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The Good Book Guides have been developed to ensure that each session not only seeks to uncover the meaning of the passage and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible, but also leads people to apply what they have learned to their lives. Flexible and practical, the Good Book Guides are ideal for small groups, or individual study. An expanding and flexible range of Bible studies with a strong focus on application. Each session not only seeks to uncover the meaning of the passage, and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible, but also leads people to apply what they have learned to their lives. The leader’s guide at the back of each book makes them easy to use. Ideal for small groups or individual study.

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  • Designed for individual or group use
  • Uncovers the meaning of each passage and shows how it fits into the big picture of the Bible
  • Includes talkabout, investigate, and apply sections for each chapter
The format is very user-friendly and the content is rich and accessible.

—Justin Taylor, executive vice president for book publishing and publisher for books at Crossway.

God-centered, application-oriented, and driven by the text throughout, this resource is a gift to God’s church.

—Matt Smethurst, managing editor of The Gospel Coalition

  • Title: Good Book Guides (42 vols.)
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Volumes: 42
  • Pages: 3,424
  • Resource Type: Bible Studies
  • Resource ID: {2163235B-220E-4C80-817D-9DF160EF9A02}
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Exodus: Liberating Love

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 112

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Exodus is the story of a bush on fire that never burns up, an unarmed shepherd facing the most powerful man on earth, a nation walking through a sea, storms, earthquakes and more. But, as these eight studies show, it is supremely the story of the God who reveals himself, triumphs over his enemies, and rescues, guides, rules, forgives and lives with his people—and who in all this points forward to a still greater, more thrilling act of liberation.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Ruth: Poverty and Plenty

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 40

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This woman from ancient times was no powerful princess—just a young, vulnerable widow, an impoverished outcast. The story records no famous events or places—just a struggling family facing hard times in a small, agricultural community occupied with their livelihoods and customs.

But the hidden hand of God is at work in the lives of these ordinary people, and wonderfully at work in history. God transforms hardship from bitterness to joy; God’s word liberates people to become a community filled with loving kindness towards outsiders; God’s people reach out to their enemies. And most significantly, God’s great plan, to send a promised savior King to redeem people of all nations, is being worked out.

Like those in the story, we may be just ordinary people, unable to see how the events of our lives will turn out. But by encountering the God who works through the circumstances of life, we too can discover the God who can turn our ‘poverty’ to ’plenty’ through Jesus Christ.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

1 Samuel: Choose your King

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 72

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1 Samuel is the story of battles and murders, schemes and betrayals, and shepherds and giants. It is also the history of what happened when God gave his people the king they wanted, and then gave his people the king they needed. And through it all, it paints a wonderful picture of the ultimate King God has chosen for his people, his Son Jesus.

With his trademark insight and clarity, Tim Chester unpacks this part of the Old Testament for small groups, enabling them to appreciate Jesus’ rule for his people, and to see how to live as his subjects today.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

2 Samuel: The Fall and Rise of the King

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 80

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2 Samuel is the story of the rise, fall, and rise of King David, Israel’s greatest King. It is also the story of the rule, forgiveness and promise of Israel’s God. And as we look at David, we see shadows of Israel’s greatest King—his descendant, Christ Jesus.

These six studies will bring this part of the Old Testament alive for small groups, showing them the joy of living under the loving rule of the ultimate Shepherd King.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Psalms: Soul Songs

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 56

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Exploring love, temptation, fear and guilt from the Psalms.

How often do you get the tune of a mindless song stuck in your head? It’s one way that Christians can end up thinking and wanting things just like the world around us. So God has given us a collection of songs that can help us re-tune our hearts to what He thinks and wants instead.

You may feel as if your soul is downcast or sick—troubled by worry, sin, suffering, fear or guilt. David, the Israelite king who wrote many of these songs, tells us that the Word of God revives the soul—it’s powerful stuff! And how to revive your soul is the theme of this selection. Mostly written by people rolling in trouble, they take us from the problems we face, and turn us back to God, the rock.

In these psalms you will find medicine for your soul. Learn to fear God instead of others, to trust Him in difficult times and to sing a new song to the God who saves.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Ezekiel: The God of Glory

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 64

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Few books of the Bible seem scarier than Ezekiel—48 chapters of weird and wonderful visions, bizarre street performances and blood-curdling judgments. Perhaps you’ve wondered what it’s all about. But, will you ever have the time to study such a large book? Does this stuff really have anything to say to you?

Here is a Bible-study course that will take you through the whole of Ezekiel in SIX sessions! This whistle-stop tour gives a clear overview of all the main themes of Ezekiel’s prophecy—God’s glory, judgment, and hope—focusing on key passages that explain the surrounding chapters. But more than that, you’ll discover how God’s Word to His exiled people is truly fulfilled in the gospel of Jesus and the experience of Christians.

‘Then they will know that I am the Lord’ is the repeated message of Ezekiel. In a world of false hopes that will ultimately fail, this is a message for everyone.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Daniel: Staying Strong in a Hostile World

  • Author: David Helm
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 88

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How can we remain faithful to our God in a world that rejects him? Is it even worth standing firm, when his kingdom often seems so very far away? And is it possible to be a blessing to our nations, and show the power and goodness of God, in our day?

Those are pressing questions for us in a time when living as a Christian increasingly means being misunderstood, maligned and even mistreated. And since this is the context in which Daniel found himself, the book that bears his name will reassure, challenge and thrill us as we read it today.

In these seven studies you will see Daniel and his friends seek to remain faithful in a foreign land; and then you will watch and listen in on a series of visions Daniel received, outlining how God would bring his people home, to live in his kingdom and under his king. Let the book of Daniel show you what you can expect from this life, and how you can and must stay strong in a hostile world.

David Helm is Executive Director of the Charles Simeon Trust, serves as lead pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, and is a member of The Gospel Coalition Council. He is the author of Daniel For You, The Big Picture Story Bible, and One-to-One Bible Reading.

Hosea: God’s Lovesong

  • Author: Dan Wells
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 88

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Hosea is a love song, with a difference.

Love songs are everywhere. On the radio; on movie soundtracks; in the background as we shop and eat out. They’re often stuck in our heads and hearts, too.

And yet their lyrics are full of desire leading to disappointment, and hope followed by heartbreak. Love songs reflect our yearning for a love that is solid and sure; and they expose our inability to find it.

The book of Hosea is a love song. But uniquely, its lyrics are about a love which will never fade; which will never disappoint; and which will never say: “Enough”. The singer throughout Hosea is God: and the love He talks about is His own love, lavished upon His people. It’s a love song that is surprising, raw, emotional, at times uncomfortable, but always compelling.

These eight studies will thrill you with the wonder of God’s love, even as they challenge you with the truth about His people. And, as you read through Hosea, you’ll be provided with a soundtrack for your life which truly is worth singing along to.

Dan Wells is Senior Associate Minister at All Soul’s Langham Place, London, and is married to Louise. After studying maths at Cambridge University, Dan taught for five years before training for ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is a keen golfer, and supports the Denver Broncos.

Jonah: The Depths of Grace

  • Author: Stephen Witmer
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 72

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The story of Jonah and the whale is one of the most famous in the Bible: but its message is perhaps one of the most ignored.

It’s a story about storms and sailors, rebellion, and rescue, preaching and protest. And it’s a story about one reluctant evangelist’s experience of speaking to people who knew nothing about God. So its message has great relevance today for God’s people, living in an increasingly non-Christian culture.

Jonah’s story will encourage believers who find themselves ill-equipped to share God’s message with colleagues, friends and family: and it deeply challenges our priorities in life.

But most of all this is a story about God. The book of Jonah reveals to us the depths of God’s grace, both to “outsiders” and to “insiders”. It shows us God’s compassion for the lost and His patience with His wayward people.

Use this guide to uncover the wonderful message of Jonah, and to come face to face with the greatest evangelist of all—the Lord our God Himself.

Stephen Witmer opens up to our minds and hearts the amazing grace of God, and shows us how ultimately it’s Jesus who makes that grace possible for us. Biblically rich and personally accessible, the last study brings it all together and shows us how the story of Jonah is also the big picture of the Bible—the depths of God’s grace.

—John Piper

Dr Stephen Witmer is the pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Massachusetts, USA. He previously served with John Piper at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minnesota, and teaches at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is married to Emma and has three young children, Samuel, Annie and Henry.

Zechariah: God’s Big Plan for Struggling Christians

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 64

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Christians struggle. We struggle with ridicule and being ignored in a ‘day of small things’; with opposition to the message that Jesus is the only way to God; with our own failures and the devil’s accusations that make us question whether God accepts us. False teachers, false religion, and false priorities plague and distract us.

In Zechariah’s day, Israel had returned from exile, but home was certainly not all they had hoped for. Zechariah’s task was to bring comforting words to the struggling people of God.

These six Bible-studies open up Zechariah’s reassuring and revitalizing message for God’s discouraged people, including God’s great international building project; His solution to sin; His promised Shepherd-King; His great Day of judgment and salvation. Constantly focusing on what these things mean practically for Christians today, this course aims to help Christians live a life shaped, not by ‘these days’, but by ‘that day’ when God’s big plan comes to glorious fruition.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Mark 1-8: The Coming King

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 96

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Jesus has always been endlessly fascinating to people, yet few know accurately the eye-witness record of Jesus found in the gospels. These ten Bible-studies in Mark’s gospel provide a great opportunity to find out the truth about Jesus, taking you on a journey of discovery through the first eight chapters, as the disciples learn who Jesus really is. Find out for yourself just how much Mark has packed into his brief account of Jesus!

You’ll learn, beyond doubt, that Jesus is King, but also find answers to many questions: Why does this promised king come in such a secret way? Why is He powerful, yet opposed? Why does He stop people talking about Him? Why do some recognize Him, but not others?

Most of all however, with two very practical sections for personal application in every session, this course aims to help each of us live with Jesus as our king.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Mark 9-16: The Servant King

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 80

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Have you ever arranged to meet someone for the first time, only to miss them because you expected someone who looked quite different? But more serious would be to miss God Himself, just because He didn’t look like we expected...

This is exactly what happens in the second half of Mark’s Gospel. Jesus is the King. But He comes to serve and suffer, not to fight political battles. He is Israel’s Messiah. But He comes to judge those who believe they are already God’s people. He is the promised Rescuer, but He can’t even seem to save himself. Rejected by religious leaders, deserted by His followers, it seems everyone is missing who He really is.

Could we make the same mistake as the people of Jesus’ day? This Good Book Guide will help you to know and understand Jesus, just as Mark knew Him—nothing that people expected, but more than any of us could hope for.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Luke 1-12: The kingdom has come

  • Author: Mike McKinley
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 96

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Mike McKinley brings us face to face with Jesus in a way that is fresh and compelling for both experienced and new readers of the first twelve chapters of Luke’s Gospel. Features close attention to the text, a focus on real-life application and questions that really open up discussion. Plus a comprehensive guide for leaders in the back.

Mike McKinley is the author of Passion, Did the devil make me do it? and Church Planting is for Wimps. Since 2005 he has been pastor of Sterling Park Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. Before that, he served on the pastoral staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, having received his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. Mike is married to Karen, and they have five children.

John: Introducing Jesus

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 56

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It’s only when you sit down and talk with someone that you start to discover what they are really like.

What would it be like to have an intimate conversation with Jesus? What would you ask Him? What might He say to you?

In his Gospel, John records for us a series of conversations that Jesus had with different people. They include a confused minister and a desperate woman; a lifelong loser and an anxious politician.

From each conversation there emerges something new about Jesus – who He is, what He came to do and what His priorities and concerns are. And each time we also hear Jesus speaking directly to us. He addresses our doubts and our desires, our fears and our failings, our sorrows and setbacks, and challenges us to think differently about God, life and eternity.

Use these studies to deepen your understanding of Jesus Christ, or perhaps even to be introduced to Him for the first time.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Acts 13-28: The Church Multiplies

  • Author: R. Albert Mohler
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 96

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Albert Mohler guides groups through the second half of the book of Acts, showing how the missionary journeys of Paul, and his arrest, trials, and journey to Rome shape our lives and witness today.

Features close attention to the text, a focus on real-life application, and questions that really open up discussion. Plus a comprehensive guide for leaders in the back.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is the President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.” A prolific author and council member of The Gospel Coalition, he is married to Mary and they have two adult children.

Romans 1-7: The gift of God

  • Author: Timothy Keller
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 96

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We want to be right in the eyes of the law of our land, of those we respect, of our loved ones, of those we work with. We strive to gain and then keep this right standing.

But there is another, far better and more important righteousness. A righteousness which changes and liberates every aspect of our lives, and yet which none of us can earn or maintain ourselves.

It’s a righteousness from God.

Romans 1–7 is all about that righteousness. It shows us why we don’t have it, why we need it, and how we can receive it. It thrills us that “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6 v 23).

These seven studies will help you to understand one of the most-read, most written-about parts of the Bible. And, as they enable you to you unwrap God’s precious gift of right standing with him, they’ll transform your hearts, lives, identities and perspectives.

Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He received his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Reason for God and Prayer. He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which has helped start over 380 churches in global cities worldwide. He lives in New York City with his wife Kathy.

Romans 8-16: In view of God’s mercy

  • Author: Timothy Keller
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 96

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Timothy Keller says that Romans 8 contains the secret to real life change. In this seven-study guide, he takes groups through that chapter and the rest of the second half of the book of Romans. Christians will learn together how to live life in response to God’s mercy, by the power of his Spirit.

Keller’s trademark gifts of making the complex clear and the difficult joyful will mean Christians will love studying the Bible alongside this resource, and be inspired to apply it to their hearts and lives.

Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He received his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Reason for God and Prayer. He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which has helped start over 380 churches in global cities worldwide. He lives in New York City with his wife Kathy.

1 Corinthians 1-9: Challenging church

  • Author: Mark Dever
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 96

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Even today, Jesus is still a figure of intense interest and admiration for millions. But then there’s His church. Church is a boring topic for most, and a reluctantly fulfilled duty for many.

And we can understand why. Churches say they have the best news in the world, that they have the answer to our problems, that they are God’s embassies on earth; and yet churches are made up of people like you and me, who are grumpy, irritable, unfaithful, selfish, and worse.

And as that is sadly true of churches today, so it was of the church in Corinth. It was young, it was full of life, and it was just as full of problems. What would God say to such a challenging church? What did they need to be excited by, to listen to, to learn?

Use this seven-study guide to open up the first nine chapters of the letter of 1 Corinthians, to hear what God said to His church in Corinth, and what God still says to His church today.

Mark Dever has been a leader of church reform for many years now, and nobody I know has thought more carefully about the church. That’s why I’m thrilled the Good Book Company is publishing Mark’s helpful study guide to 1 Corinthians, because no book of the Bible says more about the church. No doubt, Mark has acquired these insights through many years of hard labor both in the Scriptures and in the church. Whether you are a church leader or a faithful member, this guide will help you understand and apply 1 Corinthians to your life and the life of your church.

—Greg Gilbert

Mark Dever is Senior Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and President of 9Marks Ministries. Married to Connie with two grown-up children, he is the author of books including The Deliberate Church and What is a healthy church? He has a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell, a Th.M from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge, UK.

1 Corinthians 10-16: Loving church

  • Author: Mark Dever and Carl Laferton
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 96

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What can turn a struggling church around? What can help a church which has sold out to the culture; which is riven by division; which is dominated by me-first materialism; and which is uncertain about the gospel itself?

“Be on your guard”, wrote one church planter to just such a church. “Stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."

“Do everything in love.”

So wrote the apostle Paul to the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 16 v 13-14). This was a congregation which seemed to have lost its way. But Paul did not give up on them. He encouraged them to love their church.

And, in the second half of his first letter to them, he showed them how to do this—how to love each other as Christ had loved them.

This was the love that could turn the Corinthian church around. And this is the love that all our local churches need. These eight studies in 1 Corinthians 10 – 16 will enable, motivate and challenge you to “do everything in love”, individually and collectively.

Mark Dever is Senior Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and President of 9Marks Ministries. Married to Connie with two grown-up children, he is the author of books including The Deliberate Church and What is a Healthy Church? He has a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell, a Th.M from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge, UK.

2 Corinthians 1-7: True Discipleship

  • Author: James Hughes
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 96

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Many of the problems in our churches today are the same things that the Corinthians struggled with. Problems with pride and arrogance, with misunderstanding the gospel, with thinking that the Christian life is more about health, wealth and happiness than about suffering, wrestling and persevering through difficulties to reach glory.

Just like the Corinthians, we get stuck in the here and now, and forget about eternity. Like them, we are more impressed by fame and fortune than by faithfulness to Jesus Christ. We too struggle when life gets hard, and would love life to be a prosperous bed of roses. We would love to be strong, but know that we are weak - fragile clay pots that are filled with the immense treasure of God’s grace.

So Paul’s letter speaks to us as it spoke to them - about the way of true discipleship. And the reality he paints is not for the faint-hearted. Because it involves suffering as well as comfort. It means listening to hard truth as well as receiving and enjoying forgiveness. It involves dying to ourselves and the world, as well as living for the Lord.

Use this lively guide to get to grips with what it means to live as God’s ‘new creation’ in the old creation that is passing away.

James Hughes is married to Kirsty and they have four children. He is the the vicar of St. Alkmund’s Duffield, Derbyshire. These studies grew out of James’ conviction that Christians should get to grips with the whole of God’s Word, because God speaks to us through the whole of the Bible.

Ephesians: God’s Big Plan for Christ’s New People

  • Author: Thabiti Anyabwile
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 112

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“Why should I be a member of a local church? I’m a part of the body of Christ. Isn’t that enough?”

An increasing number of people think of the Christian faith primarily in terms of themselves as individuals. Faith is not only a personal but also a private matter. For these believers, church has become an optional extra, a matter of convenience and personal choice.

In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul says a firm “no” to this idea. The church of Christ far from being an optional extra; it is the display of God’s wisdom to the universe! The church is God’s handiwork, made up of people from every conceivable background, living under the gracious rule of Jesus himself. To be a part of the church is to be hand-selected by God through Christ to make visible the mystery of God’s electing love.

In short, Christianity is far more corporate and public than we might first expect. We are redeemed as individuals, but we are placed in a family. And living out the Christian life requires we live together with others who love the same Lord. It requires we actively participate in the church, for the church is God’s only plan to raise us to full maturity in Jesus Christ.

“Ephesians is one of the most beautiful books in the Bible,” Thabiti said. “The symmetry between rich theology and applied living can hardly be matched. So, if a Christian wants to think carefully about what he/she believes and then walk out their beliefs, Ephesians is an excellent book to study. I also love the book because of the honored place the book gives to the local church. If we would be healthy Christians, we would be wise to build our lives around the kind of church that emerges from the book of Ephesians.”

The ten studies in this Good Book Guide will help groups and individuals discover the richness of God’s grace towards His people, and grow as the body of Christ.

Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.

Philippians: Shining with Joy

  • Author: Steven J. Lawson
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 96

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If you would like to be more joyful, and for your church to be more joyful, these seven studies in the book of Philippians will show you how to live with hope no matter what your circumstances. Written from a prison cell by a man with an uncertain immediate future, Philippians is a torrent of joy, with its source in the wonderful gospel. Study Philippians to discover how to shine with joy.

Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama.

Colossians: Confident Christianity

  • Author: Mark Meynell
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 56

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It happens all the time... People who start out well as Christians can end up light-years from the gospel of Jesus Christ, caught up in weird and not-so-wonderful cults, movements and traditions. They may still talk about Jesus, but their focus has shifted from the fundamental truths of who He is and what He has done to other things: rituals, rapturous experiences, morality, or an intense engagement with ideas and schools of thought. These other things become the focus of our Christianity. It seems that Jesus Christ and His saving death are no longer enough...

This kind of teaching was the reason Paul wrote his letter to the Colossian church. He recognized the fall-out of ‘moving on’ from the gospel–we become unsure of God’s forgiveness because it no longer depends solely on Jesus; we become proud of what we do; and ultimately, these new spiritualities completely fail to deliver the new life that they promise.

Undoubtedly, Christians today face the same danger. These six studies can help us resist the fine-sounding arguments enticing us to add to what Jesus has done. Only if we are convinced about the true identity of Christ, and certain that He alone is all we need to grow, will we mature into confident Christians.

The six studies in this Good Book Guide will help groups and individuals find the way to achieve true Christian growth into confidence and fruitfulness.

Mark Meynell served in a church in Sheffield before moving to Kampala, Uganda to train pastors. He now lives in Maidenhead with his wife Rachel and two children. He is on the Staff of Langham Partnership and an honorary Curate at All Souls Langham Place in London.

1 Thessalonians: Living to Please God

  • Author: Mark Wallace
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 72

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Do you feel like an ordinary Christian? Not especially gifted or knowledgeable. Does anyone really notice your faith? Does any of it matter? Time to take a look at the Thessalonians.

When this group of ordinary first-century pagans believed in Jesus Christ, they changed so dramatically that many others across the Roman world were imitating their faith, hope and love. The apostle Paul, thrilled to see their vibrant Christian lives, recorded his delight in this lovely warm letter, packed with advice and encouragement to keep going. This was a transformation that would change lives, cultures and destinies far beyond first century Macedonia.

Learn through this Good Book Guide how an unremarkable, pointless existence can be transformed into lives marked by an unshakeable faith, overflowing love and sensational hope. It is this kind of life that ordinary Christians like you are called to. So that, in the our world of suffering, hostility and trials we will be blameless and holy when our Lord Jesus comes.

Mark Wallace trained as a teacher before training for ministry. He is currently the vicar of two churches in the center of Colchester. He blogs at the The Town Center Vicar. He is married to Liz and has four young boys.

2 Timothy: Faithful to the End

  • Author: Mark Mulryne
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 64

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The church is only one generation from extinction. The societies of our world stand in opposition to Jesus Christ, while false teachers seem to run rampant through churches, destroying faith and denying God’s power. Inside and outside church, people ridicule, intimidate and oppose anyone who sticks to the Bible. How can true Christianity survive?

This was the situation that the apostle Paul faced, in prison, near the end of his life, and looking to his younger co-worker, Timothy, to take the gospel to the next generation. In this deeply personal letter to his spiritual ‘heir’, we have the last written words of the man who had laboured so long and hard, against such odds, to build Christ’s church.

Are you demoralised? Feeling cowardly? Tempted to be ashamed of the gospel? Stand in Timothy’s shoes, as you work through these seven studies. Listen to the testimony, the encouragements and the commands of the apostle Paul - and get yourself thoroughly equipped for every good work. You too can fight the good fight, finish the race and receive the reward given to those who are faithful to the end.

Mark Mulryne is associate minister at St John’s and St Mark’s church Great Clacton in Esssex. He is married to Caroline and has two young children. Mark is originally from Northern Ireland and taught Physics in a secondary school before training for the ministry at Oak Hill College. He enjoys tennis and long country walks, but spends most of his time running after his children.

Titus: The Good Life

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 64

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Tim Chester shows how the gospel makes a real difference as he takes us to this little-read, life-changing New Testament letter. With clarity and insight, he helps small groups to be excited about, and equipped for, letting the truth transform their lives, their churches, and their mission. These five studies will help small groups and individuals see how to live the good life.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

James: Genuine Faith

  • Author: Sam Allberry
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 80

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Many churches, and many believers, long for a deeper, more whole-hearted Christian life. But what does that look like? James wrote his letter to show us.

This deeply practical book of the Bible shows us what genuine faith looks like. These six sessions will reveal to groups and individuals how to experience joy in hardships, patience in suffering, and whole-heartedness in how you speak, act and pray.

For use with groups or individuals. Leader’s Guide included. Can be used alongside Sam’s James For You expository guide.

Sam Alberry studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and has served on staff at St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, and St Mary’s, Maidenhead. He is now part of the team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and also works as UK Editor for The Gospel Coalition. A popular conference speaker, Sam has written several books, including James For You, Is God Anti-Gay, and Lifted. Hobbies include reading, watching The West Wing and anything to do with South-East Asia.

1 Peter: Living Well on the Way Home

  • Author: Juan Sanchez
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 80

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The Christian life, lived well, is not easy. That’s because we don’t belong in this world. Peter writes to churches who were being increasingly marginalized and misunderstood by their surrounding culture—to churches just like ours. Yet he did not tell them to retreat, but to keep journeying on, and to do so not with gritted teeth but with joy and hope. These six sessions will inspire and equip you to live in that same way as you journey home.

Juan Sanchez is Preaching Pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. He is a member of The Gospel Coalition Council, and an influential leader in the Reformed movement in Latin America. Juan earned a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Juan and his wife Jeanine have five daughters.

1 John: How to Be Sure

  • Author: Nathan Buttery
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 64

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We live in an age of uncertainty: about ourselves, about the truths of the Christian faith, and about the future.

At a time when the first-century church had been invaded by false teachers, the apostle John knew that Christians who are not sure of God’s truth can wander away, never to return. He wrote to help his ‘dear children’, not only to know the real truth, but to be confident of it, and to rest upon it.

If then, why not today? We all urgently need to hear and obey God’s loving message in this letter of John’s. This Good Book Guide will help us continue in Christ, so that we will be confident and unashamed when he returns.

Nathan Buttery worked in North London as a youth worker before doing a degree in theology and moving to Hull to take up the post of Assistant Minister at St. John Newland. He is married to Debbie, and supports Liverpool FC.

Revelation 2-3

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 64

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What message would you give your local church if you had their undivided attention? What message would you give the wider church? What do you think is the most important thing Christians today need to hear?

In Revelation 2-3 we find out what the risen Christ had to say to seven specific churches. Some of them were facing persecution just as many Christians today face hostility. But many of these churches were fatally compromised.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Revelation: Heaven’s Perspective

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 96

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Many Christians are confused by the book of Revelation. And yet the message of the final book of the Bible is both clear and simple.

Despite everything that is going wrong with our world, God remains in control. And when we see history, our present, and our future from heaven’s perspective, it will encourage us to trust God and remain faithful to the end.

These seven insightful studies will help ordinary Christians see how John’s message is just as relevant and applicable to our lives today as it was 2000 years ago. Perfect for use in small group Bible studies.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

The Apostles’ Creed

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 112

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‘I believe in God, the Father Almighty...’

The Apostles’ Creed is recited by Christians throughout the world each Sunday. For many it is a dull routine, and for others, it is spoken with confusion or doubt, rather than with confidence and joy.

Do we really need creeds? Increasingly, people do not like the idea of pinning truth down. Others want to stick to the Bible alone, and think that creeds have no place in our worship.

But most churches have found it helpful to have a summary of Christian beliefs. Creeds summarize who we are, they teach us what is important and they help us avoid error. In modern business language, they are our ‘identity documents’.

This Good Book Guide aims to fill out the content of the short statements of this creed which are so familiar to us. In ten studies, it shows how they are derived from the Bible—the teaching of the apostles - and what the significance of this momentous formula is for our daily lives. Saying the creed need never be dull, confused or joyless again...

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Biblical Womanhood

  • Author: Sarah Collins
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 96

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Everywhere women face choices—home or career, money or relationships, ‘secure’ marriage or ‘free’ singleness, using your looks to get on or ignoring your looks and getting ignored, competing with the boys or retreating into the sisterhood ghetto, the ‘progress’ of feminism or the ‘nostalgia’ of motherhood and apple-pie, women bishops or tea-ladies and baby-sitters?

Our culture has plenty to say on all these issues. But a Christian woman, seeking to live for her Lord, will first of all want to find out God’s design, purposes and promises for women.

Some things will be controversial in our culture, even in some of our churches. This course doesn’t set out to be politically correct but faithful to Scripture.

Suitable for groups or individuals, this guide covers all the major Bible teaching specific to women. Set within the big picture of God’s redemption of sinners through Jesus Christ, the heart-felt aim is that 21st century women will be enabled to live obediently and joyfully for Christ, as women after his own heart.

Sarah Collins trained and worked as a primary school teacher before becoming a student worker at St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford. She did this for 7 years before getting married to Graham. She still lives in Oxford and spends (most of) her time looking after their two children, Toby and Emma.

Contentment: Healing the Hunger of Our Hearts

  • Author: Anne Woodcock
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 72

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We all know what it is to feel discontented with our lives—with what we have, how much we can get, what we do, who we live with, how we are and what the future promises.

The constant hunger for something more may seem like the aches and pains of growing old—something that we must just put up with in this far-from-perfect world. But the Bible shows that discontent is the symptom of a lethal disease that will kill us if we do not find a cure. It was discontent that first led humans into rebellion against God, with the catastrophic consequences that have followed from that decision.

Yet Jesus Christ promises that anyone who believes in Him will never again hunger or thirst. The apostle Paul was able to say that he had learned the secret of being content in any and every situation—in need or in plenty. Discontent is a problem of our hearts not our circumstances. This Good Book Guide can help us to understand why we become discontented, how Jesus Christ alone can help us, and on a practical level, how Christian living can bring the treasure of contentment to our daily lives.

Anne Woodcock is an editor at the Good Book Company and active in teaching the Bible to internationals, women and children. She is married to Pete, with two children.

David: God’s True King

  • Author: Nathan Buttery
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 64

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It’s the stuff of legends.

An unknown, unlikely-looking kid defiantly takes on the ultimate enemy weapon - an enormous, unconquered super-warrior. He sets out unprotected and alone, yet astonishingly, he slaughters the evil giant - the enemy is routed and David wins a complete victory for his people.

It’s easy to see why the story of David and Goliath is still so popular. We love David the hero, the shepherd boy who became king of Israel, chosen by God as a man ‘after His own heart’. But what about David the despised ‘worm’, the hot-tempered bully, the weak father, the lustful playboy and the coldly-calculating murderer? Did God really know what He was doing when He chose David?

This Good Book Guide on the life of David reveals the secret of David’s success and the reasons for his many failures. But it also uncovers the greater story of a better hero. In just six sessions, you will learn how this weak Israelite king points us to the ultimate king, Jesus—despised like the ‘worm’ of David’s psalm, yet finally winning the ultimate victory for His people over sin and death.

Nathan Buttery worked in North London as a youth worker before doing a degree in theology and moving to Hull to take up the post of Assistant Minister at St. John Newland. He is married to Debbie, and supports Liverpool FC.

Elijah: A Man Just Like Us

  • Author: Liam Goligher
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 64

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Elijah burst into Israel’s history at a time of idolatry and evil. Through him it was confronted and exposed by God.

But this man, just like us, also knew weakness and failure. Not so much a mighty man, as a man serving the mighty God. In God’s grace, Elijah persevered, and revealed God’s mighty sovereignty, grace, power, justice, and salvation.

Christians today face the same pressures that Elijah experienced. Elijah’s ups and downs speak to us too.

Liam Goligher, who is the candidate to succeed Dr. Phil Ryken as the new Senior Minster at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, he previously pastored Duke Street Baptist Church in London. He studied in Belfast and has pastored churches in Ireland, Canada and his native Scotland.

Experiencing God

  • Author: Tim Chester
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 64

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“Have you had an experience of God?” It’s a question that provokes mixed reactions.

The word “experience” may set alarm bells ringing for some Christians, as they imagine the word means supernatural encounters, strange visions, voices or other revelations.

But the Bible, God’s final, complete revelation, reveals a different, yet no less marvellous experience of God. The wonderful truths of the Gospel, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit give Christians a unique experience of God, seen and felt in many ways: A love for Christ and for others; peace in place of anxiety and joy in all circumstances; a passion for doing good; and a deep sense of fulfilment and freedom.

These studies stem from the conviction that a deeper understanding of God’s gospel leads us to a genuine, life-transforming experience of the living God in Christ, which leaves us hungry to know Him more, and serve Him more faithfully. Work through them yourself, with a friend, your partner or in a Bible-study group to discover the riches that are yours in Christ.

Tim Chester is a pastor at Grace Church, Boroughbridge, UK; a faculty member of Crosslands Training; and is the author of over 30 books. He has a PhD in theology and was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK. He has been an adjunct lecturer in missiology and reformed spirituality. Tim is married to Helen and has two daughters.

The Holy Spirit

  • Author: Pete Woodcock and Anne Woodcock
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 96

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You may have heard a lot about the Holy Spirit... or very little. Christians and churches seem divided over this issue. Some are always talking about gifts of the Spirit, baptism of the Spirit, Spirit-filled people and so on. In other circles, the Spirit seems to be rarely mentioned.

There are plenty of books around that will claim to offer insight into the work of the Spirit... but what does the Bible actually say on the subject?

This Good Book Guide has been put together from a survey of every single verse in the Bible that mentions the Holy Spirit and His activity. It will help you discover what God’s Word means when it talks about being ‘filled with’ or ‘led by’ the Spirit. Or the differences between the Spirit’s work in the Old and New Testaments. You may be in for some surprises!

But most of all, this Good Book Guide will show how your life can and should be changed and shaped by the Spirit of God, who gives us life, and brings glory to Jesus Christ.

Pete Woodcock is the pastor at Cornerstone Church in Kingston, and the Evangelist for the Co-Mission Network.

Anne Woodcock is an editor at the Good Book Company and active in teaching the Bible to internationals, women and children. She is married to Pete, with two children.

Making Work Work

  • Author: Marcus Nodder
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 88

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Most of us spend most of our waking hours at work. It takes up most of our energy and often most of our emotions. It is at times really fulfilling, and at other times utterly frustrating. It keeps a roof over our heads and food on our tables… but is there any more to work than that?

Christians can feel that what they do Monday to Friday is irrelevant to their faith; or, worse, gets in the way of them living out their faith. Others who don’t go to work in an office or factory can feel that they are of little worth.

Could work—should work—be anything more than something to go to, make money at, and return home from?

The Bible’s answer is: Yes! Whether you go out to work, or are a parent whose work is at home… whether you’re out of work, starting your first job, running a company, or retired… these eight studies will show you, excite you and challenge you with God’s perspective on working in His world.

Marcus Nodder is senior pastor of St Peter’s Barge, a floating church in London’s Canary Wharf which reaches out to workers in the financial district. He worked in banking before training for Christian ministry at Oak Hill College. He is married to Lina and has four children, and is the author of What Happens When I Die?

Promises Kept: Bible Overview

  • Author: Carl Laferton
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 112

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One Saturday, less than a decade after the end of Jesus of Nazareth’s life, a man named Paul stood up in a Jewish synagogue with a mind-blowing message.

“We tell you the good news,” he said. “What God promised our fathers, he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus” (Acts 13 v 33-34). In many ways, in these two sentences Paul was summing up the story of the whole of the Bible.

God is a promise-making God. Throughout history, He has made huge, extravagant, wonderful promises to humanity. Crucially, God is also a promise-keeping God. What He says, He does. And at a particular point in history, He fulfilled all of His promises in the life, death, resurrection and rule of one human—Jesus, a carpenter from a small Jewish town. The good news is that God’s promises are promises kept.

This Good Book Guide will take you on a rapid tour of the whole story of the Bible. Over nine sessions, you’ll travel from the beginning of the past, through our present, to the future. Each session you’ll discover one of God’s wonderful promises, and see how He kept it in Jesus.

It’s a whirlwind tour. It’s a breathtaking tour. And it’s a tour we’re part of…

Carl Laferton is Editorial Director at TGBC. He is author of Original Jesus, Promises Kept and The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross and series editor of the God’s Word For You series. Before joining TGBC, he worked as a journalist, a teacher, and pastored a congregation in Hull. Carl is married to Lizzie and they have two children, Benjamin and Abigail. He studied history at Oxford University.

Real Prayer: Connecting with our Heavenly Father

  • Author: Anne Woodcock
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 96

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Confusion reigns over the topic of prayer. Yet, at one time or another just about everyone prays—but often it’s like shooting in the dark. Wonderfully, the Bible—and Jesus especially—shows us what real prayer is: talking to the real, living God with humble confidence.

These seven studies look at what the Bible tells us about “connecting” with God. We’ll see how and why we can talk to God knowing that he will listen and respond. Forget formulas and techniques. This is about real communication with the real God—the unique Christian privilege of real prayer.

Anne Woodcock is an editor at the Good Book Company and active in teaching the Bible to internationals, women and children. She is married to Pete, with two children.

The Five Solas: These Truths Alone

  • Author: Jason Helopoulos
  • Series: Good Book Guides
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 80

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500 years ago the Reformation transformed Europe by the rediscovery of five key Bible truths. Summarized as the Five Solas, they set the church on a renewed path of faithfulness.

Many Christians today are once more ignorant of the Five Solas. This Good Book Guide helps us rediscover these essential Reformation teachings and connect them to our faith today.

We’ve used Good Book Guides in our small group before, and I hope many churches will use these six lessons for personal and corporate study. With the 500th anniversary upon us, Christians all over the world will be looking to study the five Solas of the Reformation. This excellent Bible study is a great place to start. Jason’s questions get to the heart of the matter, and the material for leaders succinctly summarizes these great Reformation truths.

—Kevin DeYoung

Jason Helopoulos serves as the Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, MI. He regularly contributes to Tabletalk, the Gospel Reformation Network, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and TGC. Jason has also authored A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, The New Pastor’s Handbook, Let the Children Worship, and These Truths Alone: Why the Reformation Solas are essential for our faith today. He serves on the boards of Twin Lakes Fellowship, the Gospel Reformation Network, and the Malawi Reformation Network. Jason and his wife, Leah, have two children—Gracen and Ethan. He is an avid fan of the World Champion Chicago Cubs and the less than champion, Chicago Bears.

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  1. Bill Diaper

    Bill Diaper

    9/21/2020

    i am still waiting for these to move over from my Wordsreach .....but i would like to say I find these books really helpful.....they are by far my favourite way of doing personal bible study....and I am looking forward to them being in Logos....
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  2. Erv Thomas

    Erv Thomas

    6/26/2019

    Where are the 42 vols listed? I believe the entire series is 61 vols. If I subtract the 2 Character studies (David and Elijah) and then subtract the 14 Topical studies = 45 vols. If I also subtract the 2 Spanish versions = 43 vols. I am getting close! :) - Erv Exodus (1), Judges (2), Ruth (1), 1 Samuel (2), 2 Samuel (2), 1 Kings (2), 2 Kings (1), Esther (1), Psalms (1), Ezekiel (1), Daniel (1), Hosea (1), Jonah (1), Micah (1), Zechariah (1), Mark (2), Luke (2), John (3), Acts (2), Romans (2), 1 Corinthians (2), 2 Corinthians (2), Galatians (3), Ephesians (2), Philippians (1), Colossians (1), 1 Thessalonians (1), 1 Timothy (1), 2 Timothy (1), Titus (1), Hebrews (1), James (1), 1 Peter (2), 1 John (2), 2 John (1), 3 John (1), Revelation (1)
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