God's Unfolding Story of Salvation
A History of God's Plan of Salvation: The Christ-Centered Biblical Storyline
God's Unfolding Story of Salvation, The Christ-Centered Biblical Storyline
author Heather A. Kendall
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- Suitable for older teenagers and adults
- An individual or group Bible study
- Thirty-eight lessons of questions
- Present day application in each lesson
- May be used in conjunction with A Tale of Two Kingdoms or alone
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Paperback – 196 pages (2012) 6” x 9”
Resource Publications; ISBN: 978-1-62032-046-4
No one can appreciate the size or shape of a forest without flying over top of it to view the big picture. The Bible is like a forest and individual books are similar to trees. Studying small portions of Scripture is worthwhile and necessary. Nevertheless one of the first steps of discipleship after salvation should be an understanding of the big picture in the Bible. God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation will teach believers that the biblical storyline is Christ-centered.
Often people think of redemptive history only in terms of its promises in the Old Testament and its fulfillment in the New Testament. There is much more to the story than that. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit also points to Christ through preparation for his birth, pictures or types, and anticipation. Since God’s story ultimately affects each one of us, it is worth the time and effort required to understand it. If you do this, you will discover a pearl of great value. Forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God are the greatest needs of everyone past, present, and future. This redemption story brings glory to God and benefits believers.
Reviews for God's Unfolding Story of Salvation
Product Review by Cariann McCready, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, January 2013
Heather A Kendall
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This paperback book is a redemption history, Christ centered storyline leading the reader on a journey to understanding that builds on the basics of Old Testament through New Testament to seeing the relevance of redemption in their own lives.
Thirty-eight lessons in chronological order combine scripture with questions, summaries, and authors' final thoughts guide the reader or group through the book.
While the book is compact it is full of lessons for young adults as well as their parents or any adult looking for an understanding. The overall style of the lesson would fit well into a small group setting as well as an individual classical approach. While the material is written on a high school or higher level, a family could study it together with open discussion for younger children such as tweens. The book is really written as a small group Bible study but like so many resources out there can be adapted for homeschoolers.
As a mom looking for Bible Studies that can be done either alongside or with a group I really appreciate the author's anecdotes and the overall feel for the study. As a mom of two younger boys I found the subject refreshing as I look for something to challenge myself. I also found a balance of verses and thought I could share with my boys, even though they are younger, they often pick up on bits and pieces surprising me. I found myself getting bogged down in some of the Old Testament materials, but then the author's insights snapped me out of it. The author speaks to mothers and their hearts with love and compassion while on this journey. This was refreshing as often Bible studies are so dry and miss Mom's heart thus also missing the young adult or teen children's hearts. If you are looking for a handy, hard hitting, thought provoking, loving study of redemptive history and how you fit in to the big picture this book will take you on that journey like you never thought.
Review, Sheila Evans, Jarvis Street Baptist Church, Toronto, Ontario
The teachers of the ESL Bible Class at Jarvis Street Baptist Church have been using God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation for about two months now in preparing their lessons.
Those who are in the class are adults, male and female, somewhere between 20 and 40 years usually, and mainly from Asia. Some know a fair amount about the Bible because they have been Christians for a while, others have a little bit of disconnected knowledge, and some know almost nothing at all. The Bible is new to them. Also of course there are some difficulties with the language. It is quite a challenge to teach such a diverse group.
Your book has been very helpful in reminding the teacher how the particular passage fits into the Bible as a whole, in indicating some of the Scriptures that might be used and the questions that might be asked, and of course focusing on Jesus Christ. We are hindered though because of the general lack of knowledge of the whole Bible of our students and so we are moving quite slowly.
Your book is not at fault of course—you did not write it for those who are learning English and who have only a fragmented knowledge of the Bible. I am giving this assessment because you wanted to know how effective the book would be for as ESL class.
We are going to continue using your framework of lessons during the summer and so I am ordering two more books since we have more teachers helping us out. I do feel very confident in giving it as a manual to the teachers because it will encourage them to think in a biblical theological way and that will improve their lessons.
Endorsements for God's Unfolding Story of Salvation
Whether you are a young believer or a mature saint, immersing ourselves in the study of the Scriptures is vital for our spiritual growth into the likeness of Christ our Saviour. This unique Bible study, God's Unfolding Story of Salvation, carefully walks through the unfolding storyline of the Bible's redemptive history. It explores the interwoven themes and promises contained in the Old Testament and shows how they are gloriously fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This study is a great tool for those who desire to "search the Scriptures" and grow in the knowledge of the Saviour's grace.
John Dunn, Member, Providence Community Church, St. Catharines, Ontario
Many Christians find the Bible an intimidating book because they do not know how the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments fit together - they cannot see the big picture. Heather Kendall's Bible Study Guide, God's Unfolding Story of Salvation, will solve that problem. Well organized, and with careful attention to the biblical text, Kendall's study will give Bible students a good grasp of God's redemptive history - of his eternal intention to redeem a people for his name from every tribe, tongue and nation. Want the big picture? Get it here!
David Daniels, Sr. Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer, www.wisereader.com
If you are looking for a personal or group study with lessons that cover the whole Bible, and have a concern for good theology, comprehensiveness, and practical usefulness; then this book will meet your expectations. Heather Kendall has carefully selected the highlight sections of scripture and chapter by chapter weaves a wonderful tapestry, wisely utilizing the fabric of New and OT passages to weave together the grandiose picture of the whole redemptive story. Heather demonstrates a great grasp of God's Word and astutely puts forth all the key elements of the biblical story line with a Christocentric theme that pervades all of scripture. You won't be disappointed.
Gary George, Pastor, Sovereign Grace Chapel, Southbridge, Massachusetts
Heather Kendall's "The Bible's Storyline: How It Affects the Doctrine of Salvation." should be read by today's Christian. The prevailing influence of pop Christian fictional prophetic literature has served to erode the story line of the Bible and as a result much of today's church has lost sight of our heavenly hope." As a pastor and teacher I highly recommend this work to all.
Maurice Bergeron, Sovereign Grace Fellowship, Boscawen, New Hampshire
“God's Unfolding Story of Salvation" is a biblical complement to Heather Kendall's earlier work, "A Tale of Two Kingdoms." In 38 beautifully structured biblical lessons designed for group Bible study she aptly unfolds the redemptive history of the Bible – one that so many "have grown up in the church, but have no idea of the timeline of the Bible." In the introduction she writes that many "may be very familiar with the major Bible stories, but they are unable to put those stories into historical context. Without a proper understanding of the biblical timeline, people may unwittingly develop tunnel vision. The result is a misunderstanding of Scripture." This book will stand as a corrective to help avoid this situation. It is highly recommended for study groups as well as individuals who desire a clearly written, biblically accurate, spiritually encouraging treasure that lucidly documents with Scripture the Christ-centered message revealed in the progressive unfolding of redemptive history.
Gary D. Long, Th.D. Faculty President, Providence Theological Seminary, Franklin, Tennessee
I am loving your book!!
Brenda Wood, author & speaker, Barrie, Ontario
George and I have begun a study of your new book and are really enjoying it. It is making us think and consider what the Bible has to say about Christ. I like how you've divided it into the sections about the coming Saviour etc. It puts it all into perspective.
Sharon Dow, author & speaker, Guelph, Ontario
I skimmed through your book and feel that I could use it to send to some of our contacts, especially in Africa.
Thank you for sharing your book and we pray that it will be a blessing to many in the days ahead. We appreciate that this book is the result of many months of study and prayer.
We look forward to sharing these books with others for the glory of God and the building up of the saints.
Iris Duhaime, Sudbury, Ontario
The Scope July 11, 2013
LOCAL WRITER WINNER OF A NATIONAL AWARD
Heather Kendall of Lefroy was a winner for her Bible study, God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation: the Christ-Centered Biblical Storyline, in a national writing competition.
Kendall is a graduate of York University and active at New Life Fellowship Baptist Church, where she is a ladies’ Bible study leader and preschool teacher.
Kendall’s Bible study won in the Book-Biblical Studies category at The 2013 Word Awards sponsored by The Word Guild on Wednesday, June 12th. The Awards Gala was a black-tie event, held at World Vision's headquarters in Mississauga, to honour the work of Canadian writers who are Christian.
The contest received almost 300 entries from writers across Canada. The over 30 award categories include non-fiction books, novels, articles, columns, poems, blogs, and song lyrics.
"I am incredibly excited to be a winner for this award," Kendall said. "I want to encourage people to study the Bible for themselves and not depend on others."
The Word Guild, the organization that sponsors the awards, consists of more than
325 writers and editors across Canada who write from a Christian perspective and publish work in a variety of genres.
The Word Guild also sponsors Canada's largest Christian writers' conference, Write! Canada. After the Gala, 250 writers, editors, agents and publishers met in Guelph, Ont. from June 13 to 15 for professional development, networking and marketing opportunities. www.thewordguild.com For the last twenty-five years some of Canada's best-known Christian writers, leaders, academics, and journalists have entered this contest and won awards or received Award of Merit citations.