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LifeGuide Bible Studies: Doctrine, Theology, and Difficult Topics (13 vols.)
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LifeGuide Bible Studies: Doctrine, Theology, and Difficult Topics (13 vols.)

by 10 authors

IVP 1999–2017

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Overview

Enhance your personal study of the bible with the LifeGuide Bible Studies: Doctrine, Theology, and Difficult Topics Collection. This library’s 13 volumes of sound, recent scholarship give you fresh insight into essential topics on the bible and Christianity. Several volumes focus on difficult issues in scripture, topics that feel less relevant to contemporary Christian living. Others provide insight into important theological themes from scripture. This collection offers a readers and users practical and thoughtful guides from experienced teachers for instruction of valuable Christian themes.

Whether you’re a pastor, student, or layperson, the LifeGuide Bible Studies: Doctrine, Theology, and Difficult Topics Collection provides essential bible studies for theology and doctrine. The Logos edition of this collection is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your preferred translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Analyzes various methods of biblical interpretation
  • Contains insights from various New Testament scholars
  • Illustrates the contemporary relevance of the New Testament

Product Details

Individual Titles

Angels

  • Author: Douglas Connelly
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 63

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Do angels really have wings? Do they protect people from harm? Can people become angels after death? Misconceptions about angels abound--in books, in movies and on talk shows. In eight intriguing studies, Douglas Connelly explores with you what the Bible really says about angels, including their service to God and their ministry to people. This revised LifeGuide Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with expanded leader's notes and a "Now or Later" section in each study.

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving twelve years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written seventeen LifeGuide Bible Studies as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us. He and his wife Karen have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Apostles Creed

  • Author: Alister McGrath
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 48

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"I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth." This six-session study, based on Alister McGrath's book I Believe, introduces us to the Apostles' Creed and the essential truths about God the Father, the person and work of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Christians indeed trust in God, and the basics of our faith have remained the same for centuries. These truths are summarized in historic church documents known as creeds. The Apostles' Creed is an ideal starting point for this vital process of consolidating our grasp of the faith.

Alister McGrath (DPhil, DD, Oxford University) is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. He previously held the chair of theology, ministry, and education and was head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture at King's College, London. He is in constant demand as a speaker at conferences throughout the world and is the author of many books including The Dawkins Delusion? and Christianity's Dangerous Idea.

Christian Beliefs

  • Author: Stephen Eyre
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 80

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Christian beliefs are vital to Christian living. They are the foundation of your relationship with God--and even with others. So . . . what do Christians believe? In this study guide, Stephen Eyre introduces one by one twelve key tenets of the Christian faith. Here is what you need to know (and tell others!) about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, human nature, sin, salvation, holiness, the church, mission, revelation and the last things. Now available in IVP's revised LifeGuide Bible Study format, Christian Beliefs features questions for starting group discussions and for personal reflection, as well as a new "Now or Later" section following each session.

Stephen D. Eyre is a consultant for Church Discipleship Services, which provides guidance, coaching and resources for small groups in churches of all different sizes and denominations. He is also Minister of congregational development at Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has written many books and Bible studies, including five LifeGuide Bible studies.

End Times

  • Author: R. Paul Stephens
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 96

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As R. Paul Stevens leads you to examine for yourself what the Bible says about end times, you'll learn what you can do now to be ready for the future--whatever it holds. This revised LifeGuide Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with expanded leader's notes and a "Now or Later" section in each study.

R. Paul Stevens is professor emeritus of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and a marketplace ministry mentor. He has worked as a carpenter and businessman, and served as the pastor of an inner-city church in Montreal. He has written many books and Bible studies, including Doing God's Business, Work Matters, Marriage Spirituality, The Other Six Days, and Spiritual Gifts. He is coauthor (with Pete Hammond and Todd Svanoe) of The Marketplace Annotated Bibliography.

Good & Evil

  • Author: Douglas Connelly
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 60

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

Though we are often hurt, shocked and angered by the evil in our world, it doesn't catch God off-guard. He cares about our suffering, he's with us in the midst of our tragedies and sin, and he can even bring good out of the worst circumstances. God doesn't give us all the answers about why we suffer, but these eight studies by Douglas Connelly will help us trust him and his power more even in the midst of our pain.

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving twelve years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written seventeen LifeGuide Bible Studies as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us. He and his wife Karen have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Heaven

  • Author: Douglas Connelly
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 64

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Heaven is hard for us to picture. We think of floating on clouds, singing praises and playing harps, or walking on streets of gold. While we know we want to go to heaven, we are a little nervous about what it will be like. These Bible studies provide a biblical perspective on heaven--something richer and more exciting than we can imagine.

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving twelve years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written seventeen LifeGuide Bible Studies as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us. He and his wife Karen have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Parables

  • Author: John White
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 64

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We all love a good story. But the parables of Jesus are even better than that. They sneak up on us, catching us off guard and toppling our easy assumptions. When the familiar takes an unexpected twist, we find our secret thoughts exposed to the healing light of Jesus. This Bible study introduces twelve of the greatest stories ever told; how might they change your thoughts and actions?

John White was born in Liverpool, England, on March 5, 1924, and grew up in Manchester. After serving as a reconnaissance photographer in the Fleet Air Arms during World War II, he completed medical training at Manchester University. He later participated in a variety of short-term missions efforts (including Bible smuggling!) and capitalized on many opportunities to encourage Christians behind the Iron Curtain during the beginning of the Cold War. On June 25, 1955, White married Laureate May O'Hara. From 1955 to 1964 he served as a medical missionary with New Tribes Mission. Later he was appointed associate general secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students of Latin America. White emigrated to Canada with his family in 1965 and later completed his residency in psychiatry in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He next filled the post of associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and also served locally as pastor of Church of the Way. He wrote 25 books as well as numerous articles and study guides. A much sought-after speaker, he lectured around the world at churches, conferences, and leadership events. During his later life, White moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, helping to plant a Vineyard church there (Surrey Vineyard) and becoming involved in the larger Vineyard Christian Fellowship. John White died in 2002, but his written ministry lives on, with over 1.5 million of his books in print.

Resurrection

  • Author: Kristie Berglund
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 64

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Christ's resurrection changed everything. What does it mean to live in the light of that glorious day? This ten-session LifeGuide explores the role of resurrection in our lives through a survey of both New and Old Testament passages. Discover your calling and identity as a child of the risen Lord.

Kristie Berglund holds an M.Div. from Fuller Seminary and a M.A. in theological studies from Regent College. Formerly an employee of InterVarsity Press, she currently resides in Southern California, where she is preparing for pastoral ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Seven Letters to Seven Churches

  • Author: Douglas Connelly
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: Douglas Connelly
  • Pages: 64

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What if Jesus wrote a letter to your church? This eight-session LifeGuide Bible Study helps us engage with the words of Jesus in the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. Studying this Scripture with a group or individually allows us to ask some hard questions—of ourselves, of our leaders, and of the Lord. Jesus is pointedly honest with us. Whether we respond with a yawn or with a renewed pursuit of obedience is up to us.

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving twelve years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written seventeen LifeGuide Bible Studies as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us. He and his wife Karen have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Spiritual Warfare

  • Author: Jack Kuhatschek
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 63

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

What is spiritual warfare? How can I recognize it? In what ways does it affect me? The Bible has much to say about the temptations and struggles you face day by day. These studies will deepen your understanding of spiritual warfare and direct you to God-given sources of power, assurance and hope.

Jack Kuhatschek was formerly executive vice president and publisher for Baker Publishing Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of many Bible study guides and the books Applying the Bible and The Superman Syndrome. He and his wife, Sandy, currently live in Deland, Florida.

The Kingdom of God

  • Author: Greg Jao
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 77

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Jesus speaks often of "the kingdom of God." What is it? Where is it? When is it? Why is it so important? Understanding and participating in God's kingdom on earth is central to the Christian life. In this study guide, Gregory Jao leads you through ten Bible studies that explore God's kingdgom—transforming your picture of God, Christianity and your role in the world. This LifeGuide Bible Study features questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with leader's notes and a "Now or Later" section in each study.

Greg Jao (JD, Northwestern University Law School) is a vice president and the director of campus engagement for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He is the author of Your Mind's Mission, the LifeGuide Bible study The Kingdom of God, and he is a contributor to Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents, a book on Asian American discipleship.

The Story of Scripture

  • Author: Robbie F. Castleman
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 96

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When it comes to knowledge of the Bible, many people know bits and pieces, favorite stories and characters, but they don't know the story that is really one story in Scripture. Robbie Castleman will help you put the story of God and his people together so that you'll know how all the parts and people fit, and the stories within the story will make more sense. To study the story of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation in twelve studies is an adventure that will simply make you want to take the trip again.

Robbie Fox Castleman(DMin, University of Dubuque) is professor of biblical studies and theology at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She previously served for several years as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, specializing in ministry to graduate students at campuses in and around Tallahassee, Florida. She is the author of the Fisherman Bible Guides Miracles, Elijah, David and King David (Shaw/Waterbrook), and the IVP Connect LifeGuide Bible Study Peter, and she is a contributor to the book For All the Saints (Knox/Westminster).

The Ten Commandments

  • Author: Rob Suggs
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 79

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God's rules do more than restrict--they give freedom. They are words of prevention and protection. They define identity--ours and God's. Each of the studies in this guide by Rob Suggs looks at one of God's commandments and a Bible passage that will help you better understand how to apply God's law. As you study these laws, you will encounter God himself. This revised LifeGuide Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with expanded leader's notes and a "Now or Later" section in each study.

Rob Suggs is a writer who devotes most of his work to the Christian market. He has collaborated with Bruce Wilkinson, David Jeremiah, Bill Bright, Lee Strobel, Les Steckel, and others. Suggs specializes in finding the speaker's voice in prose, as well as communicating that personality's heart and soul in a manner that touches the reader's emotions. Suggs originally made his mark as a cartoonist whose work can be seen in It Came from Beneath the Pew and Preacher from the Black Lagoon. He is also the author of The Ten Commandments, Christian Community and The Suggs Book of Family Tales. He served for three years as a senior editor at Walk Through the Bible Ministries and is a graduate of Furman University.