I write for a Christian publisher’s series called Cover to Cover that helps people understand book by book what the Bible really means. Trustworthy and excellent for personal and small group study, each book includes an explanation and discussion points, along with leader’s notes. Mostly available from Christian bookshops or online – click this link to order by title.
My contributions to the series are:
God`s promises and their relevance today
Increase your confidence in the Bible and discover how its covenants are relevant to your life.
Strengthen your faith in the covenant love of God. This exciting study reveals how God`s character unfolds throughout the Bible in various `covenants of promise`.
These covenants concern life, providence, faith, law, government, and grace, and they still determine the course of human history. Worth knowing about!
Prophet to the nations
Learn to live a clean life in a decadent society. Isaiah`s time was remarkably like today`s world – a world marred by widespread moral decadence, political corruption, social injustice and spiritual idolatry.
Grasp the overall picture of Isaiah 1–39, and gain a deeper command of the key biblical concepts of holiness, atonement, salvation and world mission.
Prophet of restoration
It looked like the end of nationhood for God`s people as they faced a punishment they most surely deserved.
But Isaiah saw beyond Judah`s captivity by the Babylonians to a time of remarkable restoration.
They would rediscover God`s purpose for them – to be His servant; a destiny that would in time be enshrined in one Man, Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah and the Saviour of the world.
This Bible study helps us to understand Isaiah`s powerful message: that God is a holy God who cannot ignore sin, but One who also displays amazing grace and mercy, and a longing to enjoy restored relationship with us.
Jeremiah & Lamentations
The passionate prophet
Jeremiah was a remarkable prophet of judgment and hope. Divinely called as a youth, his 40-year ministry foretold and witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem and the deportation to Babylon. He saw this as the judgment of God upon a nation that had abandoned its covenant with Yahweh for the worship of fertility gods.
Jeremiah anguished over his confrontational role and what he could so clearly see coming. Yet he also anticipated the restoration of God’s people and foresaw the era of the new covenant and the coming of the Messiah.
The Letter to the Romans
Good news for everyone
This intriguing study of Romans will take you on a journey through the landscape of faith, exploring the depths of human depravity and the heights of God’s love. The author combines solid biblical teaching with a unique and imaginative perspective, bringing out Paul’s drama and lyricism as he celebrates God’s majesty, mystery and magnificence.
Be deeply humbled by the seriousness of sin
Grasp the glory of God`s ingenious plan of salvation
Rejoice in the reality of God`s indomitable love.
The Letter to the Galatians
Freedom in Christ
The Galatian Christians were confused. Paul had brought them the gospel of Christ and the Holy Spirit was working miracles in their midst; but were they fully saved or did God require them to observe the Law of Moses as well? The path of lawlessness cannot save, nor can the way of legalism.
Unpack the sometimes complex arguments of Paul, understand the logic of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, and discover the truth that sets us free!
Topics covered include: The Law and the Promise; The Slaves and the Sons; The Spirit and the Flesh.
The Letter to the Philippians
Living for the sake of the gospel
Paul’s joyful letter to his friends in the church at Philippi was written from prison in Rome, yet it is infused with energy, hope and encouragement.
In one of the clearest statements of his bold faith, unshakeable trust and radiant love for Christ, Paul instructs us in the practicalities of living joyfully, prayerfully and contentedly –whatever our life circumstances.
Let the truths of Paul’s words to the Philippians transform your walk with God.
The Letter to the Colossians
In Christ alone
This exciting study in Colossians will help you grasp the immense riches you inherit through salvation in Christ. In our current society of ‘pick and mix’ spirituality, the centrality of Christ – His deity, His supremacy and His constant creative presence in our world – cannot be overstated.
Be inspired as you ponder the mystery of these eternal realities,and realise that He is indeed ‘the hope of glory’ living within you.
The Letter to the Hebrews
Jesus-simply the best
The book of Hebrews invites us to deal with our uncertainties about faith in the best way possible – by looking to Jesus.
We discover that Jesus is the eternal Son of God whose glory outshines that of the highest angel. He is also the great pioneer,excelling even the achievements of Moses. As a priest he surpasses Aaron, so much so that he has rendered the Aaronic priesthood redundant and has introduced a new one – alongwith a new and better covenant. That New Covenant was sealed in His own blood – an offering that disables sin and transforms lives.
It is worth persevering, whatever the difficulties, especially since God uses those difficulties to bring us to spiritual maturity.
Christ`s call to the Church
Go deeper into the Lord`s presence
Take an in-depth look at the messages King Jesus sent to seven first-century churches, and be inspired to:
Love Him supremely
Suffer for his sake joyfully
Adhere to Truth faithfully
and much more.
His words are sobering, calling us higher and inviting us to draw fresh grace from the One who `was and is and is to come`.
A Prescription for Living
Luke, an educated Greek doctor, records in his Gospel a detailed historical account of Jesus; but he does not consign Jesus to the pages of history. Instead, he shows us how Jesus provides a prescription for living in today’s world, and for the future.
These seven sessions will:
-Increase your appreciation of Jesus as the Son of God and the Son of Man
- Reveal Jesus as the dynamic source of new hope, new politics,new teaching, a new society, new disciples, a new covenant, and a new age
- Stir you with the radical impact of Jesus’ message and the call to follow Him
The Mother of Jesus
Uncover timeless truths from what we know of Jesus’ mother, Mary. How she reacted to the news that she would give birth to the Son of God, and how she lived and communicated during His time on earth, can teach us much about how God wants us to act today.
Perhaps one of the most famous women of all time – whatever our denominational background we can all celebrate Mary’s life and learn from her joys and tribulations.
Immersed in the Grace of Christ
In the Bible, the Beatitudes identify eight categories of people to whom Jesus offers unconditional grace. They are the spiritually deprived, the grieving, the underdogs, those denied justice, the carers, the idealists, the go-betweens, and the persecuted.
Often disqualified and self-disqualifying, Jesus invites them all into a transforming relationship with Him-self with no other requirement on their part. All they need do is accept His open-handed invitation. This is the good news of the kingdom of heaven in the here and now. It is the offer of eternal life.
The focus of this study guide is not on orthodox belief, religious performance, or disciplined conduct. In-stead, it helps us understand that it is purely our relationship with Jesus that will transform our lives be-yond our wildest dreams. We become like Jesus by walking with Him, and in Him our deepest needs are met. We are not simply happy, we are kissed by grace, and we are well and truly blessed!