Dr. R. C. Sproul elaborates on God’s promises and covenants, what they are, how they differ, why God is known as the “Promise Keeper” and what “agreement God the Father made with Jesus before the beginning of the world” in Promises of God. He begins with why “…the concept of covenant is integral and foundational to…” our lives and times today.
This celebrated theologian, bestselling author, speaker and distinguished academic teacher describes how “…God reveals His Word and His plan…through the structure of various covenants.” However, he believes there is confusion over what covenants mean when used in the biblical context.
He suspects the confusion arises because of the interchanging of old and new covenants terms with the Old and New Testaments, as if old covenant-Old Testament and new covenant-New Testament meant the same thing. Although they are “closely related,” he explains, they are not the same exact thing. He uses the example of John the Baptist to explain why before he tells readers how the terms differ and why he believes the “…New Covenant began in the Upper Room on the night of Pentecost” after the New Testament began.
Fourteen chapters include introductions, scripture readings, learning objectives, quotes, outline and a series of multiple choice questions from the material as part of a study guide. If used for small group studies, ten additional bible study and discussion questions are incorporated with book suggestions for further study.
While not a quick read, The Promises of God, like a glass of fine wine, should be sipped and not swallowed whole. Instead it’s a book that should be savored in times of quiet reflection to give readers time to appreciate the personal application of the message. To learn how covenants and forgiveness are interrelated, why Jesus had to die to complete God’s covenant and how God’s covenant with Adam is relevant for Christians today.
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‘The Promises of God: Discovering the One Who Keeps His Word’ by R. C. Sproul, David C. Cook, 2013, Hardcover, 272 Pages, 978-1434704238, $19.99
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‘The Promises of God: Discovering the One Who Keeps His Word’ by R. C. Sproul
What Promises Can You Believe?
In The Promises of God, Dr. R. C. Sproul shows how God—the one true Promise Keeper—always keeps His promises. Drawing from his expansive theological background, Dr. Sproul addresses questions such as these:
· How do we know that God will fulfill His promises to us?
· What can we learn about God’s faithfulness as we wait for His promises to be fulfilled?
· What was the agreement God the Father had with Jesus before the beginning of the world?
· What does God’s covenant with Adam mean for us today?
· What common covenant do atheists and other non-Christians participate in with God?
· What does God’s covenant have to do with His forgiveness of our sins today?
· Why did Jesus have to die to complete God’s covenant with us?
God’s promises throughout history are the foundation for your relationship with Him. Here you will see how and why He keeps His promises to you, from now through eternity.
‘Can I Have Joy in My Life’ by R.C. Sproul
Dr. R.C. Sproul cuts through the confusion surrounding this popular but misunderstood attribute. By abiding in Christ, Dr. Sproul shows that we may experience fullness of joy, a joy that transcends unhappy circumstances and even permits us to rejoice with others because of the blessed hope Christ provides.
Dr. R.C. Sproul, the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, is known for his ability to communicate the deep truths of the Christian Faith. He is the president of The Reformation Bible College, preaches at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, FL, and teaches on the daily radio program, Renewing Your Mind. He has written more than eighty books.
‘The Donkey Who Carried a King’ by R.C. Sproul
Sproul has written a number of children’s book that illustrates such theological and biblical concepts as God’s holiness, the imputation of Jesus’ righteousness to His people, and God’s wrath against sin.
In The Donkey Who Carried a King, he brings to life the amazing truth that Jesus, the Son of God, humbled Himself as a servant, gladly doing His Father’s will, saving us from our sins, and leaving us a powerful example as to how we should live.
When a little boy named Riley gets upset because his playmates pick him last for their games, Grandpa hears about the problem, and asks, Riley, have you ever heard about the donkey that carried a king?
Through this story, Grandpa helps Riley see that we should gratefully carry out every task we are given, understanding that we ultimately serve God, not men. Our example is Jesus, who was willing to leave the glories of heaven to suffer and die in this world on our behalf. He gladly made Himself a Servant on our behalf, so we should serve Him with all our hearts.
The Donkey Who Carried a King is a delightful tale that offers a unique perspective on the events of Jesus’ Passion Week and calls all believers, both young and old, to follow in the footsteps of the Suffering Servant for the glory of God.
‘The Priest with Dirty Clothes’ by R.C. Sproul, Editor Greg Bailey & illustrator, Justin Gerard
In this new edition of his classic story, The Priest with Dirty Clothes, Dr. R.C. Sproul continues his project of illustrating theological concepts for children. In this book, he teaches the concept of imputation, which lies at the heart of the important biblical doctrine of justification.
Using the story of Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 3:1 5) as his jumping-off point, Dr. Sproul weaves a classic tale about a young priest who is invited to preach his first sermon before the king and his court. But on his way to the palace, he falls from his horse, getting his clothes hopelessly muddy. Jonathan finds that he needs powerful help if he is to stand before the king.
This edition of The Priest with Dirty Clothes includes all-new illustrations by Justin Gerard and a new “For the Parents” section to help them bring out the truths of the book for their children.
‘The Prince’s Poison Cup’ by R. C. Sproul, Illustrated by Justin Gerard
With The Prince’s Poison Cup, Dr. R. C. Sproul continues his series of books designed to present deep biblical truths to children on their own level. In this work, he focuses on the atonement to show that Jesus had to endure the curse of sin in order to redeem His people from their spiritual death.
When Ella gets sick and has to take yucky medicine, she wonders why something that will help her get well has to taste so bad. When she puts the question to Grandpa, he tells her the story of a great King and His subjects who enjoyed wonderful times together until the people rebelled against the King and drank from a forbidden well. To their horror, they found that the beautiful water in the well made their hearts turn to stone. To reclaim His people, the King asks His Son, the Prince, to drink from a well of horrid poison. The poison will surely kill the Prince but He is willing to drink it to please His Father and help His people.
Richly illustrated, The Prince’s Poison Cup will help children appreciate the great love of God for His people and the awful price Jesus had to pay because of sin. A “For Parents” section provides assistance in unfolding the biblical elements of the story.
‘The King Without a Shadow’ by R. C. Sproul, Illustrated by Liz Bonham
Age Range—4 and Up
Come learn with the king and the little boy about the King without a shadow and you’ll learn about God’s awesome holiness.
‘The Lightlings’ by R. C. Sproul, Illustrated by Justin Gerard
In The Lightlings, Dr. R.C. Sproul weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption. A race of tiny beings known as lightlings represent humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical drama creation, fall, and redemption.
In the end, children will understand why some people fear light more than darkness, but why they need never fear darkness again. Richly detailed illustrations by Justin Gerard will hold children s interest, and discussion questions and Scripture references in the back will help parents guide children into the deeper meaning of the story.
‘The Barber Who Wanted to Pray’ by R. C. Sproul, Illustrated by T. Lively Fluharty
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This imaginative tale, based on a true story, begins one evening with Mr. McFarland leading family devotions. When his daughter asks him how she should pray, Mr. McFarland shares a 500-year-old story—a story about a barber and his famous customer.
Master Peter is a barber well known to all in his village. One day, when Martin Luther the Reformer walks into his shop, the barber musters up the courage to ask the outlawed monk how to pray. Dr. Luther responds by writing a letter to the barber (a letter that we know today as the book, A Simple Way to Pray!). The barber’s life is changed as he encounters a model for prayer by using the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles’ Creed.
R. C. Sproul’s beautifully illustrated story will engage children and help them learn to pray according to the Bible. Dr. Sproul’s unique gift for explaining complex truths will make this a treasured book to be returned to time after time—a delight for both children and their parents!