Non-Fiction Review: Richard D. Phillips’ “1 & 2 Thessalonians”

“Christian life and ministry will always have a local feel and flavor. There is a tendency today, however, to exaggerate those differences when it comes to the witness of the gospel. When we think of Paul’s various places of ministry, we should note that his strategy varied little, and his doctrine not at all, despite the wide variety of cultural and social contexts in which he served.”

This is just one of the many, many quotes I marked in this book! There are so many good moments of deep insight – over and over I had to stop and re-read to fully digest everything Mr. Phillips had pulled out from each verse.

This book is a call to action, urging you to get up and go! How you live your life and faith, how you support your pastor and church, and how you reach out to the people you come across in your day, is given sound instruction through careful examination of Paul’s teaching. Each piece of his letter is broken down, explained in further context and deeper meaning.

As this book started as a collection of sermons, the language and topics are very approachable and open, allowing anyone to dive in. A great book to use as a Bible study, both personal and group. The truths within are impactful, and will change your worldview!

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley



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