The Instruments in Our Toolchest

The Fascinating, Life-Altering Word of God - Part 12

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For almost as long as the Bible has circulated, church leaders and Bible scholars have written books to give people access to their knowledge about the scriptures. In this week’s episode, Gary Wilkerson and Joshua West discuss all of the resources available to modern believers who want to grow in their knowledge of hermeneutics, systematic theology and church history. With these tools, we can come to a fuller and more thorough understanding of what God is telling us about himself in his book.

Key Points from the Podcast

• Everyone has tools of their trade that help them in their work, and believers are no different. We have many resources that help us in our studies of scripture.

• Many wonderful men of God have created commentaries and books to help with the interpret the scriptures, but there are also incredible online tools available to anyone.

• The online program Logos allows a user to create libraries of books, and then it makes all those resources searchable; you can quickly search for specific quotes or names.

• Commentaries help us see how great church leaders have interpreted the Bible throughout history, and they can be very helpful for understanding difficult passages of scripture.

• A dictionary or encyclopedia of different biblical terms can also be very important because it helps us understand some of the images used in parables or prophesies.

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

• Logos
• Bible Hub
• John Bertram Phillips's commentaries
• Matthew Henry's commentary
• Systematic Theology by Wayne Gruden
• Christian Theology by Millard J. Erickson
• Treasury of David by Charles H. Spurgeon
• The Wiersbe Bible Commentary
• Church History Made Easy by Timothy Paul Jones
• The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez
• David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed by Gary Wilkerson
• God’s Favor by Gary Wilkerson
• Divine Intercessor: Pursuing Intercession and Intimacy with Jesus by Gary Wilkerson
• Simple Gospel: The Modern Offense of the Cross by Joshua West
• Hard Sayings: Reconciling the Cost of Discipleship and the American Dream by Joshua West
• Come and Die: Dying to Self and Living for Christ by Joshua West

Episodes in this Podcast Series

About Joshua West

Joshua West serves as the Pastors Network Director at World Challenge helping equip and empower pastors all over the world. Joshua’s desire is to raise up ministers who will correctly and boldly preach the word with passion and integrity. The point of all his work and writings is to preach the gospel, glorify God and to teach sound doctrine.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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