With the newest release of The Gospel Project for adults and students, titled The Story of God’s Kingdom, The Gospel Project and IVP have partnered to give you God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts! They are only offering this download to the first 5,000 people to sign up, so don’t miss out on this offer.
In God’s Big Picture, Vaughan Roberts shows how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom of God. He provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. Each chapter progresses through the Bible, showing how the Scriptures are united around God and His rule.
Roberts will take you through Creation, Fall, Israel, the prophets, the exile, Jesus, the Church, and the coming Kingdom, all the while showing how the Bible itself tells one story – the story of our world. Most importantly, Roberts points you to the Bible’s supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him.
I’d say The Gospel Project is very much worth looking into as a Bible study resource for your church.
From St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London comes the next in a video series by the Rev. Jamie Child on the doctrine of the Word of God. In this installment he talks about the inspired Word.
If you have ever used the Scofield Reference Bible or known someone who has, you may find the podcast The Scofield Reference Bible and Its Author C.I. Scofield by Dr. Kim Riddlebarger of “The White Horse Inn” radio program to be quite interesting. Dr. Riddlebarger is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church and holds several degrees, including a Ph.D from Fuller Theological Seminary. He makes several excellent points, including that one must not confuse the notes in study/reference Bibles with the words of the Bible itself.
This comes via Issues, Etc. which is well worth exploring for the other resources on the site.
Do you – or someone you know – ever wonder, “Why do I have to read the Bible everyday?” Here is a sermon by Dr. Richard Trucks of Third Presbyterian Church in Birmingham that answers that question. It is titled The Significance of Scripture in My Life, and is based on 1 Peter 1:22-25.
From commentator Bill Whittle comes this latest in his Firewall series: “The Struggle for Stupidity”. The Youtube notes say:
Sci-Fi Author Jerry Pournelle recently re-published a sixth grade reader from 1914. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle explains how full comprehension of a single paragraph from that hundred-year-old elementary school textbook eludes virtually all of today’s college graduates; shows why it is such a sin, and reveals the Progressive Struggle for Stupidity in all of its undeniable venality.
I’d say Bill Whittle raises some very good questions about education as we know it today.
Long-time readers of this blog may recall that the old hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing is one of my favorites. Recently I came across this (in my mind, anyway) superlative performance by a musician named Sarah Noëlle – and I wanted to mention it here. I hope she continues with her musical calling and ministry.
From St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London comes the next in a video series by the Rev. Jamie Child on the doctrine of the Word of God. In this installment he talks about the word that God speaks.
Here is a thoughtful audio sermon on the subject of what really makes a church, titled What Defines a Church, by the Rev. Charles Roberts of Ballston Center ARP Church in New York. In this message, he speaks on Matthew 16:13-20 and gives us his thoughts on what defines a church: meaning, ministry (evangelize, educate, equip, encourage), message, motivation, and membership. I like his use of “the Summary of the Law” in explaining motivation.
This performance by Alison Krauss of “A Living Prayer” is lovely. “Take my life and let me be/ A living prayer my God to thee.”