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LifeGuide Bible Studies: Old and New Testament Collection (45 vols.)
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Overview

Bible study has always been foundational to spiritual development. Whether a student, pastor, Sunday school teacher or person in the pew, the LifeGuide Old and New Testament Collection makes studying the books of the Bible easy by focusing on the larger flow of the books rather than their minute details. Discover the challenges Esther faced on behalf of her people or the important lessons Paul had for the church in the city of Corinth. These accessible Bible studies offer practical teaching from the Bible, grounded in the lives of the people who lived it from Abraham to David and from Daniel to Paul.

With Logos Bible Software, these valuable volumes are enhanced by cutting-edge research tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful topical searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Provides thoughtful questions for small group discussions and personal reflection
  • Focuses on practical application and thoughtful reflection of the stories and teachings of the Bible
  • Seeks to encourage and inspire readers in a way that guides and develops spiritual maturity

Product Details

Individual Titles

Genesis 1–25: Creation, Abraham & Isaac

  • Author: Charles E. Hummel and Anne Hummel
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 65

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Do you struggle to know and follow God’s call for you in the world? Genesis tells us that even the giants of faith—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph—struggled to obey their Creator. But Genesis also reveals the amazing truth that the God who called a world and a nation into being also calls each of us to serve him.

Charles Hummel (d. 2004) was formerly director of faculty ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and president of Barrington College in Rhode Island. He was the author of fifteen books and Bible studies, including The Galileo Connection, Fire in the Fireplace, and the bestselling booklet Tyranny of the Urgent.

Anne Hummel (1925-2008) had extensive experience leading Bible study groups and training Bible study leaders. With her husband, Charles, she coauthored many LifeGuide Bible studies and later worked with sepcial needs children at Elm Park Daycare Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Genesis 25–50: Jacob & Joseph

  • Author: Charles E. Hummel and Anne Hummel
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 58

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Do you struggle to know and follow God’s call for you in the world? Genesis tells us that even the giants of faith—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph—struggled to obey their Creator. But Genesis also reveals the amazing truth that the God who called a world and a nation into being also calls each of us to serve him.

Charles Hummel (d. 2004) was formerly director of faculty ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and president of Barrington College in Rhode Island. He was the author of fifteen books and Bible studies, including The Galileo Connection, Fire in the Fireplace, and the bestselling booklet Tyranny of the Urgent.

Anne Hummel (1925-2008) had extensive experience leading Bible study groups and training Bible study leaders. With her husband, Charles, she coauthored many LifeGuide Bible studies and later worked with sepcial needs children at Elm Park Daycare Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Exodus 1–19: Liberating God’s People

  • Author: James W. Reapsome
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 61

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Trust God. Sounds simple, right? Yet, you know it is often very, very difficult to trust God with the things that matter most to you—money, career, marriage, health. As you study the book of Exodus, you’ll see that Israel faced similar struggles to trust God completely. In this story of hardship and hope, you’ll discover along with Israel that God—and God alone—is worthy of our trust.

James W. Reapsome (d. 2017) was a pastor and served as editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly and the World Pulse newsletter. He was the coeditor of Innovation in Mission and the author or coauthor of LifeGuide studies such as Exodus, Hebrews, Grief, Marriage, and Songs from Scripture.

Exodus 20–40: Teaching God’s People

  • Author: James W. Reapsome
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 62

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Trust God. Sounds simple, right? Yet, you know it is often very, very difficult to trust God with the things that matter most to you—money, career, marriage, health. As you study the book of Exodus, you’ll see that Israel faced similar struggles to trust God completely. In this story of hardship and hope, you’ll discover along with Israel that God—and God alone—is worthy of our trust.

James W. Reapsome (d. 2017) was a pastor and served as editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly and the World Pulse newsletter. He was the coeditor of Innovation in Mission and the author or coauthor of LifeGuide studies such as Exodus, Hebrews, Grief, Marriage, and Songs from Scripture.

Deuteronomy: Becoming Holy People

  • Author: Stephen D. Eyre
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 78

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Do you long to experience God’s presence in your life? In this study guide Stephen D. Eyre leads you to explore the story told in Deuteronomy—the story of God’s people seeking after him. As you trace their journey, experiencing their forward progress, their detours and their obstacles, you, too, will learn to follow God more closely.

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.

Joshua: The Power of God’s Promises

  • Author: Donald Baker
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 64

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The Old Testament book of Joshua reads like an exciting novel—from the miraculous crossing of the Jordan to the crash of the walls of Jericho and the sun stopping in the sky. Through all the twists and turns, you’ll witness God’s power and faithfulness. Digging into the story of Joshua will encourage you to persevere in your own daily battles and arm you with the most powerful weapons you’ll ever need—God’s promises.

Donald Baker is pastor of First Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church of Lester, Iowa. He formerly served as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Judges: Returning to God

  • Author: Donald Baker
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 78

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Sometimes we turn away from God. Or we fail to love those around us. We even follow the gods of the world.

Despite everything, God remains faithful, loving us and waiting for us to return to him. This is the story of Israel told in the book of Judges. As Donald Baker leads you to examine it for yourself, you may discover that it is your story as well.

Donald Baker is pastor of First Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church of Lester, Iowa. He formerly served as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Ruth: Rescued by the Redeemer

  • Author: Dale Larsen and Sandy Larsen
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 64

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In the book of Ruth we meet not only Ruth herself but also other significant players who populate the drama: Naomi, Elimelech, Mahlon, Kilion, Orpah and Boaz. In addition there are other unnamed characters: a kinsman, reapers, elders and neighbors. Like us, each of these characters in their own way needs the Redeemer who is foreshadowed here. These six studies follow the popular inductive study approach that has marked LifeGuide Bible studies for the past 30 years.

Dale Larsen is a writer living in Rochester, Minnesota. He and his wife, Sandy, have written more than 40 books and Bible studies together including Living Your Legacy and more than ten LifeGuide Bible studies. They have also coauthored eight N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides with Wright.

Sandy Larsen is a writer living in Rochester, Minnesota. She and her husband, Dale, have written more than 40 books and Bible studies together including Living Your Legacy and more than ten LifeGuide Bible studies. They have also coauthored eight N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides with Wright.

1 & 2 Kings: God’s Imperfect Servants

  • Author: Carolyn Nystrom
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 66

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Some chose to follow God. Others followed only fame and fortune. They lived through times of difficulty and times of triumph, through political and emotional turmoil, through popularity and through discontent. This ten-session LifeGuide Bible study focuses on the character of the kings of the Old Testament and what we can learn from them.

Carolyn Nystrom (MA, Wheaton College) has written more than eighty books, Bible study guides, and children’s titles. She coauthored Praying with theologian J.I. Packer and Is the Reformation Over with scholar Mark Noll. She is also the author of the LifeGuide Bible Studies 1 & 2 Peter and Jude, Money and Work, Friendship, Listening to God and more.

In addition to actively serving in her church, she has been a foster parent, an elementary schoolteacher, the stated clerk of her EPC presbytery, and a book editor.

Nehemiah: The Courage to Face Opposition

  • Author: Don A. Fields
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 64

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Nehemiah was a leader of Israel. He faced opposition and difficulty from every side—even from his own people. Yet he stood against all his enemies, trusting only in God.

As Don Fields leads you through twelve sessions to dig into the Old Testament story of Nehemiah, you will discover how this leader’s courage and faith can inspire you as you struggle to live a life pleasing to God.

Don A. Fields has served in various capacities for more than 30 years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He is currently director of the Indiana Northeast division.

Esther: Character Under Pressure

  • Author: Patty Pell
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 76

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“Who are you when no one’s looking?”

When her people were threatened, Esther had to ask herself that question. She could risk her life to try to save her fellow Israelites. Or she could “keep her head down” to wait out the threat in obscurity and safety.

In nine sessions for individuals or groups, Patty Pell leads you to examine the story of Esther. You’ll discover how godly character often develops under pressure. And you’ll discover ideas for living a godly life in the midst of contemporary pressures.

Patty Pell (MA, Old Testament Studies, Denver Seminary) is a staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado and at Christ Community Church in Greeley, Colorado. She is the author of Esther and Hospitality in the LifeGuide® Bible Study series and a coauthor of Small Group Leaders’ Handbook.

Job: Wrestling with God

  • Author: R. Paul Stevens
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 96

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Why do faithful people suffer? Job wanted to know. So he demanded an answer from God. His friends thought he was crazy, but Job persisted. And, finally, God answered.

As Paul Stevens leads you through Job’s questions and God’s answers, you discover comfort, hope and meaning for the suffering in your own life.

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.

Psalms: Prayers of the Heart

  • Author: Eugene Peterson
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 64

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The Psalms show you how to relate to God as you pray your doubt, fears and anger. They show you how to respond to God in praise. Here you find the best place to explore who you are and what God means to you.

Eugene Peterson, now retired, was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. In addition to his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, The Message (NavPress), he has written many other books.

The 23rd Psalm: The Lord, Our Shepherd

  • Author: Juanita Ryan
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 62

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Psalm 23 pictures life as deeply secure and richly blessed—life lived with awareness of God’s intimate love for us. It speaks to our deepest longings and fears, which may be why we return to this psalm so often. Yet frequent exposure to it may result in overfamiliarity. These studies help us discover its wisdom by pulling in other texts that show the same attributes of God—who guides us, protects us, feeds us and much more.

Juanita Ryan is a clinical nurse specialist with an MSN in psychiatric mental health nursing. She has taught mental health nursing at Bethel University, Rio Hondo Community College and Biola University. She is currently a therapist in private practice at Brea Family Counseling Center in Brea, California. She is the coauthor of The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Kindergarten and the author or coauthor of over 30 InterVarsity Press Bible studies.

Proverbs: Learning to Live Wisely

  • Author: William Mouser, Jr.
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 80

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Where do you turn when you need to replace a fuse, cook dinner, eradicate ants, or soothe your child’s upset stomach? If you are like many others, you have a shelf full of “how-to” books to supplement your own knowledge and experience.

Now it’s time to add Proverbs to that shelf! Proverbs is the Bible’s own how-to manual. The wisdom contained in its practical and simple instructions will help you to be successful and prosperous in your work, your dealings with family and friends, and your relationship with God. As William Mouser opens up this treasure-store of godly guidance, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.

William Mouser earned his ThM at Dallas Seminary, where he specialized in Old Testament and Semitic languages. A former pastor, he is now director of the International Council for Gender Studies, based near Dallas, Texas.

Ecclesiastes: Chasing After Meaning

  • Author: Bill Syrios and Teresa Syrios
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 64

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Are you tired of pat answers to your hard questions of faith?

The writer of Ecclesiastes is not afraid to confront your dilemmas. Like “Where can you find fulfillment?” And “Who is really in control of this world that seems so topsy-turvy?” Or “Is there any value in my work, my struggles, my life?”

As you explore this fascinating Old Testament book with Bill and Teresa Syrios, you will discover how God brings meaning to the world and how following God brings meaning to your life.

Bill Syrios operates a real estate investment company, Stewardship Projects, which is based in Eugene, Oregon. He was formerly an InterVarsity Staff member working at the University of Oregon.

Teresa Syrios leads the worship team at River Oaks Community Church in Eugene, Oregon. She was formerly an InterVarsity staff member working at the University of Oregon.

Isaiah 1–39: Trusting God in Troubled Times

  • Author: Howard Peskett
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 62

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Do you look around you and see nothing but trouble? Or are you experiencing firsthand a time of suffering? Do you wonder how any good can come out of the world you live in?

In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, you’ll discover that trouble and suffering are nothing new to God’s people. But the prophet Isaiah raises a loud cry for revival in this midst of a rotting society. Isaiah firmly believes that God can triumph even in the worst of times.

As Howard Peskett guides you through these studies on Isaiah, you’ll dig deep into the prophet’s revolutionary message of repentance, forgiveness and hope. And you’ll find comfort for coping with your own troubled times.

Howard Peskett is the UK Scholarships Administrator of the Langham Partnership International, a programme founded by John Stott, providing scholarships for Majority World students to do doctoral studies in various countries. Previously he worked in preaching, teaching, and theological training in Singapore and East Asia with OMF International, and at Trinity College Bristol, where he was Vice Principal until 2006.

Isaiah 40–66: Finding Hope in Troubled Times

  • Author: Howard Peskett
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 62

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Do you look around you and see nothing but trouble? Or are you experiencing firsthand a time of suffering? Do you wonder how any good can come out of the world you live in?

In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, you’ll discover that trouble and suffering are nothing new to God’s people. But the prophet Isaiah raises a loud cry for revival in this midst of a rotting society. Isaiah firmly believes that God can triumph even in the worst of times.

As Howard Peskett guides you through these studies on Isaiah, you’ll dig deep into the prophet’s revolutionary message of repentance, forgiveness and hope. And you’ll find comfort for coping with your own troubled times.

Howard Peskett is the UK Scholarships Administrator of the Langham Partnership International, a programme founded by John Stott, providing scholarships for Majority World students to do doctoral studies in various countries. Previously he worked in preaching, teaching, and theological training in Singapore and East Asia with OMF International, and at Trinity College Bristol, where he was Vice Principal until 2006.

Jeremiah: Demanding Love

  • Author: Stephen D. Eyre
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 63

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It was a dark time for Israel. And Jeremiah was their last chance to turn things around.

The ministry to which God called Jeremiah was difficult and painful: proclaim God’s demanding love. Yet with this burden, God also gave the prophet a gift—the gift of his presence. In this study guide, Stephen D. Eyre shows how the example of Jeremiah’s rich relationship with God can inspire you to become more deeply open to God than ever before.

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.

Daniel: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

  • Author: Douglas Connelly
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 64

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A permissive society, a power-hungry people, a nation without God. Daniel’s situation in Babylon sounds quite a bit like our own. In the midst of such forces, how can we remain loyal to biblical values? How can we have a positive impact on those around us? Daniel gives us practical and personal help with these questions.

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving 12 years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written 17 LifeGuide Bible Studies as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us.

Hosea: God’s Persistent Love

  • Author: Dale Larsen and Sandy Larsen
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 64

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God never gives up. Even when you rebel, disobey or make a mistake, God continues to pursue you with a relentless love.

As Dale and Sandy Larsen lead you through the fascinating Old Testament story of Hosea, you’ll see how a godly man’s unfailing love for his wayward wife illustrates God’s unconditional, “no-holds-barred” love for you, too.

Dale Larsen is a writer living in Rochester, Minnesota. He and his wife, Sandy, have written more than 40 books and Bible studies together including Living Your Legacy and more than ten LifeGuide Bible studies. They have also coauthored eight N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides with Wright.

Sandy Larsen is a writer living in Rochester, Minnesota. She and her husband, Dale, have written more than 40 books and Bible studies together including Living Your Legacy and more than ten LifeGuide Bible studies. They have also coauthored eight N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides with Wright.

Jonah, Joel & Amos

  • Author: Doug Haugen and Doris Haugen
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 64

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In today’s world it’s easy to wander away from God. Hectic schedules and the quest for success often mean that time with God gets neglected.

But if you slow down long enough to listen, the minor prophets can have a major impact on the quality of your life. These twelve studies in Jonah, Joel and Amos, written by Doug and Doris Haugen, will help you focus on your number one priority—to seek the Lord and live!

Doug Haugen is director of Lutheran Men in Mission, the men’s ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is also a freelance writer.

Doris Haugen is director of student services for the division of adult and continuing education at Judson College in Elgin, Illinois.

Matthew 1–16: Discovering the King

  • Author: Stephen D. Eyre and Jacalyn Eyre
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 61

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What would it be like to be discipled by Jesus himself? What would he teach you about relationships, priorities, wealth and his coming kingdom? What would you learn from his actions? Matthew’s Gospel brings you face to face with Jesus as he calls, teaches and prepares his disciples. As you work through these Bible studies on Matthew, you can become one of those chosen followers.

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.

Jacalyn Eyre is an experienced Bible study leader and author based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Matthew 16–28: Sacrifice of the King

  • Author: Stephen D. Eyre and Jacalyn Eyre
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 63

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What would it be like to be discipled by Jesus himself? What would he teach you about relationships, priorities, wealth and his coming kingdom? What would you learn from his actions? Matthew’s Gospel brings you face to face with Jesus as he calls, teaches and prepares his disciples. As you work through these Bible studies on Matthew, you can become one of those chosen followers.

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.

Jacalyn Eyre is an experienced Bible study leader and author based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mark: Follow Me

  • Author: James Hoover
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 112

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In the New Testament Gospel of Mark, we meet Jesus, the man who is King. But this king comes to serve—not to be served. He eats with sinners rather than royalty. His crown is made of thorns instead of gold. This study guide introduces you to the compassionate, suffering, astonishing king who calls us to follow him.

James Hoover (MDiv, Gordon Conwell) was IVP’s long-time associate editorial director and senior editor for IVP Academic. For more than a decade he served as in-house editor in the area of patristic studies, overseeing editorial work on the 29-volume Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, the 5-volume Ancient Christian Doctrine series, the 15-volume Ancient Christian Texts series, and most recently the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity.

Luke 1–9: New Hope

  • Author: Ada Lum
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 57

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Good news! It was good news not only of Jesus’ birth but of what he offered to men, women and children throughout his ministry. To the sick he offered healing. To the hurting, comfort. To the outcast, acceptance. In this study guide Ada Lum leads you to discover that this message of hope and joy is for you as well!

Ada Lum teaches at the Bible Institute of Hawaii. Though retired as a staff member with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, she still visits various countries to do Bible study training. Her other books include Jesus the Disciplemaker and How to Begin an Evangelistic Bible Study.

Luke 9–24: New Joy

  • Author: Ada Lum
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 83

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Good news! It was good news not only of Jesus’ birth but of what he offered to men, women and children throughout his ministry. To the sick he offered healing. To the hurting, comfort. To the outcast, acceptance. In this study guide Ada Lum leads you to discover that this message of hope and joy is for you as well!

Ada Lum teaches at the Bible Institute of Hawaii. Though retired as a staff member with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, she still visits various countries to do Bible study training. Her other books include Jesus the Disciplemaker and How to Begin an Evangelistic Bible Study.

John 1–12: Jesus, the Living Word of God

  • Author: Douglas Connelly
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 66

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We all long for a full, rich, satisfying life. But how do we fill up the empty places in our souls? How can we quench our thirst for something deeper, more lasting, more meaningful?

In this study guide on John, Douglas Connelly urges you to take a fresh look at Jesus. Here is the opportunity to establish—or renew—your faith in the One who offers true meaning, true belonging and true life.

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving 12 years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written 17 LifeGuide Bible Studies as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us.

John 13–21: Jesus, the Living Way to God

  • Author: Douglas Connelly
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 64

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We all long for a full, rich, satisfying life. But how do we fill up the empty places in our souls? How can we quench our thirst for something deeper, more lasting, more meaningful?

In this study guide on John, Douglas Connelly urges you to take a fresh look at Jesus. Here is the opportunity to establish—or renew—your faith in the One who offers true meaning, true belonging and true life.

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving 12 years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written 17 LifeGuide Bible Studies as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us.

Acts 1–12: God’s Power in Jerusalem & Judea

  • Author: Phyllis J. Le Peau
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 63

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Do you ever feel powerless? It was not always so for the people of the early church. Jesus transformed their lives—and they changed the world!

Acts is the extraordinary record of what these early Christian disciples did. The power that you see in action in this book is the same power that can transform your life. As Phyllis J. Le Peau leads you through the pages of Acts, you will begin to understand what the Holy Spirit can do in you and in the world.

Phyllis Le Peau worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for over two decades in St. Louis and the Chicago metro area. She is also the author of several Bible study guides published by InterVarsity Press and Zondervan.

Acts 13–28: God’s Power at the Ends of the Earth

  • Author: Phyllis J. Le Peau
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 67

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Do you ever feel powerless? It was not always so for the people of the early church. Jesus transformed their lives—and they changed the world!

Acts is the extraordinary record of what these early Christian disciples did. The power that you see in action in this book is the same power that can transform your life. As Phyllis J. Le Peau leads you through the pages of Acts, you will begin to understand what the Holy Spirit can do in you and in the world.

Phyllis Le Peau worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for over two decades in St. Louis and the Chicago metro area. She is also the author of several Bible study guides published by InterVarsity Press and Zondervan.

Romans 1–8: A New Life

  • Author: Jack Kuhatschek
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 63

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Sometimes our worship loses its passion. Our prayer life becomes stagnant. We forget why we are serving God. And slowly, subtly, the world’s ways become our ways.

The New Testament book of Romans addresses these problems, showing us how we can break out of old patterns and become new in Christ.

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.

Romans 9–16: A New Lifestyle

  • Author: Jack Kuhatschek
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 45

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Sometimes our worship loses its passion. Our prayer life becomes stagnant. We forget why we are serving God. And slowly, subtly, the world’s ways become our ways.

The New Testament book of Romans addresses these problems, showing us how we can break out of old patterns and become new in Christ.

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.

1 Corinthians: The Challenges of Life Together

  • Author: R. Paul Stevens and Dan Williams
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 96

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Life among Christians can be great. But it can also be exasperating!

The joys of fellowship in Christ too often give way to division and debate. You may find yourself drawn into arguments over such things as the correct form of worship or the proper role of charismatic gifts. Perhaps you wonder, “Why don’t we get along together as we should?” Or, “How can we recapture the unity of the early church?”

Surprisingly, the first Christian believers didn’t always live in harmony either! As Paul Stevens and Dan Williams lead you through this study of 1 Corinthians, you will see that the issues facing the Corinthian church are little different from the ones your church struggles with year after year. Here in 1 Corinthians is a portrait of Christian community not as it was meant to be, but as it often really is. But here too is practical advice for overcoming the challenges of life together.

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.

Dan Williams serves as pastor of New Life Community Church in Burnaby, British Columbia, and as administrator of the Equippers, a lay training network.

2 Corinthians: Finding Strength in Weakness

  • Author: R. Paul Stevens
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 80

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Do you despise your weaknesses? Do you hate hardships? Do you beg God to remove obstacles from your life?

The apostle Paul delighted in his weaknesses, welcomed hardship as a friend and thanked God for obstacles that offered opportunities to experience God’s power. Was he crazy?

In this study guide Paul Stevens shows you how this foundational Christian disciple and church leader will turn your thinking upside down! In everything Paul teaches you to rely, as he did, on God’s great promise: “My grace is sufficient for you.”

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.

Galatians: Why God Accepts Us

  • Author: Jack Kuhatschek
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 64

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The human acceptance we long for often comes only if we are attractive, smart, wealthy or powerful. And God’s standards seem even higher. We think we must work harder, live better, pray longer and witness to more people to get on God’s good side. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul shows us the true source of our acceptance—Jesus Christ. These Bible studies on Galatians will help us know that we are worth much more to God than we can ever deserve or imagine!

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.

Ephesians: Wholeness for a Broken World

  • Author: Phyllis J. Le Peau and Andrew T. Le Peau
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 64

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Broken marriages, shattered friendships, racial divisions, war between nations—we live in a fractured world. How can the pieces be put back together?

In the New Testament book of Ephesians Paul lifts the veil from the future to allow us to see God’s plan to unite everyone and everything in Christ. Studying this book will renew your hope.

Phyllis Le Peau worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for over two decades in St. Louis and the Chicago metro area. She is also the author of several Bible study guides published by InterVarsity Press and Zondervan.

Andrew T. Le Peau is a writer and editor living in the Chicago area. He was the long-time associate publisher for editorial at InterVarsity Press where he worked from 1975 to 2016. Before that he was a campus staff member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, serving in the St. Louis area.

He is the coauthor of several Bible study guides including James and Ephesians in the LifeGuide Bible Study series, and author of Heart. Soul. Mind. Strength. and Mark Through Old Testament Eyes.

Philippians: Jesus Our Joy

  • Author: Donald Baker
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 64

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It’s easy to be happy when things go well for you.

But what would it be like to have a sense of joy that continued even in times of trouble? Such was the deep joy that the apostle Paul experienced—even in prison. His contentment was neither dependent on circumstances nor changed by difficulty. In his brief letter to the Philippians, Paul will show you too how to live joyfully in every situation.

Donald Baker is pastor of First Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church of Lester, Iowa. He formerly served as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Colossians and Philemon

  • Author: Martha Reapsome
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 63

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We all long for more—more wisdom, more maturity, more power, more faith. To satisfy our longings we attend seminars, go to concerts, listen to celebrity speakers and read popular books. Yet often we come away from these experiences feeling empty. The New Testament books of Colossians and Philemon were written to meet our deepest needs. As you dig into their depths of wisdom you’ll discover how to find lasting fulfillment in Christ.

Martha Reapsome is retired and living in Downers Grove, IL. Formerly she served as midwest director of Neighborhood Bible Studies, Inc., now known as Q Place, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

1 & 2 Thessalonians: How Can I Be Sure?

  • Author: Donald Baker
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 64

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When you suffer, do you wonder if God has forgotten you? Do you wonder whether you will be with Jesus after you die? Would you like to be sure that your life is pleasing to God?

At times every Christian feels anxious or insecure about life—and about faith. The Thessalonians asked many of the questions you ask today, and Paul’s letters helped them find assurance. In these studies on 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Donald Baker shows how Paul’s answers can help you to be certain too.

Donald Baker is pastor of First Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church of Lester, Iowa. He formerly served as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

1 & 2 Timothy and Titus

  • Author: Pete Sommer
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 79

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Deteriorating values. Competing religions. Weakening morality. Do you feel sometimes that the world presents you with more problems than you can handle?

Timothy and Titus faced all of these tough issues as young church leaders. But Paul encouraged them to put aside timidity and insecurity, and to find strength in Christ. As Pete Sommer guides you into study of these letters, you’ll also find the support you need to follow through in obedience to God’s Word.

Pete Sommer is director of teaching and adult discipleship at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (California). Formerly he was associate director of campus ministries for development with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and he has traveled throughout the United States conducting support-raising seminars and training for Christian workers in many organizations. Sommer also served as board chair of Bayshore Christian Ministries and the Foundation for Advanced Christian Training (FACT).

Hebrews: Race to Glory

  • Author: James W. Reapsome
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 63

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“What’s the use?”

At times of frustration or disappointment, it is tempting to ask this question. You work and work to grow to Christian maturity, but you seem to get nowhere—repeating your mistakes, neglecting your commitments, losing your motivation.

The original readers of Hebrews felt the same way! Yet the writer of this New Testament letter cheers for them to stay on track and never quit, so they can reach the finish line by the power of Jesus Christ.

As James Reapsome leads you through 13 studies in Hebrews, he offers you—and all of today’s faith-weary Christians—the encouragement you need to stay in the faith-race.

James W. Reapsome (d. 2017) was a pastor and served as editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly and the World Pulse newsletter. He was the coeditor of Innovation in Mission and the author or coauthor of LifeGuide studies such as Exodus, Hebrews, Grief, Marriage, and Songs from Scripture.

1 & 2 Peter and Jude

  • Author: Carolyn Nystrom
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 79

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“I’ll never grow up.”

Sometimes we all feel a little like Peter Pan. We’d rather be children, free of obligations and responsibilities. Sometimes we even feel that way about our Christian lives.

The writers of 1 & 2 Peter and Jude understand how difficult it is to grow into maturity. As Carolyn Nystrom leads us through these letters, we see how God provides direction and comfort when we travel dark roads. And we discover what it takes to be mature in Christ.

Carolyn Nystrom (MA, Wheaton College) has written more than eighty books, Bible study guides, and children’s titles. She coauthored Praying with theologian J.I. Packer and Is the Reformation Over with scholar Mark Noll. She is also the author of the LifeGuide Bible Studies 1 & 2 Peter and Jude, Money and Work, Friendship, Listening to God and more.

In addition to actively serving in her church, she has been a foster parent, an elementary schoolteacher, the stated clerk of her EPC presbytery, and a book editor.

John’s Letters: Discovering Genuine Christianity

  • Author: Ron Blankley
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 64

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When we strip away what is superficial, cultural or traditional, what is the essence of true Christianity?

What qualities and beliefs characterize a living—and life-changing—faith?

The three letters of John help to answer these questions. 1, 2 and 3 John focus on the most important aspects of Christian life. As Ron Blankley leads you through the lessons of these letters, you’ll discover what really matters—now and for eternity.

Ron Blankley is pastor of Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He is also on the faculty at New York School of the Bible in New York City. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Revelation: The Triumph of God

  • Author: R. Paul Stevens
  • Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 96

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In every age people have felt certain that the book of Revelation described events in their time. As nations arm themselves for war, we think of Armageddon. As evil rulers grow in power, we look for the antichrist. As the powers of darkness threaten to overwhelm us, we cry, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Amid the uncertainties of our age, Revelation assures us of the ultimate triumph of God.

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.