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Why Study the Book of James?

Greg Gilbert

An Oft-Cited, Yet Challenging Book Of all the books in the New Testament, James is perhaps the one that gives Christians the most difficulty. We simply don’t quite know what to do with it ...

Why Study the Book of Job?

Eric Ortlund

Perhaps the most important reason for reading the book, however, is that Job’s tragedy—an experience of searing pain and loss which did not make sense within any framework Job had—is all too common.

Why Study the Books of 1–2 Timothy and Titus?

Brian Tabb

1–2 Timothy and Titus are among the most personal and practical books in the New Testament. These letters are often called the "Pastoral Epistles,” but they’re relevant for all Christians, not just pastors.

Why Study the Book of Philippians?

Ryan Kelly

More Than Food and Fun When I was child growing up in church, I heard the word “fellowship” quite a lot. In our context, it seemed to mean “Christians getting together with food.” Adults would ...

Why Study the Book of Romans?

Jared C. Wilson

Why Study Romans? I once read that the preaching of Romans has precipitated most of the great revival moments in church history. I don’t know if that’s exactly true, but I can see ...

Why Study the Book of John?

Justin Buzzard

The Gospel of John is an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—teaching us about his life and mission and about our salvation.

Why Study the Book of Proverbs?

Justin S. Holcomb

Wisdom for Life What draws you to Proverbs? One thing, surely, is the desire to grow in wisdom—biblical wisdom. And if you’re at all familiar with Scripture, you know that Proverbs is the ...

Why Study the Books of Ruth & Esther?

Kathleen Nielson

Ruth and Esther make quite a distinguished pair: they’re the only two books in the Bible named after women. Of course, that’s not the only reason to study them—although God clearly means ...

Why Study the Book of Judges?

Miles V. Van Pelt

The narratives contained in the book of Judges were written to “bear witness” or “testify” to the person and work of Jesus and the great salvation that he has achieved for his people.

Why Study the Book of Isaiah?

Drew Hunter

A Hidden Treasure I suspect Isaiah may be the great hidden treasure of our Bibles today. Not that we don’t know of its existence, but that we may not appreciate its worth. I’m ...

Why Study the Book of Psalms?

Douglas Sean O'Donnell

Why Study the Psalms? If the question above was, “Why read, sing, or pray the Psalms?” most Christians would have no trouble answering it. God’s people love God’s Psalter! But the question “Why ...

Why Study the Book of Matthew?

Drew Hunter

Making a Unique Contribution Why do we have four different gospel accounts in our Bibles? Why do we need Matthew when we have, for instance, Mark? The answer is, in part, because each uniquely contributes ...

Why Study the Book of Acts?

Justin S. Holcomb

Author and Purpose Acts is a sequel to the Gospel of Luke. Both were written by Luke, a physician who traveled with the apostle Paul. Luke’s purpose for writing his Gospel (see Luke 1 ...

Why Study the Book of Genesis?

Mitchell M. Kim

The Forgotten Family Tree When I was growing up, my father plopped a tome as large as a telephone book with yellowed pages on the counter. “Boys,” he said, “this is our family tree.” In ...

Why Study the Book?

Know the Bible In the following posts, contributors to the Knowing the Bible series explain the vital contribution each biblical book makes to the whole, and why each one is worth knowing. Old Testament Why ...