The letter of James is full of powerful, direct teaching relevant for all Bible readers of every age. The message of putting the teachings into practice (being “doers of the word and not hearers only”) runs through every page, reminding readers that discipleship is not theoretical, but must be practised. With the unequalled example of his half brother, the Lord Jesus, James has plenty of material to pack into his short letter.
Written in a straightforward style, different authors have prepared the material on each of the prophets (these notes were originally published some years ago in a different format by CSSU).
There are two things that this book is not! It is not a commentary on the book of Job. It does not set out to deal with every verse of the scripture record, nor to offer a comprehensive exposition of each part. It follows the sequence of the book of Job in a way that, it is hoped, will be helpful to those wishing to conduct their own study of the book.
Secondly, this Study Guide is not a book about suffering. Inevitably, it has a great deal to say about the sufferings of Job and, as such, it is hoped that some of its pages may be helpful to some of those who suffer. However, it is not within the scope of this book to deal with the many different forms of suffering that people today experience.
The book of Job is not an ‘easy-read’. For those using The Bible Companion for daily Bible reading, Job comes in the bleakest time of year and takes almost the whole of December (thirty days) to read. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable …” (2 Timothy 3:16), but there are some books to which one looks forward less than others. Yet the book of Job has lessons beyond compare. Its value in the scriptures cannot be over-estimated. Its rich vein of lessons amply repays the patience and perseverance spent on it. This Study Guide aims to offer a few suggestions that may help to make reading the book of Job more fulfilling.
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The wonderful hope of the Bible is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish the kingdom of God on earth. The Bible gives us indicators that God’s purpose is moving towards its completion through world events that are a fulfilment of Bible prophecy. These are ‘signs of the times’, generating excitement and strengthening faith.
In his Mount Olivet prophecy about these signs, Jesus emphasises to his disciples the need to watch – but what signs should we be looking for? And did Jesus just mean keeping an eye on world events and current affairs, or is there more to it?
The book of Daniel records the message of God’s prophet which he received as a Jewish exile in the capitals of world empires in the sixth century BC. He was allowed to see the future history of his people and their dealings with human powers up to the first coming of God’s Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, and way beyond, up to his return to set up God’s kingdom on earth, which will finally replace all human rule.
Study Guides are designed to help all those for whom Bible study is new or difficult, and should be especially helpful to anyone with little background knowledge of the Bible.
Designed to lead to better Bible reading, all Study Guides should be used alongside, and never instead of, the Bible.
May God’s blessing rest upon all who study His word.
Each book of the Bible is summarised and illustrated in a single page – focusing on the principal features. As well as the pages devoted to individual books there are introductory and general pages presenting charts and maps, a summary of Bible teaching, a list of books for further reading, and a useful index.
This book is of particular value for interested friends, young people and those receiving instruction: a handy reference guide for young and old.