New Releases from Christian Focus – July 2011

Reformation:  Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Carl R. Trueman
Dr. Trueman examines the origins of contemporary Reformed theology in the Reformation world of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. After tracing how this heritage shaped and transformed the intervening period, he then describes some of the major challenges being faced by the evangelical church at the present time and suggests ways of responding which remain faithful to the Scriptures and the theology of the Reformers drawn from it and points towards a future that embraces and disseminates these wonderful doctrines of grace.

Hearing the Spirit: Knowing the Father through the Son by Christopher Ash
How does the Spirit relate to the Bible? This book is for those who are ‘thirsty for a deeper experience of the Spirit of God’. There is much confusion about how Jesus relates to the Holy Spirit, how Jesus the Eternal Word relates to the Bible. People say, ‘You have too much Bible and not enough of the Spirit’ or it “It all very well talking about the Spirit but where’s the Bible?’ Whatever our background, we tend to fall back on untested prejudices or worry about unexamined doubts. This careful biblical argument, drawing mainly from John’s gospel, helps us to see the answers to these questions in a firmly Trinitarian understanding. Hearing the Spirit is the way we know the father through the Spirit. By asking where the Bible fits in this process, this helps us listen more deeply to the words of God.

Firm Foundations:  Over 200 Examples of How to Structure a Sermon by Peter Grainger
There is still a hunger for and an appreciation of expository preaching. Here Peter Grainger includes over 200 examples of how to structure a sermon. Drawn from the Old and New Testaments these include introductions on preaching a whole book, a verse, a topical series, a psalm, and recommended books for further study. It is designed to help experienced and new pastors alike, and could also be used in personal bible study.

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