Meeting Jesus in His Seven I Am Statements
Standing against a backdrop of pagan temples at Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks his disciples who people say he is. They reply, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” High opinions indeed, but they all fall short. So, Jesus asks directly, “But who do you say that I am?”
That’s the question this book seeks to answer – not from the plethora of opinions that emerged over the centuries or dot the cultural landscape today, but from the lips of Jesus himself. Through seven “I am” statements, Jesus of Nazareth leaves no doubt as to his true identity. From “I am the bread of life” to “I am the true vine,” Jesus reveals himself as the eternal Son of God, who added sinless humanity to his deity via the miracle of the virgin birth and then voluntarily laid down that life on the cross for our sins. As “the way, the truth, and the life,” he is our one sure hope of salvation.
Encountering Christ offers in-depth, readable explorations of Jesus’ seven “I am” statements recorded in the Gospel of John. Taken from a sermon series preached in the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pastor Eddie Bumpers of Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, helps readers understand who Jesus really is – and better yet, to know him personally.
What Every Christian Should Know About the Return of Jesus
The devil is in the details of the second coming. Literally. The evil one commands a scorched-earth policy as his domain shrinks and his days as a roaming lion draw short. As such, he mocks Christians who argue over the minutiae of Christ’s return. He sneers when self-proclaimed prophets “reveal” details about the second coming to which even Jesus wasn’t privy on earth. And he laughs fiendishly when Christians split churches and quarrel over elaborate timetables of the end of days.
These theological fights keep Christians distracted so we fail to prepare properly for Christ’s glorious appearing. We often devote so much attention to the chronological details, we forget the many beliefs Christians share in common about Christ’s return.
It’s that common ground we seek to regain in What Every Christian Should Know About The Return of Jesus. Specifically, this study focuses on the truths about Christ’s second coming that are plainly stated in Scripture, and on which nearly all Christians agree. With the non-negotiables of Christ’s imminent return in view, we are better prepared. And we’re better equipped to share the good news that the returning Jesus came the first time to secure our salvation.
Understanding The Baptist Faith & Message
A Simple Study for Southern Baptists
Sometimes, Southern Baptists engage in historic struggles – over the issue of slavery, the inerrancy of Scripture, and the value of human life from conception to natural death. And, sometimes, they squabble over issues that have more to do with personal or tribal agendas than with the non-negotiable doctrines of the Christian faith.
Generally speaking, however, Southern Baptists stand together in their embrace of historic Christian beliefs expressed in a confessional statement called The Baptist Faith & Message. First issued in 1925, the BF&M has been modified – most notably in 1963 and again in 2000 – to more clearly express Southern Baptists’ beliefs in the unchanging nature of God and his word in the face of cultural chaos.
This short study helps Southern Baptists appreciate the value of their confessional faith, as well as grasp the simple truths of the BF&M’s eighteen articles. Designed for personal or group study, each chapter features a statement of the article, a brief commentary, and questions for further discussion.
The Seventh Resurrection
Daniel Carr & Martin Winslow
The Seventh Resurrection explores six instances of God overcoming death in the Old Testament, resulting in someone rising from the dead, leading up to the event of Easter. The design of the book allows readers to study one event per day for six days during the season of Lent.
Renew & Resound
A 40-Day Guide to Renewal
This guide, developed by Missouri Baptist pastors and leaders, provides a 40-day journey with six daily devotions per week and a weekly challenge to foster spiritual renewal and healthy churches.
How Do I Retire?
Richard L. Baker
How Do I Retire? helps you assess your current financial situation, articulate retirement goals, discover a plan that’s right for you, and take positive steps now to prepare for what could be the most fulfilling days of your life.
What Every Christian Should Know About Satan
What Every Christian Should Know About Satan explores biblical names and titles that reveal the evil one’s character, tactics, and ultimate destiny.
The Seventh Birthday
Martin Winslow & Daniel Carr
The Seventh Birthday unpacks 7 momentous birthdays in a compelling series of advent devotionals.
Elephants in the Church
We’ve all heard the expression, “The elephant in the room.” But what happens when elephants come to church?
Jesus Before Bethlehem
Jesus Before Bethlehem explores dozens of Old Testament appearances by a figure often called “the angel of the LORD.”
One Church All People
One Church, All People offers pastors, Bible study teachers, and interested lay leaders a practical guide that shows how racial and cultural diversities reflect the heart of God.
What Every Christian Should Know About the Trinity
What Every Christian Should Know About the Trinity explores the biblical foundation of belief in one true and living God, who exists as three distinct, but inseparable, co-equal, co-eternal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
What Every Christian Should Know About Salvation
What Every Christian Should Know About Salvation explores twelve Bible terms that describe God’s gracious work of rescuing us from sin.
What Every Christian Should Know About the Afterlife
What Everyone Should Know About the Afterlife briefly addresses what the Bible says about death, judgment, heaven, hell, and much more.
The Last Apologist
The Last Apologist is a thought-provoking commentary and study guide through the book of Jude.
What Every Christian Should Know About Islam
What Every Christian Should Know About Islam offers a brief overview of this 1,400-year-old religion and seeks to answer key questions about Islam from a biblical perspective.
What Every Christian Should Know About Same-Sex Attraction
What Every Christian Should Know About Same-Sex Attraction offers a brief overview of the Bible’s clear teachings on homosexuality, and how Christians can express Christ-like love for our LGBT friends.
The Apologist's Tool Kit (3rd Edition)
The Apologist’s Tool Kit 3rd Edition is an easy-to-read reference that equips you to defend the Christian faith with gentleness and respect.
A Cooperative Program Children’s Activity Book
Let’s Share! is a 16-page booklet that teaches grade schoolers about the Cooperative Program, which funds Southern Baptist mission work in Missouri, across North America, and around the world. Featuring stories, puzzles, and quizzes, Let’s Share! is an excellent resource for Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and other activities where kids learn about missionaries, cooperation, and sharing Jesus with people all around us.
Activities include: What Is a Missionary; International Missions; North American Missions; Missouri Missions Organizations; Watch Your Gifts Grow; A Cooperative Program Crossword; Who Can Help; and How Missions Organizations Serve Others.
Missouri Baptist churches can order free copies of this book using the link below. Others can purchase copies by phone (800.736.6227 ext. 303) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for just $2 apiece plus shipping.