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Opening Up Commentary Collection Upgrade 2 (5 vols.)

by 4 authors Thomson, Andrew, Bentley, Michael, Ellsworth, Roger, Paterson, Andrew

Day One 2009–2011

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Opening Up Commentary Collection Upgrade 2 (5 vols.)
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Overview

The Opening Up Commentary Collection offers accessible and easy-to-read introductions to the books of the Bible. The commentaries tackle the key issues in each book by introducing the history and context and by giving an overview of important themes and events. The authors wrestle with the hard questions and navigate through the difficult issues, with a keen eye toward application and relevance for today.

Logos is pleased to offer another upgrade collection, featuring the five of the latest releases in this commentary set! Each book is well-organized, clearly and concisely written, and includes discussion questions for further reflection and study, and these latest books in the series are no exception.

Key Features

  • Discussion and reflection questions
  • Contains study guides, maps, and timelines
  • Resource for students, pastors, and general readers

Individual Titles

Opening Up 1 Chronicles

  • Author: Andrew Thomson
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 128

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The book of 1 Chronicles is often neglected, yet it has so much to teach us—even the genealogies! Along with 2 Chronicles, 1 Chronicles surveys the Bible history, charting the gracious purposes of a faithful God over the centuries, with the aim of encouraging and enlightening its readers. Here, Andrew Thomson draws out key lessons and principles to help us avoid the pitfalls and enjoy the blessings that God's people Israel experienced. Promises and praise are central themes which will warm our hearts as we set about responding to David's call to seek the Lord and His strength.

The twenty-nine chapters of 1 Chronicles might seem dry history on a first reading, but Andrew Thomson shows how the chronicler uses the history of all Israel to encourage the newly returned exiles in their task of rebuilding the nation. Opening Up 1 Chronicles relates past history to the church of our day. With great simplicity but clarity the author draws out many helpful lessons for us.

—Michael Bentley, retired pastor, Bracknell, UK

For any reader opening up 1 Chronicles and wondering about its purpose in the biblical canon, here is the place to begin. Eminently readable (even chronology and genealogy come alive!), with a perceptive commentary and application that always brings us to Christ, as well as thoughtful study questions that lead to a deeper understanding of this little-read part of Scripture, this is a more than worthy addition to this valuable series.

—Brian Edwards, author and conference speaker, UK

Andrew Thomson is pastor of Kesgrave Baptist Church in Suffolk. He became a Christian while studying at Oxford, where he also met his wife, Helen. He ran a Christian bookshop in Woking for some years before being called to the ministry. His first pastorate was at Mitchley Hill Evangelical Church in Sanderstead, Surrey, before moving to Kesgrave in 2010.

Opening Up 2 Chronicles

  • Author: Andrew Thomson
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 128

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The book of 2 Chronicles carries on where 1 Chronicles left off. We start with a conducted tour of Solomon's kingdom. Then we visit the kingdom of Judah's royal portrait gallery, seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly. At times we are confronted with what is unattractive in our own lives. Along the way we learn lessons about the importance of wisdom, the priority and practice of prayer, and the utter reliability of the Lord. All the kings had their strengths and weaknesses, their good moments and bad—and so do we. Thankfully, our God has only strengths, and he doesn't change. If a fresh grasp of our own frailties causes us to "seek the Lord and his strength," the chronicler will have done his job.

If you are reading 2 Chronicles and Andrew Thomson's exposition as you do so, you will say, 'My, how immensely practical 2 Chronicles is—I must dig into it even more!' And at that point you will, I suspect, have fallen into Mr. Thomson's trap. He 'opens up' 2 Chronicles so that you will 'fall in'!

—Dale Ralph Davis, former Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

What Andrew Thomson did for the twenty-nine chapters of 1 Chronicles, he has done again for the thirty-six chapters of 2 Chronicles. He has skillfully picked out the important teaching of 2 Chronicles and shown how God's care of his people continues, despite their unfaithfulness. Very easy to read, the book is crammed full of Scripture and included many helpful, up-to-date illustrations.

—Michael Bentley, retired evangelical pastor, Bracknell, UK

Andrew Thomson is pastor of Kesgrave Baptist Church in Suffolk. He became a Christian while studying at Oxford, where he also met his wife, Helen. He ran a Christian bookshop in Woking for some years before being called to the ministry. His first pastorate was at Mitchley Hill Evangelical Church in Sanderstead, Surrey, before moving to Kesgrave in 2010.

Opening Up Joel

  • Author: Michael Bentley
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 96

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Is God responsible for natural disasters? Some would say that He punishes us by sending storms and floods. In Joel’s time, Judah was suffering the after-effects of a severe plague of locusts. Joel was in no doubt that God had sent the locusts to chastise the people of Judah for their sinful lifestyles, an indication of the coming "great and dreadful day of the Lord." Speaking of the judgment that would fall first on God’s own people and then on all the nations of world, Joel called everyone to repent. This book seeks to relate these long-ago events.

Michael Bentley has written an accessible and attractive devotional commentary on Joel—as straightforward and down-to-earth as the prophet himself!

—Canon David Winter, former head of Religious Broadcasting, BBC

In this volume Michael Bentley ably opens up the book of Joel with interesting observations, convincing explanations, challenging applications, and encouraging exhortations. This Minor Prophet’s message must have a major impact on the life of any reader who carefully considers the clear narrative and ponders the probing questions which conclude each chapter of this little book.

—Dafydd Hughes, Pastor, Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmerston North, New Zealand

When he preaches, Michael Bentley has the gift of drawing you in on a helpful and interesting journey of biblical understanding, insight and discovery. Michael’s writing is no different, and this well-written and highly readable commentary on Joel will challenge and encourage you to go deeper with this prophet and with God.

—Reverend Alan Bradford, St Michael’s Church, Warfield, Bracknell, UK

Michael Bentley worked as a bookshop manager and served in the British army before his call to the ministry. He has a diverse background, which includes freelance religious reporting for national and religious radio and television, being a Religious Education teacher, and holding pastorates in Surrey, South East London, and Berkshire. He is also closely involved with his local community as a member of various committees and councils. Now retired, he still preaches regularly and has a ministry of writing, with numerous books in print including Opening Up Amos, Opening up Zephaniah and Face2face: David.

Opening Up Zechariah

  • Author: Roger Ellsworth
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 144

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The Jewish people had been called by God to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem after their years of captivity in Babylon. After starting well, they laid the work aside. But then they heard a voice that emphasized the sufficiency of God for His people. That voice, belonging to Zechariah, was never more encouraging and stimulating than when it proclaimed the coming Christ and the glories awaiting those who trust him. Zechariah’s prophecy still speaks today with power to those who are deeply discouraged and sorely distressed. Its message of Christ medicates every ill and lifts every heart.

In this simple little book, Roger Ellsworth has once again put Christians in his debt. He gives a clear explanation of Zechariah’s often obscure and strange message, setting it in the original context and in the full tapestry of redemption, with central reference to the person and work of Christ. Everything is there in seed, and this book proves to be a useful tool to help Christians become familiar with this prophet and with the message of the Bible. It is also a solid stepping stone towards more detailed books for those who have been called to instruct the people of God. Thoroughly reliable, refreshing and uplifting!

—Jean-Claude Souillot, Managing Director, Europresse

Roger Ellsworth’s books are always clearly written and interesting to read, Opening up Zechariah is no exception. We ought to read Zechariah because this "prophecy includes more promises of Messiah than any other book except Isaiah." Ellsworth explains how prophecy can relate to current or future events but ultimately directs us to Jesus Christ. Ellsworth’s focus is not on divisive prophetic speculation (eg. the Millennium and Armageddon) but on Christ. I’ve enjoyed reading this book, especially the chapter on the fountain of Christ’s blood opened for sin.

—Stan K. Evers, Editor, Grace Magazine

This book really does open up Zechariah. Preachers will find it helpful with message preparation, even though it is not a verse-by-verse commentary. All believers could use it with profit as part of their daily devotions. Roger Ellsworth’s books are always interesting. This book is no exception.

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Roger Ellsworth is currently the pastor of Parkview Baptist Church, Jackson, Tennessee. He is the author of well over thirty books, including many titles published by Day One.

Opening Up John's Gospel

  • Author: Andrew Paterson
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 224

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Right at the end of his Gospel, John tells us why he wrote it: that we may "believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing [we] may have life in his name." John therefore filled his Gospel with carefully selected evidence to encourage our belief in Jesus. In this detailed yet easy-to-read commentary, Andrew Paterson examines the eyewitness evidence John provided concerning Christ’s power and authority, showing us that John wanted this evidence to result not merely in intellectual assent to these truths, but rather in "life" in Christ’s name.

Opening up John’s Gospel is a brilliant, concise guide to John’s Gospel. It helps the reader to understand John’s profound revelation of Jesus the divine Messiah by vividly bringing to life the Jewish world of the first century and explaining the Old Testament background to so much of Jesus’ teaching. . . . the author has clearly drawn deeply on the very best biblical scholarship and makes judicious judgments when interpreting difficult or disputed passages. This book will inspire any Christian reader to know, love, worship and obey Jesus better . . . All in all, an excellent book.

—John Stevens, Director, Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), UK

Highly accessible and exceptionally practical.

—Jonathan Stephen, Principal, Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST), UK

A reliable, accessible, and practical guide to this wonderful gospel.

—Christopher Ash, Director, Cornhill Training Course, London

Andrew Paterson has headed up the leadership team at Kensington Baptist Church in inner-city Bristol for over twenty years. A former President of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (2001–2004), Andrew has spoken at conferences around the world. He has worked extensively in Christian radio and on the BBC.

Product Details

  • Title: Opening Up Commentary Collection Upgrade 2
  • Author: Andrew Thomson
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 720