Never Beyond Hope: How God Touches and Uses Imperfect People
Do you ever get discouraged by your spiritual weaknesses? From the life and death of Samson to Peter's denial of Jesus, the Bible is filled with stories of people like you who wanted to serve God - but frequently failed....
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Do you ever get discouraged by your spiritual weaknesses? From the life and death of Samson to Peter's denial of Jesus, the Bible is filled with stories of people like you who wanted to serve God - but frequently failed. And yet God still used these men and women! At times, through God's power, their points of weakness became even their greatest strength.
In NEVER BEYOND HOPE, J I Packer offers his seasoned pastoral wisdom, exploring the stories of eight imperfect people portrayed in the Bible. Packer shows you how their struggles and triumphs in following God relate to your own experiences as a disciple. Packer teams up with expert Bible study writer, Carolyn Nystrom, who offers some extra helps to help you apply what you are learning in each chapter
*a Bible study on each Bible character
Here is the book to give you comfort and encouragement - if you are not yet perfect!
-- Samson -- Nehemiah -- Jonah -- Peter -- Martha -- Manoah's wife -- Thomas -- Jacob^All of these Bible characters have one thing in common: they were imperfect, yet God used them. He turned their weaknesses and failings into strength. And he wants to do the same for you.^If you have ever felt like a hopeless sinner, this book will encourage you. In God's eyes we are never beyond hope!
Tied for a 2001 Best Non-Fiction Book, Christian Living award in the God Uses Ink Contest!If you get discouraged by your spiritual failures, you're not alone. In fact, you're in pretty good company.From the life and death of Samson to Peter's denial of Jesus, the Bible is filled with stories of people who wanted to serve God but frequently failed. And yet God still worked through these men and women for his purposes and glory. Through God's power, their points of weakness became their greatest strengths.In Never Beyond Hope J. I. Packer offers his pastoral wisdom, exploring the stories of eight imperfect people portrayed in the Bible. Packer shows you how their struggles and triumphs relate to your own experiences and highlights how God works despite your mistakes.Packer also teams up with expert Bible study writer Carolyn Nystrom, who helps you process and apply what you are learning in each chapter with study questions for personal reflection or group discussion, prayer suggestions and journaling ideas.Let this book help you discover that God's vision for your life may be far bigger than what you can see right now. Though you may be far from perfect, remember that in God's eyes you are never beyond hope.
Nystrom is a freelance writer based in the western Chicago suburbs. She has written more than 75 books and Bible study guides and served as general editor for the Christian Classics Series. She lives in Saint Charles, Illinois.
James Innell Packer was born in Gloucester, UK, in 1926, the son of a clerk for the Great Western Railway. Packer won a scholarship to Oxford University, where he obtained a BA (1948), MA (1954), and PhD (1954). It was at Oxford that Packer attended lectures by C.S. Lewis, whose teachings would become a major influence in his life. In a meeting of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, Packer committed his life to Christian service.
After briefly teaching Greek at Oak Hill College in London, Packer entered Wycliffe Hall to study theology and was ordained in the Anglican Church, becoming a presbyter in 1953. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Packer held several academic positions at Tyndale Hall, Bristol and Oxford. During this time, he became recognized as a leader in the evangelical movement in the Church of England. In 1978, he signed the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which affirmed the conservative position on inerrancy, although he is not a literalist with regard to the creation narratives of Genesis. On the matter of ministry roles in the church, Packer is a complementarian. His theology is Reformed, though he is open to ecumenical rapprochement with Anglo-Catholics, which has drawn sharp criticism from some quarters. He famously parted ways with Martyn Lloyd-Jones over this issue in the late 1960s.
In 1979, Packer moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada, to take up a position with Regent College, where he would become Professor of Theology, a position he retains beyond the age of 90, even though his vision is now seriously impaired. Since 2009, Packer has been theologian emeritus of the Anglican Church in North America.
During a ministry career spanning over six decades, and through his prolific written output, Packer has distinguished himself as one of the leading theologians and church historians of our time. His book Knowing God (1973) has become a modern classic, and he has done much to stimulate wider interest in the great works of Puritan spirituality - a great passion of his. He has been a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version of the Bible (2001), an evangelical revision of the Revised Standard Version of 1971. His other books include, A Quest for Godliness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, Growing in Christ, and Rediscovering Holiness.
Packer and his wife Kit have three adopted children. Packer rises early at four in the morning, and until he lost his eyesight wrote by means of his old manual typewriter. He loves seriously hot and spicy food, and his favourite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes.
- To The Reader
- Introduction: God's Gift Of Hope
- 1. Hope When My Strength Brings Weakness With It: Samson
- 2. Hope When I Belong To An Unhappy Family: Jacob
- 3. Hope When I Am Barely Noticed And Not Trusted: Manoah's Wife
- 4. Hope When I Am Angry With People And With God: Jonah
- 5. Hope When False Priorities Have Betrayed Me: Martha
- 6. Hope When I Find It Hard To Believe: Thomas
- 7. Hope When I Have Done Something Terrible: Simon Peter
- 8. Hope When Everything Has Gone Wrong: Nehemiah