Early Christian Letters for Everyone

Early Christian Letters for Everyone : James, Peter, John and Judah

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The 'early Christian letters' in this book are short, sharp and to the point. They are full of clear practical advice for Christians taking their early steps in the faith and needing to know where the problems were going to come and what resources they could find to cope with them. But they also breathe the fresh air of delight in a new-found faith, hope and life. They are full of wonder at the fact of Jesus himself, at what he'd done in giving his life to rescue people, at what he had revealed about who God himself is. They are realistic in facing the dangers a Christian community will face from the world around, trying to squash the church into its own ways of life and to stifle the rumour that the living God might be on the loose. And they are equally realistic in highlighting difficulties which may arise within the community itself. They draw richly on the ancient scriptures of Israel to help give the young Christians that all-important sense of depth in discovering who they really are within God's love and purposes; and they range widely across issues of everything from politics to private life. They are a vital resource for every church and every Christian.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 16mm | 299.37g
  • SPCK Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0281064652
  • 9780281064656
  • 74,212

About Tom Wright

Tom Wright recently resigned as Bishop of Durham to take up a new appointment as Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and television. Tom Wright is the author of over forty books, including the other For Everyone guides to the New Testament, the best-selling Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, and Virtue Reborn; and the magisterial series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God.show more

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* Tom Wright has accomplished a feat in this series. These commentaries are being used by beginning followers of Jesus as well as some of the most seasoned sophisticated pastors I know. All the time, I tell Bible readers 'Begin here!' Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies North Park Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Map JAMES James 1.1-8 The Challenge of Faith James 1.9-18 The Snares of the World and the Gift of God James 1.19-27 The Word That Goes to Work James 2.1-13 No Favourites! James 2.14-26 Faith and Works James 3.1-12 Taming the Tongue James 3.13-18 True and False Wisdom James 4.1-10 Humility and Faith James 4.11-17 Living by Trust in God James 5.1-6 Warnings to the Rich James 5.7-12 Patience and Trust James 5.13-20 Praying in Faith 1 PETER 1 Peter 1.1-9 Genuine Faith and Sure Hope 1 Peter 1 10-21 Ransomed by Grace 1 Peter 1.22-2.3 Newborn Babies 1 Peter 2.4-10 The Living Stone 1 Peter 2.11-17 Living in a Pagan World 1 Peter 2.18-25 Suffering as the Messiah Did 1 Peter 3.1-17 Marriage and its Challenges 1 Peter 3.8-16 The New Way of Life 1 Peter 3.17-22 Suffering for Doing Right 1 Peter 4.1-11 Transformed Living 1 Peter 4.12-19 Sharing the Messiah's Sufferings 1 Peter 5.1-7 Humble Leadership 1 Peter 5.8-14 Standing Firm by God's Power 2 PETER 2 Peter 1.1-11 Confirm Your Call 2 Peter 1.12-21 Prophecy Made Sure 2 Peter 2.1-10a False Prophets 2 Peter 2.10b-22 From Bad to Worse 2 Peter 3.1-10 The Day of the Lord 2 Peter 3.11-18 God's Patience 1 JOHN 1 John 1.1-4 The Word of Life 1 John 1.5-2.2 God's Light and Our Darkness 1 John 2.3-14 God's New Commandment 1 John 2.15-29 People of the Lie 1 John 3.1-10 Born of God 1 John 3.11-24 The Challenge of Love 1 John 4.1-6 False Prophets 1 John 4.7-21 God's Love 1 John 5.1-12 Faith Wins the Victory 1 John 5.13-21 The True God 2 JOHN 2 John 1-6 The Sign of Life 2 John 7-13 Don't be Deceived! 3 JOHN 3 John 1-8 Hospitality for God's People 3 John 9-15 Authority and Example JUDAH Judah 1-4 Contend for the Faith Judah 5-16 False Teachers Glossaryshow more