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The Bookends of The Christian Life was co-authored with Jerry Bridges to use the creative metaphor of “bookends” to help us fully embrace the two things that are absolutely crucial for staying steady in the Christian life: our justification in Christ and the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. Here is a guide to experiencing the peace, joy, and stability we all desire.
Here’s one of the endorsements:
“Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington look at the Christian life through a wide-angle lens, examining the framework that supports, stabilizes and secures the believer’s life in Christ. They teach elements of a distinctly biblical worldview, leaning upon the righteousness of Christ on one hand and upon the power of the Holy Spirit on the other. A wise and powerful book, one I heartily recommend.”—Tim Challies, best-selling author and blogger at Challies.com
www.The BookendsBook.com has more info and free sample chapters
For individual and small group study, here’s a link to the highly-recommended Bookends Bible Study and Leader’s Guide, by Susan Beebe
The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness also co-Authored with Jerry in an effort to demonstrate how believers often take for granted the great act of salvation provided to us by the work of Jesus Christ. Beginning with the Old Testament sacrifices and the prophecies that foreshadowed Christ, we guide believers through the biblical overview of Christ’s atonement. The Great Exchange helps believers see how the Old Testament practices tie in with the New Testament discussion of Christ’s great work of salvation. As believers work through these principles, they will begin to recognize that even though we deserve condemnation and punishment from a holy God, he has given us the opportunity to experience his great riches through his Son. The clear gospel message presented throughout the entire book offers a great appreciation of Christ for believers and an opportunity for salvation for unbelievers.
A Couple of the Endorsements:
“As Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington have shown, the cross brings a timely and unparalleled message of costly love and forgiveness. Their work is a thorough examination of this rich truth in the Scriptures, and you will be richer for their biblical insights.”
—Ravi Zacharias, Founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; best-selling author
“The next time I am asked for my top-ten reading list, this will be included! Clear and comprehensive, it leaves the reader in no doubt that this “great exchange” is not only the heart of biblical theology but also the pivotal event of human history.” —Alistair Begg, Pastor, Conference Speaker, and Author
www.TheGreatExchangeBook.com has more info and free sample chapters
Good News About Satan: A Gospel Look at Spiritual Warfare is a short, reader-friendly text that cites no extra-biblical sources. Instead, it walks the reader through the plain teachings of Scripture regarding Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare, at all times from an explicitly gospel-centered perspective that exalts the sovereignty of God and the finished work of Christ as paramount. Because of this focus, the book, while treating our enemy soberly and seriously, is devoid of the unfruitful speculations and illegitimate extrapolations so common to this topic. For these and other reasons, this book differs significantly from nearly every other book on the subject.
For authentic Christians, the bad news of Satan and the kingdom of darkness, while serious, is overshadowed by the good news of Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Yes, there is a cosmic clash. Yes, we are in the middle of it. Yes, we need to become equipped to recognize and resist the enemy. But those who are united to Christ by genuine faith need not fear Satan. Not now. Not ever. The truth can be summed up in this simple statement: The good news about Jesus, the victorious one, far outweighs the bad news about Satan, the evil one.
A Couple of the Endorsements:
“The literature on spiritual warfare is often speculative and sensational. It’s hard to know what authors to trust. But spiritual warfare is certainly an important biblical topic; from one perspective it is the central topic of the whole Bible. So it’s important that believers get sober and reliable guidance on the subject. Bob Bevington’s book is one of the most helpful. He has not put to rest all of the controversies in this area, but his book is reliable, biblical, and practical. It is easy to understand and challenges our spiritual complacency.” —Dr. John M. Frame, theologian and author
“Christians tend to fall into one of two camps when it comes to Satan and spiritual warfare: it becomes everything (resembling a Hollywood horror movie) or nothing (resembling a naturalistic worldview). Enter Bob Bevington, a wise teacher who decided to investigate for himself what the Bible really says—and doesn’t say. The result is a careful and lively introduction to these important issues. The title is not a typo: understood in the grand storyline of Scripture, there really is good news about Satan. Read this book, prepare for battle, and rejoice in the victory that has been won and the glory that will shine more brightly.”
—Justin Taylor, blogger at The Gospel Coalition and author
Review at GoodReads.com
Two Blog Posts by Bob on Spiritual Warfare:
Red Like Blood: Confrontations with Grace Co-authored with Pastor Joe Coffey, Red Like Blood is the over-arching story of the Bible, the story of salvation: the amazing grace of God in Jesus Christ impacting our brokenness, drenching us in forgiveness and mercy.
It is told through the lives of two men a prodigal and a pastor s kid whose broken lives are forever stained the color of grace as they are confronted by the One who meets them in their hopelessness and despair, bringing redemption and healing. Red Like Blood chronicles the power of the gospel in all of its life-changing fullness. It is a story that should challenge, encourage and empower us all.
“’Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.’ These memorable words from the pen of ex-slave trader, John Newton, could well be the sub-title of Red Like Blood. This book is the story of two men; one a preacher and the other an obvious sinner, who both learned to drink deeply from the gospel and to experience the amazing grace of God. Red Like Blood is captivating, challenging, and encouraging. Both believers and non-believers will enjoy and profit from this book. —Jerry Bridges: Best-selling author of The Pursuit of Holiness and Trusting God
“So much of what purports to be Christianity fails to be real. It is faux Christianity: man-centered, self-atoning, conscience-easing religious therapy for those who don’t want to feel needy or broken. Red Like Blood is real. Through the humble stories of two uncomfortably honest men you’ll see the depth of your own need and you’ll celebrate the Savior who meets, forgives and transforms you too.” —Paul David Tripp: Pastor, international speaker, and author
“Bob and Joe shouldn’t be friends. They have different backgrounds, different personalities, different stories. But in these pages you’ll read the true story of a stunning event in the past that made them blood brothers for life. But be forewarned: this isn’t a typical ‘Christian book’ where the authors wear sanitized masks and explain how to live the good life. It’s an exercise in earthy honesty and gritty grace. These are guys who have seen sin up close and personal, and cannot get over being amazed by a bloody and risen and reigning Savior. Expect to be changed by reading it.” —Justin Taylor: Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible; Blogger at Between Two Worlds
Radio Interview on Knowing the Truth (starts at ~7 minutes)
Two Short Articles by Bob Bevington:
Here’s perhaps the most useful thing I have ever written, a mere blog post:
Here’s a blog post I wrote for The Gospel Coalition in memory of my mentor, friend, and sometimes co-author, Jerry Bridges:
I was one of Jerry’s intimate prayer partners. We would call each other at the drop of a hat whenever there was a need. And since there was always a need, we talked a lot. In the eyes of many, Jerry was a giant of the Christian faith. Yet in his own eyes, he was never more than an undeserving sinner redeemed by Christ. Those who knew him best understood that Jerry’s humility was the key to his greatness
I’m currently working on a book on “the glory and presence of Christ.” It was inspired by John Owen’s title, The Glory of Christ