Some people find themselves asking “How can I know God’s will?” Peter Bloomfield’s response is “there is no point asking if a particular event is according to ‘the will of God’ because that is a very ambiguous term.” It has two completely distinct meanings. The right approach to guidance begins by recognizing that distinction. God’s will is either revealed or unrevealed.
The Bible provides principles of conduct that affect every aspect of life, adequately equipping us for every good work. But it must be interpreted correctly. It is all too easy to get wrong guidance out of the Bible because of misreading it.
In Guidance Peter Bloomfield explains the biblical teaching that God has one specific plan for each person’s life, a plan that one’s circumstances and choices fulfill in every detail.
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For the Christian thinking through the matter of guidance, this book would make a wonderful starting point. There is so much angst amongst Christians on this issue, which easily leads to rationalization and just plain nonsense. It is good to commend a work full of biblical common sense on the subject.
In this book Peter Bloomfield challenges readers to show maturity in decision making. They are called on to demonstrate that the Bible sets their thought patterns so that their choices in life are a reflection of the directives that God has given us. This book is a very welcome addition to books dealing with the Christian life. It comes from a pastor who has preached through this material, and that orientation of the book makes it particularly useful for others. It sets out clearly the biblical approach, and the questions at the end of each chapter will stimulate further thought.
—Allan M. Harman, emeritus professor of Old Testament, Presbyterian Theological College
Today there is much confusion between the authority of Scripture and the authority of the church or that of Christian leaders. John Calvin labored with no such confusion. He pointed out the crucial difference between the apostles and their successors: ‘The former were sure and genuine scribes of the Holy Spirit, and their writings are therefore to be considered oracles of God; but the sole office of others is to teach what is provided and sealed in the Holy Scriptures.’ Peter Bloomfield has sought to apply this necessary insight to some issues raised in modern church life. Hopefully, the result will be greater clarity of thinking, and a more faithful proclamation of gospel truth on the part of the church. This is a most helpful book.
—Peter Barnes, minister, Revesby Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia