Basics For Believers – D.A. Carson

basD.A. Carson, Basics For Believers: The Core of Christian Faith and Life (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2018), 156 pp.

D.A. Carson’s book, Basic For Believers: The Core of Christian Faith and Love is a focused overview on the book of Philippians. Carson tackles Paul’s letter to the Philippians with the care and precision that readers are accustomed to.

Dr. Carson takes five chapters to exposit Paul’s epistle, all of which are packed with gospel-centered reality and principles that encourage and equip followers of Christ. The book is basic enough for new believers to comprehend but also contains a wealth of information that seasoned believers will benefit from.

Christians are encouraged to gaze intently on the cross of Christ, emulate worthy Christian leaders and stand firm in the gospel. The principles are an accurate reflection of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, all of which are timeless and transcendent realities. I commend this work for anyone who seeks a solid treatment of Philippians and needs Christ-centered encouragement in a godless age.

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Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk

Eric C. Reymond, Bill Curtis, and Ken Fentress, Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus ahabin Jonah, Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2016, 224 pp. $14.99

The Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary is a welcome addition to the growing number of resources which help explain the biblical text and apply the truth of God’s Word to readers. This volume which that focuses on four minor prophets beautifully captures the essence of each book and ultimately points to the central figure in Scripture, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A predictable pattern occurs throughout this work as the authors present the main idea of the book under consideration. A brief outline is presented to give readers an overview of the biblical text. The major points are explained and highlighted. Finally, an application is presented which is linked to our current generation. Discussion questions are included for the benefit of readers at the end of each chapter.

I cannot speak more highly about the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary. A solid Reformed framework fuels this theological engine. Indeed, the gospel, in keeping with Scripture runs throughout, all for the benefit of the reader, and ultimately for the glory of God. These volumes are accessible to a wide range of readers and will no doubt encourage a deeper study of the biblical text.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.