James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude

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Focused Biblical Scholarship to Teach the Text Effectively

The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By providing focused commentary, this volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text.

Jim Samra provides insightful and pastoral commentary on these powerful books. James addresses faith and works, the role of mercy, and Scripture. First Peter takes up God's plan of salvation and the issue of Christian suffering. It's an encouragement to faithful discipleship as sojourners in a hostile world. Second Peter exhorts us to growth and faithfulness, specifically in the face of false teachers. The short book of Jude emphasizes contending for the apostolic faith in the face of ungodliness in the church and society.

"Samra has written a lucid and accessible commentary on James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude. Students and pastors will be grateful for a commentary that is concise and clear. At the same time, the work is filled with pastoral wisdom to guide us in our everyday lives as Christians."--Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Crisp, to the point, and full of wisdom--that is how Jim Samra teaches the texts from James, Peter, and Jude. Here is a commentary that is pastoral, careful with the text, discerning, and quite useful."--Darrell L. Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; senior Bible teacher, Back to the Bible

"The strengths of Jim Samra's contribution to the Teach the Text Commentary Series are those aimed at by the series itself; the concise overview of the options for understanding each text in context, the presentation of its structure, and the corresponding instructions for teaching the text are judicious throughout. Written in clear prose and consistently pastoral in its orientation, this volume will prove to be a go-to practical resource for leaders tasked with teaching at all levels in the church."--Scott Hafemann, professor of New Testament, University of St. Andrews

Jim Samra (PhD, Oxford University; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of The Gift of Church, Being Conformed to Christ in Community, and God Told Me.


Endorsements

"Samra has written a lucid and accessible commentary on James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude. Students and pastors will be grateful for a commentary that is concise and clear. At the same time, the work is filled with pastoral wisdom to guide us in our everyday lives as Christians."

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Crisp, to the point, and full of wisdom--that is how Jim Samra teaches the text from James, Peter, and Jude. Here is a commentary that is pastoral, careful with the text, discerning, and quite useful."

Darrell L. Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; senior Bible teacher, Back to the Bible

"The strengths of Jim Samra's contribution to the Teach the Text Commentary Series are those aimed at by the series itself: the concise overview of the options for understanding each text in context, the presentation of its structure, and the corresponding instructions for teaching the text are judicious throughout. Written in clear prose and consistently pastoral in its orientation, this volume will prove to be a go-to practical resource for lay leaders tasked with teaching at all levels in the church."

Scott Hafemann, New Testament professor, University of St Andrews

"In this new and fresh commentary on James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude, Pastor Jim Samra invites the reader to explore four lesser-known books of the New Testament. Samra's commentary on these small but significant epistles is exegetically informed, theologically nuanced, and pastorally insightful. Building on years of working both in the Scriptures and with everyday people, Jim not only understands the deep things of the Bible but also how they intersect with the world in which we live. I have found this commentary to be lucid, engaging, and to the point. Thank you Dr. Samra for delivering a resource that I'm sure I will continue to access in the years to come."

Malcolm Gill, lecturer in Greek, New Testament, and preaching, Sydney Missionary and Bible College

"With the care of a scholar and the sensitivity of a pastor, Jim Samra provides us with careful exegesis of these important but often-neglected letters. His commentary abounds with deep but concise reflections that will benefit students, teachers, and particularly preachers as they look to plant these texts in the hearts and minds of God's people."

John Yates, senior pastor, Holy Trinity Anglican Church

"Written by an outstanding pastor theologian, Jim Samra's new commentary is a fine example of commentary writing that is learned yet practical--an ideal resource for pastors, Sunday school teachers, or any student of the Bible. James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude can be intimidating for preachers and teachers. But Dr. Samra does a masterful job giving readers the lay of the land with his interpretive and theological insights and seasoned guidance on how to both teach and illustrate the text. An excellent resource!"

Todd Wilson, senior pastor, Calvary Memorial Church; cofounder and chairman, The Center for Pastor Theologians


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    Jim Samra

    Jim Samra is senior pastor of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has a PhD from Oxford University, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a BS from the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Gift of Church and Being Conformed...

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