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Why the Reformation Still Matters

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Five hundred years after the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, many people - Christians and non-Christians alike - view it as a conflict about issues that are no longer relevant to the church. But what if the Reformation still has something to teach us? What if the doctrines so vigorously debated and defended by the Reformers still matter today? In this accessible primer on the Reformation, Michael Reeves and Tim Chester introduce listeners to 11 key questions raised by the Reformers. These questions continue to impact the church today - proving that the Reformation is much more than just a bit of history we can leave behind.

©2016 eChristian (P)2016 eChristian

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Truth We Can Touch

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Many Christians often feel confused about the sacraments of baptism and Communion. What is happening when someone goes down into the water in baptism? What's the significance of eating bread and wine together as a church on Sunday mornings? In this audiobook, Tim Chester makes a compelling case that God has given us truth we can touch for a reason: the sacraments embody the promises, grace, and presence of Christ. He looks throughout the Bible to explain how the sacraments are intended to actually shape Christians' lives by giving us physical bread, wine, and water we can point to as an expression of our union with Christ. The aim is to help listeners treasure baptism and Communion and approach them rightly so churches can receive the full benefit God intends them to physically bring us.

©2020 Tim Chester (P)2020 eChristian

Narrator: Bruce Mann
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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The Gospel

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Part of the Contemporary Christian series. John Stott's best-selling volume, The Contemporary Christian: An Urgent Plea for Double Listening, updated and presented for today's audience. What is the authentic gospel? How do we answer the sceptics? Christianity is not a religion but God's good news for the world. This implies that it has both a divine origin and a human relevance: it comes from God, and it speaks to our condition. So, before we ask, 'What is the gospel?', we need to ask, 'What is a human being?' Chapter one: The human paradox looks at what the Bible teaches and what our experience endorses: the glory and shame of our humanness, both our dignity as creatures made in God's image and our depravity as sinners under his judgement. Chapter two: Human freedom: what is traditionally called 'salvation', seen in terms of 'authentic freedom'. Chapters three and four: The central themes of the death and resurrection of Jesus, securing our freedom. This section also looks at a number of objections and denials. Chapter five: The far-reaching implications, both for faith and for life. Radical indeed is the discipleship which takes all of this and Christ's lordship seriously. It's nothing short of a life-changing message. About the author: John Stott exercised a worldwide ministry as a church leader, Bible expositor and author. His best-selling books have been translated into numerous languages, won several awards and shaped whole generations of ministers, thinkers, writers and bloggers. John was Rector Emeritus of All Souls Langham Place, London, and Founder-President of the Langham Partnership. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen's 2006 New Year honours.

©2020 John Stott, Inter-Varsity Press (P)2020 Inter-Varsity Press, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Narrator: Neil Gardner
Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The Disciple

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Part of the Contemporary Christian series. John Stott's best-selling volume, The Contemporary Christian: An Urgent Plea for Double Listening, updated and presented for today's audience. If Christ is our Lord, then we are his servants, and if he is our teacher, then we are his pupils. Following Christ is a multi-faceted responsibility. We should remember: Every true disciple is a listener. We are both rational and emotional. We can discern God's call and will. Love is the first fruit of the Spirit, a core ingredient of discipleship. About the author John Stott exercised a worldwide ministry as a church leader, Bible expositor and author. His best-selling books have been translated into numerous languages, won several awards and shaped whole generations of ministers, thinkers, writers and bloggers. John was Rector Emeritus of All Souls Langham Place, London and Founder-President of the Langham Partnership. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen's 2006 New Year honours.

©2020 John Stott, Inter-Varsity Press (P)2020 Inter-Varsity Press, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Narrator: Neil Gardner
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Gospel-Centered Marriage

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Most of what the Bible has to say about marriage does not come flagged up under a heading of marriage. It's not just the famous marriage passages that shape a gospel-centered marriage, but the whole Bible story of God's good creation, humanity's wicked rebellion, and God's gracious redemption.  To understand why marriages struggle - as they all do - we need to understand the nature of our sin. To make marriages work, we need to understand how to apply the truth about God and his salvation. This study guide on Christian marriage focuses on how the Gospel shapes the practical realities of everyday life. Author Tim Chester lifts the lid on many of the common pressure points that modern couples face and shows how a proper understanding of the Gospel can shape a response.

©2011 Tim Chester/The Good Book Company (P)2020 One Audiobooks

Narrator: Dave Holdt
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Gospel-Centered Family

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Numerous books set out to help Christian parents in the challenging mission of raising their children well - so what's different about this one? Well, the answer's in the title! It's not about how the gospel fits into Christian family life, but how family life should fit into the gospel - God's greatest purpose for this universe, achieved in Christ. Many books aim to raise up competent, balanced parents and well-trained, well-rounded children. But Tim Chester and Ed Moll focus on families growing God-knowing, Christ-confessing, grace-receiving, servant-hearted, mission-minded believers - adults and children together. Christian families should be about: Not just making good citizens but also church planters, missionaries, reformers, servants, and evangelists; Not just learning about God but also showing him to others;  Not just controlling behavior but also changing the heart; Not just parents and children, but being an integral part of the wider church family.  In 12 concise chapters, Gospel-Centered Family takes us through the major Bible principles for family life, challenging us to give up our "respectable" middle-class idols and to become the distinctively different people that God, through his gospel, calls us to be.

©2010 Tim Chester and Ed Moll/The Good Book Company (P)2020 One Audiobooks

Narrator: Dave Holdt
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Do Miracles Happen Today?

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An engaging and accessible guide to the Bible’s teaching on miracles and whether they happen today. Lots of extraordinary stuff happens in the Bible. People walk on water. People touch handkerchiefs and are healed. People disappear into the sky. Did these really happen? What was their purpose? And do miracles happen today?  In this warm and accessible book, Tim Chester looks at the Bible’s view of the existence and purpose of miracles and gives a careful and balanced view on whether healings and other miraculous things happen today.  It will help Christians to explore these questions and others regarding miracles, signs, and wonders, and know how to pray.  Includes additional answers on:  Why did Jesus tell people not to tell others about his miracles? How should I respond when I hear a claim that a miracle has happened? Should we hold healing services? What can I say to a child about praying for healing?  Questions Christians Ask are short, listenable books which clearly explain how the Bible answers the tough questions Christians are asking.

©2020 Tim Chester (P)2020 One Audiobooks

Narrator: Simon Bubb
Author: Tim Chester
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
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A Meal with Jesus

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Meals have always been important across societies and cultures, a time for friends and families to come together. An important part of relationships, meals are vital to our social health. Author Tim Chester sums it up: "Food connects." Chester argues that meals are also deeply theological - an important part of Christian fellowship and mission. He observes that the book of Luke is full of stories of Jesus at meals. These accounts lay out biblical principles. Chester notes, "The meals of Jesus represent something bigger." Six chapters in A Meal with Jesus show how they enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation, and promise. Moving from biblical times to the modern world, Chester applies biblical truth to challenge our contemporary understandings of hospitality. He urges sacrificial giving and loving around the table, helping listeners consider how meals can be about serving others and sharing the grace of Christ.

©2011 Tim Chester (P)2020 eChristian

Narrator: Bruce Mann
Author: Tim Chester
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible