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The story of Joseph as recorded in the book of Genesis is a vital part of salvation history. Through this one man God kept alive the family from which Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world would be born. It is a glorious story and the one that David Searle tells in his new book.
In doing so the author follows the Apostle Paul who, when writing in the context of our vulnerability to temptation and referring to God’s people in the OT, said ‘These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings to us’ (I Cor. 10:11). ‘Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope’ (Rom. 15:4).
Joseph, His Arms Were Made Strong takes up and illustrates many truths vital for Christian living. It is not only a a good read but will be spiritually beneficial to both young and old. It is relevant to contemporary trends and opinions both in society and the church. It draws upon long pastoral experience and is full of the down-to-earth examples. What is unusual but refreshing about the book is the author’s directness in addressing the reader and his asking some personal questions. This underlines the helpfulness of the lessons drawn from Joseph’s life and makes the reading a stimulus and guide to spiritual growth and personal holiness.
R. Kent Hughes and Bryan Chapell
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There are substantial reasons to be energized about studying the Pastoral Letters of Paul. Between them they teach the proper ordering of the church (1 Timothy), they present a developed challenge to all Christians (2 Timothy), and they suggest God’s priorities for mature ministry (Titus). Experienced pastors R. Kent Hughes and Bryan Chapell have done their homework—applying sound principles in interpreting the texts so that we can understand what Paul was really saying.
Teaching on important matters for the local church, Hughes and Chapell offer a timely word to the many Christians who are concerned about their role and responsibility to communicate the truth of the gospel in this diverse and pluralistic society. The Pastoral Letters remind us that, like Timothy, we are to guard what has been entrusted to our care, to fight the good fight, and to keep preaching the Word.
Through the apostle’s words and the commentators’ insights here, we gain an understanding of what God requires of those who would lead in the local church, as well as of those who would be led. Embracing grace, loving godliness, and sharing Christ were not just charges to the early believers, and are not solely the responsibility of pastors, deacons, and elders in the church. They are exhortations for any of us who call ourselves disciples of Christ today.