Ever feel like a hopeless sinner? Look at the lives of Samson, Peter, Martha and more. God used their imperfections, and he can certainly use ours, no matter how bad we think we are. The Bible was given to us to offer hope and encouragement through the testimonies of those that have gone before us. Through this guide, we discover that just as biblical characters failed, biblical characters were redeemed. And God wants to do the same for us. The Christian Basics Bible Studies based on bestselling InterVarsity Press books take you through key Scripture passages and help you to apply biblical truths to your life.
Ever feel like a hopeless sinner? Look at the lives of Samson, Peter and Martha. God used their imperfections, and he can certainly use yours--no matter how bad you think they are. The Bible offers hope and encouragement through the testimonies of those that have gone before you. In this Christian Basics Bible Study, based on relevant stories from the Bible and on Never Beyond Hope by J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom, you'll discover that just as these men and women of Scripture failed, they were also redeemed by God. And God wants to do the same for you.
J. I. Packer is regarded as one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. He is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his writings include books such as , , (Crossway) and . He has preached and lectured widely in Great Britain and North America and served as general editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible published in 2001, and theological editor of the Study Bible version. In 2014, Packer was named Author of the Year by the Association of Logos Bookstores. He is a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of and has written numerous articles published in journals such as and He received a BA, MA and PhD from Oxford University.
Carolyn Nystrom (MA, Wheaton College) has written more than eighty books, Bible study guides and children's titles. She served as general editor for the Christian Classics series and she co-authored and with theologian J. I. Packer, and with Sandra Speidel. In addition to actively serving in her church and community, she has been a foster parent, an elementary schoolteacher and a book editor. Carolyn lives in the Chicago area with her husband and they have four grown children.