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Overview

Proper ministry practice often comes with much time spent studying the Bible and with years of experience. This collection is written to assist faithful Christians in making God-honoring decisions in the life of the church, in apologetics, and when studying the Bible. Authors write from a wealth of practical experience and assist readers in avoiding common ministry mistakes. If you have ever had questions about the reliability of Genesis or the gospels, these authors provide trustworthy guidance for modern church members.

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Key Features

  • Addresses difficult questions about baptism and communion
  • Presents biblically and scientifically informed answers to questions about the creation-evolution debate
  • Answers critical questions regarding the study of the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith
  • Presents issues in a readable question-and-answer format

Product Details

  • Title: 40 Questions and Answers Series 2
  • Series Editor: Benjamin L. Merkle
  • Series: 40 Questions Series
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,464
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Theology

Individual Titles

40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

  • Author: John S. Hammett
  • Series: 40 Questions and Answers Series
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 336

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

Appropriate for the student and thoughtful layperson, 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper answers 40 of the most common and most difficult questions about the two Protestant ordinances. There is significant diversity of views on these subjects and the skilled, evenhanded biblical analysis sheds lights on the many theological and pastoral considerations regarding baptism and communion.

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are practiced by almost all Christian churches, but they disagree on the meaning, proper participants, even the proper names for these observances. This book includes the major theological issues (such as infant baptism, open and closed communion, and the nature of God’s activity in these celebrations), the views held by different denominations (from Roman Catholic to Lutheran, Reformed, Baptist, and others), and a number of practical issues (such as the proper age at which to baptize a child, the frequency with which the Lord’s Supper should be observed, and whether these two practices should be observed only in churches).

This volume will be helpful to pastors, worship leaders, college and seminary students, and of interest to all Christians who want to grow in their understanding of these two basic Christian acts of worship. Each chapter is succinct and readable, with footnotes indicating additional sources for those who wish to go further.

John S. Hammett (PhD in theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is John L. Dagg Senior Professor of Systematic Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written several articles for journals and magazines and is author of Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches, coeditor of Those Who Must Give an Account, and contributor to Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views. He was a pastor and missionary before becoming a professor.

40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline

  • Authors: Jeremy M. Kimble and Benjamin L. Merkle
  • Series: 40 Questions and Answers Series
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 288

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

Does church membership mean more than simply joining a social group? Does the church have a responsibility to discipline its members—and if so, what does that look like? Recognizing the many puzzling questions about the critical role of the church in the life of believers, Jeremy Kimble addresses forty key points.

Each section considers questions of theology, ministry, and practicality, such as:

  • Is there a New Testament precedent for membership?
  • How does membership relate to baptism and communion?
  • Who should become a member?
  • How is discipline related to discipleship?
  • Should a believer associate with someone under church discipline?

Like the other volumes in the 40 Questions & Answers Series, this book raises—and clearly answers—the most common and difficult questions that church leaders and members have. With succinct chapters, this is an eminently practical resource for any church leader, elder board, or new member seeking a foundational understanding of how the church should function.

Jeremy M. Kimble (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theology at Cedarville College. Kimble served in pastoral ministry for eight years and currently serves as an elder at Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville, Ohio.

Benjamin L. Merkle (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the editor of the 40 Questions series and the author of 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons.

40 Questions About Creation and Evolution

  • Author: Kenneth Keathley
  • Series: 40 Questions and Answers Series
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 432

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

This accessible volume evenly addresses the issues of modern science and the scriptural texts. The conservative evangelical authors are well-informed on contemporary scientific views of the universe and also carefully exegete the biblical texts that pertain to creation. They irenically consider the various angles of the debate and make constructive suggestions to reconcile science and the Bible.

Those who are curious about the origins of life and the universe will want to read this book. Seminary students and serious college students will find this information critical, as an understanding of creation is vital to an effective apologetic in sharing the faith.

Kenneth D. Keathley (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Bapitst Theological Seminary. He was previously professor of theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Keathley is also the author of Salvation and Soverignty: A Molinist Approach.

40 Questions About the Historical Jesus

  • Author: C. Marvin Pate
  • Series: 40 Questions and Answers Series
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 408

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

The conclusions of the quest for the historical Jesus, which casts the majority of Christ’s life as a myth, are a stark contrast to the orthodox view of Christ as presented in the Bible. Pate demonstrates that a critical analysis of the gospel text along with historical and cultural methods of investigation actually point toward an orthodox view of Christ.

This work argues that the canonical Gospels are the most trustworthy information we have about the gospel writers as well as the life and ministry of Jesus, including his death, visit to hades, resurrection, and ascension. Readers will be encouraged by the reliability of the Gospel writers, the reality of Jesus’ humanity and deity, and the inferiority of the apocryphal gospels.

C. Marvin Pate (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author and editor of numerous works, including Four Views on the Book of Revelation; The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse; Romans (Teach the Text Commentary Series); and From Plato to Jesus.

About Benjamin L. Merkle

Benjamin L. Merkle (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the editor of the 40 Questions series and the author of 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons.