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Gathering Interest

Overview

The Christian Focus A Book for Today series provides convenient and accessible resources for pastors, and lay leaders for bible study and teaching. Designed to accompany the Christian Focus Teaching the Bible Series, these introductions provide essential information about the bible books for anyone to get started in bible study.

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

  • Provides practical background information for the study of biblical books
  • Works in tandem with the Teaching the Bible commentaries
  • Guides the reader to understand the relevance of these biblical texts for today

Praise for the Print Edition

The task of moving from the text of Scripture to clear and faithful exposition is challenging. This series of excellent guides aims to help the Bible teacher to observe what is there in the text, and prepare to convey its significance to contemporary hearers. In this way these volumes often do more than the weightier technical commentaries. It is like having the guidance of an experienced coach in the wonderful work of rightly handling the word of truth.

—John Woodhouse, retired principal and lecturer in Doctrine and Old Testament, Moore College, Sydney, Australia

The need of the hour is Bible knowledge. When knowledge fails, faith fails, and we are shaped instead by cultural forces alien to God. This teaching series, written by skilled and trustworthy students of God's word, helps us to understand the Bible, believe it and obey it. I commend it to all Bible readers, but especially those whose task it is to teach the inspired word of God.

—Peter Jensen, retired Archbishop of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Product Details

  • Title: Christian Focus Bible Introductions Collection (8 vols.)
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 411/li>
  • Resource Type: Introductions
  • Topic: Biblical Studies

Individual Titles

Introducing 1 & 2 Kings

  • Author: Bob Fyall
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 96

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

1 Kings gives a narrative of the history of the Hebrew monarchs, beginning in King David's old age. It covers the divided kingdom and the prophets Elijah and Elisha. Designed to accompany Teaching 1 Kings, this helpful introduction will encourage readers to study 1 Kings and to see its powerful relevance for us today.

Bob Fyall is Senior Tutor in Ministry for the Cornhill Training Course (Scotland). Prior to that he was the Director of Rutherford House, Edinburgh. He is an experienced pastor, preacher and Old Testament scholar.

Introducing 1 & 2 Thessalonians

  • Author: Angus MacLeay
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 80

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

In a day when church planting is back in fashion, here is Paul speaking to a newly planted fellowship. In a day when Christians in the West are finding themselves under growing pressure from the surrounding culture, here is Paul encouraging a church facing strong opposition. Designed to accompany Teaching 1 & 2 Thessalonians, this book will help you to understand the message there. Angus MacLeay draws us to the challenge of Paul's writings which are as relevant today in our church and the daily life of the believer.

Angus MacLeay is the Rector of St. Nicholas, a large Anglican Church in Sevenoaks, and is also a member of the Church of England General Synod. One of St. Nicholas' previous ministers was the poet, John Donne. The recent story of the church is told by the book The Church that went under.

Introducing 1 Timothy

  • Author: Angus MacLeay
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 80

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

Timothy from Lystra was known as 'son' of Paul the Apostle who, as his apprentice, was to learn the things of the faith from him. Timothy was later to be sent to Ephesus serving as Paul's representative. The Ephesians had lost their focus on the message of the gospel. They were materialistic and their lives were marked by ungodly living. Timothy's task was to call them back to the cross and what Jesus Christ had done for them, setting their sights on what they would receive when Christ returns for them. Until then they were to live lives of godliness and holiness.

This is a book which will equip you for your own study of the book of 1 Timothy and ultimately in teaching it, showing how we can navigate a godly life even in today's culture. It helps you to ask the questions Why should we read 1 Timothy today? What are the main themes? This is intended to accompany Teaching 1 Timothy and includes an introductory study.

Angus MacLeay is the Rector of St. Nicholas, a large Anglican Church in Sevenoaks, and is also a member of the Church of England General Synod. One of St. Nicholas' previous ministers was the poet, John Donne. The recent story of the church is told by the book The Church that went under.

Introducing 2 Timothy

  • Author: Jonathan Griffiths
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 80

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

Paul's second letter to Timothy is a letter written from one pastor to another, and it is designed to train, equip and encourage Timothy for the work of ministry. This volume is not an academic study of 2 Timothy, but rather an accessible and easily navigable introduction which will aid those examining 2 Timothy both to teach and for their own study. This is intended to accompany Teaching 2 Timothy.

Jonathan Griffiths serves as Lead Pastor of The Met in Ottawa, Canada. He previously served on the staff of the Proclamation Trust in London, UK. He lives with his wife, Gemma, and their three children on the south side of Ottawa.

Introducing Acts

  • Author: David Cook
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 96

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

Anyone who reads one of the four Gospels is bound to ask the question - What happened next? With Jesus Christ crucified, resurrected and ascended into Heaven we are left with a few men who not so long before scattered to the wind at the first sign of trouble. How did these men, with the help of the Holy Spirit, establish Christ's Church and begin spreading the Gospel? The book of Acts tells this story and this book will be a helpful introduction, giving you a good start in understanding the message it contains. Designed to accompany the more extensive Teaching Acts also by David Cook, this short book will not take long to read, but will be a great help to all those seeking to better understand the book of Acts.

David Cook has recently retired from his role as Principal and Director of the School of Preaching at Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC). He is now involved in an itinerant preaching and teaching ministry, He is a Presbyterian minister and a graduate of SMBC and Moore Theological College. Prior to formal studies and pastoral ministry David worked in the Economic Research Department of the Reserve Bank. He has spoken at a number of Christian Conventions including Keswick. David is married to Maxine, and they have five adult children and eight grandchildren.

Introducing Ephesians

  • Author: Simon Austen
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 80

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

Who are we to be in this materialistic age? Our identity, Ephesians tells us, can only be found in Christ. The spiritual blessings that we receive can only be found in him. We are chosen and raised in him. We form together to be the church in him. Ephesians paints for us a glorious picture of who we are and what the church is meant to be as we seek to teach others with these timeless truths.

This is a book which will equip you for your own study of the book of Ephesians and ultimately in teaching it. It will help you answer the questions: Why did things happen the way they did? Why should we read Ephesians today? What are the main themes? This is intended to accompany Teaching Ephesians and includes an introductory study.

Simon Austen has degrees in Science and Theology. A previous chaplain of Stowe School, he is now Rector at St Leonard's in Exeter in England.

Introducing Numbers

  • Author: Adrian Reynolds
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 80

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

Designed to accompany the more extensive Teaching Numbers by Adrian Reynolds, this short book will not take long to read, but will be a great help to all those seeking to understand the book of Numbers better.

Adrian Reynolds is Director of Ministry of the Proclamation Trust and also serves as associate minister at East London Tabernacle Baptist Church, London

Introducing Romans

  • Author: Christopher Ash
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 96

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

Designed to accompany Teaching Romans volume 1 and volume 2, this book will help you to understand the message of Romans. The sheer scale and depth of Romans make it challenging to teach, but Christopher Ash leads us step by step through understanding and communicating this challenging and life-changing book.

Christopher Ash is Writer–in–Residence at Tyndale House and Ministry Trainer at St. Andrew the Great church in Cambridge. From 2004 to 2015 he was Director of the Proclamation Trust Cornhill Training Course. He splits his time between preaching, speaking and writing, and has written several books, including ‘Bible Delight: Psalm 119 for the Bible teacher and Bible hearer’ and ‘Teaching Psalms Vol. 1’.