Mark Dever Explains How to Grow a Healthy Church

BSM_Blog_MayJuneIn the new issue of Bible Study Magazine, we sat down with Mark Dever to learn how to put our churches on the road to spiritual health. But where to start? Read on to discover the first steps every church must take.

You can read the whole interview in the May–June issue. Get Bible Study Magazine for only $19.99 when you subscribe today!

Mark Dever on developing healthy churches

Pastor and author Mark Dever has dedicated his ministry to building and encouraging healthy churches. He warns that developing a healthy church can take years.

It’s not like a light switch that can just be turned on. The process is as varied as an individual beginning to work toward health. But, generically speaking, churches should begin to preach God’s Word expositionally, regularly, and faithfully from the pulpit. Begin to understand what a church is, what church membership is, and what it means to join a local church. Begin to encourage growth and discipleship. A healthy church should always be clear on what the Bible actually teaches—particularly about the gospel, conversion, and evangelism.

Read our full interview with Mark Dever here!

Jules Martinez: Re-Evangelism in Puerto Rico

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I think we still struggle with illiteracy of the whole story of the Bible. People often tell me that they know what the gospel is and that there’s nothing new for them to learn there. You know what? You never will be able to graduate from the gospel. There’s no ‘next level’ of Christianity beyond that. The gospel is sufficient to encompass all your life and eternity. And it’s complex enough to keep you amazed at what God is doing in Christ to reconcile all things to himself.

Read the full interview here!

This issue of Bible Study Magazine is packed with content that will transform your Bible study.

You’ll get an interview with Mark Dever on building healthy churches, an eight-week Bible study on 1 Peter, an exploration of the themes of 1 Samuel, book reviews, a devotional, and so much more!

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How to Uncover the Bible’s Literary Context

Ancient Literature Collection (25 vols.)

Everyone who takes Bible study seriously understands the importance of the Scripture’s ancient literary and historical context. The Word of God was not written in a vacuum—countless ancient documents cite, allude to, quote, or echo it.

Unfortunately, many profound insights from Scripture remain hidden to us when we don’t have the tools to uncover allusions to God’s Word in other ancient works.

Revealing the ancient context

Logos 6’s new Ancient Literature section in the Passage Guide connects the Bible passage you’re studying to the ancient world that cited it, alluded to it, quoted it, or echoed it.

Take Isaiah 54:3 as an example. You wouldn’t know it from a cursory reading—or even an in-depth study of the passage alone—but this verse is cited throughout the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Talmud. More importantly, those citations provide profound insight into the significance of this passage to the ancient Jews—and Christians today.

Why you’re not getting the most out of the Ancient Literature Tool

Maybe you noticed in the video: we’ve tagged a ton of ancient resources to feed into this tool. But to get the most out of it, you need to be sure those resources are in your Logos library.

To make it easier, we’ve compiled a must-have collection of ancient works that are specifically tagged to feed into your Ancient Literature section. This Ancient Literature Collection contains 25 books to supplement your Logos 6 base package.*

These are essential resources for doing the kind of study you saw in the video, and you can get them here at a steep discount. If you were to buy these one-by-one, the cost would really add up.

On its own, the three-volume Context of Scripture costs $299.95.

The Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud Collection is $279.95.

James H. Charlesworth’s Pseudepigrapha? Another $119.95.

For less than the cost of these resources combined, the Ancient Literature Collection gives you these plus 18 more. And if you already own some of these resources, you’ll only pay for the ones that are new to you.

With works from a wide range of sources—Jewish writers like Josephus, early Christian writings from the apostolic fathers, the Pseudepigrapha, and more—you’re sure to find insights into the early theological development of any passage you study.

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*Note: Logos 6 Silver or the Core Crossgrade is required to be able to use this feature with the Ancient Literature dataset.

New Reformed Study Bibles from R.C. Sproul and Joel Beeke!

The past few months have seen the release of two important new study Bibles in the Reformed world.

Get nearly 45% off the print price! Pre-order the Reformation Study Bible and the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible today!

Get a major update to a modern classic

The Reformation Study Bible (2015) is an extensively revised, new edition of the popular resource edited by R.C. Sproul. Expanded with over 40% more content, this new edition will serve the church for years to come.

The new edition of the Reformation Study Bible is a milestone in evangelical publishing. . . . This is a serious study Bible for serious students, and it belongs in every Christian’s library.—Dr. R. Albert Mohler

Discover Old Truths in a New Bible

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible, edited by Puritan Reformed Seminary president Joel Beeke, is an entirely new study Bible featuring thoughts for personal and family devotions on every chapter of the Bible—along with thousands of notes and dozens of articles on living the Christian faith.

Its scope is extraordinary, its guiding principles are rock solid, and it is remarkably readable. I know of nothing like it, and I commend it warmly.”—John Blanchard

Navigate your daily bible reading with these indispensable new study Bibles. Plus, they’re made even more powerful in your Logos library. Get the latest milestone in evangelical study Bibles while they’re on Pre-Pub to secure the best price now.

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Every month we make a new free book available exclusively through Facebook. This month it’s, A.A. Hodge’s Outlines of Theology.

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Save over 98% on two great commentaries during the month of April when you get the free book and Plus One for only $0.99.

This month, get two renowned volumes from the The Old Testament Library series: Isaiah and Jeremiah.

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Then, for only $0.99, add Jeremiah to your library. With the same literary focus, this commentary details the various literary forms of the book, including prose, poetry, homilies, oracles, and proverbs to help you understand the original intention of this prophetic work. 

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New and exciting books each month

Each month, we bring you new and exciting resources to add to your library. We’ve included monographs by noted theologians such as Walter Bruggeman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jürgen Moltmann, and more. In addition, we’ve offered commentaries for everything from Genesis to Corinthians. You’re missing out on some great opportunities if you’re not getting these free books. Sign up for the Free Book of the Month e-mail list below to ensure you never miss another book.





 

Become a Logos Now Member Today

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In the late 80’s, American Express ran the slogan “Membership has its privileges.” The campaign was so ubiquitous, I can’t help but think of it when I hear about membership programs.

Well, Logos Now is our exclusive membership program for Logos 6 base package owners.

As a Logos Now member, you get exclusive access and benefits to content, services, features, and discounts not found anywhere else. Some of those member benefits are available right now, like access to the following content and tools:

But the benefits don’t end there. In every release of Logos Now (roughly every 6 weeks) you’ll get access to more and more content, services, tools, and features, which makes your membership even more valuable over time.

When Amazon Prime launched in 2005, they only offered one benefit: unlimited two-day shipping. Over time, more benefits were released, including instant video, music, unlimited photo storage, and the Kindle lending library.

Like Amazon Prime, the content, services, and features of Logos Now will only grow with time. Logos Now members will get exclusive discounts, special offers, and a better web app experience. These features and discounts will be yours for as long as you’re a member.

Your first month is on us!

We want to make a Logos Now membership an irresistibly compelling value for you today—and even more so in the future. In the meantime, we’d like you to enjoy your first month of Logos Now for free with a monthly subscription.

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Save Big on Lexham Press Titles on Pre-Pub

With Logos’ Pre-Pub program, you can get great deals on books before they’re produced—an early adopter advantage! Lexham Press has a number of awesome projects currently on Pre-Pub and some of them are shipping soon. Lock in your Pre-Pub price today!

Here are seven Lexham Press titles on Pre-Pub you don’t want to miss:

New Lexham Press Titles

Embracing God as FatherEmbracing God as Father: Christian Identity in the Family of God (47% off)
In this theologically rich and deeply personal book, Daniel Bush and Noel S. Due show us the loving heart of the Father toward his children. Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9)—he and the Father are one in their love and joy and desire to bless. Embracing God as Father helps us see God as he truly is and see who we are as his sons and daughters.

Projected release date: May, 2015

Live in LibertyLive in Liberty: The Spiritual Message of Galatians (40% off)
The message of Galatians takes us into the heart of an experience—the enjoyment of God’s presence and everlasting peace—one which sets us free to love and be loved. In Live in Liberty, Daniel Bush and Noel Due bring out the spiritual message of Paul’s words, helping you apply it to your mind and soul so that you may experience the liberating presence of God.

Here’s what Tullian Tchividjian has to say about this book:

I travel a lot and meet a lot of people, and I’ve never been more convinced that the message of Galatians needs to be recovered in all of its liberating glory. Everywhere I go, people are exhausted. They’re exhausted relationally, emotionally, and spiritually. After talking to the spiritually exhausted people, I discover that their exhaustion is due to what they think they need to be doing in order to gain and maintain God’s love and favor. In theological terms, most Christians live their lives as if their justification depends on their sanctification: ‘if I do and become all that I must do and become, God will love me and accept me.’ The message of Galatians is that God’s love for sinners like you and me is one way—it is not dependent on what we do, but on what Jesus has done for us. We are accepted and approved by God because of Christ’s work, not our work. Church should be the one place in all of society where the weary and heavy laden should be able to go and find rest. But all too often they get to-do lists. This needs to change. We need a new Reformation. And that’s why I love Live in Liberty. Thank you Noel and Dan for reminding that ‘It Is Finished.’ I keep forgetting.

Projected release date: July, 2015

Ministry Resources

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Following in the footsteps of our popular quotations and prayers volumes, 300 Illustrations for Preachers will help pastors effectively craft memorable and fresh sermons. These illustrations are tagged with preaching themes and Scripture references making them easy to incorporate directly into your sermon. With 300 Illustrations for Preachers, you’ll no longer need to comb through multiple books looking for an appropriate illustration.
Projected release date: June, 2015

walking-with-c-s-lewisWalking with C.S. Lewis (50% off)
In Walking with C.S. Lewis, Tony Ash opens a door for those who have never been introduced to Lewis or his writings. And those already familiar with Lewis will appreciate Ash’s thought-provoking commentary.

Projected release date: Q3, 2015

 

Discourse Resources

Steve Runge’s discourse resources are some of our most popular titles. By examining the linguistic and literary clues in the text, Dr. Runge is able to expose insights that are often overlooked. This linguistic and exegetical expertise is then illustrated in the High Definition Commentary series to further highlight the critical ideas in the text. Watch the Animated High Definition Commentary: Philippians in action:

There are three discourse resources currently on Pre-Pub:

Projected release dates: Q4, 2015

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Study the Life of Jesus with Mobile Ed

The life of Jesus—his ministry, death, and resurrection—lies at the very heart of Christianity. The fact that we have four different accounts of Jesus’ time on earth emphasizes its prominence. Clearly, for effective preaching and teaching, you need to understand the Gospels.

Mobile Ed’s Studies in the Gospels Bundle provides nine courses on Jesus’ life as narrated in the Gospels. Pre-order now and get instant access to courses as we finish them.

Grasp the purpose of the Gospel of John

In NT323 Book Study: The Gospel of John, Joel Willitts shows how the Gospel of John invites readers to encounter Jesus. Here’s a sample clip of Dr. Willitts talking about the purpose of John’s Gospel:

Study with Daniel Doriani, Craig Evans, and more!

If you order the bundle now, you’ll get Joel Willits’ study of John, plus the five other courses we’ve already released:

More to come!

We’re still wrapping up other great courses in this series, and if you order now you’ll get them as soon as they ship!

Order the Studies in the Gospels Bundle today for 41% off and get instant access to the first six courses!

All Logos March Madness Deals End Today!

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Time is almost up—Logos March Madness ends today! Don’t miss one of the best sales of the year. Save up to 75% on works by Logos March Madness authors! With names like D.A. Carson, N.T. Wright, Douglas Moo, and J.I. Packer, you can fill your library with amazing scholarship. Here are just 4 of the 1,400 products that are on sale now:

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Make Logos 6 Even Better with Ancient Christian Writers

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Our content-innovation team has sifted and sorted quotes, allusions, and topical references from ancient literature across the Logos library to bring them right into your passage guide. But the literature of the early church is vast—the translations of the well-known Early Church Fathers collection represent only a small fraction of the texts we have from the first centuries of Christianity.

Even more patristic writings

We’ve already brought you the Early Church Fathers and the massive Fathers of the Church collections. Now, we want to bring even more classics into your Ancient Literature database with Ancient Christian Writers.

The Ancient Christian Writers Bundle has 65 volumes and almost 20,000 pages of early Christian literature. In print that would cost you more than $1,500, but you can pre-order it now for less than half that price. Most of these works aren’t found in the Early Church Fathers, so this Pre-Pub is an incredible opportunity to expand your library of early Christian texts and make new discoveries in the exegesis of the early church.

Discover rare resources

Ancient Christian Writers includes the only English translation of Origen’s commentary and homilies on the Song of Songs. Origen’s allegorical interpretation has profoundly shaped the church’s understanding of Solomon’s poem and the very language of Christian spirituality.

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Here, for instance, is his explanation of what it means for the bride to be “wounded by love” (Song of Songs 2:5):

If there is anyone anywhere who has at some time burned with this faithful love of the Word of God; if there is anyone who has received the sweet wound of Him who is the chosen dart, as the prophet says; if there is anyone who has been pierced with the loveworthy spear of His knowledge, so that he yearns and longs for Him by day and night, can speak of nought but Him, would hear of nought but Him, can think of nothing else, and is disposed to no desire nor longing nor yet hope, except for Him alone—if such there be, that soul then says in truth: ‘I have been wounded by charity.’

Get the best possible price

Ancient Christian Writers brings this work and many others into the Ancient Literature database, making your investment in Logos 6 better than ever. You’ll get more complete results in your Passage Guide and expanded access to patristic interpretation and theology. Pre-order now and get the best possible price!