New Bible Class Books And Sermon Outlines

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The Early Years Of Saul Of Tarsus

The Early Years Of Saul Of Tarsus (second edition). While numerous volumes have been dedicated to chronicling the Apostle Paul's missionary endeavors, scant attention is often given to his formative years in Tarsus of Cilicia. Raised as a Jew in a cosmopolitan Roman setting distant from Israel, Saul likely never anticipated the profound impact his upbringing in Tarsus would have on his future. Yet, in this diverse environment, he honed his intellect and engaged with individuals from various walks of life, an experience unmatched in Israel (PDF file size: 10.4 MB).

In The Fullness Of Time. Our Lord came into the world at the perfect moment in human history, or, as Paul would say, He came “in the fullness of time” (Gal 4:4). Bible students can see God’s providential hand moving behind the scenes of human history to direct world events to prepare for the coming of His Son. Throughout the centuries, God’s divine oversight of the world’s affairs had prepared men and nations for the Messiah and the proclamation of the gospel. This book contains nine very detailed sermon outlines that explain why the first century AD was the perfect time for Christ to come into the world (80 pages with 20 color photographs; PDF file size: 16 MB).

Lucius Aelius Sejanus was executed for treason on October 18, AD 31, and just a year and a half later, on April 3, AD 33, our Lord stood before Pontius Pilate. Sejanus is not mentioned in any of the four gospels, but his shadow is seen in Pilate's judgment hall (12 pages; PDF file size: 811k).

The Great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem was the highest religious, political, legal, legislative, and judicial body among the Jews during the Second Temple period. This body was composed of 71 members, presided over by the High Priest. The Sadducees, a sect mainly composed of priests, dominated the Sanhedrin, but the Pharisees were also represented. This book contains six sermon outlines dealing with the history, organization, and power of the Sanhedrin. It also covers the trials of Christ and His apostles (45 pages; PDF file size: 4.5MB).

Ordinary People Rising (Volume 1), by Brian V. Sullivan, discusses how God made us all and formed us for bigger plans than most people imagine. This book covers such Bible characters as Isaac, Ruth, Boaz, and Jochebed. (13 lessons; 35 pages; PDF file size 1.1 MB)

Ordinary People Rising (Volume 2), by Brian V. Sullivan, covers many New Testament characters, such as Mary, Simeon, Zacharias, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, Apollos, Demetrius, and Gauis. (13 lessons; 41 pages; PDF file size 1 MB)

Ordinary People Rising (Volume 3), by Brian V. Sullivan, covers many Old Testament characters, such as Shiphrah, Puah, Joshua, Caleb, Mordecai, Abel, and Enoch. (13 lessons; 41 pages; PDF file size 1.2 MB)

There Is Still Room: The Parable Of The Wedding Feast. In our Lord's parable of the wedding banquet, the king extended a kind and gracious invitation in offering people an opportunity to share in the joy of his son. The ungrateful people who had been invited twice dishonored both the king and his son. The furious king dispatched those thankless people and invited others to a great banquet so his son would be honored. This booklet contains an in-depth look at the social and historical setting of the parable of the wedding feast (15 pages; PDF file size: 513k).

Free sermon outline bookLocation Matters is a new sermon outline book that examines several New Testament stories and shows how the location of the event has a great deal of bearing on our understanding of the story. These sermons discuss the "background story" at Bethabara beyond the Jordan, Capernaum, Nain, Caesarea Philippi, Antioch of Pisidia, and Athens (13 pages; PDF file size: 997k).

Written For Our Learning, a sermon outline book by David Padfield. This book of sermons contains some of David's favorite lessons dealing with Old Testament themes. You will probably find many things mentioned in this book that you have never heard anyone preach on before—and that his my goal. I have no desire to preach “new doctrines,” but I do enjoy preaching on topics that many brethren have neglected over the years (32 pages; PDF file size: 729k).

Jewish Sects of the Second Temple Period, a book by David Padfield, contains a series of sermons on Jewish sects. Nearly every Bible student is familiar with as least two of the sects of the Jews that are mentioned in the New Testament, i.e., the Pharisees and the Sadducees. A careful reading of the Gospels reveals two other powerful parties—the Herodians and the Zealots. From ancient Jewish sources and secular history, we learn of two more sects—the Essenes and the Sicarii. In this study, we examine the six main Jewish sects of Second Temple Period (i.e., the period in ancient Israel between the construction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 516 B.C. and its destruction by the Romans in A.D. 70). These outlines include much more information than was presented in the lessons—this is for the benefit of students who are not afraid to delve into the weightier matters of Biblical studies. These outlines also include additional source material to which many Bible students do not have ready access (30 pages; PDF file size: 627k).

Qualified Overseers 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).

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).

"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 (37 pages; PDF file size: 732k).

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 Most Requested Books On This Site...

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 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: 579k).

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).