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Unpacking Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount
The teaching of Jesus of Nazareth is unparalleled and acclaimed in the history of our world.
Born into obscurity and poverty, no one has impacted the world to the same extent as Jesus.
Amidst all he said and did, one of his close friends, Matthew (a former social outcast), captured his teaching given on a hillside just above the town where he lived, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of Matthews’s Gospel, commonly referred to as the Sermon on the Mount, have been described as The Essence of all that Jesus taught about God and how we relate with him. It has been called the “Core of the Christian Apple,” the “Compendium of Christ’s Doctrine,” the “Magna Charta of the Kingdom.”
If a person grasped nothing else of the teaching of Jesus, apart from that contained in the Sermon on the Mount, he or she catches The Essence of his message.
This book takes a fresh look at The Essence of Jesus’ teaching and its remarkable application in our current age—a resource for individual Christ-followers, preachers, and a discussion-starter for small groups.
“Brian has the unique gift to faithfully and accurately expound passages of Scripture with language and illustrations perfectly suited to the twenty-first-century person. As I carefully and prayerfully read each sermon in ‑, I felt afresh the immense privilege and challenge of being confronted with Jesus’ teaching. . . . This is a book every serious Christian, pastors included, should have on their bookshelf. Thank you, Brian, for blessing the church with your new book.”
“In a time of disorientation and seeming chaos, Brian shows us that discipleship and the radical way of Jesus is the plumb line from which all else is measured. This book is needed and the author’s ability to root it in life makes it all the more invaluable.”
“Brian is an excellent expositor of Scripture who pulls no punches. In ‑, like a skillful mountain guide he takes you up each verse to the top of the Sermon of the Mount. To the pastor looking to preach a series on Matthew 5–7, here is a boatload of exegesis and great stories. To the small group leader looking for a stimulating book for your members to study, each chapter ends with conversation and conviction-building questions. To the Christian who is tired of drifting in the faith, take up and read ‑ and love Jesus all the more.”
In an age of moral relativity, is there a place any more for rules? They govern acceptable behavior on the sports field, but do they have a place in general life and relationships?
3,500 years ago a new nation emerged as Moses led the Israelites on a journey toward the land God had promised them. They needed Boundaries that would govern their worship, inter-personal relationships, and property, and God wrote them down. We refer to them as the Ten Commandments. Over the centuries they have formed the basis for rule of law in most countries of the world, defining Boundaries of fairness and interaction, within which we live and have our being.
But are they still relevant in and for the twenty-first century?
Some regard them as anachronistic and beyond their use-by date, superseded by more enlightened thinking. For others they are timeless. Clearly, Jesus regarded them as pertinent for all who follow him, although in many instances he clarified their intent and application.
This book takes a fresh look at the Boundaries God gave his emerging special race and how they apply in our current age—a resource for preachers, individual Christ-followers, and a discussion-starter for small groups.
“Here we have expository preaching at its best—careful attention to the original context, sensitive pastoral applications that show the timelessness and universal relevance of each command of the Decalogue, and a generous admixture of delightful humor. Also, do not overlook the incisive and provocative small group discussion questions!”
“It’s been said that there is no biblical mission without biblical holiness. If the church is to be attractive, it must ﬁrst be distinctive. In this punchy and highly readable book, Brian Winslade shows us how the Ten Commandments provide guidelines that can transform not only our lives, but also our churches, and ultimately our witness to a skeptical and fractured world.”
“Informative, thoughtful, and insightfully applied, Brian Winslade’s exploration of the relevance of the Ten Commandments for the twenty-ﬁrst century is a valuable read. e questions for small group discussion at the end of each chapter are an added bonus, and will ensure the issues raised are dug into deeply. An excellent book.”
They Want me to be an Elder
A resource to put into the hands of current and future Elders, helping them define and understand the role they play in a local church.
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders to oversee the churches they planted (Acts 14:23). The pattern has continued, in various forms, throughout the centuries. Terms and titles may differ, but just about every local church appoints people to a leadership office, caring for and overseeing their activity.
The big question is: what do they do?
In this little book Brian Winslade surveys how the role of eldership is described in the Bible, who and how they might be selected, and offers practical advice on defining their job description from his 40 years as a pastor.
An easy-read and discussion starter for those currently serving as elders, and especially for those approached to take up the role. Churches are buying a ‘set’ to keep as a resource for existing and future elders.
Baptism in Water and the Spirit
A discipleship resource for people preparing for ‘believers baptism’ (Chapter 1) and for those seeking to understand what it means to filled/baptised in the Holy Spirit (Chapters 2-4)
On the Day of Pentecost a huge crowd gathered to see what all the commotion was about. Peter stood and addressed them and a large number were “cut to the heart.” They asked Peter what they should do to have their relationship with God put to right, to which he replied: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
Baptism in Water & The Spirit explores the implications of Peter’s instruction for today’s Christian. If you have ever pondered:
. . . the meaning of water baptism and how important it really is?
. . . what it means to be filled or baptized in the Holy Spirit?
. . . whether the dramatic events of the Day of Pentecost were unique in history, or a pattern to be repeated in every generation of the Christian Church?
. . . then this book is for you!