. He has founded newspapers; film companies, magazines and radio ministries.
Communism and Apartheid, Segregation and Terrorism – Billy Graham has faced up to all Christianity’s major opponents of the twentieth century. From playing the bail money to get Martin Luther King out of jail to addressing the memorial service in Washington after the collapse of the World Trade Center, Billy Graham has been there for people with practical help and a message of hope that is timeless.
Billy Graham: “Yes Sir, take me to the cross, I can find my way from home from there”
“Catherine balances knowledge of the subject well with personal anecdotes that make the characters come to life. It also makes you want to praise God for them. If you were teaching about famous Christians or wanted to challenge young people about what God could do with their life these would be ideal. Questions at the back of each chapter are helpful for class or group study. The ‘how to become Christian’ section at the back is a vital inclusion.”
“Billy Graham is the most effective world evangelist we have had since the New Testament Apostles. Thank you, Catherine, for the careful research and animated writing put into this inspiring story of our time”
Richard Bewes ~ OBE, Author & retired rector of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London
“As I grow older, my confidence in the inspiration and authority of the Bible has grown even stronger. So has my conviction that only Christ can give us lasting hope…As the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.
This work from William Bridge is a reflection on Psalm 42:11. He writes how even through discouragements because any circumstance (sin, tempation, etc.) the Christian should not be downcast in thinking that Christ has let them go.
Includes a linked Table Of Contents, NCX navigation, and Hebrew and Greek words used in the original text.