Lau and Goswell examine Ruth first in its Old Testament context and then with regard to the entire Christian canon. Themes covered include redemption, kingship, mission, kindness, wisdom, famine, and the hiddenness of God. A great resource for those who want to preach Ruth effectively!
The relationship between God and his people is understood in various ways by the biblical writers, and it is arguably the apostle Paul who uses the richest vocabulary.
Unique to Paul's writings is the term huiothesia, the process or act of being 'adopted as son(s)'. It occurs five times in three of his letters, where it functions as a key theological metaphor.
Trevor Burke argues that huiothesia has been misunderstood, misrepresented, or neglected through scholarly preoccupation with its cultural background. He redresses the balance in this comprehensive study, which discusses metaphor theory; explores the background to huiothesia; considers the roles of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; examines the moral implications of adoption, and its relationship with honour; and concludes with the consequences for Christian believers as they live in the tension between the 'now' and the 'not yet' of their adoption into God's new family. - Publisher.
Pastor and scholar Jonathan Griffiths considers what the Bible has to say about preaching in the post-apostolic age, beginning with a theology of the word of God, and proceeding to survey Greek preaching terminology, and the scope and character of New Testament word ministries.
The length and complexity of the book of Isaiah make it a real challenge to grasp comprehensively. Andrew Abernethy helps readers by using the concept of 'kingdom' as a framework for exploring the book's key themes: God, the King; the lead agents of the King; the realm, and the people of the King.
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The definition of prayer that underpins this study is simple - "calling on the name of the Lord". From this starting point, Gary Millar carefully traces the contours of prayer in both testaments, showing that it is all about calling God to deliver on the covenant promises he has made.
At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD (Genesis 4:26 ESV).
From this first mention of prayer in the Bible, right through to the end, when the church prays Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20), prayer is intimately linked with the gospel - God's promised and provided solution to the problem of human rebellion against him and its consequences.
After defining prayer simply as calling on the name of the Lord, Gary Millar follows the contours of the Bible's teaching on prayer. His conviction is that even careful readers can often overlook significant material because it is deeply embedded in narrative or poetic passages where the main emphases lie elsewhere.
Millar's initial focus is on how calling on the name of the Lord to deliver on his covenantal promises is the foundation for all that the Old Testament says about prayer. Moving to the New Testament, he shows how this is redefined by Jesus himself, and how, after his death and resurrection, the apostles understood praying in the name of Jesus to be the equivalent new covenant expression. Throughout the Bible, prayer is to be primarily understood as asking God to deliver on what he has already promised as Calvin expressed it, through the gospel our hearts are trained to call on God's name (Institutes 3.20.1).
Millar concludes his valuable study with an afterword offering pointers to application to the life of the church today.