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acquired in December and now officially a part of the IVP publishing program and shipping from our Westmont, Illinois, distribution facility. Since their inception, Biblica Books have been known for their keen insight on the global church, on world missions and more. In this catalog detailing just a portion of the titles now available from IVP you’ll find books by Kenneth Boa, Paul Borthwick, , Adrian Plass, Kay Marshall Strom and many other fine authors. You’ll find Jason Mandryk’s award-winning Operation World and Patrick Johnstone’s just-released The Future of the Global Church. You’ll find biographies, devotionals and church leadership resources. We are delighted to reintroduce Biblica Books to you as part of the InterVarsity Press publishing family. With gratitude for your partnership,
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BiBlica Books OperatiOn WOrld
Operation World (7th edition) The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation the definitive guide to global prayer has now been completely updated and revised by Jason Mandryk to cover the entire populated world. Whether you are an intercessor praying behind the scenes or a missionary reaping the benefits of intercession, Operation World gives you the information you need to play a vital role in God’s plan for the nations.
978 pages, hardcover, 978-0-8308-5723-4, $35.00 978 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5724-1, $25.00
Operation World (plus CD)* Jason Mandryk’s revised and updated 7th edition here comes with a full color PDF version of the book featuring graphs, charts and maps, intuitive user interface, table of contents, menus, navigation, hyperlinks and a search feature.
paperback + CD-ROm, 978-0-8308-5725-8, $40.00
Operation World Personal CD (7th edition)*
CD-ROm, 978-0-8308-5726-5, $25.00
Operation World Professional DvD-ROM (7th edition)*
DVD, 978-0-8308-5727-2, $35.00
Operation World Prayer Map (folded)*
folded map, 978-0-8308-5728-9, $10.00
Operation World Prayer Map (Uv Coated)*
rolled map, 978-0-8308-5825-5, $15.00
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BiBlica Books the Future OF the GlObal ChurCh
By PaTRiCk JOhnsTOne, ORiGinal aUThOR OF OperatiOn WOrld
The Future of the Global Church History, Trends and Possibilities What is the future of the global church, and how do we fit into the picture? this book has grown out of fifty years of passion, research and study beginning with the first edition of Patrick Johnstone’s Operation World. It weaves together the history, demography and growth of the major world religions, including Christianity, giving us a visual and textual overview of the past, present and possible future of the global church. this large-format, full-color book includes: • • • • Data and projections for evangelism in the coming four decades Critical overview of the worldwide impact of the first twenty centuries of Christianity Comparative analysis of Christian outreach with that of other world religions Diagnosis of different Christian traditions today
Window on the World When We Pray God Works Winner of the 2002 Gold medallion for Elementary Age Children! this A to Z collection of countries and people groups by Daphne Spraggett and Jill Johnstone makes a great beginner’s guide to missional prayer and an exciting learning experience for kids. Short stories and attractive full-color design help children in the West relate to foreign lands and people.
221 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5782-1, $20.00
242 pages, casebound, 978-0-8308-5659-6, $40.00
BiBlica Books literature & biOGraphy
In A taste of the Classics Series, Dr. Kenneth Boa summarizes and discusses the classic works that helped shape Western civilization. a Taste of the Classics, volume 1 Mere Christianity, Pilgrim’s Progress, the Brothers Karamazov & the Imitation of Christ
134 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5762-3, $10.00
a Taste of the Classics, volume 3 Crime and Punishment, Pensées, the Great Divorce & Christian Perfection
138 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5764-7 $10.00 ,
Finding God in The shack randal rauser explores the theological foundations of William Young’s bestseller, The Shack. rauser defends the novel’s idiosyncratic vision of God as fundamentally orthodox.
163 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5650-3, $15.00
a Taste of the Classics, volume 2 the Screwtape Letters, Paradise Lost, Confessions of Augustine & the Pursuit of God
135 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5763-0, $10.00
a Taste of the Classics, volume 4 the Divine Comedy, the Knowledge of the Holy, Pride and Prejudice & the Love of God
154 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5765-4, $10.00
Restoring Beauty Louis Markos analyzes C. S. Lewis’s eleven novels and many nonfiction works showing how the twin concepts of beauty and truth continually led Lewis back to God.
215 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5745-6, $20.00
Besides the Bible Dan Gibson, Jordan Green and John Pattison collect one hundred great books of world literature that have, should or will create Christian culture.
261 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5610-7 $15.00 ,
The amazing John Wesley Methodist minister H. newton Malony draws on little-known facts about John Wesley’s life to show how the preacher started a movement that would save england from the ravages of the French revolution.
174 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5602-2, $15.00
Once Blind Kay Marshall Strom tells the dramatic story of John newton, the famous writer of “Amazing Grace” who was converted in a life-threatening storm and went on to become a powerful voice against the slave trade.
250 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5721-0, $15.00
BiBlica Books devOtiOnal
lessons from the Road Lessons from the Road is a behindthe-scenes look at the life of a touring Christian rock band. Written by third Day’s “road pastor” nigel James, the book features major contributions from tai Anderson, Brad Avery, David Carr, Mark Lee and Mac Powell.
192 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5693-0, $15.00
Beautifully designed and affordably priced, God’s Promises books help you reflect on major themes of the Christian life through select passages from Scripture.
God’s Promises on healing
160 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5667-1, $4.00
God’s Promises on Prayer
160 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5671-8, $4.00
The Persecuted Church Prayer Devotional Beverly Pegues provides up-to-date information on the past and present situation of suffering churches in over sixty countries. recommended for churches, mission supporters and mission agencies who are invested in the future of the global church.
235 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5735-7 $15.00 ,
God’s Promises on his love
160 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5668-8, $4.00
God’s Promises on Character
155 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5665-7 $4.00 ,
God’s Promises on Praise and Worship
155 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5670-1, $4.00
God’s Promises on simplicity
160 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5672-5, $4.00
God’s Promises on the Fruit of the spirit
160 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5666-4, $4.00
God’s Promises on knowing him
157 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5669-5, $4.00
a Guided Tour of the Bible Unlike other one-year Bible experiences, this devotional selects 365 core chapters of the Bible to give you a bird’s eye view of the historical and theological flow of Scripture—all in just a chapter a day. By Ken and Karen Boa.
373 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5677-0, $15.00
through carefully selected daily readings and prayers, the Passionate Living books by bestselling author Kenneth Boa demonstrate the power of Scripture to shed light on every nook and cranny of life. Passionate living: Praises and Promises
157 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5731-9, $13.00
Passionate living: Wisdom and Truth
184 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5732-6, $13.00
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BiBlica Books leadership & MarketplaCe
Charting the Course Bruce Howard exposes the philosophical underpinnings of the marketplace, opening our eyes to the moral and ethical dynamics of economic life.
181 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5622-0, $14.00
leading the Way tearing down the old standard of the ideal leader, Paul Borthwick challenges young people to rise up and fill the growing leadership vacuum among Christians today.
251 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5692-3, $14.00
Relational leadership Walter C. Wright develops a biblical management model that fosters an environment of active participation in an organization’s mission. Foreword by richard J. Mouw and eugene H. Peterson.
282 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5744-9, $18.00
Unleader CeO Jane Overstreet carves a new path for today’s leaders by constrasting King David’s decisions at critical moments with those of King Saul.
134 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5778-4, $15.00
Win Win Win Brian D. Molitor shows how good organizations can become great by seeking agreement and shared vision with all involved—and not only the vocal minority.
250 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5781-4, $17 .00
effective Christian leaders in the Global Workplace Profiling Christian leaders from private and public sectors, Peter Shaw challenges conventional leadership models with new global perspectives.
194 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5641-1, $17 .00
Pastorpreneur Pastor and speaker John Jackson equips pastors to employ strategic planning and innovation skills to enhance their congregational leadership.
176 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5733-3, $16.00
We’re in This Boat Together Camille F Bishop distinguishes . between the four generations that make up today’s workforce, addressing the unique leadership challenges posed by generational perspectives.
203 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5780-7 $15.00 ,
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BiBlica Books apOlOGetiCs / issues / ChurCh
Faith has its Reasons Kenneth Boa and robert Bowman assess four approaches to the practice of apologetics and propose a new model that takes the best from all four.
658 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5648-0, $30.00
you’re not as Crazy as i Think What can evangelicals learn from liberal Christians, Darwinists, atheists and animal-rights activists? randal rauser sketches a path toward dialogue with the people we understand least.
210 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5786-9, $17 .00
Through the River Jon and Mindy Hirst take us on an allegorical ride into river town, where we meet three neighboring communities with radically different ways of viewing the truth. the encounter becomes an object lesson in worldview thinking.
201 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5770-8, $15.00
a lover’s Quarrel with the evangelical Church Using original interviews with America’s leading evangelicals, Warren Smith provides a state-of-the-movement address, calling the church to repent of its involvement in the cultural decline of the West.
265 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5698-5, $17 .00
Missional house Churches Using original interviews with over thirty missional house churches, J. D. Payne examines the influence of the house-church movement on local communities throughout the United States.
197 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5706-7 $17 , .00
Discovering Church Planting J. D. Payne explores the biblical, historical and missiological principles of global church planting, and suggests ways that you can apply successful global practices to your own context.
458 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5634-3, $23.00
Dale Hanson Bourke compiles basic information on major issues of public concern, giving answers to key medical and political questions. The skeptic’s Guide to the Global aiDs Crisis
104 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5755-5, $10.00
The skeptic’s Guide to Global Poverty
111 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5754-8, $10.00
BiBlica Books General interest
Bacon sandwiches & salvation Confronting his inner zealot with his weakness for the bacon sandwich, writer Adrian Plass comes through with a “humorous antidote” for the Pharisee in us all.
251 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5607-7 $15.00 ,
True to his Word Gregg Lewis and Deborah Shaw Lewis tell the gripping story of Bible Study Fellowship, an organization that has impacted the lives of millions of people around the world.
482 pages, hardcover, 978-0-8308-5776-0, $22.00
The Cross this is a firsthand account of Arthur Blessitt’s incredible thirty-eight year journey carrying a twelve-foot cross into every nation of the world.
221 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5631-2, $18.00
Grace for the afflicted Psychology professor Matthew S. Stanford draws on biblical and clinical perspectives to help the church respond with grace at the onset of mental illness.
262 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5674-9, $20.00
Coauthored by George verwer
God’s Great ambition Well-known missions mobilizers Dan Davidson, Dave Davidson and George Verwer present a collection of quotes and Scriptures designed as a crash course on God’s heart for the world.
185 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5663-3, $7 .00
emma’s story In this story based on real events, we follow a turkish orphan girl as God leads her through emotional trauma and natural disaster to become the first adopted child in the United States. By Bob Sjogren and Stephani r. Jenkins.
175 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5642-8, $13.00
emmanuel kolini Mary Weeks Millard tells how the son of tutsi refugees became a leader in the global Anglican communion. Meet emmanuel Kolini, the unlikely archbishop of rwanda.
239 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5643-5, $17 .00
The Good Doctor In this autobiographical account, Dr. Sai Park describes how he managed to break free from the war-torn Korea of his youth and achieve critical success as a medical doctor in the United States—only to relinquish it all and return to Korea to serve the poor.
242 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5673-2, $15.00
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BiBlica Books bible study & spiritual FOrMatiOn
Matthew henry’s Commentary this abridged edition of Matthew Henry’s six-volume Commentary on the Whole Bible uses the King James text. the beloved Presbyterian minister’s magisterial work speaks here with renewed clarity to today’s church.
1029 pages, hardcover, 978-0-8308-5702-9, $30.00
after Chapters & verses Christopher r. Smith traces the history of textual additions to the Bible, such as chapter and verse numbers, section headings and study notes. He invites us to pare down to the original text and see what we find.
234 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5600-8, $16.00
all about Jesus Out a careful compilation of passages from the four Gospels, roger Quy presents an integrated chronology of the life of Jesus.
246 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5601-5, $15.00
Read the Bible smarter, not harder Many scholars now approach the Bible as a collection of books, treating each book as a composition in its own right. How can such an approach help devotional readers? Consider this your reintroduction to the books of the Bible.
168 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5742-5, $15.00
To Be honest with you Vince Woltjer and tim Vandenberg pioneer the postmodern devotional, walking us through the book of Luke as a journey from skepticism to faith.
212 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5772-2, $13.00
The Forgotten Rules of Prayer K. C. Hairston offers twenty-eight forgotten rules of prayer, gleaned from the pages of Scripture and presented in an easy-to-read reference format.
182 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5652-7 $10.00 ,
Worldwide Journeys in Prayer Over thirty-five years ago, missionary Wentworth Pike began collecting stories of answered prayer. Here are 101 true stories of both miracle and disappointment from the church around the world.
413 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5785-2, $15.00
Become What you are new testament scholar William W. Klein presents the profound vision for spiritual formation that lies at the heart of the Sermon on the Mount.
238 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5609-1, $15.00
BiBlica Books islaM & WOrld reliGiOns
Fresh vision for the Muslim World Drawing on his two decades in the Middle east, Mike Kuhn calls Christians to approach Muslims not by the broad road of fear and self-preservation, but by the narrow road of empathy and deep listening.
273 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5655-8, $15.00
Bridges to islam expanding on his acclaimed book muslim Evangelism, Phil Parshall argues that the avenue for dialogue between Muslims and Christians runs through folk, not orthodox, Islam.
159 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5615-2, $13.00
encountering the World of islam this comprehensive evangelistic resource collects articles from eighty authors who have lived throughout the Muslim world. Get positive, biblical perspectives on Islam’s history, current conflicts and much more.
574 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5644-2, $40.00
sword of allah In this concise yet thoroughly documented work, Middle east scholar David Zeidan provides a Christian perspective on Islamic fundamentalism.
166 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5760-9, $13.00
Muslim evangelism responding to the relative failure of Christians to evangelize Muslims, Phil Parshall poses difficult questions about what is and is not essential to the Christian witness in Islamic contexts.
307 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5710-4, $20.00
The Cross and the Crescent Phil Parshall examines Islamic beliefs on the nature of God, Scripture, worship, sin and holiness to find out what effect they have on the daily life of Muslims.
310 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5630-5, $15.00
Two Messiahs Seasoned apologist Jeff Morton sets the scene for the Jesus of Christianity and the Jesus of Islam to walk and talk with each other on the emmaus road. As they get closer to Jerusalem, their real differences begin to emerge.
163 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5777-7 $17 , .00
Breakthrough Offering an antidote to the negative images that proliferate in the West, missionary tom Doyle relays stories of hope from a new generation of believers in the Middle east.
207 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5614-5, $18.00
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BiBlica Books Christian livinG
simplify Acknowledging that technological advances have failed to simplify our lives, Paul Borthwick leads readers down an older road to contentment— one that begins with saying “no” once in a while.
196 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5753-1, $14.00
navigating your Perfect storm Bob Wenz explores the Last Supper as the moment of calm before the great storm of Jesus’ life. Here, Jesus leaves five anchors and two admonitions that his disciples will need to navigate the storms of this world.
254 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5711-1, $16.00
The Mission-Minded Family Ann Dunagan calls families out of maintenance mode and into a shared life of mission, self-sacrifice and joy. Suggested activities and resource management tips included.
232 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5705-0, $15.00
The Mission-Minded Child Ann Dunagan encourages parents and teachers to raise a new generation of global visionaries. Includes over twenty-five missionary biographies, mission stories, hymns and hundreds of easy-to-use ideas.
235 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5704-3, $15.00
authenticity According to a recent survey, inauthenticity is the number one reason people steer clear of Christians. Chad Young opens up the question of authentic belief—what it is and why so many of us fall short of it.
198 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5605-3, $16.00
i’ve Been Wondering In this collection of email correspondences, professor richard B. Steele seeks to give seminarians a fair hearing on the most pressing issues of theology, church history and ethics.
232 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5681-7 $15.00 ,
Married for life D. Stuart Briscoe and Jill Briscoe tell the nearly fifty-year saga of their marriage—a classic opposites-attract story teeming with lessons for newlyweds and young marrieds.
238 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5700-5, $15.00
knowing Grace Joanne J. Jung adds a dose of clarity to the growing field of spiritual formation literature by centering on the “means of grace”—the vital element that causes all our work to bear fruit.
200 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5690-9, $16.00
BiBlica Books theOlOGy
Cat & Dog books ask you to consider how a seemingly innocent, quirky metaphor could change your whole relationship with God.
Cat & Dog Theology
210 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5621-3, $15.00
Cat & Dog Prayer
117 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5620-6, $14.00
You wouldn’t try to put together a thousand-piece puzzle without looking at the box—so why read the Bible that way? Before you plunge into another list of Hebrew names or decode another ancient prophecy, let Bill Jones give you the big picture.
Putting Together the Puzzle of the Old Testament
226 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5741-8, $17 .00
a Cat & Dog look at the Cross
216 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5619-0, $16.00
Putting Together the Puzzle of the new Testament
260 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5740-1, $17 .00
The innocence of God Udo Middelmann, president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation, argues for divine innocence as a third way between deterministic and “openness” views of sovereignty.
216 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5687-9, $20.00
The Trinity, Practically speaking Professor of systematic theology Frank D. Macchia leads readers step-by-step through the logic that leads to a deep understanding of the trinity.
169 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5775-3, $18.00
a new kind of Conversation Using a blog format, this experimental book enters into a theological conversation with five evangelical leaders and academics—Brian McLaren, Bruce ellis Benson, ellen Haroutunian, Mabiala Kenzon and Myron Bradley Penner.
208 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5713-5, $18.00
last Things Revealed Pastor and scholar Jim Dixon cuts through popular doomsday rhetoric to deliver a historically grounded, biblically rooted and politically informed view of what is to come. Foreword by Lee Strobel.
148 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5691-6, $15.00
BiBlica Books MissiOns & the GlObal ChurCh
how To Be a World-Class Christian Paul Borthwick urges you to take your place in the ever-expanding Christian family. Here is everything you need to grow in your knowledge of Scripture, increase in global praying and intensify crosscultural outreach. Foreword by rick Warren.
225 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5680-0, $15.00
loving the Church . . . Blessing the nations Veteran missionary George Miley empowers local churches to use their unique gifts and ministries to connect with the unreached people groups of the world.
221 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5699-2, $16.00
Tentmaking Professional church planter Patrick Lai provides an in-depth reference for tentmakers—business-as-mission practitioners operating in regions of great antagonism to the Christian message.
418 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5766-1, $23.00
If you’re explorIng doing something extraordinary for the glory of god among the nations, Ask a Missionary brings clarity and answers for a journey into missions. Because they’ve “been there,” over one hundred missionaries from around the world, including elisabeth elliot, george Verwer, phyllis Kilbourn, and Bill Stearns, share their insightful wisdom and practical advice on everything from making the decision to go, to stepping into a new life once on the field—and everything in between. • How can I know if god is leading me to become a missionary? • How do I select a mission organization? • What type of academic or practical training should I consider? • How will I be funded? The treasures amassed in this book will guide you toward serving in the most wonderful, challenging, god-glorifying, eternity-impacting endeavor in the world: missions. I highly recommend this book for anyone, any age, considering mission-related ministry. —Don parrott, president, finishers project/Missionnext
This book is like having a dozen missionary friends at your side, coaching you with kindness and clarity. Who knew wisdom could be so encouraging? —Steve Hawthorne, co-editor, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement John McVay has more passion than anyone I know for mobilizing people to become effective missionaries. This book combines his passion with the expertise and practical advice of over one hundred missionaries. —John Crouch MD, president, In His Image International
for over ten years, JoHn McVay, general editor, has moderated “ask a Missionary” discussions online and at conferences such as urbana, advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (aCMC), global Missions ISBN 978-1-934068-87-8 Health, and The Journey Deepens.
RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Missions ISBN 978-1-93406-887-8
JOhn McvAy, GenerAl ediTOr
Time-Tested Answers from Those Who’ve Been There
Over 100 MissiOnAry COnTriBuTOrs ° JOhn McvAy, GenerAl ediTOr
Ask a Missionary
ask a Missionary editor John McVay collects gems of practical wisdom from mission veterans like elisabeth elliot, George Verwer, Phyllis Kilbourn, and Bill Stearns to answer your questions, calm your nerves and bid you adieu for a life of profound significance in the mission field.
210 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5604-6, $15.00
Ask a Missionary
Rethinking life Archbishop emmanuel Kolini (ret.) and missionary Peter Holmes debunk myths about African experience so that Western Christians may glean wisdom from the world’s fastest growing church.
200 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5747-0, $15.00
a vision of the Possible Daniel Sinclair sets out a team-based approach to pioneer church planting. With important insights into crossing cultures and entering resistant environments, the book covers all the whys and how-tos for your team.
294 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5779-1, $18.00
The Great Omission respected missions thinker robertson McQuilkin answers the question, “How is it, with so many unreached peoples, there are so few Christians going?”
101 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5675-6, $10.00
innovation in Mission Our vision for the lost never changes, but the means we use to reach out are always advancing. James reapsome and Jon Hirst have packed this handbook with innovative ideas for those already at work in the field.
193 pages, paperback, 978-0-8308-5688-6, $15.00
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I n t r O D U C I n G
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This study guide will lead individuals or groups through Luke and Acts in thirty-two sessions that correspond with the natural sections of these books. Readers will discover that they are actually the two parts of a single story that tell how the community of Jesus’ followers began with his life and ministry and then spread around the world. The readings and discussion will help each participant recognize the ways God is still working today and how they can be part of what God is doing. The Understanding the Books of the BiBle series moves groups away from a typical Bible study format into a new approach to experiencing the Bible together. Instead of following artificial chapter and verse divisions, these study guides lead groups through whole books following their natural outlines and flow. They pose engaging questions for discussion with personal implications all along the way, leading to a community Bible experience.
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For followers of Jesus, life in the age to come now? In the wisdom is going to be great. books of Proverbs, But what about life Ecclesiastes, and James how to develop a style , the Bible shows of practical, godly us living books communicate timeless insights passed that’s honest, generous, and fair. These using short, memo down by wise people rable sayings: through the ages The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is unders tanding. (Proverbs) There is a time for everything, and a season for every activit y under the heaven s. (Ecclesiastes) Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and become angry. (James slow to )
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In this study guide you’ll discover the principles for living and see how they expressed in these can direct you into sayings a more satisfying greater integrity and life, here and now, focus. with The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is a writer and biblical scholar who The 25-lesson format is ideally presented lives in East Lansing, Michigan. He served local churches for nearly twenty is adaptable to any for group or individ study situation. It ual studies and years and is now a volunteer staff member with Graduate InterVarsity provoc will evoke deep ative and empow conversations about ering sayings of Prover Christian Fellowship at Michigan State University. He was a consulting bring the personal growth and life change throug bs, Ecclesiastes, and James. It will editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of engag h a new level of under ing God’s Word. the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books standing and according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. The Understanding the Books of He is the author of After Chapters and Verses; Reading the Bible Smarter, the BiBle series Bible study format moves groups away Not Harder; and the other volumes in the Understanding the Books of the into a new approa from a typical ch to experiencing of the Bible together. BiBle series. He has a B.A. in literature from Harvard, a master’s degree following artificial chapter and verse Instead divisions, these study through whole books in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in historical guides lead group following their natura s questions for discus l outlines and flow. theology and Bible from Boston College. sion They pose engaging community Bible experi with personal implications all along the way, leading to ence. a
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