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How does the Bible connect with daily life? And what does the Bible say about the biggest issues facing ordinary Christians?

The books in the 6-volume College Press Biblical Studies Collection cover a range of important topics in the Bible, from a biblical view of baptism and the challenges faced by the church in Acts, to a range of historical and cultural issues in difficult Old Testament texts. These books also uncover what the Bible says about pain, suffering, reconciliation, and the everyday challenges and trials faced by ordinary Christians. The College Press Biblical Studies Collection lays the foundation for thoughtful, meaningful, and reflective Bible study. This collection is ideal for small group and Bible study leaders, for groups looking to dive deeper into Scripture, and for anyone looking to take their study of God’s Word to the next level.

What’s more, the Logos edition of these important titles from College Press gives you easy access to Scripture texts, along with a wealth of other resources in your digital library! Hovering over Scripture references links you instantly to the verse you’re looking for, and with passage guides, word studies, and a wealth of other tools from Logos, you can get into God’s Word like never before!

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Key Features

  • Chapter summaries and reflection questions in many of these books
  • Extensive bibliographies for further study and reflection
  • Topical and subject indexes
  • The perfect set of tools for Bible study!

Individual Titles

Baptism: A Biblical Study

  • Author: Jack Cottrell
  • Publisher: College Press
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 171

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

The topic of baptism does not have to divide us—it can be one of the Bible doctrines that submerges us in a common relationship with our Lord Jesus.

Scripture is far from silent on the subject of baptism, yet history is strewn with such a variety of perspectives that it becomes difficult to gain a clear view of what the Bible itself actually has to say:

  • How would the original readers of Acts, Romans, or Colossians have understood the texts concerning baptism when they read them for the very first time?
  • How do readers of today understand the baptismal references of the New Testament if they have no particular commitment to a certain theological point of view?

In thirteen chapters, Dr. Cottrell discusses the twelve major texts in the New Testament and does so by examining the meaning of the original words, the historical background, and the comparative references.

The texts covered:

  • Matthew 28:18–20
  • Mark 16:15–16
  • John 3:3–5
  • Acts 2:38–39
  • Acts 22:16
  • Romans 6:3–4
  • 1 Corinthians 12:13
  • Galatians 3:26–27
  • Ephesians 5:25–27
  • Colossians 2:11–13
  • Titus 3:5
  • 1 Peter 3:21

Jack Cottrell is Professor of Theology at Cincinnati Christian University. He received his B.A. and Th.B at Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary, his B.A. at the University of Cincinnati, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Building Blocks for Bible Study: Laying a Foundation for Life

  • Author: Peter Verkruyse
  • Publisher: College Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 170

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Are you confused by Bible passages that seem to have little applications to today? Do you listen to sermons and wonder, “How does the minister find these wonderful gems of application?” Is your personal study time tedious and more work than it seems to be worth?

Building Blocks for Bible Study will help!

This valuable study will help you understand your Bible in a way that brings life to your personal study time and energy to your relationship with God. Building Blocks for Bible Study is designed to lead the readers into a deeper understanding and application of the Bible. The purpose is to expose the reader to the unlimited resources available with their Bibles—releasing God’s word from pages, directing it to the heart. Lessons included are:

  • How to interpret and apply the author’s intended meaning
  • Learning to apply basic principles of interpretation
  • Understanding the benefits of the different versions of the Bible
  • Performing detailed background, grammar, and content studies
  • Using commentaries, concordances, and Bible dictionaries
  • Step-by-step application of these lessons to a Bible passage

These techniques are simple and easily understandable. This effective study will help you develop the ability to understand, define, and apply any verse of your Bible. Whether you are a student, Bible teacher, or just a Christian who wants to grow, Building Blocks for Bible Study is a resource that will reconstruct the way you perceive and teach basic Bible truths!

Verkruyse writes a readable step by step approach to Bible study. Basic tools, such as a concordance and commentary, are introduced and explained. For an individual or study group wanting a simple introduction to sound Bible study, this book tops my list.

—Online reviewer

Peter Verkruyse received his B.A. from Lincoln Christian College and his M.A. and M.Div. from Lincoln Christian Seminary. He also received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Over the past fourteen years Dr. Verkruyse has served in local church staff ministries, and now teaches at Illinois College. He has published articles in The Christian Standard and The Christian Chronicle and presented papers at the annual convention of the Speech Communication Association. He is a member of the Speech Communication Association, the Religious Speech Communication Association, the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, and the Academy of Homiletics.

Falling in Love with Jesus’ People: Studies in the Book of Acts

  • Author: Rubel Shelly
  • Publisher: College Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 258

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

What problems faced the first church? What did they believe? How did they act? What did they hold dear?/p>

These are the questions most on the minds of those who read the book of Acts. But did you know that the church also faced embezzlement, treachery, murder, demonic attacks, world uncertainty, theological questions, and persecution? Sound familiar? Although 2,000 years have come and gone, we still struggle against the same foe, still fight the good fight, still deal with the same issues.

This study deals with the church and her people in a setting that is as familiar today as it was when the church chartered her first member. As you chart your course through the book of Acts, Rubel will introduce you to the men and women who defied an empire, crushed the bastions of hell, and stood up for Jesus.

In the end, you will come to know and love Jesus’ people.

This is a good chapter by chapter study in the book of Acts. It can be used for a church or home bible study or for your own personal devotional time. This book is easy to read. It is not a commentary but it does have good information and points for the verses in the book of Acts. I like it because you can use it for a devotional study in Acts and I would recommend it to anyone that would like to study the book of Acts, whether in a group or individually, with ease and without getting into a heavy commentary.

—Online reviewer

Rubel Shelly preached for the Family of God at Woodmont Hills in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1978 to 2005. During that time, he also taught at David Lipscomb University, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Tennessee State University. He has filled adjunct positions at Pepperdine University, Abilene Christian University, Emmanuel Seminary, and Kentucky Christian College. He became Visiting Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Rochester College, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in 2005, and began full-time duties there in June of 2006. He holds degrees from Harding University (B.A.), Harding Graduate School of Religion (M.A., M.Th.), and Vanderbilt University (M.A., Ph.D.). In addition to church and academic responsibilities, Shelly has worked actively with such community projects as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, From Nashville With Love, Metro (Nashville) Public Schools, Faith Family Medical Clinic, and Operation Andrew Ministries. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books, including several which have been translated into languages such as Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, French, and Russian. He has published widely in religious journals.

Old Testament History: An Overview of Sacred History and Truth

  • Author: Wilbur Fields
  • Publisher: College Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 737

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

Old Testament History was written with one intended purpose—to enable every Christian to become a better Bible student. Professor Wilbur Fields has written an insightful and challenging study that illuminates God’s one and only plan evident in the Old Testament—to reconcile a people for himself through the coming Messiah.

Old Testament History was first published in August of 1967. In the ensuing decades Old Testament History has established a reputation for strong exegesis and soul-searching insight. Adopted by Bible Colleges across the United States as the main commentary on the Old Testament narrative, Old Testament History has become a favorite with professors as well as students. Rewritten, expanded, and updated, this edition of Old Testament History stands ready to instruct a new generation.

Fields sets aside the typical detailed discussions of authorship and construction and instead explains the historical books of the Old Testament…from a decidedly evangelical and narrative viewpoint. [This] book employs hundreds of ‘study questions,’ encouraging the reader to use both this text and their Bible. For those seeking a presentation of Old Testament history that accepts the historicity of the biblical accounts and concentrates on the historic and faith lessons within the material, this is among the best sources currently in print.

—Online reviewer

Wilbur Fields attended Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma. He received his B.Th. from San Jose Bible College, and his M.B.L. from Ozark Christian College. He was ordained into the ministry in 1946 at the First Christian Church, Hugoton, Kansas. In 1965 was asked to serve on the faculty of Ozark Bible College. He served there thirty-seven years in the Old Testament department, teaching Old Testament History and Old Testament Archaeology. He has taken part in thirteen archaeological excavations in Israel including the probable location of Ai. He has done evangelistic work in Barbados, Taiwan, Australia, and Jamaica, and has written numerous books and articles.

Reconciliation: A Study of Biblical Families in Conflict

  • Author: Michael S. Moore
  • Publisher: College Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 188

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

Family life is difficult today. Stresses come from all directions, and families are made up of flawed individuals. Shall we give way to despair, or is there hope?

Michael S. Moore’s Reconciliation: A Study of Biblical Families in Conflict shows us that family life has always been difficult. The hope for families comes from understanding that the power of God works to resolve problems, heal broken relationships, and reconcile persons in conflict. If you are searching for insight from the Word of God to help your family, reading this book will be time well spent.

Michael S. Moore is Associate Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary Southwest in Phoenix, Arizona. He has taught at Arizona State University, Bethany College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Kino Institute, Muhlenburg College, Ottawa University, Preston Road Center for Christian Education, and Southern Christian University.

Yet Will I Trust Him: Understanding God in a Suffering World

  • Author: John Mark Hicks
  • Publisher: College Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 337

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What on earth is God doing? Tears need not wash away our faith.

In this faith-stretching book, John Mark Hicks confides that his own faith was shaken when a post-surgical blood clot stopped the beating of his wife’s heart. Until that moment he had never questioned God’s goodness. When his brief marriage ended abruptly at a graveside, all the rosy dreams of youth turned gray for him, and cracks began to emerge in his neat conceptions of who God is and how he cares for his own.

This book has changed my own views of God’s providence and human suffering. It reflects an amazing combination of theological scholarship, teaching experience, personal experience in suffering, and clarity in thinking and writing.

—Allen Black, Harding University Graduate School of Religion, Memphis, Tennessee

John Mark Hicks is a first class theologian. But this incredible work comes not so much from a graduate seminar as from the losses he has experienced—the sudden death of his first wife and the terminal illness of his son, Joshua. Yet Will I Trust Him is a book I’ll read again…and probably again. Throughout, Dr. Hicks has based his words on the creating and redeeming work of our Triune God.

—Online reviewer

The work is a hybrid containing Hicks' personal experiences, emotional and faith struggles, and his search for understanding as a young theologian seeking to make sense out of tragedy and crisis in his own life and the lives of God's people. This book speaks to the heart and mind of the sufferer and those ministering to the sufferer.

—Online reviewer

This book brings help and healing for the mind and the heart. It digs deep into the heart and mind of God in the search for answers. But it also opens up the hurt of the wounded, broken heart so that others can experience the pain. John Mark Hicks has written a book that can help the hurting.

—Online reviewer

Product Details

  • Title: College Press Biblical Studies Collection
  • Publisher: College Press
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,861
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