This book at first glance is intimidating due to it’s shear size. Once you get past that, it is a fantastic resource. When I say resource, I don’t mean just in the vein of a concordance or commentary, though it fits that category as well. I mean resource as in life resource. To have the words of Christ organized in this format and compiled together by topic is wonderful.
This book isn’t just a compilation of copied scripture, it is an organizing of the words that form the very foundation of who we are as Christ followers. The Bible can be a bit disjointed when studying one subject due to the fact that it is a group of letters and writings of different authors. Steven Scott joins together each topic into a fantastic cohesion that shows the context of what Christ said about each subject. At the beginning of each section Mr. Scott gives a short explanation of that section and some insights he has gained in his vast studies. These are well thought out and well executed in form on the page.
This is one book that I will go to time and time again in my studies as a follower of Christ and as a pastor in sermon preparation. Most of this book is the Word of God organized in a very usable form with some commentary and added thoughts along the way similar to many study Bibles, yet much more focused.
In the introduction on page 4, Mr. Scott writes a statement that I believe deserves to be repeated, “Many Christians have built their beliefs and values on the words of Bible teachers, authors, and television and radio preachers rather than on the words of Christ. As wonderful as the words of preachers and writers may be, they can’t begin to compare in wonder and power to the pure, undiluted words of Jesus Christ.” Well put. Mr. Scott does not dilute or hide or in any way hinder the words of Christ.
In the introduction, Gary Smalley makes a statement about giving a copy of this book to each of his family members and associates as Christmas gifts. That seems like a very good idea to me and one that I will take to heart and will be giving this book out as well.
The summary of this book from the publisher is as follows:
The Greatest Words Ever Spoken by Steven K. Scott
Genre: Christian Living – Released 9/16/08 – ISBN 978-1-4000-7462-4
- Every Word of Jesus Right at Your Fingertips
Haven’t you wished you could ask Jesus any question and get his immediate help with the biggest problems you face? Now you can.
For the first time ever, all of the statements Jesus made in the New Testament have been brought together and organized under more than 200 topics. When you want to know his will in a specific area of life, or you’re seeking the answer to a perplexing question, or you are desperate for his encouragement, comfort, or wisdom–you can easily find the help you need.
The moment you turn to the appropriate topic heading, you will have access to the breadth of Jesus’ teaching on that subject. You can also use this book as a guide for studying Jesus’ wisdom on any topic of interest, such as prayer, forgiveness, eternity, anger, temptation, relationships, grace, or knowing God.
As you immerse yourself in Jesus’ words, your life and relationships will be transformed, and your faith and spiritual passion will be renewed. Let the greatest words ever spoken bring new vision, power, and joy into your life–one statement at a time.
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