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The Bible Speaks Today Themes (6 vols.)
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Overview

Companions to the Bible Speaks Today commentaries, the volumes of the Bible Speaks Today Bible Themes Series highlight the message of key biblical texts in support of various facets of Christian belief. Rooted in Christian heritage and conversant with contemporary culture, this series provides a rich resource for preaching, teaching and spiritual growth.

The BST series is characterized by a threefold ideal: to expound the biblical text with accuracy, to relate it to contemporary life, and to be readable. If you preach or teach from Scripture, this series will help you apply the timeless biblical message to the everyday experiences of your listeners. If you study the Bible on your own, this series will be a helpful resource focusing on the significance of God’s Word for your own life and work.

In the Logos edition, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. 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

  • Rooted in Scripture and the heritage of Christian theology
  • Conversant with contemporary culture for thoughtful application
  • Valuable for individual spiritual growth, as well as teaching and preaching

Product Details

  • Title: The Bible Speaks Today Themes (6 vols.)
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Theme Series
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,708
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Biblical Theology

Individual Titles

The Message of Creation

  • Author: David Wilkinson
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Themes
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 256

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This is a journey through the Bible, which is an exploratory walk rather than a motorway dash. The large number and diversity of biblical passages dealing with the theme of creation underlines its central importance to the biblical message. As a theologian (whose focus is the Bible) and as an eminent astrophysicist (whose subject is the visible universe) David Wilkinson is well placed to try to capture some of the richness of the biblical portrayal of creation. The key to this portrait, believes David Wilkinson, is to see Father, Son, and Spirit in the beginning, the sustaining, and the new beginning of creation, giving life and love in a generosity beyond our imaginings.

David Wilkinson is principal at St. John's College at the University of Durham (Durham, England). He is also a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics and is author of God, the Big Bang and Stephen Hawking.

The Message of Salvation

  • Author: Philip Graham Ryken
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Themes
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 288

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This book is about the best news the world has ever heard - the message of salvation. The Bible itself is the word of salvation, the message of grace that glorifies God by persuading sinners to believe in Jesus Christ. Philip Ryken opens up God's saving message using the Bible's stories, sermons, letters and poems to explain its own theme of salvation.

Philip Graham Ryken is eighth and current president of Wheaton College and was previously senior minister at Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. He has written or edited more than 30 books, including, in this series, 1 Kings, Luke, and 1 Timothy.

The Message of Sonship

  • Author: Trevor J. Burke
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Themes
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 248

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Sonship is an important, yet often overlooked, theme throughout the Bible. Adam, the first human being, is identified as a 'son of God'; Israel is God's 'first-born son'; the covenant with king David is cast in father and son terms; Christians are children of God, 'adopted as sons'; and the same designation brings Scripture to a triumphant conclusion: 'He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son' (Revelation 21:7). The storyline of the Bible is clear, that God is making for himself a family of sons and daughters who will serve him and reign with him in his kingdom forever and this purpose is achieved through Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.

In his warm-hearted, edifying exposition of this theme, Trevor Burke shows how 'sonship' is the focus of creation, is a metaphor for salvation, carries moral obligation, and is the goal of restoration of broken, suffering humanity. For those whom God the Father adopts into his household as sons and daughters, the family bonds that begin in this life will last for all eternity.

Trevor J. Burke has taught New Testament in seminaries in Nigeria and Fiji, as well as at Moody Bible Institute and other institutions. He is the author of Adopted into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series, The Message of Sonship, and coeditor of A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit.

The Message of Spiritual Warfare

  • Author: Keith Ferdinando
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Themes
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 308

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This valuable exposition of the theme of ‘spiritual warfare' is in four sections. The first is concerned with the nature of Satan and his activity in the world God has made. The second examines the different dimensions of Christ’s victory over Satan. The third considers ways in which Christ’s victory over Satan impacts God's people. The final section looks at various areas in which believers must fight sin and Satan. Two concluding chapters examine the weapons with which God equips his people for their spiritual warfare.

Keith Ferdinando is associate pastor at Woodford Evangelical Church. Previously he taught at Shalom University in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and was lecturer in missiology at London School of Theology. He is the author of The Triumph of Christ in African Perspective and The Battle Is God's.

The Message of the Cross

  • Author: Derek Tidball
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Themes
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 320

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The magnificent theme of the cross of Christ is treated in a readable and practical manner. In a wide-ranging exploration, Derek Tidball brings out its implications for Christian living, community and spirituality. Opening up key passages throughout the Bible, Tidball considers the anticipation of the Cross in the Old Testament, the experience of it in the Gospel accounts, its explanation and application in the New Testament letters and the Book of Revelation.

Derek Tidball is visiting scholar at Spurgeon's College, London. Previously he served as principal of the London School of Theology where he lectured in pastoral theology. His books include The Reality of Christ: The Message of Colossians for Today, Skillful Shepherds: Explorations in Pastoral Theology, and commentaries in the Bible Speaks Today Series. In addition, he is series editor for the Bible Speaks Today Bible Themes Series.

The Message of the Living God

  • Author: Peter Lewis
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Themes
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 288

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The God of the Bible is the living, active and self-revealing God. He takes the initiative in making himself known. He is a speaking God, and he calls for a listening people. Those who listen in faith, he draws in love into a relationship that engages every fiber of their humanity and enters every event in their lives. This is a book by a theologian and preacher who believes that the first purpose of a biblical theology is to lead us to the feet of the living God. The book ends with the theme of worship: an attitude and activity that takes us out into the world to serve this living God and to make him known.

Peter Lewis is pastor of Cornerstone Church in Nottingham, England, and the author of several books, including The Glory of Christ. Known internationally as a speaker, he has served on the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Fellowship.