Can You Tell Fact from Fiction When It Comes to Angels?

If you think angels look like diapered babies with a bow and arrow, think again.

Michael S. Heiser’s new book, Angels, seeks to provide biblical answers for common questions about God’s heavenly host. He addresses topics including what angels look like, what they do, and whether modern thinking about guardian angels is biblical.

Take this fun 12-question quiz to see if what you know about angels matches what the Bible really teaches, then share your score in the comments.

And once you’ve finished the quiz, pick up Angels—available now from Lexham Press!

 

How a Good Study Bible Makes a Teacher’s Job Easier

A solid study Bible with teaching outlines belongs in every Bible teacher’s library.

If you are veteran Bible teacher, they’re a great tool for on-the-fly lessons when you haven’t had time to dig deep.

If you are a brand new one, they can serve as a guide until you gain the instincts for teaching.

And if you’re responsible for training or discipleship, they’re a top-notch resource to help those you lead dive into Bible research.

Here are three ways an in-depth study Bible with teaching outlines can help you or Bible study leaders you’re discipling discover more insights during lesson prep:

1. You can find most—if not all—of the background info you need about a passage in one place

Every book in the Bible was written at a specific time in history to specific people for a specific reason. Any good study Bible will tell you what those are, and a study Bible with teaching outlines helps you go even deeper.

For example, knowing the book of James was written by the brother of Jesus during the Diaspora helps us discover what the book says, what it means, and how it applies to our lives. In The Teacher’s Outline and Study Bible on James, we learn that the “twelve tribes” named in James 1:1 indicate that the book’s audience are the people of Israel, specifically Jewish believers. Even though they were scattered by persecution, they were still the one people of God.

2. You see the main point and logical flow of the entire book with the detailed outline, so you know where your chosen passage fits as one piece of the whole

Each book of the Bible tells one cohesive story, but sometimes it’s hard to decipher why a particular passage exists where it does.

A study Bible with a teaching outline shows each turn and progression in a book so you can see how it all fits together. And when you see how the parts relate to the whole, you begin to see more in each part—and to see those parts in greater detail.

To use the example of James again, The Teacher’s Outline and Study Bible says in its introduction to the book,

James had two purposes for writing:

  1. To correct a corrupted faith that was rapidly seeping into the church. Many were professing faith in Christ, but living immoral and unrighteous lives. Their faith was profession only—a faith of license with little or no restraint upon behavior.
  2. To present the true faith of Christ: a faith of the heart—a faith that produces outward fruit. James’s point is very simple: a person is known to be a Christian only by his behavior. What he does proves one of two things: it proves he is a Christian or it proves he is not a Christian.

In the section on James 1:19-27, The Teacher’s Outline and Study Bible shows how James’ dual purposes for writing help us understand “the perfect law of liberty” in James 1:25:

The person who obeys and does the Word of God is blessed. Note that the Word of God is called the perfect law of liberty. This means that the Word of God will set a person free from the bondages of sin and death. The Word of God will free a person from all the temptations of this life and give him the full and victorious life for which his soul longs—a life that will continue on and on eternally with God.

With this short explanation, we can see how James makes connections between faith and life—and how God’s Word is at the center of both.

3. You get a ready-made lesson

When it comes to writing your Bible study lessons, some people only need a nudge in the right direction. Others excel at leading discussion but prefer to have others prepare the content.

Either way, a study Bible’s teaching outline gives you the tools you need to open God’s Word with others. The Teacher’s Outline and Study Bible (18 vols.) provides a short synopsis of the each text and what’s happening before jumping into a pre-written lesson. You can use the lesson as is, or you can use the insights you find to create your own lesson.

Whether you’re a pastor, a full-time Bible teacher, or a lay leader, a study Bible with a teaching outline may be just what you need to help you teach God’s word more effectively.

For more biblical guidance and teaching helps, get The Teacher’s Outline and Study Bible (18 vols.). You’ll save 20% while it’s still in pre-pub, but the price will go up when the series ships.

3 Tips for the Library Expansion Sale

This month we’re rolling out topic-focused library expansions and discounting them between 20–50%.

The savings are huge, and the options are many. [Read more…]

On Misquoting C.S. Lewis (and Knowing an Author’s Voice)

It’s C.S. Lewis week here at Faithlife! We’re celebrating the scholar’s life and writings, and with that, discounting the 30-volume C.S. Lewis Collection for one week only.

This repost from Faithlife staff member Mark Ward previously appeared in March 2018. It reflects on what it means to know C.S. Lewis’ voice—or any other, such as God’s—well enough to discern it by instinct. [Read more…]

Not All Harps and Halos: Learn What the Bible Really Says about Angels

Whatever you think about angels, there’s a good chance it’s wrong.

That may sound harsh, but most of us get our perspective of angels from movies, myths, and Valentine’s Day cards—not as much from the Bible.

In his new book, Angels, Dr. Michael Heiser carefully reviews what the Bible says—and what it doesn’t say—about the heavenly host. [Read more…]

Men Without Chests: Lewis, Relativism, and the Soul of Christianity

 

It’s C.S. Lewis week here at Faithlife! We’re celebrating the scholar’s life and writings, and with that, discounting the 30-volume C.S. Lewis Collection for one week only. This is a post from Faithlife staff member Daniel Motley reflecting on Lewis’ warnings against relativism. [Read more…]

Christianity Is the Poem Itself: C.S. Lewis on the Grand Miracle

“In science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself.”       — C.S. Lewis

This is one of many memorable lines in the crescendo of C.S. Lewis’ Miracles. The book refutes popular arguments against the supernatural, ending with a stirring reflection of what he calls the Grand Miracle: the Incarnation.

Enjoy this excerpt as part our week-long celebration of C.S. Lewis’ life and writings, and get Miracles and 29 other works in the C.S. Lewis Collection—30% off for just a few more days. [Read more…]

C.S. Lewis: An Appreciation

It’s C.S. Lewis week here at Faithlife! We’re celebrating the scholar’s life and writings, and with that, discounting the 30-volume C.S. Lewis Collection for one week only.

This is a post from Revd. Dr. Tim Perry, Rector of the Church of the Epiphany (Anglican) in Sudbury, ON, and teacher in the Joint Faculty of Religious Studies at Laurentian University, also in Sudbury. Dr. Perry reflects on Lewis’ unique ability to speak to all types of people. [Read more…]

3 Resources for Deeper, More Comprehensive Study

Don’t miss your chance to save 30% on these and more great resources from Baker Publishing Group in this month’s Publisher Spotlight.

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9 Shareable C.S. Lewis Quotes

Lewis is far and away the most searched author on Logos.com, and for a limited time, his collected works are 30% off in Logos.

Having these books in Logos is like studying the Bible (or Church history, theology, etc.) with a Lewis scholar sitting nearby to say, “Oh, there’s a great C.S. Lewis quote on that.” When you search your library for thoughts on humility, grief, courage, and more, you’ll find inspiration from one of the twentieth century’s most cherished theologians. [Read more…]