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From the Resurrection to His Return
Living Faithfully in the Last Days
This is not another book on what view to hold about the reality of Jesus' return but it is about how to live in the light of his imminent return. D. A. Carson accurately determines that the Christian church has always lived in what the bible terms 'the last days'...the period between his ascension to his Father in heaven and his return on the clouds of heaven.
Based on Paul's teaching in 2 Timothy 3, D. A. Carson gives wise counsel to today's church to avoid false teaching and to seek good mentors, those who will lead us in truth. He shows that to rely on worldly wisdom is folly, that the world is utterly sinful, but rather to cling to the Bible as the source of our counsel and guidance and help. But more than that he shows us that it is in holding the Bible out to a needy world we take its message to where it is needed the most.
To live in the last days is not to hang on in quiet desperation but to boldly take the word of God and apply it to every situation knowing that it will meet every need just as it has throughout the two millennia since Jesus promised to return again. That is how to live in the last days!
D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978.
"a very engaging, but brief, exposition of some very important verses about how we should live in what the Bible calls "the last days," i.e. the time before Jesus' return. Jesus is coming and we must be Bible-focused people who pass on the unadulterated message of God to those who come after us. This book is definitely worth the very short time it will take you to read."
Adrian Warnock ~ Leadership Team, Jubilee Church, London & prolific Blogger at adrianwarnock.com
Simply put, this book is an exposition of 2 Timothy 3:1-4:8. In this passage of Scripture, the apostle Paul is warning his young disciple Timothy of the onslaught of false teachers that would plague the church during the intermediate period between Christ's resurrection and second coming. He, in classical Pauline fashion, presents the problem and then fleshes out the practical implications towards a holistic ministry approach in the midst of such vile danger.
This little book is a great example of theology resulting in doxology... from exegesis, to expositional teaching, to practical application. We are given, in "From the Resurrection to His Return," biblical teaching on hermeneutics; discernment and apologetics; the doctrines of sufficiency, authority, and inspiration; suffering and sanctification; and evangelism and outreach... all in less than 50 pages! This little book packs a powerful punch of practical theology, wrought in the right division of the Word. I highly recommend it.
Posted by Timothy Harris (@TimothyGHarris) at 02:03 on Friday 16 March 2012
This book is worth reading for the illustration on page 28 alone! A challenging and passionate book that should be read and applied by every Christian.
Posted by Jonathan Carswell at 18:08 on Thursday 11 March 2010