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If God Is For Us: The Everlasting Truth of Our Great Salvation Paperback – January 1, 2019
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From the Publisher
For The Woman Who Wants More Bible In Her Study
Women’s ministry leaders across the country have told us that they are seeking in-depth, no-fluff Bible studies, and we have listened. Our theologically rich studies are drenched in Scripture, often going verse-by-verse so women can dive deep.
Many studies tend to focus on the author or reader, but we intentionally focus our studies on God and the difference HE makes. 'Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!' (Psalm 115:1)
Our prayer is that God will use these Bible studies for lasting transformation. We hope they start a ripple effect of women growing in their understanding of God’s Word, becoming more like Him, and inspiring others to do likewise.
Praise for If God Is For Us
If the Bible were a mountain range, it is said, Romans 8 would be its highest peak. I can say after reading this study that Trillia Newbell is a sure-footed mountain guide that will help you climb this great passage and get some of its best breathtaking views of God and our salvation in Christ. I highly recommend this volume!
Tim Keller, cofounder, Redeemer City to City
So often we encounter the message of Romans 8 in fragments, its best-known verses lifted from their context and lightly quoted to suit the need of the moment. With a careful hand, Trillia Newbell mends our fragmented reading by guiding us into the text, orienting this crucial chapter within the book of Romans as a whole, and tracing its cohesive message from start to finish. If God Is For Us is six weeks well spent for any earnest student of the Bible.
Jen Wilkin, author and Bible teacher
Trillia Newbell is a gift to the church. I can think of few people whose lives more authentically display the work of God and the fruit of His Spirit. This study on the eighth chapter of Romans will bless, encourage, and challenge you to grow further into Christ. Within these pages, Trillia serves as a faithful guide to help you better understand and apply God’s Word to your life.
Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Like a delicious meal, Romans 8 is packed with truths to be savored as they are slowly enjoyed. If God Is For Us helps us to slow down and ponder the riches in this beloved chapter line by line, one verse at a time. Trillia Newbell’s warmth and wisdom will guide and encourage you with truths that will refresh and revive your soul.
Melissa Kruger, director of women’s content for The Gospel Coalition and author of In All Things
Some in the church eschew discipleship and study because they “don’t have time” or “don’t know how.” Written like a letter from a good friend, If God Is For Us offers a deep and digestible look into Paul’s intimate writings in Romans 8. Trillia explores in detail the radical, existential transformation made possible through Christ. If you’ve hesitated on Romans because it seems overwhelming, If God Is For Us is an excellent doorway to understanding, living, and sharing the “exchanged life.”
K. A. Ellis, Cannada Fellow for World Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary
I’m so thankful for Trillia and this thorough study on Romans 8. Trillia does a beautiful job encouraging us to be in God’s Word without leaving us to do it alone. Her insights and personal illustrations make studying this foundational chapter of Scripture accessible and inviting. I encourage you to get a group of friends together and pick up a copy of If God Is For Us.
Kelly Minter, Bible teacher and author of No Other Gods
If God Is For Us is an extraordinary study and one I wholeheartedly recommend. I have read and studied Romans 8 at length, as it is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, and God has used it to free me and transform me. And yet, through this six-week study with Trillia, God opened the eyes of my heart anew to the beauty of the gospel, and deepened my gratitude for the unwavering love of our Father and the gift of His precious Son, Jesus.
Jeannie Cunnion, author of Mom Set Free
Trillia Newbell’s passion for God’s Word leaps off each page of this exceptional 6-week study. Wisely, she sweeps through the early chapters of Romans first, preparing our hearts for a deeply satisfying walk through Romans 8, verse by powerful verse. Her scholarship is impressive, and her questions are probing. Above all, her honest confessions and personal discoveries bring home the life-altering truths contained in this beloved chapter of the Bible. A wonderful resource!
Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible
Trillia Newbell’s If God Is For Us is an insightful, accessible, and in-depth study of one of the Bible’s most treasured chapters. It offers a fresh and practical Bible study methodology that inspires the reader to want more. In a season when women are searching for strong theological representation and quality biblically based resources, Trillia has certainly delivered.
Missie Branch, Asst. Dean of Students to Women, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Trillia’s study encourages us to mine for deep treasure in one of the most gospel-rich chapters of the Bible, as she seamlessly shifts between deep inductive study and thoughtful devotional reading. This curriculum will be a blessing to many!
Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler, cofounders of Risen Motherhood
Depending on your relationship with Scripture, studying a chapter for an entire month can seem boring, but this study guide highlights the importance of patient study over broad study. Yet, its focused style is far from intimidating to those who have an avoidant posture toward learning. Trillia Newbell offers a highly accessible and introspective study into Romans 8, which rightfully seeks to lead us to the main elements of the text and also gives us a chance to see ourselves more clearly. In this study, we see the faithfulness of God, the grace offered in repentance, and the reality of suffering for Christ’s sake, if we are in the Lord. Newbell reminds us that, “Because we are Christ’s, we keep on fighting sin, knowing that grace is available when we fail.”
Christina H. Edmondson, Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin College
It’s easy to think that believers are somehow immune to the shackles that once bound our souls. The truth is, like the Israelites who questioned God’s goodness in the desert, quickly forgetting how awful slavery really was, we sometimes slip into believing that maybe God isn’t really for us. In our pain, our confusion, our flat-out tiredness, our Bibles gather dust and our half-hearted prayers get drowned out in the lure “of just one more episode” or “only five more minutes of scrolling.” Two hours later, we are still tired and maybe even a little jaded that life has become a series of just getting through the days, hoping for something to give us the spark we once had. Of course, we wouldn’t dare say these things out loud. The truth is, under the surface of things, we’re desperate for revival. We could all use some resurrection, some life out of the daily deadness we so often feel. In If God Is For Us, Trillia Newbell takes us into Romans 8 and asks us to let God remind us of who He is, who we are to Him, and where life is found and hope is more than a trite offering. If you’re in a season where life feels like it just keeps coming against you, like you can’t get a break, If God Is For Us is the study your soul is longing for.
Sarah Mae, author of The Complicated Heart
From the Back Cover
If you ask believers what their favorite book of the Bible is, many will say Romans. And if you ask which specific chapter in the Bible has had the most impact on their lives, a number of them would name the eighth chapter of Romans—and for good reason.
"If the Bible was a mountain range, it is said, Romans 8 would be its highest peak. I can say after reading this study that Trillia Newbell is sure-footed mountain guide that will help you climb this great passage and get some of its best breath-taking views of God and our salvation in Christ. I highly recommend this volume!"
-Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer City to City
"Trillia Newbell [guides] us into the text, orienting this crucial chapter within the book of Romans as a whole, and tracing its cohesive message from start to finish. "If God is For Us" is six weeks well spent for any earnest student of the Bible."
-Jen Wilkin, Author and Bible Teacher
"Written like a letter from a good friend, If God Is For Us offers a deep and digestible look into Paul’s intimate writings in Romans, Chapter 8. Trillia explores in detail the radical, existential transformation made possible through Christ."
-K.A. Ellis, Canada Fellow for World Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary
"Trillia Newbell is a gift to the church. … This study on the eighth chapter of Romans will bless, encourage, and challenge you to grow further into Christ. Within these pages, Trillia serves as a faithful guide to help you better understand and apply God's Word to your life."
- Russell Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
- Publisher : Moody Publishers; Illustrated edition (January 1, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0802417132
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802417138
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.32 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is an absolute gem and I think it serves as a great example of what a solid bible study should be. Trillia does not feed you the answers; she uses great questions and prompts to get you to dig deeper into the text on your own and really spend time meditating on God's word and the beautiful truths contained within it. Prior to starting the study I recommend reading through the book of Romans on your own just to prepare yourself.
The first week you will do an overview of the first 7 chapters of the book of Romans to give you the broad overview of the book and help set the stage for Romans 8. After this, you will spend the next 5 weeks going verse by verse over the 8th chapter of Romans. This book will leave you in awe of our God and the salvation offered through Jesus Christ. I am looking forward to going over the material again in preparation of a women's bible study group that will be using this for our next study.
If you're looking for a good bible study that will exalt Christ and leave you in awe of His wondrous gospel; this is the book for you!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of Trillia J. Newbell’s “If God Is For Us” Launch Team. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Each section, you must read a part of the Bible (the entire point of a Bible study!).
Then there are questions (Respond) about what you read. This is great, but there is no discussion on the authors part whether you are understanding the material correctly, or help on making it make sense.
The author then writes a little insert about life circumstance (Explore). These inserts are, without a doubt, for adults- not teens.
Then there are more questions called 'Reflect'. These are more personal questions on how these scriptures reflect on your life.
This book is more of a workbook than a Bible Study. Bible study should have more input on understanding and translating the scripture as well as reflection on our personal life. This book is pretty much all questions. And again, not suitable for teens due to the topics discussed by the author.
However, this may be a good book in a group setting with a skilled leader.