My Good Book Guides

Here’s a list of the Good Book Guides that I’ve written (click here for the Australian GBC website). I did start this post with a notion that I might say which GBG is my favourite, but it’s not proved that simple. I love the ones of Ezekiel and Zechariah because I hope they take neglected parts of the Bible and make them live for people today. I think the two guides to Mark’s Gospel are perhaps some of my best work. The two studies on selected Psalms both have special resonance for me, especially Soul Songs which is in some ways a study on six Psalms that have meant a lot to me personally over recent years. For what it’s worth, the best seller to date is I Believe on the Apostles’ Creed – not sure what the significance of that is.

I Believe: The Apostles’ Creed

This Good Book Guide aims to fill out the content of the short statements of this creed which are so familiar to us.

Ruth: Poverty and Plenty

By encountering the God who works through the circumstances of life, we can discover the God who can turn our ‘poverty’ to ‘plenty’ through Jesus Christ.

Work Songs (Psalms)

These studies look at six psalms to ‘sing’ in the workplace. For many Christians there is a gap between church on Sunday and work on Monday. These songs encourage us to bridge that gap.

Soul Songs (Psalms)

Exploring love, temptation, fear and guilt from the Psalms, in these psalms you will find medicine for your soul. Learn to fear God instead of others.

Ezekiel: The God of Glory

This whistle-stop tour gives a clear overview of all the main themes of Ezekiel.

Zechariah: God’s Big Plan for Struggling Christians

These six Bible-studies open up Zechariah’s reassuring and revitalizing message for God’s discouraged people, including God’s great international building project; His solution to sin; His promised Shepherd-King; His great Day of judgement and salvation.

Mark 1-8: The Coming King

These studies provide a great opportunity to find out the truth about Jesus, taking you on a journey of discovery as the disciples learn who Jesus really is.

Mark 9-16: The Servant King

This Good Book Guide will help you to know and understand Jesus just as Mark knew Him – nothing that people expected, but more than any of us could hope for.

1 Peter: Living in the Real World

The key question that Peter addresses in his first letter is this: how should we respond to the suffering we experience?

Revelation 2-3: A Message from Jesus to the Church Today (co-written with Jonathan Lamb)

In Revelation 2-3 the risen Jesus brings a message of comfort and hope to those who are under pressure and a wake-up call to those who are compromised.

Forthcoming: A Chat with Jesus – Stories from John’s Gospel

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4 thoughts on “My Good Book Guides

  1. Just read the first chapter of your Mark study (Part 1) on the bus. We’re probably going to be using it four our “Simple Church” group. I’m sure it depends on the people in the group, but do you have an idea of whether a.) it works best to have folks go through it in advance, and b.) how long the study would likely last in a group setting (10 adults) if the “optional” sections are skipped?

  2. I would think it would be better if people work through the material beforehand – especially Mark involves fairly large chunks. But the material is designed to be used with minimal preparation all round we are realistic about busy people are. Length is totally unpredictable!

  3. “Length is totally unpredictable!” I know. I should have known better than to ask, as it depends on the people, their level of Biblical knowledge, their willingness to participate, and their caffeine level …

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