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New Study Guides Available for Rich: The Reality of Encountering Jesus

Online study guides are now available for Rich:  The Reality of Encountering Jesus by Peter Dickson with David Gibson. In this book, Dickson and Gibson consider the question, “What does it mean to belong to God’s family?” Applying the Gospel of Luke to a 21st century audience through contemporary illustrations, they demonstrate that encountering Jesus is a matter of urgency for all people everywhere.  In the Rich Course Explanation and Talk Outlines, the authors briefly explain how the six week course and study guides came into being:

The publication of RICH: The reality of encountering Jesus (Christian Focus, 2010), provided our congregation with a tool which we could use in commending the gospel to friends and family, and to others within our parish. We decided to follow the book with a six week course which would invite participants to engage directly with the key issues raised by the book and to think further about the answers which Luke’s Gospel provides.

Each evening adopted a simple format of a meal together, followed by a short talk, discussion around the meal tables, with a chance for questions to the speaker at the end.

We developed a Study Guide and Leader’s Guide for the course and are pleased to make each of them available online for free download and distribution

The guides are available for download in PDF format from ChristianFocus.com:

For purchasing and other information, please visit the Rich:  The Reality of Encountering Jesus product page at ChristianFocus.com:  LINK.

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Online Study Guide for Finally Alive by John Piper

Christian Focus Publications, in partnership with Desiring God Ministries, has made available a free downloadable study guide for Finally Alive: What Happens When We Are Born Again? by John Piper. The 12-week guide is designed to enhance group or individual study of Finally Alive.

Since its publication two years ago, Finally Alive has sold more than 57,000 copies. The book has been translated into nine languages and English copies have been exported to most English-speaking countries in the world. In his review of Finally Alive, Tim Challies said “It is an incisive examination of a topic of profound importance. I think it represents Piper at his very best as an author.”

The Study Guide Introduction explains the aim of the project:

It is our hope that, after reading Finally Alive and completing this study guide, you will be stunned at God’s work in causing you to be born again… Our prayer for you is that through a deepened understanding of the new birth from Scripture, Christ will appear more beautiful to you, more wonderful, more desirable, and more worthy of all of your affections. And we pray that the power of sin in your life is broken, your love for God and neighbor is strengthened, and your zeal for the lost is awakened, all to the glory of God.

The study guide is available at www.DesiringGod.org, along with other related resources such as sermon downloads. It is also available from CFP: here.

In Finally Alive, Piper says that the term “born again” has been widely misused and that the incorrect categorization “slanders that precious biblical reality” of new birth. He specifically charges The Barna Group with a “profound mistake” in characterizing the behavior of those they describe as “born again” as he puts forth a biblical perspective of what “born again” truly means. Pointing to the Bible’s assurance of a radically changed life for those born again, he concludes that “the research is not finding that born-again people are permeated with worldliness; the research is finding that the church is permeated by people who are not born again.”

Through Finally Alive, Piper challenges Christians to more fully understand and embrace the reality of the new birth that is “wonderful beyond all human comprehension.” In five parts, the book explores the necessity of new birth, how it happens and its dramatic effects. He concludes by saying that God sends His born-again people to open blinded eyes by “gospel-telling” through lives and words, that those who come “will be truly, invincibly, finally alive.”

Dr. John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.theol.). Piper is the author of more than 30 books and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at www.desiringGod.org. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.

You can pick up a copy of Finally Alive from Christian Focus or Desiring God Ministries.

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