Saturday’s WORDsearch Roundup

This was a busy week for WORDsearch. We released new sermon helps, wrote a bunch of blog posts, and got excited about our upcoming training conferences. Here’s a summary of what you might have missed this week.

Exposition on Prayer – Prayer Pops Up Everywhere

Prayer is the one thing we all do, yet all of us want to do it better.

Jim Rosscup realized that prayer is one of the most fundamental disciplines of every believer. The Bible is filled with prayer; in fact it appears in 61 of the 66 books of the Bible. Rosscup spent 15 years researching and writing this commentary that walks you through each book of the Bible, with a laser-like focus on acts of prayer. 

This commentary is written in a way you’ll find useful for preaching and teaching. It covers every prayer and reference to prayer in the Bible. This includes the prayers of Christ, along with every man, woman, child, and even demons. The Bible makes over 1,000 references through prayer, and Rosscup takes us on a journey through each instance. Imagine the benefits of injecting the element of prayer into every Scripture you study and every lesson you preach or teach. This is on sale until September 16.

Dean M. Weaver Sermon Outlines – Outlines with Strong Christology

Lord, open my eyes and help me say only what the Word says.” This simple statement is what Weaver prays before any of his writing.

Dean Weaver is a gifted preacher, pastor, and sermon writer who has spent over 46 years pastoring and preaching. Over the decades, Weaver has assembled a treasure trove of unpublished, alliterated sermon outlines.

Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey, pastor, teacher, writer, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice highly recommends this set of sermon outlines. “Dr. Dean M. Weaver generously shares the fruit of his labor in these volumes. Obviously, he desired the favor of his Lord in his ministry. This collection of sermon outlines reveals the focus of his life as a gifted Bible expositor.”

Weaver covers each book with alliterated outlines, and each outline is divided into many sub-points, making it practical and easy to grasp for building thousands of your own sermons and lessons. Weaver looks beyond the obvious, offering fresh and understandable outlines that hold tightly to the Scripture. He also adds bonus material to a few books in the set, providing you hotlinks to more detailed information on certain words and phrases. Just mouse-over any of these hotlinks and a sidebar will pop up with more detailed study on this particular name, place, idea, or topic. Many of these sidebars contain enough material for fully-alliterated sermons. Can’t you see yourself creating sermons with this already? This new release is on sale until September 25.

Receive Expert Training & Recharge Your Battery

It’s hard to believe that October is coming up fast. Don’t miss your chance to come learn more about WORDsearch while hanging out with others in the ministry at the Nashville conference. We have a beautiful new conference website with all the information you’ll need. It’s so beautiful, it’s worth taking a look even if you can’t make it. We also have Atlanta and Houston conferences scheduled for November.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

How quickly do you respond to the command of your heavenly Father? Guest Post – Reluctant Obedience

Quick Tip – Sort Through Thousands of Cross-References in Seconds

Remembering and Honoring September 11.

5 Stories of Encouragement from WORDsearch Staff

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B&H to Publish Lost Spurgeon Sermons with Critical Review

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By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE, Tenn:

Nineteenth century legendary London pastor Charles Spurgeon was a publishing and preaching juggernaut.

He preached to more than 10 million people, baptized more than 14,000 converts, and sold more than 50 million copies of his sermons. Spurgeon’s fans nicknamed him “the Prince of Preachers” and flocked to hear him.

All told, more than 3,500 Spurgeon sermons were eventually published, but none date from his early ministry, said Spurgeon scholar Christian George.

That will change next year.

Nashville-based B&H Publishing will release “The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon,” a multi-volume edition of early Spurgeon sermons and sermon outlines.

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George and Baird look over the sermons.

“I have been involved in Christian publishing for over twenty years,” said Jim Baird, publisher of B&H Academic. “A project like this comes to you once in your lifetime if you are fortunate.”

The collection of over 400 sermons and outlines dates from Spurgeon’s days as a young pastor outside of Cambridge. The son of a minister, Spurgeon came to faith in 1850 during a service at a Primitive Methodist Church. That encounter with God set him on a path to become one of the most prolific preachers in the English language.

“It is sometimes overlooked that Charles Spurgeon published more words in the English language than any other Christian in history,” said George, curator of the Spurgeon library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

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Charles Spurgeon, known as the “prince of preachers.”

Spurgeon began preaching not long after his conversion. At 17, he became pastor of a Baptist church in Waterbeach, not far from Cambridge. He kept his sermon outlines – which he called “skeletons” – along with some full-text sermons in a series of handwritten journals.

The first of the 13 newly-discovered journals is dated October 1849, a few months before Spurgeon’s conversion. The last is dated from 1854, right before he became pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London. The journals reveal how Spurgeon developed his theology as well as his skill in preaching.

“They give us a rare and remarkable glimpse into Spurgeon’s pre-London life and ministry,” George said.

Some of the journals show Spurgeon’s spiritual struggles. Many of the sermons end with simple and sometimes blunt prayers.

“Lord, revive my stupid soul,” Spurgeon wrote after finishing one sermon. Another ended with, “Oh my God. Do help. For Jesus’ sake.”

After becoming a pastor in London, Spurgeon had planned to publish those early sermons. But that never came to pass. They were stored in the archives of Spurgeon’s College in London, and forgotten.

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A drawing.

George discovered the journals three years ago, while doing research at the college. A librarian there brought him a stack of Spurgeon’s journals to look through.

“Only when I began flipping through their pages did I realize the significance,” he said. “These were the lost sermons Spurgeon tried so long ago to publish.”

The multi-volume set from B&H Academic will include sermons from those journals, along with critical commentary on them from George. It will be the first critical edition of Spurgeon’s work ever to be published, according to George.

Most other works about Spurgeon either reprint his sermons without analysis, or only focus on his “celebrity-like reputation, uncanny oratorical abilities, and worldwide influence,” said George. That leaves many people with a one-dimensional view of the great preacher.

“But there is a growing interest in Spurgeon scholarship in recovering his humanity – his inconsistencies, his weaknesses, his doubts, struggles, and sufferings,” he said. “In this way, we discover a Spurgeon who does not arrive on the theological landscape of nineteenth-century Britain in perfect, polished form, but instead a preacher in progress whose exegesis, rhetorical tendencies, and homiletic method evolve over the first five years of his preaching ministry.”

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The stack of journals.

Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, said he is “proud to support Dr. George and to partner with B&H and LifeWay Christian Resources in this historic undertaking. The Christian tradition as a whole will prove the true beneficiary of this monumental work.”

LifeWay president and CEO Thom Rainer said he is excited to make the sermons available to pastors and scholars alike. “This project is the most recent example of the tremendous impact B&H is having on evangelical publishing. As we constantly endeavor to faithfully serve the church, we believe the Lord will bless our efforts,” Rainer said.

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An open page of the journals.

George hopes this new edition of early Spurgeon sermons will lead to more scholarly interest in the great preacher. Pastors, he said, will also benefit from these early sermons.

“ He models for us an unwavering commitment to Christ-centered preaching, fervent prayer and discipleship, local and world evangelism, and incarnational urban ministries,” George said.

Baird said the new books will be published next year. Digital versions will be available exclusively through WORDsearch.

Bob Smietana is senior writer for Facts & Trends magazine. 

Get Expert Instruction on Greek, Sermon Preparation & Sermon Delivery

Excited about our conference in August? We are! And we’re even more excited to announce that we’ve added breakout sessions led by experienced teachers.

Here’s some information on the sessions:

8:00-9:30 Introduction to New Testament Greek by Chris Cowan

Description: Introducing the original Greek language of the New Testament (to those with little to no knowledge of it) and helping navigate common word study errors.

chris cowan, wordsearch bibleChristopher W. Cowan serves as senior project manager and academic editor at B&H Academic. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as an adjunct professor in New Testament and Greek at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Union University, and New College Franklin.

9:45-11:15 Sermon Preparation by Micah Carter

Description: Using WORDsearch to help you quickly, but effectively, prepare sermons that are faithful to the biblical text and compelling to your congregation.

micah carter, wordsearch bibleDr. Micah Carter is the HCSB Translation Spokesperson for B&H Publishing Group. He currently serves on the pastoral team of Redemption City Church in Franklin, TN, and has ministered to churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas. He is married to Meredith and they have two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan.

11:30 – 1:00 Sermon Presentation by Micah Fries

Description: Helping you develop a pattern of sermon delivery that remains faithful to God’s word and compelling to your congregation.

micah_fries, wordsearch bibleMicah Fries is the Vice President of LifeWay Research in Nashville, TN and is a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. He served as a pastor in Missouri and an international church planter. He holds a Master of Divinity and the Bachelor of Arts in Theology. While in college, Micah met Tracy, and they married in May of 2000.

After college graduation Micah & Tracy moved to Burkina Faso, West Africa where they worked as church planters among the Dagara people of Burkina Faso and Ghana. After planting churches in West Africa, Micah and Tracy returned to the US where they moved to Kansas City so that Micah could attend seminary.

Micah has served as a Senior Pastor at two churches; first at Missouri Valley Baptist Church in Halls, MO, and then Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO. During this time Micah and Tracy became the parents to two girls, Sarah Grace and Kessed Noel. Today Micah, Tracy and their daughters live in Hermitage, TN and are a part of the faith family of Fairview Church in Lebanon, TN, where Micah serves as the Associate Pastor for Teaching and Mission.

All breakouts will be held on August 14, the last day of the training conference at LifeWay in Nashville. You’llhave the option of either attending any or all of these breakouts, or there will be additional general program training on our software that you can attend instead.

Don’t miss out on this great experience for fun, fellowship and learning. Register today!

3 Days Left to Save $20 Off $40 or More – Plus Other News

Only 3 day remain in our $20 Off $40 Sale. Just visit our website, browse the categories for Bibles, commentaries, word study tools, handbooks, counseling tools and even items that are already on sale. Put whatever you like in your shopping cart and enter the code 8225. You will see a discount of $20 applied to your order as long as your order totals $40 or more. This code may be used only once.

But hurry. This sale will end Sunday at midnight.

Heads Up: The WORDsearch Website will be Down for Maintenance Late Sunday – June 15

In order to serve you better, our tech guys will be performing maintenance on the WORDsearch website and it will be offline for a few hours on Sunday evening from midnight to 8:00am Monday morning. This will not affect the software on your computer, but during that time you will not be able to download files from the website. I apologize if this causes you any inconvenience.

TheologyReformersTheology of the Reformers – Sale Ends Soon
Author Timothy George brilliantly details the history, theology, and doctrines of the Protestant Reformation in this updated volume. Dr. George carefully documents and explains the theological self-understanding of the 5 principle figures from the period of the Reformation: Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin, Menno Simons, and William Tyndale. A full chapter is devoted to each of these reformers. Dr. George details the valuable contributions these men made to issues historically considered pillars of the Christian faith: Scripture, Jesus Christ, Salvation, the Church, and End Times. Theology of the Reformers is 50% off for a limited time. Click here for more details or to download today. Or call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8225.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

P.S. Remember, we offer free, live online training nearly every day. You are also invited to our Nashville Training Conference for Basic and Advanced training, August 12-14.

50 Great Tools for Your Digital Library- Each Priced at $1.99

199Here’s a great way to build your digital library with the spare change in your pocket. We’ve selected 50 different volumes from the WORDsearch catalog and put them on sale for just $1.99 each. Normally these books sell for a lot more, but for the next 14 days you can take any of these for just $1.99 each. If you want all 50 books, I’ve combined them into a 50 Books for 50 Bucks BundleJUST CLICK HERE to browse the titles included in this offer.

You’ll Find a Wide Range of Study Tools Offered:

  • 3 Bibles
  • 9 Sermon Helps
  • 2 Commentaries
  • 8 Theology Volumes
  • 4 Study Helps
  • 3 History & Culture Works
  • 3 Study Notes
  • 11 Literature Books
  • 2 Topical Works
  • 3 Devotionals
  • 1 Handbook
  • 1 Dictionary/Encyclopedia

I’d recommend the Bundle. I checked the total value of these 50 books on our website prior to this sale and it turns out to be $851.08 worth of books! Deals like this are one of the benefits of receiving weekly emails from WORDsearch. These titles are available for immediate download, so you can begin using your new books today. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898. Mention special offer 8033.

What Can You Get for $1.99?

If you hurry you can get a great deal! We’ve included books that will help you with Bible study and help you minister to others. You’ll find books that help answer the difficult questions, start meetings, write lessons or sermons and much more. Try just one and you’ll see it’s a great value. Then, come back for more, but remember this special offer will end on Feb. 24. Best of all, $1.99 is it! There’s no shipping or handling because these are direct downloads.

You’ll Never Have to Buy the Same Books Twice
If you already have some of these titles, call us. We’ll quickly tell you what is not yet in your library and make you a custom bundle to save you the most. Call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8033.

In His Service,

Jim Baird
WORDsearch
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P.S. Remember, you can take all 50 volumes in the 50 Books for 50 Bucks Bundle.You’ll find more sales, helpful videos and free training on our website. Questions? Call 1-800-888-9898. We love hearing from you!

Free Friday! The Education of Christ

EducationOfChristHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $14.95, is The Education of Christ by William Mitchell Ramsay. Click here to download.

As one reads the biography of Jesus, one cannot fail to be struck with the effect that seems to have been exercised on His mind and nature by the wide prospect from a lofty elevation. Try to cut out the mountain scenes from His life. How much poorer would the Gospels be. It was on a mountain at dawn of day that He chose from among His disciples twelve, whom also He named Apostles, “that He might send them forth to preach and to have authority .”

The Education of the Christ is based on the Murtle Lecture given by Sir William Ramsay at the University of Aberdeen, on February 2, 1902. This book looks at how Jesus Christ was impacted by the geographical and cultural ramifications of the areas in which He lived.

Sir William Mitchell Ramsay was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1851, the youngest son of a third-generation lawyer. His father died when he was six years old but with the help of his older brother and maternal uncle they made it possible for him to have a superior education. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, where he achieved high distinction and later became Professor of Humanity. He won a scholarship to St. John’s College, Oxford, where he obtained a first class in classical moderations (1874) and in literae humaniores (1876). He also studied Sanskrit at Göttingen.

In 1880 Ramsay received an Oxford studentship for travel and research in Greece. At Smyrna, he met Sir C. W. Wilson, then British consul-general in Anatolia, who advised him on inland areas suitable for exploration. Ramsay and Wilson made two long journeys during 1881-1882. He traveled widely in Asia Minor and rapidly became the recognized authority on all matters relating to the districts associated with St Paul’s missionary journeys and on Christianity in the early Roman Empire. Greece and Turkey remained the focus of Ramsay’s research for the remainder of his academic career. He was known for his expertise in the historic geography and topography of Asia Minor and of its political, social, cultural, and religious history.

From 1880 onwards he received the honorary degrees of D.C.L. Oxford, LL.D. St Andrews and Glasgow, and D.D. Edinburgh. He was Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, in 1882. From 1885 to 1886 Ramsay was the first Professor of Classical Archaeology at Oxford University and pioneered the study of antiquity in what is today western Turkey. In 1886 Ramsay was appointed Regius Professor of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen. In 1906, Ramsay was knighted for his scholarly achievements on the 400th anniversary of the founding of the University of Aberdeen. He was elected a member of learned societies in Europe and America and was awarded medals by the Royal Geographical Society and the University of Pennsylvania. He remained affiliated with Aberdeen until his retirement in 1911. Ramsey passed away in Glasgow in the spring of 1939.

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