What Does God Want of Us Anyway? (paperback)

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Author: Mark Dever


A Quick Overview of the Whole Bible

9 Marks 

Dever guides readers to take a step back and look at the Bible from a broader perspective. As we notice new features of an object when viewed from a distance, so too the major themes of Scripture become more apparent when we take in the Bible as a whole.

Part of the IXMarks series, this book considers the central messages of the Bible as seen in the promises of God. Dever examines the general narrative of God's Word to answer the question, "What does God wants of us anyway?" 

Readers looking for a panoramic view of Scripture will be reminded of the faithful, persistent love of God and find themselves drawn into a broader, but deeper, understanding of the maker and keeper of promises.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Big Picture
Part 1: The Message of the Whole Bible

  1. One Great Story of Promises Made and Promises Kept
  2. A Particular History
  3. A Passion for Holiness
  4. A Promise of Hope
  5. The Promised Redeemer: Christ
  6. The Promised Relationship: A New-covenant People
  7. The Promised Renewal: A New Creation Conclusion: Believing God’s Promises
    Questions for Reflection on the Whole Bible

Part 2: The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made

  1. Is the Old Testament Really Worth Reading?
  2. A Particular History
  3. A Passion for Holiness
  4. A Promise of Hope
    Questions for Reflection on the Old Testament

Part 3: The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept

  1. Where Do You Set Your Hopes?
  2. Christ
  3. A New-covenant People
  4. A New Creation
    Conclusion: The Maker and Keeper of Promises 
    Questions for Reflection on the New Testament

Subject Index
Scripture Index 


About the author:

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide. 


"Mark Dever is an able and sure guide to the message of the Bible, which tells us what God wants of us all. The reader of this book is in reliable hands because the author depends not on himself but on the Word of God to answer life's greatest questions. We cannot live lives that please God unless we know what God has said about himself and about us. This book will help you to know God through knowing his Son revealed in his Word." ~Thabiti M. Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman; author, What Is a Healthy Church Member?

"In this fantastic little book, Dever shows us what it means to say that Jesus Christ is the point of the Bible. He offers us a breathtaking, panoramic view of Scripture. Since the message of the Bible is so important, and since Dever has captured that message so succinctly, I'll give this book away again and again--both to Christians eager to get a sense of the whole and to seekers wondering just what the Bible is all about." ~Aaron Menikoff, Senior Pastor, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Sandy Springs, Georgia

"The Bible's size and complexity can overwhelm many new readers. Mark Dever's friendly overview both provides a map to its complexity and downsizes its message to the heart of the matter--what is the passion of God's heart? Keep a bunch of these at your church for giving to anyone unfamiliar with the grand narrative of God's word." ~Matt Schmucker, Executive Director, 9Marks; elder, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC

"Pastor Mark Dever has provided a most unusual book. Instead of teaching his people the usual lessons from the Bible, Dever has taught his people about the Bible so that they can read it effectively for themselves, which is a great idea." ~Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary