“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.” —Genesis 17:4 Throughout the Bible, God has related to his people through covenants. It is through these covenant relationships, which collectively serve as the foundation for God’s promise to bring redemption to his people, that we can understand the advancement of his kingdom. This book walks through six covenants from Genesis to Revelation, helping us grasp the overarching narrative of Scripture and see the salvation God has planned for us since the beginning of time—bolstering our faith in God and giving us hope for the future. Part of the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series.
As one of the most prominent themes in Scripture, the covenant is crucial to all Christian theological systems, from dispensationalism to covenant theology to theonomy to liberation theology. One would think that by now all controversies have been exhausted, but an issue of this magnitude can never finally be laid to rest. Because disagreements persist, there is room for yet another attempt to study the covenant and improve our understanding of it. This book proposes that the path toward an evangelical consensus is not to be found in building another modified systematic theology, but in a biblical theology approach. Grounded in this approach, John Walton's perspective is that while the covenant is characteristically redemptive, formulated along the lines of ancient treaties, and ultimately soteric, it is essentially revelatory. This view in turn has implications regarding the continuity or discontinuity of the covenant phases, the conditionality of the covenant, and our understanding of the people of God. And this ultimately affects the way the Old Testament is preached and taught. Walton's thesis is an important contribution to the discussion of the covenant and the attempts to find common ground among evangelicals of diverse theological traditions.
"God's purpose for His people is a central theme of the Bible, one with vital importance . . . for all believers," says Dr. Winston Crawley. The author has been engaged in Christian ministry for many decades as pastor, Bible teacher, church-planter, missionary, mission adminisrator, seminary teacher, and author. "It's a very special privilege to be part of God's Chosen People -to have a close personal relationship with the creator of the universe, to be usable by Him in the carring out of His purpose for human life and human history," he says. "This tracing of an important theme throughout the entire Bible clarifies what being part of God's people means for the life of the believer." Crawley has written this biblical study of the people of God to new belieers and in pioneer mission situations, as well a among long-time Christians.
This proven systematic theology represents the very best in evangelical theology. Stanley Grenz presents the traditional themes of Christian doctrine -- God, humankind, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, and the last things--all within an emphasis on God's central program for creation, namely, the establishment of community. Masterfully blending biblical, historical, and contemporary concerns, Grenz's respected work provides a coherent vision of the faith that is both intellectually satisfying and expressible in Christian living. Available for the first time in paperback.
A Love Most People Only Dream About Do you want to take your marriage to the next level? Are you focusing on who is at fault in your relationship rather than what can be done? Have you wondered how to divorce-proof your marriage so you won’t become the next statistic? In Marriage Covenant, internationally acclaimed Bible teacher Derek Prince unravels the mysteries of marriage, revealing God’s purpose and plans for covenant relationship. In a straightforward but profound way, Derek explains God’s original intent for marriage, how to create an unbreakable relationship, how to take your marriage from bitter to blissful, and what specific qualities to look for in a spouse. By following God’s plan, you can build a giving, passionate marriage. Together, you and your spouse will be able to face difficulties, overcome them, and emerge stronger and more united than ever. Discover lasting principles for a happy, mutually fulfilling, and loving relationship.
Biblical prophecy has always been an important topic of discussion for scholars, clergy and laity alike. But understanding the language of prophecy, partly because of its symbolic features, is often difficult. Philip Hughes believes that Old Testament prophecy is to be interpreted in light of its fulfillment in the New, since God's covenant can only be understood in relation to the unique person of Christ. As the apostle Paul says, All the promises of God find their yes in the Son of God.Ó Hughes begins by examining the earliest promise recorded in the Bible, and continues through God's covenants with Abraham, David, and Moses, to the great and perplexing prophecies of the Book of Revelation. After presenting various viewpoints, he proceeds to outline that position which he thinks is most in line with the teachings of the New Testament. His thoughtful discussion of various schools of interpretation should be helpful in explaining the much-debated meaning of Revelation 20. This exegesis, which will be useful to serious students as well as those engaged in less structured study of the Bible, demonstrates the continuity of prophetic meaning in Old and New Testaments and emphasizes the importance of prophecy for us today.
This special and remarkablebook, The Seventh-day Sabbath and its Redemptive Function in Gods Everlasting Covenant of Grace by A.M. Simataa addresses topical issues in the Bible quite pertinent to the 21st Century Christianity. The author takes a defensive approach of the gospel and brings to the surface some of the least understood teachings of the Bible. Although written from a Seventh-day Adventists perspective, people of differing religious background and persuasions will fi nd this book very instructive. If you have been looking for a book that pains takingly discusses the Gospel seriously and biblically this is the book you have been searching for. Some of the topics featured in the book include: The Truth about the Bible Sabbath The Judgment of the Living Heavenly New Jerusalem; The Marriage Supper of the Lamband the Rapture The Remnant Church in the Parables Mr A.M. Simataa teaches at a High School in Windhoek, Namibia. He likes sharing the Gospel with others and spends some of his spare time witnessing to others. The central role of the Seventh-day Sabbath in the Redemption of our race is the least understood topic in the Bible today. Most believers have even dismissed its relevance to todays Christianity. However, the truth is that the Sabbath is at the heart of Christs work to save human beings in accordance with Gods plan. The Sabbath is so central to the work of atonement that Christ is referred to in the Bible as the Lord of the Sabbath. The issue of the Sabbath will become pertinent as we near the End, and every human being will be required to take a stand in the confl ict involving the Sabbath question. This book will plant your feet on a solid foundation.
How does Christianity relate to other religions? Beginning with a consideration of the biblical perspective, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen offers a detailed and comprehensive survey of the diverse explanations proposed by teachers of the church down through the ages. This indispensable guide is for anyone seeking to grasp Christianity?s relationship to world religions.