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Free Study Guide for Begg & Ferguson’s Name above All Names

Name Above All Names Study Guide CoverWe’re pleased to share with you this study guide companion to Name Above All Names by Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson, put together by our friends at Truth for Life.

Containing seven sessions to help you study the Bible’s multi-faceted portrayal of Christ’s identity and ministry, this study guide can be used for small groups or personal reflection alongside Name Above All Names. Each session includes four parts:

  1. Getting Started – a quote from the book with an introductory question
  2. Key Scriptures – key Bible verses referenced in the chapter
  3. Going Deeper – questions to help you process the main ideas of the chapter
  4. Giving Praise – a poem, hymn, or verse that can be committed to memory and incorporated in worship.

The opening words of Name above All Names summarize the impetus behind this book and study guide which we commend to you:

Jesus Christ has been given the name above all names. The names
assigned to him begin in Genesis and end in Revelation. Taken together
they express the incomparable character of Jesus Christ our Savior and
Lord. Reflecting on them better prepares us to respond to the exhortations
of Scripture, to focus our gaze upon him, and to meditate on how great he is.

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Weekly Ebook Specials: Titles by Tim Chester

In conjunction with the release of Tim Chester’s Good News to the Poor, we’re excited to offer a few other books by Pastor Chester for $1.99 each. See below for the complete list!

To learn more about each title, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You’ll also find the ebooks at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 8/5/2013.*

Featured New Release:

Good News to the Poor Cover 

Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel

By Tim Chester

The chasm between evangelism and social action needs to be bridged. Chester convincingly argues that the truth of the gospel is best understood and embraced in the context of loving action and gospel-centered community.

Learn more | Preview an excerpt | Buy now

Praise for Good News to the Poor

Good News to the Poor is good news for readers thinking through the relationship of evangelism to social action. Tim Chester rightly emphasizes the centrality of the gospel as he compares dependency-creating welfare with dignity-embracing development.”
Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-chief, World News Group

Tim Chester shows that gospel proclamation and tangible acts of love, service, and mercy toward our neighbors should not be pitted against each other—God’s grace motivates action, and words and deeds go together.”
Justin S. Holcomb, Executive Director of the Resurgence; Adjunct Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

 

This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Total Church

Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community

By Tim Chester, Steve Timmis

$12.99 $1.99

Two pastors outline and apply a pair of overarching biblical principles that call the current body of Christ to a deep restructuring of its life and mission.

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Everyday Church

Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

By Tim Chester, Steve Timmis

$11.99 $1.99

Offers a missional reflection on the book of 1 Peter as well as practical ideas for churches to engage those who are unchurched in an increasingly post-Christian context.

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You Can Change

You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions

By Tim Chester

$12.99 $1.99

A practical, interactive, and biblical book designed to help Christians in all stages of life find victory over sin by focusing on what God has already done in them. Chester focuses on heart change, not mere change of behavior, as he reminds us that God is already powerfully at work in our lives.

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Coming Up Next Week: Resources for Leaders

*Note: Some discounts may be unavailable outside the United States due to international rights agreements.

July 30, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Church and Ministry,Discipleship,Evangelism,Weekly Ebook Specials | Author: Ted Cockle @ 3:04 pm | 0 Comments »

Weekly Ebook Specials: Defining, Defending, and Living out the Gospel

Galatians exists for grace.

So says pastor Todd Wilson, author of the newest Preaching the Word volume—Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living. As evidenced by the subtitle, Wilson’s commentary unpacks how the Christian life is entirely rooted in the gospel of grace.

For this week’s ebook specials, we thought it fitting to feature several Crossway books that help us define, defend, and live out this great gospel of grace.

To learn more about each title, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You’ll also find the ebooks at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 7/22/2013.*

Featured New Release:

Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living

Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living

 By Todd A. Wilson, Series edited by R. Kent Hughes

Paul’s letter to the Galatians provides key insights into salvation and the nature of grace. Drawing on years of pastoral ministry, Wilson leads readers through the book’s major themes with exegetical clarity and theological care. A Preaching the Word commentary.

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This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Gospel Wakefulness

Gospel Wakefulness

By Jared C. Wilson, Foreword by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

$12.99 $2.99

Wilson’s book will stir churches to live out the power of the gospel with a fervent, genuine zeal. Pastors, church leaders, and all in ministry, especially those who are tired or discouraged, will be uplifted, emboldened, and empowered by this book.

No Other Gospel: 31 Reasons from Galatians Why Justification by Faith Alone Is the Only Gospel

No Other Gospel: 31 Reasons from Galatians Why Justification by Faith Alone Is the Only Gospel

By Josh Moody

$13.99 $2.99

Stemming from a series of sermons delivered to his church, pastor Josh Moody presents the gospel of justification by faith alone, as proclaimed in Galatians. He examines thirty-one reasons Paul gives for this gospel.

What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

 By Greg Gilbert, Foreword by D. A. Carson

$9.99 $1.99

This contribution to the IXMarks series presents a straightforward statement of the gospel. Author Greg Gilbert guides both Christians and non-Christians to the Bible as we gain a clear understanding of the central message of God’s Word.

The Gospel and Scripture

The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible

 By Mike Bullmore, Series edited by D. A. Carson, Timothy Keller

$2.99 $0.99

A pastor outlines the relationship between the gospel and all of Scripture and suggests helpful strategies for reading and interpreting the Bible correctly. A Gospel Coalition Booklet.

The Plan

The Plan

By Mike Bullmore, Series edited by D. A. Carson, Timothy Keller

$2.99 $0.99

God has a perfect plan for the world, found in the Bible and centering around his promise to bring sinners to eternal life. Colin Smith traces God’s plan through the making and fulfillment of the promise. A Gospel Coalition Booklet.

 


Coming Up Next Week: Resources for Pastors

*Note: Some discounts may be unavailable outside the United States due to international rights agreements.

July 16, 2013 | Posted in: Church and Ministry,Digital,Discipleship,Preaching and Teaching,The Gospel,Weekly Ebook Specials | Author: Ted Cockle @ 11:26 am | 0 Comments »

Bonhoeffer’s 7 Ministries of the Church

Adapted from Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life: From the Cross, for the World by Stephen J. Nichols.

“Lord, what would you have me to do?”

If Bonhoeffer were to meet a person with such questions he would say:

Do something. Serve somebody. That is ministry. That is God’s will.

Certainly there is legitimacy to taking stock and being strategic and asking soul-searching questions. There’s also a place for waiting on God, for times of withdrawal and personal meditation. But sometimes we overthink it, and sometimes we overindulge the self.

In Bonhoeffer’s thinking, every child of God is a minister; all Christians are called to ministry. Bonhoeffer sees our task of ministry in seven particular ministries in the church (listed in Life Together). All of us can do at least one of them well, many can do a few of them well, and even a few gifted individuals in the church can do them all well.

In other words, we can all do something. We are all called to ministry.

For Bonhoeffer, ministry is not about power and authority, but service. The word itself, diakonia, means service, a word held in high esteem by Bonhoeffer. His list of ministries, then, reflects this fundamental starting point of what ministry is about.

  1. The ministry of holding one’s tongue

    Bonhoeffer pegs silence as a self-discipline worthy of highest virtue. “Where the discipline of the tongue is practiced right from the beginning, each individual will make a matchless discovery. He will be able to cease from constantly scrutinizing the other person, judging him, condemning him, putting him in a particular place where he can gain ascendency over him.”

  2. The ministry of meekness

    “He who would learn to serve must first to learn to think little of himself.”

  3. The ministry of listening

    Listening—attentive, sympathetic listening—comes far too hard for us. Comparatively, talking comes far too easy. It’s the reason James the brother of Jesus had to warn us to be “quick to hear” and “slow to speak” (James 1:19) and not the other way around. As Bonhoeffer points out, “He who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too.”

  4. The ministry of helpfulness

    Bonhoeffer challenges us here to “be interrupted by God,” to put our plans on hold and to help those who come across our path and need help.

  5. The ministry of bearing

    Not only are we called to help, but we are also called to bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2). Bonhoeffer speaks of it as our duty; in fact, he says, “It is the fellowship of the cross to bear the burden of the other. If one does not experience it, the fellowship he belongs to is not Christian. If any member refuses to bear that burden he denies the law of Christ.”

  6. The ministry of proclaiming

    Once these first five ministries and their respective obligations are in place, then Bonhoeffer turns to the “platform” ministries. Bonhoeffer stresses the need for authentic Christian living before the action of proclamation. To put this colloquially, one needs to “walk the walk.”

  7. The ministry of authority

    The exercise of pastoral authority—the second of the “platform” ministries. Bonhoeffer makes the case that without the first five ministries, the platform ministries, just like the preaching in the opening scene of his novel, become little more than the bellowing of hot air.

For a more in-depth look at these ministries and other reflections on Bonhoeffer’s understanding of the Christian life, learn more, download an excerpt, or buy now.

 

June 27, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Church and Ministry,Discipleship,History and Biography,Spiritual Growth | Author: Ted Cockle @ 9:38 am | (2) Comments »

Weekly Ebook Deals: Crossway Favorites

Crossway is committed to publishing books that bear witness to Jesus as Lord and Savior, proclaim the gospel, and apply the truth of God’s Word to all of life. To make that happen, of course, Crossway joins with many gifted authors who share this vision.

This week’s ebook deals are in honor of this partnership between author and publisher. We’re featuring several books that remain top sellers years after their original publication. Get them this week for only $4.99.

To learn more about each discounted ebook, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You’ll also find them at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 6/24/2013.*

This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Don't Waste Your Life

Don’t Waste Youre Life

By John Piper

$10.99 $4.99

A passionate call for this generation to make their lives count for eternity. Piper discusses the risks for those who seek to accomplish something in life for the sake of Christ.

Worship Matters

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God

By Bob Kauflin, Foreword by Paul Baloche

$13.99 $4.99

This book focuses on the essentials of God-honoring worship, combining biblical foundations with practical application in a way that works in the real world. The author-a pastor and noted songwriter-skillfully instructs fellow pastors, musicians, and worship leaders to root corporate worship in unchanging scriptural principles rather than divisive cultural trends.

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

By Mark Dever, Foreword by Joshua Harris

$12.99 $4.99

Dever suggests nine marks have grown rare in today’s churches and that distinguish a healthy, biblical church from its less-healthy sisters. A must-read for members of churches of all sizes.

Total Truth

Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity

 By Nancy Pearcey, Foreword by Phillip E. Johnson

$16.99 $4.99

How can you liberate Christianity from its cultural captivity? In this superbly crafted cultural analysis, a noted author passionately argues that Christianity is truth about all reality, not just religious truth, and that to keep it privatized is stripping it of the power to challenge and redeem the whole of culture.

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

 By Norman L. Geisler, Frank Turek, Foreword by David Limbaugh

$13.99 $4.99

Geisler and Turek argue that Christianity requires the least faith of all worldviews because it is the most reasonable. A valuable aid to those interested in examining the reasonableness of the Christian faith.

The Second Coming: Signs of Christ's Return and the End of the Age

The Second Coming: Signs of Christ’s Return and the End of the Age

 By John MacArthur, Contributions by Arthur W. Pink

$13.99 $4.99

This book is a straightforward, in-depth exploration of the key biblical texts regarding the Second Coming: most notably, Christ’s longest and most important message about the end time, the Olivet Discourse.

Coming Up Next Week: Books on Preaching

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June 18, 2013 | Posted in: Church and Ministry,Digital,Discipleship,ESV,Publishing,Spiritual Growth,Study Bibles | Author: Ted Cockle @ 8:29 am | 0 Comments »