Qualified Overseers, a new book by David Padfield, is an exegetical study of the qualifications of an elder. This book contains four sermons on these qualifications and explores in great detail the meaning of each of the attributes set forth in Scripture. Instead of just quoting from Greek lexicons to find the meaning of the words found in the Greek text, this study focuses more on how the words have been rendered in over twenty English translations of the Bible (30 pages; PDF file size: 687k).
Bible Class Book on the Gospel of Mark. Outline of the book of Mark with questions for each section. A color map of the cities mentioned in Mark is also included. 21 pages (PDF file size: 827k).
Against All The Gods Of Egypt (2nd edition, 2015). A detailed study of the plagues Jehovah sent to punish the land of Egypt and her gods during the time of Moses. Special emphasis is given to showing how each plague was a direct insult to the gods in Egypt (56 pages with color photographs; PDF file size: 3.2MB).
Jerusalem, The City Of Our God. This new booklet includes a discussion of the history of Jerusalem from the time of Abraham until the Moslem invasion of the Holy Land. There is also a section on sites to see in Jerusalem today. This free 35-page booklet also has a complete bibliography and twenty color photographs (PDF file; 3MB).
The Biblical City Of Philippi, Greece (2nd edition, 2015). During his second evangelistic journey, Paul visited the city of Troas in what is now western Turkey. He then sailed to the northwest and came to Neapolis, a journey of about 100 miles. Neapolis was the regular landing place for those who desired to travel by the Egnatian Way, the great Roman military highway stretching some 490 miles across Macedonia. Leaving the seaport of Neapolis he traveled north to Philippi which was about ten miles inland. At Philippi Paul preached the gospel first to Lydia and her household, then to the Philippian jailer and his family. Lydia, a seller of purple, and her household were the firstfruits of the gospel in Europe. Paul and Silas were arrested and thrown into prison in this city. Paul was very humiliated by his treatment and later told the Christians at Thessalonica how he was “spitefully treated” at Philippi. This free booklet includes color photographs of the area and a complete bibliography (PDF file size: 2.4MB).
The Biblical City Of Caesarea Philippi (2nd edition, 2015). It was in the region of Caesarea Philippi that Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” and where Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13, 16). This new booklet describes the city of Caesarea Philippi, its significance in Biblical times and its archaeological ruins. Caesarea Philippi was an area scattered with the temples of ancient Syrian Baal worship and a cave near Caesarea Philippi is said to be the birthplace of the Greek god Pan, the god of nature, fields, forests, mountains, flocks and shepherds. The cave at Caesarea Philippi is the easternmost source of the Jordan River—this alone would make the area full of emotion for the Jews. In the New Testament age there was also a great temple of white marble built to the godhead of Caesar. This free booklet includes color photographs of the area and a complete bibliography (PDF file size: 1.9MB).
The Biblical Cities Of Laodicea, Colosse, And Hierapolis (2nd edition, 2015). In the New Testament, three churches in the Lycus River valley in Asia Minor sounded forth the word of God. Paul wrote an epistle to the church at Colosse and mentioned the brethren at Laodicea and Hierapolis. Laodicea was also one of the "seven churches of Asia" mentioned by John in the book of Revelation. Includes bibliography and over a dozen color photographs (PDF file size: 3.2MB).
"Withdrawing Fellowship". The subject of church discipline has caused no end of discussion among faithful brethren. Anyone even remotely familiar with the New Testament recognizes the Bible does speak on this subject. The problem comes in our application of what the Scriptures teach about it. The phrase most of my brethren like to use is “withdrawing fellowship.” Unfortunately, this phrase is not found anywhere on the pages of Sacred Writ. Beyond this, the way most congregations practice “withdrawing fellowship” is not even remotely connected with New Testament commands or approved examples. This booklet contains a very detailed sermon outline on the subject of corrective discipline within a local congregation. (PDF file size: 238k)
The Praetorian Guard. The lesson outline discusses the importance of the Roman Praetorian Guard and how they had an impact on the life of Paul and the growth of the New Testament church. The Praetorian Guard’s primary role in the New Testament age was to protect the emperor and imperial family and to quash any potential rebellions, and they were the only military force allowed in the capital. Prisoners sent to Rome from the provinces in appeal cases, like the apostle Paul, were entrusted to the care of the prefect of the praetorian guard (8 pages; PDF file size: 354k).
Prophets of Pentecost. An examination of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the establishment of the church and the coronation of the Messiah. This book contains six detailed sermon outlines. The first lesson explains what happened on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, then the following lessons look at the prophecies of Joel, Isaiah, Daniel, David. The final lesson discusses how Christians reign with Christ right now (30 pages; PDF file size: 680k).
Days Of Vengeance. Jesus called the destruction of Jerusalem the "the days of vengeance" (Luke 21:22). The destruction of Jerusalem was an act of God's vengeance and judgment, not Rome's. The destruction of the holy city was not an accidental or arbitrary act, but the just recompense of reward for those who rejected God's Son. This book is a very detailed examination of the destruction of Jerusalem and a look at the events which followed (32 pages; color photographs; PDF file size: 767k).
The Destruction of Tyre (second edition, 2010). Tyre, the famous Phoenician seaport, was located 20 miles south of Sidon on the Mediterranean coast. The prophet Ezekiel foretold the destruction of Tyre centuries before Alexander the Great cast the ruins of the ancient city into the sea (PDF file size: 279k).
Wedding And Funeral Sermons, a collection of wedding and funeral sermons by David Padfield, Wayne Greeson, Harry Lewis, Brian Sullivan, Wayne Walker, Gene Taylor, and Robert Welch (PDF file size: 144k).
The Early Years Of Saul Of Tarsus. On the great day of Pentecost, Jews from throughout the Greco-Roman world traveled to Jerusalem to worship God. While Jews were found in every nation throughout the civilized world, anti-Semitism flourished. Among the nations of antiquity, no nation was ever hated as much as Israel. If Christianity were ever going conquer the world, then someone would have to bridge the gap between Jews and Gentiles. In the providence of God, Saul of Tarsus was selected. This new book focuses on Saul's Jewish roots, his birth in Tarsus of Cilicia, and his education "at the feet of Gamaliel." This book contains numerous color photographs from Tarsus of Cilicia in Turkey (PDF file size: 1.3MB).
Against All The Gods Of Egypt, a detailed sermon outline on the plagues Jehovah sent to punish the land of Egypt and her gods during the time of Moses. Special emphasis is given to showing how each plague was a direct insult to certain gods in Egypt (PDF file size: 596k).
The Beatitudes: The Path To A New Life. A series of nine expository sermon outlines from the preamble to the Sermon on the Mount (42 pages; PDF file size: 451k).
"Flesh And Blood Hath Not Revealed It." Before His final trip to Jerusalem, Jesus chose the region of Caesarea Philippi to ask His disciples, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" If you were present on that occasion, listening to that lowly Galilean carpenter, would you, like Peter, have boldly confessed Him to be the Son of God? This new booklet by David Padfield examines the evidence that Peter could have used to come to his conclusion about the deity of Christ. The sections include: 1) the prophecies Jesus fulfilled, 2) the claims Jesus made, 3) the testimony of John the Baptist, and, 4) the miracles Jesus performed (PDF file size: 368k).
The Genealogy Of Christ. When most people read the Bible, they skip the over sections that deal with the genealogies of Bible characters. However, the Bible places great emphasis upon the ancestry and genealogy of Jesus Christ. The genealogy of Christ is often neglected, and yet it was (and is) of vital importance to those concerned about salvation. The study shows how the genealogy of Christ proves the following points: 1) God fulfilled His promise to Abraham, 2) Christ's right to be King on David's throne, 3) Christ's throne is not on this earth, 4) The importance of women and Gentiles, and 5) The end of the Levitical priesthood (PDF file size: 372k).
The Abominations of the Canaanites. The book of Deuteronomy contains a remarkable passage that explains the origin of the prophetic institution in Israel. The passage also stands as a warning to the Israelites who were about to enter Canaan, for there is a long list of the abominations of the Canaanites described here as well. The destruction of the Canaanites was not an attack on an innocent people; instead, it was God's righteous judgment against abominable sin. This free booklet describes what the "abominations of the Canaanites" actually involved, and then it shows how Moses was different from all of the other Old Testament prophets of God. The final section shows how Jesus Christ was "the Prophet" that Moses said would come after him. (PDF file size: 249k).
All of our other books are still available, including sermon outlines, wedding sermons, debates, tracts, class handouts, Bible history and geography, premillennialism, and Bible class books on both the Old Testament and New Testament, a Bible Class curriculum for fourth grade through high school, and a three year adult Bible Class curriculum.