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The Final Days of Jesus: Saturday, April 4, AD 33

Final_Days_header07In this week’s video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus’s last week on earth. Designed as a supplement to The Final Days of Jesus, our prayer is that these videos will help deepen your understanding and experience of Holy Week.



The Final Days of Jesus: Saturday
from Crossway on Vimeo.

 

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Previous Videos:


The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived
Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor, with Alexander Stewart

Combining a chronological arrangement of the biblical text with insightful commentary, this book serves as a day-by-day guide to Jesus’s final week on earth, complete with a quick-reference glossary and color maps.

Free Downloads:
Excerpt / Study Guide / 40-Day Reading Guide

 

April 19, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Biblical Studies,Books,Jesus Christ,Life & Doctrine,New Testament,The Gospel,Theology,Video | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:30 am | 0 Comments »

The Final Days of Jesus: Friday, April 3, AD 33

Final_Days_header06In this week’s video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus’s last week on earth. Designed as a supplement to The Final Days of Jesus, our prayer is that these videos will help deepen your understanding and experience of Holy Week.



The Final Days of Jesus: Friday
from Crossway on Vimeo.

 

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Previous Videos:


The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived
Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor, with Alexander Stewart

Combining a chronological arrangement of the biblical text with insightful commentary, this book serves as a day-by-day guide to Jesus’s final week on earth, complete with a quick-reference glossary and color maps.

Free Downloads:
Excerpt / Study Guide / 40-Day Reading Guide

 

April 18, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Biblical Studies,Books,Jesus Christ,Life & Doctrine,New Testament,The Gospel,Theology,Video | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:30 am | 0 Comments »

April’s New & Notable Books


Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me
Kevin DeYoung

Is the Bible reliable, authoritative, and necessary? DeYoung tackles these questions and more as he builds a compelling case for trusting, using, and relying on Scripture as the Word of God for all of life.

“My love for God’s Word is sweeter as a result of reading this book. For these reasons, I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
David Platt, Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama; author, Radical

Learn More | Excerpt | Study Guide | Buy Now


Jesus or Nothing
Dan DeWitt (Foreword by Russell D. Moore)

Responding to the “pop” atheism trend, DeWitt challenges high school and college students to seriously consider the implications of an atheistic worldview while setting forth a compelling case for Christianity.

“Any thinking person will benefit from reading this important new book.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. (Foreword by J. I. Packer)

This book helps us experience the power of the gospel and see the beauty it creates as we allow God to transform our beliefs, perspectives, and practices. Part of the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series.

“With both realism and hope, Ray Ortlund tells us how that grace can thrive among us—even as broken as we are—so that Christ’s glory will radiate from us.”
Bryan Chapell, President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary; Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

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Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today
David R. Helm

Expository preaching is crucial for the health and vitality of the church. Offering step-by-step guidance for preachers, Helm outlines what must be believed and accomplished to become a faithful expositor of God’s Word. Part of the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series.

“David Helm has written the most helpful, concise, and useful book on expository preaching I have ever read.”
Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

Learn More | Excerpt | Buy Now

 


Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus
Jeramie Rinne

Emphasizing purposeful ministry over project management, this book outlines a clear and concise “job description” for elders, helping church leaders to shepherd their congregations well. Part of the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series.

“Jeramie Rinne unpacks what the Bible has to say about the identity and activity of the local church elder with a freshness and clarity that is profoundly helpful.”
Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio

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Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus
J. Mack Stiles (Foreword by David Platt)

Warning against the temptation to uncritically embrace the latest evangelistic fad, this book will help churches cultivate a culture of evangelism within the context of community. Part of the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series.

“This book is rich in practical implications, not despite its incessant focus on Jesus and the gospel, but precisely because of such focus. It deserves to be read, pondered, and implemented.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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The Tides of Life: Learning to Lead and Serve as You Navigate the Currents of Life
C. William Pollard (Foreword by Billy Graham)

Written by a highly successful CEO with decades of real-world experience in corporate America, this book shares tips and principles for leading well and pleasing God both personally and professionally.

“This book is vintage Bill Pollard—full of intellectual challenge and ideas, affirming a strong faith yet not dogmatic, based on a lifetime of integrating faith and business while practicing servant leadership. A must for anyone in business.”
Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International

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The Christ-Centered Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Classic Sermons for the Church Today
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Edited by Elizabeth Catherwood and Christopher Catherwood)

This carefully selected collection of sermons acquaints readers with the life and ministry of famed preacher Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, explaining each message’s historical context and relevance for the church today.

“Martyn Lloyd-Jones was one of the greatest preachers of the 20th century.”
John Piper, founder, desiringGod.org; award-winning author, Spectacular Sins

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Art and Music: A Student’s Guide
Paul Munson and Joshua Farris Drake

Created to help students better understand and evaluate art and music, this accessible guide introduces readers to the study of aesthetics in artistic expression. Part of the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series

“This incredibly thought-provoking book illustrates the relationship between art, music, and spirituality. I enthusiastically recommend this book.”
Manfred Honeck, Music Director, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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Chance and the Sovereignty of God: A God-Centered Approach to Probability and Random Events
Vern S. Poythress

Helping Christians trust God in the midst of an unpredictable world, this comprehensive resource introduces readers to a well-reasoned approach to studying chance and probability, exploring implications for the fields of math and science.

“Learned and astute, this book on chance and probability demonstrates an absolute reliance on the authority of God’s Word. This is the only way that nothing can be left to chance.”
Douglas Wilson, Senior Fellow of Theology, New St. Andrews College; Pastor, Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho

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The Unadjusted Gospel
Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, R. Albert Mohler Jr., and C. J. Mahaney

Responding to the perennial temptation to “tame” the message about Jesus, eight prominent church leaders, including John Piper, John MacArthur, Al Mohler, and R. C. Sproul, challenge Christians to hold fast to the faith by emphasizing the importance of maintaining a pure and unadulterated view of the gospel.

The contributors to this volume draw on their extensive ministry experience to offer us a thoughtful plea for safeguarding the message of the gospel in the midst of our pluralistic world.

Learn More | Excerpt | Buy Now

| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,Books,New Releases,News & Announcements | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Let’s Make Every Sunday Resurrection Sunday

Blog Header - Guest PostThis is a guest post by Adrian Warnock. He is the author of Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything.


Sunday’s Coming!

This week, the attention of every Christian begins to turn towards the vibrant celebration that Easter Sunday will be. Even as we approach Good Friday, we do so with the sure and certain knowledge that, to quote the old preacher, “Sunday’s coming!”

Echoing 1 Corinthians 15, John Stott writes,

“Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.”

When you think about it, belief in the resurrection of Jesus is what defines Christianity. Paul says,

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

This is why I offer the following definition of a Christian in Raised with Christ: someone who believes in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ and lives in light of the implications of that event.

A Neglected Foundation

However, we often neglect the resurrection in our preaching, reading, conversations, and even our evangelism throughout the rest of the year. If we mention the resurrection at all, it is in the context of arguing for its historicity.

It’s good to be able to explain why we believe Jesus is alive, and I’d encourage you to download a free chapter from Raised With Christ available entitled, “Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

But it’s also important for us to remind ourselves of the many implications of the resurrection. We see, for example, that the preaching of Acts is remarkably centered on the resurrection, which is credited with accomplishing the following:

  • The sending of the Spirit (Acts 2:33)
  • Physical healings (Acts 3:15–16)
  • The conversion of sinners (Acts 3:26)
  • Salvation by union with Jesus (Acts 4:11–12)
  • Jesus’s role as the leader of his church (Acts 5:30–31; 9)
  • Forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:30–31)
  • Comfort for the dying (Acts 7)
  • The commissioning of gospel messengers (Acts 9; 10:42)
  • Freedom from the penalty and power of sin (Acts 13:37–39)
  • Assurance that the gospel is true (Acts 17:31)
  • Our own resurrection (Acts 17:31)
  • Jesus’s future judgment of this world (Acts 17:31)

No wonder Paul said, “It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial” (Acts 23:6), and his judge summarized: “They had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive” (Acts 25:19).

Not Just the Cross

The resurrection plays a crucial role in our salvation, which we often forget. Romans 4:25 tells us that Jesus was “raised for our justification.” Often times, commentaries simply skip over that phrase—a phrase which is worthy of much contemplation—and we erroneously assume that it was the Cross alone that accomplished the forgiveness of sins.

The resurrection of Jesus also leads directly to a resurrection inside each of us (Ephesians 2:4-6, 2 Timothy 2:11, 1 Peter 1:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17). This means that the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is pulsating inside the arteries and veins of every true Christian.

God puts the risen life of Jesus in us so that we have a new desire to kill sin (1 John 3:9, Romans 6, Colossians 3:1-11) and begin to truly change (2 Corinthians 3:18, Revelation 1).

As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus this Easter, let’s resolve to make every Sunday a resurrection Sunday, living in all the good that the resurrection accomplishes for us each day.


Adrian Warnock is a psychiatrist, blogger, church leader, and the author of Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything (excerpt). You can connect with Adrian on Twitter (@adrianwarnock) or read his blog at adrianwarnock.com.

6,000 Bibles Donated to Liberian Pastors at T4G

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Pack the Pallet

At this year’s Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference, Crossway was honored to partner with LifeWay and T4G to collect ESV Global Study Bibles for pastors and church leaders in Liberia, West Africa. Over 7,500 conference attendees were invited to purchase subsidized copies of the Global Study Bible from the conference store and pack them into boxes at Crossway’s booth.

By the end of the conference, nearly 6,000 Global Study Bibles were donated, amounting to seven full pallets of Bibles that will be shipped to Liberia in the coming months.

Thank You!

In the video below, pastor Joseph Johnson of Monrovia shares about the need for God’s Word in places like Liberia and how the donated Bibles will be used to equip local pastors and church leaders.


Pack the Pallet Thank You
from Crossway on Vimeo.