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The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept Hardcover – November 16, 2005
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"Many Bible readers are familiar with individual trees while failing to see the forest. They are in great danger of misinterpreting the parts of the Bible they read because they do not see the entire structure of a Gospel like John or an epistle like Ephesians. Mark Dever fills a gaping need with his sermons on each of the individual books."
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Mark Dever's approach is thematic without ignoring the literary and theological structure of the books and is thus a stimulus to doctrinal preaching."
—Graeme Goldsworthy, Former Lecturer in Old Testament, Biblical Theology, and Hermeneutics, Moore Theological College
"Here is a vigorous, juicy, engaging, life-centered, God-honoring set of sermons, brilliantly overviewing the entire New Testament: a truly rich resource from which to benefit and borrow. Dr. Dever is a Puritan in twenty-first-century clothing, and it shows."
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"Mark Dever knows that Christians cannot be powerfully influenced by the Bibles they do not know. So here is the antidote: a biblical flyover that reveals the contours and glories of the New Testament landscape so that it becomes familiar geography to the soul. This book will grace many lives."
—R. Kent Hughes, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
"A pastoral overview of the entire New Testament from the heart of a preacher who wants his people to know and live the truth. These expositions are theologically rich, biblically faithful, and loaded with superb introductions, illustrations, and applications."
—J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
"Whether you are a Christian seeking a better understanding of the Bible, or a pastor seeking to preach 'the whole counsel of God,' this unique and invaluable resource provides a wealth of insight that will serve you for years."
—C.J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville
"This outstanding series of bird's-eye studies of the New Testament books will enable all Christians to feed deeper from God's Word and equip teachers to feed others. They expand the mind, warm the heart, and challenge the will."
—Vaughan Roberts, Rector, St Ebbe’s, Oxford, England; Director, The Proclamation Trust; author, God's Big Picture
"Unusually prophetic utterances from the heart of the nation's capital, these overview introductions to the most salient truths of each book of the New Testament are vintage Mark Dever. Dever's scholarship abounds as all of his knowledge is here poured into truths that will transform a person, a church, or a nation."
—Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Is biblical exposition a lost art? Not if this book is any indication. This book is a gem and it belongs on every Christian's bookshelf."
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks (9Marks.org). Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s University and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
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What an amazing resource for believers, lay leaders, and pastors alike who are looking for a decidedly biblical, yet practical, overview of the New Testament. Since each chapter was originally a sermon, there is a very logical flow to the reading. The accompanying outlines, accessible writing style, and scholarly approach to the material makes for an invaluable teaching and study resource. Each chapter also concludes with some thought-provoking questions that are great for personal study or small group dynamics.
I wholeheartedly recommend this exceptional resource for its doctrinally sound, yet very understandable "Big Picture" treatment of the meaning of the New Testament. This will be a classic in personal and church libraries for many years to come. Buy one for yourself and get one for your pastor as an indispensable gift to enrich your pastor's pulpit. - Todd Burgett, Christian Book Previews.com
There are twenty-eight sermons in this book--one overview of every book of the New Testament, and one introductory sermon overviewing the New Testament as a whole. Each sermon was originally preached by Mark Dever in his church--Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Overview-type sermons are unusual (I haven't heard many, have you?), and I would guess that they are more difficult to prepare than the more usual sort of expository sermon. I can only begin to imagine how much work it was to produce this series of sermons, but I'm glad Mark Dever went to all the trouble. It's a fresh new way of looking at the New Testament and what it is teaching us.
The main portion of The Message of the New Testament is divided into three sections: [...] Jesus, containing the sermons on each of the gospels and Acts; Key Ideas for the Times, containing the sermons on all of Paul's epistles; and Living in the Real World, containing the rest--Hebrews through Revelation. Each sermon contains a main body, concluding applications, a prayer, and then a section of questions for reflection that build and extend upon what could be learned from the sermon.
This is a long book--547 pages--and as you might expect with sermons, the text is dense, although not difficult to understand. I started The Message of the New Testament in January and read some of it almost every day, but only finished it up this week. It's not the kind of book I could skim because I wanted to get every single bit of it, since there was so much to learn.
Don't let that it took me so long to make my way through this book scare you off. It was certainly worth the time and effort. I looked forward to each reading session, even if it was only a few stolen minutes while I waited in the car for my son to finish up one of his activities. If I hadn't received the companion to this book--The Message of the Old Testament--in the mail last week, I probably would have been a little sad to finish it up. But as things stand, I've got a new, 800+ page book to start.
And I'd be willing to bet that if you take the time to read it, you'll learn something, too. I might even promise you that.
This book is wonderful by itself, but is especially cool if you are doing a daily Bible reading program or just reading the Bible. By reading each sermon before or during your reading of the particular book you are in the BIble, that book comes alive with better understanding and comprehension.
What is most helpful is the fact that sound, biblical theology is maintained throughout. When studying a passage of scripture, it is easy to get caught up in a verse or two and miss the "forest for the trees." This book is helpful in placing a passage in a theological context.
This is an excellent resource to keep on hand. When studying from a particular book of the New Testament, Dever provides a great place to start.
I highly recommend this for any Christian's bookshelf; clergy or laity. Further, I recommend owning the Old Testament volume as well.
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