The premise that modern inventions have caused the globe to shrink and time
and distance to be demolished drives Stephen Olfords The Christian Message
for Contemporary Life. The text is published essentially as the sermons
were delivered by Olford, and his warm and pointed preaching style comes
"We have radio, television, computers, the Internet and astounding advances
in literacy and available literature," writes Olford. Yet, says Olford, despite
the advances in technology and other scientific endeavors, there are still
millions of people who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Christian Message is a succinct presentation of the first three
chapters of 1 Corinthians, and Olford follows the keen reasoning of the apostle
Paul to show the relevancy of the Christian message for our generation so that
you can be better prepared when you share your faith. The overarching theme is
the commission of Christ in Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the
Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all
Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (NIV).
Olfords study is engaging and filled with excellent illustrations and
quotes, always keeping Christ at the center and putting the church in its
The book is divided into six chapters, examining the following themes:
Each chapter includes an outline of the scriptural text, and readers are
encouraged to read and reread the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians as they
study Olfords book.
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