By This Name (English)
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Maybe you’ve been told, "I'm glad you've found your way to God but everyone finds him in different places and religions." So how do you share the gospel with someone who believes that God is present in all of nature? What do you say when your friend visualizes “God” as a spiritual force or energy rather than as a person? In a world where “spirituality” has become popular and a knowledge of God has all but disappeared, how do you share the good news of Jesus Christ? Even the Western world has been influenced by cultures that believe in many gods.
By This Name explains the Bible’s core message to people who have no knowledge about the Bible. Using the architecture of the gospel of John, the book clearly sets apart the God of the Bible from all the other gods. It establishes the authority of Scripture and gently compares the biblical worldview to eastern worldviews. It ties together key Old and New Testament stories to reveal the identity of God and the nature of sin, with the aim to answer two questions: “Who is Jesus?” and “What is the story of the cross and the tomb all about?” It helps a person understand clearly what the Bible is all about.
“By This Name” follows a similar chronological structure to “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” but is 60 per cent different in content.
- Written for adults and teens: The book is suitable for adults and teens.
- Assumptions: Assumes readers have little or no knowledge about the Bible.
- Eastern worldview: Engages a postmodern, post-Christian, secular mindset. Also addresses questions arising from polytheism, pantheism, animism, agnosticism and atheism.
- Chronological: Begins with the creation of the universe, and then progressing sequentially through key Old Testament stories, it moves into the New Testament to reveal the meaning of the cross and the tomb. The main story of the Bible is tied together into one universal, all-encompassing drama. Follows the same storyline in “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” but is 60 per cent different.
- Based on the gospel of John: Uses the gospel of John as a template; at the same time, provides necessary background stories to give the gospel context. It assumes the reader knows very little, if anything, about the Bible.
- Sets apart the God of the Bible: Answers the question, “What makes your sacred book better than mine?” “By This Name” addresses what makes the God of the Bible unique from all other gods or spirits.
- Peels religious tradition off the Bible: Readers are introduced to the Bible without the trappings of religion.
- Objective: The Bible is allowed to speak for itself in presenting the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no arm-twisting to believe. The message is presented objectively; the decision to believe or not to believe is left to the reader.
- Bible verses: Told as a story, 1570 Bible verses are woven throughout the text. The reader engages with the text of the Bible for himself.
- Illustrated: Over 100 drawings, maps and diagrams help explain the story.
- Designed to give away: The book can be passed on like a gospel tract. Readers can then learn the Bible's message on their own.
No. of Pages: 384
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"By This Name" is a foundational tool designed to enable people to grasp the central message of the Scripture. With each chapter, pieces of the “Biblical puzzle” are put in to place to form a beautiful explanation of the person and work of Jesus Christ. The study progresses chronologically and clearly demonstrates how the Bible forms one continuous story centered around a cross and an empty tomb. The explanations contained within this resource are thorough enough for those unfamiliar with the Scriptures to gain a sufficient understanding of the gospel. Simultaneously, the content is deep enough for the Bible scholar to be edified and encouraged. Most importantly, for those wanting to participate in the great commission of Christ (Matt 28:19-20), "By This Name" provides a tangible tool by which to teach others to teach others (2 Tim. 2:2). In the spirit of Ephesians 4:12, God has used GoodSeed to provide the body of Christ stellar resources by which to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ and equip others to do the same. Personally, I have been through this study multiple times and always catch a new take-away or emphasis I did not notice the time before. I highly recommend this book for all who may be considering it.
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GREAT BOOK!! GREAT CURRICULUM! Whether using the book for individual study or the curriculum for a group study, By This Name is so well written, so thoroughly edited and refined that it is clear and easy to use in any setting. It is one of the best, if not the most well laid out curriculum we've ever used. We highly recommend the book and all materials available for teaching it in an group setting.
This book has been a great asset/tool to have to give to folk that I have just met or that I know well about the Gosepl of Jesus Christ..
I bought this book to have on hand to give out ……I haven’t read it.
This is the best book I have seen at explaining how the different parts of the Bible fit together. It explains clearly God’s plan of redemption for mankind and does such a good job of explaining who God is and what He is like! I highly recommend this book to believers and non-believers alike! Everyone should read this book!
The book is great! One of the copies came damaged unfortunately...nothing a little tape didn’t fix and they were wonderful to deal with. We have super enjoyed this item.
I went through this book five years ago in a study with GoodSeed members. It brought an understanding of the gospel that I did not realize I so desperately needed. My faith has exponentially grown since this first study. And now I am leading ladies through this book aswell. It is my recommendation to anyone young, old, believer, or nonbeliever to read this book in its entirety. It is so simple and profound that it brings the gospel to light for any level of scholar. I get so excited to see people having aha moments as they read through the study. God is honoured through this book. I pray often for open hearts all around the world to get the Opportunity to read GoodSeed books. To God be the glory great things he has done and is doing through the GoodSeed !
This is one of the best books I have ever read on Evangelism! I actually got to attend the recent seminar in India by John Cross & the team. The Gospel is so very well explained right from Creation to the Cross. This book is unlike other books in the market which says - 10 steps to salvation or 15 steps to pray for your neighbor. It is a step-by-step approach - through the Bible, laying the essential foundation of God’s attributes, offerings in the OT, Ten Commandments etc before a person is introduced to Jesus Christ as the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world! I love this book for its Bible-centeredness! No concept from the Bible is ever diluted or reduced, but is stated as it is. It is a great tool for Evangelism and I fully recommend it!! You will be convicted and challenged like never before to take the Gospel beyond your doors! Truly, “an ‘understood’ Gospel is a ‘powerful’ Gospel ! (Originally posted on April 19, 2012)