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Acts 26:28 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.”

Paul before Festus and Agrippa

 Let us look at the events surrounding this statement by Agrippa. For this, we will look at Holman Concise Bible Commentary by David S. Dockery.

Festus Pressured by the Jews (25:1–5). Felix[1] was removed from office for mismanaging an incident of conflict between the Jews and Gentiles of Caesarea. He was succeeded by Porcius Festus.[2] On his first visit to Jerusalem, the new governor was approached by the Jewish leaders concerning Paul. Planning another ambush, they urged Festus to bring him to Jerusalem for a trial.

Paul’s Appeal to Caesar (25:6–12). Paul’s accusers came to Caesarea and brought unsubstantiated charges against him. Paul denied them all, but Festus wished to pacify the Jews. Unaware of the danger to Paul in Jerusalem, he suggested that they hold a trial there. All too aware of the danger in Jerusalem, Paul resorted to the one legal recourse he had that would insure against his being taken there for trial. He took the matter out of Festus’s hands by exercising his rights as a Roman citizen to a trial before Caesar. Festus consulted with his advisers and agreed to process the appeal.

Festus’s Conversation with Agrippa (25:13–22). Agrippa II ruled over only several small territories, but he had the title “King of the Jews,” which gave him several prerogatives, the most significant of which was the appointment of the high priest. He lived with his half-sister Bernice, the source of many scandals. Festus used the opportunity of a visit from Agrippa to see if the Jewish king might cast some light on the charges against Paul. Festus would need to draw up formal charges against Paul in connection with the appeal to the Roman emperor.

Paul’s Address before Agrippa: the Setting (25:23–27). The hearing before Agrippa occurred with great ceremony because of the presence of the king. Festus opened with a brief reference to the Jewish accusations against Paul. He expressed his hope that Agrippa could help him draw up formal charges. He also stated his own opinion about Paul’s innocence of any capital offenses.

Paul’s Address before Agrippa: The Speech (26:1–23). Agrippa requested Paul to respond. Paul moved quickly to the main issue—the Jewish messianic hope, which was fulfilled in Christ and confirmed by His resurrection. Paul followed with his personal testimony. He pointed to his former zeal as a persecutor of Christians. He told of his conversion in an account very similar to that before the Jewish crowd (22:6–16) and Luke’s initial narration (9:1–19). Since his hearers now were primarily Gentile, he dwelt at some length on his call to witness to the Gentiles. Paul concluded with a summary of the gospel for which he was on trial: in accordance with the Scriptures, Christ died and rose to bring light and life to Jew and Gentile alike.

Paul’s Appeal to Agrippa (26:24–29). At the mention of the resurrection, Festus interrupted, accusing Paul of madness. Like the Athenian intellectuals, the idea of the resurrection was foolishness to him. Paul did not back off. He turned to Agrippa and asked the king if he were not aware of the Christians. He pointed out that what had happened in Christ was not hidden but occurred fully in the open for all to see. Did Agrippa not believe the prophets? If he did, he too would believe in Christ, for they all pointed to Christ. The king responded tragically, asking Paul if he intended to convert him to Christ with so brief a witness (v. 28). Bold and persistent, Paul insisted that he would wish for all those present to become followers of Christ. (Dockery 1998, page 535)

This writer agrees with every word of Dockery until he reached the comments by King Agrippa. Here is Paul standing in the palace of the governor, before a group of men, which included a very important ruler of the Roman Empire. King Agrippa turned to Paul and said, “You are permitted to speak for yourself;” then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense, offering many insight thoughts, to the point that an extraordinary thing takes place. Agrippa says, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.” This was not King Agrippa responding in a provoked way because he was offended that Paul believed he could convert him to Christ in so brief a time. No, rather, it was Paul’s skillful defense; the Word of God that is living and active influenced King Agrippa. (Heb. 4:12) We are going to take a moment to evaluate Paul’s defense, to see just why he was so effective. (1) We should note that Agrippa said Paul was persuasive. (2) He was skillful in his use of God’s Word, using the most significant evangelism tool we have.

Skillfully Persuading Others

In the book of Acts, we find the Greek term (root peitho) for persuade or persuasion used many times in reference to the apostle Paul. (Ac 18:4; 19:8; 26:28; 28:23) How does this relate to our sharing of the good news today?

The Greek root of persuade at 18:4 and our theme text 26:28 peitho is in the active voice, which “signifies ‘to apply persuasion, to prevail upon or win over, to persuade,’ bringing about a change of mind by the influence of reason or moral considerations.” (Vine 1996, Volume 2, Page 469) Moreover, peitho intransitively[3] in the perfect and pluperfect active means, “to have confidence, trust,” and is rendered “to trust.” (Vine 1996, Volume 2, Page 647) What does all of this mean? If we are to persuade another to accept biblical truths, i.e., to win them over, actually changing their mind, they must have confidence that what we are saying is true, namely, they must trust us and the biblical message that we are sharing is true. With today’s unbelievers, it will not be enough to read from the Bible, as most do not believe the Bible to be the Word of God, but rather, they believe it to be the word of infallible men, which to them is full of errors and contradictions.[4] Therefore, the unbeliever is not going to accept and believe biblical truths and then act upon them. That is why we need to be prepared to defend and establish the truth of God’s Word as inspired and inerrant. – 2 Timothy 3:14-15.

How are we as Christian apologists supposed to convince a person that does not believe in God that God is a real person, who does not believe the Bible is inspired that the Word of God is the truth, who believes in evolution that God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, including man? We base our comments on facts, clear, rational thought, sound argument, sensible reasoning, and genuinely sincere appeal. Paul used this approach overturning the false reasoning, to bring about a change of mind in his listeners. Many Christians to make statements of truth but do not provide fact. For example, they might say the Bible was inspired by God, as Holy Spirit moved the men to pen the words, so it is fully inerrant. While all of this is true, it lacks satisfying evidence that it is true. Before delving into how this can be done, let us look at the Bible itself.

While Bible critics, atheists, and agnostics love to take the Bible out of the equation, this is an all too common unfair tactic on their part. The Bible manuscripts are archaeological evidence like any other manuscripts. Let us say that archaeology finds a copy of a manuscript, which the original was clearly penned within 30 – 50 years after the death of Alexander the Great. However, the copy that has been discovered is 200 – 300 years removed from the original. We would never hear of them not using the copy as evidence for the historicity of Alexander. We would never hear of them talking about bias because the author personally knew Alexander. In fact, they would take the information more serious because the author had intimate, first-hand knowledge of Alexander. Lastly, they would never make the argument that the copy being 200 – 300 years removed from the original invalidates its worthiness in establishing the historicity of Alexander. Rather, they would argue that the date is actually very close to the original and is contrary to the normal 400 – 1,000 years of being removed. Now, all of the above possible complaints are what is said about the authors and their four gospels, who wrote about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. All four authors wrote within 20 – 70 years after the death of Jesus Christ. We have many manuscript copies that date from 30 – 200 years from their originals. The authors were actually disciples of Jesus Christ, who traveled with him for three and a half years. Yet, the Bible critics would say these are not archaeological evidence and should be set aside, and only secular authors can attest to the historicity of Jesus Christ. This is completely unreasonable, and the rule is, we do not attempt to reason with the unreasonable.

Now, the Bible manuscripts are archaeological evidence, and this is where our primary statements should come from. In other words, we use the Bible in making statements and not our personal opinions. In addition, we offer evidence of the truth of Scripture, confirming that it is so. (Pro. 16:23) Of course, initially, we are trying to establish that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and fully inerrant. Many times, the person will have what he or she feels to be Bible errors or contradictions, which supports the contention that the Bible is the word of imperfect man. Therefore, we might simply take them one at a time, asking, “if I can show you facts, clear, rational thought, sound arguments, sensible reasoning that each of your errors and contradictions is not so, will you be willing to accept the truth of Scripture?” Once we have the person to the point of taking the Bible as being the Word of God, we can move onto doctrinal views.

It should also be noted that our job as evangelists is to realize there are many pseudo denominations, which claim to be Christian. Therefore, we are obligated to help them to find the truth in the Scriptures as well. When we are talking about different Bible teachings, that is, on our home territory so to speak, we tend to be more intense in the discussion. We want to avoid such enthusiasm as it may cause us to come off as being unreasonable, as though we are out to mislead the listener. For example, if we are discussing a doctrine that many hold dear, and we make a very frank or straightforward statement, which may very well be true, yet showing no sensitivity or consideration, it is not going to be accepted in the person’s mind and heart, regardless if there is much Scriptural support. However, if we show empathy, understanding, and concern as we reason with them from the Scriptures, the discussion will be easier to accept, which the person may ponder when alone. Moreover, he or she will likely be open to a future conversation because we have shown him or her respect. – Colossians 4:6.

Persuasion That Reaches the Heart

If we return to the apostle Paul’s words in Acts Chapter 26, we will see how he defended himself and the faith. Take note of his introduction. We have to remember that King Agrippa was married to his sister Bernice, an outrage and humiliation among the Jews. Nevertheless, Paul found a way to praise Agrippa. Paul said, “Concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate that before you I am to make my defense this day; especially because you are an expert in all customs and controversies among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.” – Ac 26:2-3.

First, we notice that Paul respected the office of king, which Agrippa held, calling him “King Agrippa.” This demonstrated that Paul respected Agrippa and honored the governing authorities. In fact, two years earlier Paul had written just that to the Roman congregation. He said in his letter, “Let every soul[5] be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God, and those that exist have been placed[6] by God.” In addition, about 3-5 years after Paul’s defense before Agrippa, he would write something similar to Timothy. He wrote, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Tim. 2:1-2) Showing the harmony of the Holy Spirit, we add the words of the apostle Peter from his first letter as well. He wrote, “Subject yourselves to every human authority for the sake of the Lord, whether to a king as having supreme authority, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do good … Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Pet. 2:13-14, 17) Yes, Paul applied his inspired words himself as he used those words to show respect, giving Agrippa the honor that God had accorded all governing authorities.

Second, we notice that Paul went even further by his noting Agrippa was “an expert in all customs and controversies among the Jews.” Paul also stated that he ‘considered himself fortunate that before such a wise ruler he was to make his defense.’ Paul did not display any smug or superior attitude to his being a Christian, while Agrippa was not. (Phil. 2:3) Just the opposite, Paul begged the king that he might ‘listen to him patiently.’ What was Paul doing here? He was doing exactly what we need to do in our witnessing to others, namely, establishing an atmosphere in which a critical, possibly hostile, judgmental listener, would be more receptive to the truth. He was developing a base or foundation on which he would build his defense for himself and the faith.  We need to follow the example of Paul before Agrippa. No matter who we are speaking with about the Word of God, from the first word to the closing argument, we want to reach the heart of our listener. We can accomplish this by respecting and honoring everyone. This does not mean that we condone any wrongdoing anyone may be involved. We are merely showing sincere interest in his or her individual worldview that can be developed by getting to know their background. – 1 Corinthians 9:20-23.

Using God’s Word Skillfully

The apostle Paul sought to motivate those who listened to him so that they would act upon the Gospel. Note his words to the Thessalonians, he writes, “for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” (1 Thess. 1:5-7) Paul not only sought to appeal to the mind, that is, the seat of thought, ideas, and perceptions, but also to heart, namely, the seat of motivation. We return to Paul’s defense before King Agrippa, as he handles the Word of God about Moses and the prophets aright. – 2 Timothy 2:15.

Paul was aware the Agrippa was technically a Jew. Therefore, he appealed to Agrippa’s knowledge of Judaism. Paul linked his witness in such a way, to deny it was to deny Moses and the prophets. Paul said to all standing there, ‘To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass. [That is,] the Christ must suffer, and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22-23) Now, let us look at this exchange to see how Paul not only guides people to the truth but also leads them in such a way, if they reject it, they are rejecting their beliefs or their method of reasoning. Modern day Christian Philosophers and Christian apologists, such as the late Ronald Nash, John M. Frame, John Lennox, Alister McGrath, Sean and Josh McDowell, Ravi Zacharias, Norman L. Geisler and William Lane Craig, among many others, use philosophical arguments to help guide those with college and university degrees into the truth. In logic, reason, and philosophy, arguments are used to persuade those who also use logic, reason and philosophy for accepting a conclusion. In other words, they use their own tools against these from higher learning, to reject the logic, reason and philosophical arguments, if sound, is to reject their own tools of the trade.

Acts 26:24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is turning you to madness.”

This statement by Festus really tied the hands of Agrippa. Even still, Paul left him with no means of escape or room to maneuver.

Acts 26:25-26 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner.

Paul again appeals to Agrippa’s vanity, but also his knowledge of Scripture. However, he is also aware that he has just placed Agrippa in a spot. Agrippa was in trouble no matter with whom he sided. If he rejected what Moses and the prophets said, he would be dismissed as a Jewish believer. However, if he said that Paul was correct, he would be viewed as siding with an apostle of Christ Jesus and making himself a Christian. Moreover, to side with Paul would mean he agreed with the person Festus called, ‘out of his mind and had gone mad.’ Therefore, Paul did not allow Agrippa to remain in this uncomfortable position for long, so he answered his own question.

Acts 26:27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”

Agrippa saw a great mind at work here, and he could see how effective Paul’s reasoning skill was. It moved Agrippa and touched his heart. He did not fear to give Paul a truthful answer, which seems to demonstrate a reciprocation of the same respect and honor that the apostle Paul had shown him.

Acts 26:28 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.”

It is true, Agrippa was not moved to become a Christian, but Paul evidenced that “the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12) We should also notice that Paul’s defense included both proclamation and persuasion. It is this approach as he “rightly handling the word of truth” which allowed him to bring many congregations of Christians into the fold of Christianity. We see this very thing in his establishing the congregation in Thessalonica.

Acts 17:1-4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.

We can see that Paul was persuasive, as he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that Jesus was the Christ. In the end, Paul was able to establish one of the earliest Christian congregations. We too must become more skilled in the art of persuasion as we go about sharing the Word of God. If we can, we will find the idea of proclaiming and persuading not so overwhelming, as we too go about adding to the congregation of God.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to an accurate knowledge[7] of truth.

Exercise

This week, find three opportunities at introducing yourself to a stranger as a Christian and share just one Scripture, 1 Peter 5:8, asking them ‘How can we know whether Satan really exists?’

Review Questions

  • Why was Paul so effective in his defense before King Agrippa?
  • How can we skillfully persuade others? (Touch on the Greek word for persuade)
  • How can our persuasion appeal to the heart?
  • Why is it important that we become effective in using God’s Word skillfully?
  • What is God’s desired for all men and women?

[1] FELIX was the procurator of the Roman Province of Judea at the time Paul the apostle visited Jerusalem for the last time and was arrested there (Acts 23:24). He held Paul prisoner for two years.

[2] FESTUS was the successor of Felix as the Roman Province procurator of Judea (Acts 24:27).

[3] Intransitively describes a verb, or the use of a verb, without a direct object, e.g. the verb “die” in the sentence “He was slowly dying.”

[4] OVERCOMING BIBLE DIFFICULTIES: Answers to the So-Called Errors and Contradictions by Edward D. Andrews

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[5] Or person

[6] Or established, instituted

[7] Epignosis is a strengthened or intensified form of gnosis (epi, meaning “additional”), meaning, “true,” “real,” “full,” “complete” or “accurate,” depending upon the context. Paul and Peter alone use epignosis.

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REVIEWING 2013 New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is going to challenge your objectivity. Being objective means that personal feelings or opinions do not influence you in considering and representing facts. Being subjective means that your understanding is based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or ideas. If the reader finds these insights offense, it might be a little mind control at work from years of being told the same misinformation repeatedly, so ponder things objectively …

REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURESREASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES: Sharing CHRIST as You Help Others to Learn about the Mighty works of God

Use of REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES should help you to cultivate the ability to reason from the Scriptures and to use them effectively in assisting others to learn about “the mighty works of God.” – Acts 2:11. If Christians are going to be capable, powerful, efficient teachers of God’s Word, we must not only pay attention to what we tell those who are interested but also how we tell them. Yes, we must focus our attention on…

REASONING WITH OTHER RELIGIONSREASONING WITH THE WORLD’S VARIOUS RELIGIONS: Examining and Evangelizing Other Faiths

God’s will is that “all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4) God has assigned all Christians the task of proclaiming the Word of God, teaching, to make disciples. (Matt. 24:15; 28:19-20: Ac 1;8 That includes men and women who profess a non-Christian religion, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam to mention just a few. If there are Hindus, Buddhist or Muslims are in your community, why not initiate a conversation with them? Christians who take the Great Commission seriously cannot afford to ignore these religions…

CONVERSATIONAL EVANGELISM: Defending the Faith, Reasoning from the Scriptures, Explaining and Proving, Instructing in Sound Doctrine, and Overturning False Reasoning, [Second Edition]CONVERSATIONAL EVANGELISM, [Second Edition]

Evangelism is the work of a Christian evangelist, of which all true Christians are obligated to partake to some extent, which seeks to persuade other people to become Christian, especially by sharing the basics of the Gospel, but also the deeper message of biblical truths. Today the …

THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST: Always Being Prepared to Make a Defense [Second Edition]THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST: Always Being Prepared to Make a Defense [Second Edition]

MOST Christian apologetic books help the reader know WHAT to say; THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST is HOW to communicate it effectively. The Christian apologist words should always be seasoned with salt as we share the unadulterated truths of Scripture with gentleness and respect. Our example …

THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK: How All Christians Can Effectively Share God's Word in Their Community, [SECOND EDITION]THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK: How All Christians Can Effectively Share God’s Word in Their Community, [SECOND EDITION]

THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK is a practical guide (for real-life application) in aiding all Christians in sharing biblical beliefs, the Good News of the kingdom, how to deal with Bible critics, overturning false beliefs, so as to make disciples, as commanded by Christ. Matthew 24:14; …

YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]

The reader will receive eight small introductory books in this one publication. Andrews’ intention is to offer his reader several chapters on eight of the most critical subject areas of understanding and defending the Word of God. This will enable the reader to lay a solid foundation for …

THE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From WithinTHE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From Within 

The Culture War. How the West lost its greatness and was weakened from within outlines how the West lost its values, causing its current decline. It is a forceful attack on the extreme liberal, anti-religious ideology which since the1960’s has permeated the Western culture and …

EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus' Witnesses to the Ends of the EarthEARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus’ Witnesses to the Ends of the Earth

EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY will give its readers a thrilling account of first-century Christianity. When and how did they come to be called Christians? Who are all obligated to be Christian evangelists? In what way did Jesus set the example for our evangelism? What is the …

CRISIS OF FAITH: Saving Those Who DoubtCRISIS OF FAITH Saving Those Who Doubt 

Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or congregation, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” OURS is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the …

Investigating Jehovah's Witnesses: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s WitnessesINVESTIGATING JEHOVAH?S WITNESSES: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s Witnesses

The intention of this book is to investigate the biblical chronology behind Jehovah’s Witnesses most controversial doctrinal position that Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven in October 1914. This biblical chronology of the Witnesses hinges upon their belief that the destruction of …

Translation and Textual Criticism

THE COMPLETE GUIDE to BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition]THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition] 

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION (CGBT) is for all individuals interested in how the Bible came down to us, as well as having an insight into the Bible translation process. CGBT is also for those who are interested in which translation(s) would be the most beneficial to use.

CHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation DifferencesCHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation Differences

There are more than 150 different Bible translations in the English language alone. Some are what we call literal translations, which seeks to give the reader the exact English equivalent of what was written in the original language text, thus allowing the reader access to the actual Word …

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT The Science and Art of Textual CriticismTHE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God? Wilkins and Andrews …

MISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman's "Misquoting Jesus" [Third Edition]MISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus” [Third Edition]

Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the …

Biblical Studies

HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of GodHOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of God

A comprehensive book on HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by observing, interpreting, and applying, which will focus on the most basic Bible study tools, principles, and processes for moving from an in-depth reading of the Scriptures to application. What, though, if you have long felt that you are …

THE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & ContentTHE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & Content

…the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and how that meaning can then apply to us. Marshall gives you what you need for deeper and richer Bible study. Dr. Lee M. Fields writes, “‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees …

THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded] 

The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has …

THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded] 

Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of …

INTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical HermeneuticsINTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly …

HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to HermeneuticsHOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to Hermeneutics

…Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as to ignore them will result in all manner of erroneous assumptions. Beville presents …

THE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern PeopleTHE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern People

Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzz word. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded …

DEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in RevelationDEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in Revelation

church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy ChurchesA Case-Study in Revelationbegins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the …

DYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted SuicideDYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

…liberties in a multi-cultural society that is becoming increasingly secular. This work provides an ethical framework in which euthanasia and assisted suicide can be evaluated. These issues are on the radar indicating a collision course with Christian values. It is time for Christians to be …

JOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK: Experience the Ministry of Jesus in a Spiritually Captivating WayJOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK

Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark‘s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use …

ANGELS & DEMONS: The Bible AnswersANGELS & DEMONS The Bible Answers

What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control …

Bible Doctrines

WHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Without delving into an endless stream of what man has said, Andrews looks at what the Bible says about death and the like. Why do we grow old and die? What happens at death? Is there life after death, or is this all there is? Do we have an immortal soul? …

IDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast RevealedIDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast Revealed

Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it …

UNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithUNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” [Isa 45:18] He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and …

The SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithThe SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who …

WHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in …

Miracles? - Do They Still Happen Today?: God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith HealingMIRACLES – DO THEY STILL HAPPEN TODAY? God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith Healing 

Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …

HOMOSEXUALITY - The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithHOMOSEXUALITY – The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …

Christian Fiction

THE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm's LengthTHE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm’s Length

…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …

THE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed WrathTHE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed Wrath

Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …

SEEKERS AND DECEIVERS: Which One are You? It Is Time to Join the Fight!

There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to  …

The Shadow Flames of Uluru: Book ONE in the CHAOS DOWN UNDER 

When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …

WRITE PLACE, RIGHT TIME: The Pre-Apocalyptic Misadventure of a Freelance Journalist 

“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.