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Mission Sunday

Bob Russell delivered a powerful message on Sunday compelling all of us to be missionaries right where we are. Get to know the people around you and invite them to come to church or share a meal. Below are two resources that may help as you strive to be missionally minded this week.

Click the image to check out Bob Russell's blog, www.bobrussell.org.
Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Former atheist and Chicago Tribune journalist Lee Strobel says yes! In this revised and updated bestseller, The Case for Christ, Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools such as Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, asking hard-hitting questions - and building a captivating case for Christ's divinity.


Dig deeper with us into the book of Hebrews with the resources below, recommended by New Hope ministers.

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The Image of God

-In case you missed it or need a reminder, click the chart to watch Rob's sermon using this illustration


Hebrews (The College Press Niv Commentary)
By surpassing most traditional commentaries, Lane's work unveils Hebrews as a sermon rendered by a concerned "preacher" to his Roman church, which is under persecution and dangerously close to rejecting the faith. Tracing the writer's development thought by thought, rather than verse by verse, careful attention is paid to the cultural and historical background. This work is useful as a study guide for groups and individuals, or for any reader who wishes a mature understanding of the book of Hebrews.
The Rochester College Sermon Seminar and the series of books it has inspired have been built on the conviction that Christian preaching today needs revision. Such reforming begins with a close and faithful reading of Scripture, an engagement so serious that the world of Scripture ultimately sets agendas and invents expectations for meaningful life...In this present volume, too, we wish to grant the book of Hebrews the opportunity to pull all of us into the world it envisions, allowing it the power to judge, convict, and form us into a community God desires.
Exalting Jesus in Hebrews is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. This new commentary series takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books.

Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition presented as sermons and divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect & Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy reading, practical and friendly commentary.
Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from the twentieth century to the first century. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into modern context. The NIV Application Commentary series helps with both halves of Bible study. It builds a bridge from the past to the world we live in -- explaining not only what the Bible meant, but also how it can speak powerfully today.
The ESV Study Bible was created to help you encounter the truth of God's Word as a powerful, life-changing reality. To accomplish this, it combines the best evangelical scholarship with the text, which, as an "essentially literal" translation, is especiallysuited for Bible study. The ESV Study Bible contains two kinds of words. The first is the actual words of the Bible-the very Words of God to us. The second is the study notes, which are human words. The result is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published-with new notes, maps, illustrations, charts, timelines and articles-the equivalent of a 20-volume Bible study library.
The CSB Worldview Study Bible features extensive worldview study notes and articles by notable Christian scholars to help Christians better understand the grand narrative and flow of Scripture within the biblical framework from which we are called to view reality and make sense of life and the world. Guided by general editors David S. Dockery and Trevin K. Wax, this Bible is an invaluable resource and study tool that will help you to discuss, defend, and clearly share with others the truth, hope, and practical compatibility of Christianity in everyday life.
Lectures in Hebrews by Mark Bourne (YouTube)
This commentary on the book of Hebrews is a great resource for the study of New Testament history and has been adapted in many Bible colleges as a textbook. The Bible notes are excellent and clear, and the numerous special studies bring valuable information to the forefront that seldom makes it into a single volume.

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