What Does God Want of Us Anyway?: A Quick Overview of the Whole Bible (IXMarks Series)


Introduces the reader to a panoramic view of Scripture. Centering on the main burdens of the Bible, the reader's gaze is directed to the one who makes promises and keeps them. Part of the IXMarks series.

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Introduces the reader to a panoramic view of Scripture. Centering on the main burdens of the Bible, the reader's gaze is directed to the one who makes promises and keeps them. Part of the IXMarks series.

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"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, Assistant Pastor for Church Planting, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D. C.; 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433514159
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: IXMarks Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Needed Topic, Needs Work

    What Does God Want of Us Anyway? – Mark Dever

    © 2010 Crossway, Wheaton, Illinois

    I am slowly working my way through a number of short titles written and produced by a variety of authors at 9 Marks. Some of them have been placed on my “must read” shelf, while others are good, but probably won’t be revisited. Among the books are What Is a Healthy Church?, Dever’s concise discussion of his original Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (I recommend the smaller digest for all but the really deep readers out there); Thabiti Anyabwile’s What Is a Healthy Church Member? which highlights the purpose and life of a Christian who really wants his Christianity to mean something (it’s a nice concise overview of Church Life, and I recommend it to anyone who either is unsure about joining with a local church or is considering what kind of church to join); and What Is the Gospel?, the little black book by Greg Gilbert that I think ought to be read by everyone—Christian and non-Christian alike.

    My latest read in this “What Is . . .” series is a digest of some material that Dever presents in two volumes elsewhere at great length. In this short book, the author takes us on a whirlwind tour of the Scriptures. Part I composes roughly the first half of the book and argues that the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments) are worth our while as Christians. In parts II and III, Dever focuses on the Old Testament and the New Testament respectively.

    The really positive aspects of this book may spur you to get a copy for a quick read. It is short (only about 120 pages), it reminds the Christian of the usefulness of studying Scripture, and it develops excellent arguments concerning the unity of the message in the whole Bible which leads to a unique unity in the preaching that is based on the Bible and the Life that is lived according to the message found within its covers.

    All that said, there are some drawbacks to this volume. For all its shortness, I found it easy to put the book down to read something more interesting. The writing is at times dry, and (even with the author’s warning that it’s about to happen) the repetitive material can at times bog down the reader. I have not read the longer books—Promises Made: The Message of the Old Testament and Promises Kept: The Message of the New Testament (collections of sermons that this volume is based on)—but think that it might serve the reader to dive into the them for a more complete look at this much needed topic.

    Three and one-half out of four reading glasses.

    —Benjamin Potter, January 13, 2012

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