This box set comprises 4 previously published books by radio broadcaster and Bible teacher Brian Johnston:
1) First Corinthians: Nothing But Christ Crucified Brian unpacks one of the most important letters in the New Testament, which gives us important teaching on such topics as spiritual gifts, the body of Christ, church discipline and leadership, head coverings, the Breaking of Bread and, most importantly, the powerful wisdom of God displayed through the crucified Christ!
2) Experiencing God in Ephesians Brian explores such topics as the Holy Spirit, prayer, God’s glory, and the armour of God. Brian remains true to his signature downtoearth and accessible style, but don’t make the mistake of thinking there isn’t some real spiritual meat here!
3) James: Epistle of Straw Martin Luther didn’t seem overly impressed with the Bible letter by James, describing it as ‘a right strawy epistle’! It seems he felt disappointed that it didn’t contain any exalted description of Christ, nor make reference to the work of the Spirit, and didn’t work hard to defend the faith.
It’s true that James doesn’t deal with the glories of Christ and his Church or with the great Christian blessings, nor does he transport us to the world to come. James seems to be at home in more mundane matters. He doesn’t write in great soaring passages, nor are there many strongly motivating exhortations. But the value of his contribution, under God, is in forcing us to face up squarely to practical realities and their ethical implications.
4) Unlocking Hebrews The letter to the Hebrews has been called “the forgotten letter of the New Testament”. But, as Brian outlines in this book, the letter contains a marvellous, divine revelation that is not found anywhere else in the Bible! The writer of the letter is concerned that new Jewish believers might be soon be walking away from their newfound faith and reverting back to Judaism. He passionately explains through a series of “warnings” exactly what they will be missing, the unique superiority of Jesus Christ, but also an amazing insight into the location of the collective worship of God, which remains unchanged 2,000 years later and gives incredible meaning to theTabernacle service of the Old Testament!