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The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept [Hardcover]

By Mark Dever (Author) & John MacArthur (Foreword by)
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Dever's expository overview covers the entire New Testament with a focus on the fulfillment of God's Old Testament promises.

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The New Testament is the story of how all the promises made by God in the Old Testament were kept-and what that means for us today. The nation of Israel had many hopes: hope for a deliverer, hope for restored fellowship with God, and hope for the world to be put right. The New Testament explains how those promises were kept and how, if we are Christians, they are kept in us as well.

Mark Dever surveys the historical context, organization, and theology of each New Testament book, in light of God's Old Testament promises. His message is that of the New Testament itself, one of hope fulfilled.

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The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept by Mark Dever & John MacArthur has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 38
  • Christianity Today - 04/01/2006 page 107

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   559
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 16, 2005
ISBN  1581347162  
ISBN13  9781581347166  

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More About Mark Dever & John MacArthur

Mark Dever

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

Ligon Duncan (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the chancellor & CEO and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served as the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, for seventeen years. He is a cofounder of Together for the Gospel, a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and was the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan has edited, written, or contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at

C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master's College and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don't Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.

Mark Dever has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 9Marks
  2. 9marks: Building Healthy Churches
  3. Church Basics
  4. Good Book Guide
  5. IX Marks
  6. Together for the Gospel

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Classic Christianity  Jan 9, 2008
The world, and indeed, history, is filled with phony Christians and false "Christianities." There are actually modern scholars who claim to be Christian while denying virtually every fundamental, historic tenet of the Christian faith! On the other end of the spectrum are the psych-babble, health, wealth and prosperity preachers who often become quite wealthy and prosperous on the backs of their listeners. In the midst of all this confusion it has become nearly impossible for the average person today to distinguish genuine, classic Christianity from all the modern perversions perpetrated on the unsuspecting public.

The Message of the New Testament by Mark Dever IS classic, biblical, first century Christianity. The book was written by a biblical scholar who thoroughly understands the message of the New Testament and knows how to communicate that message concisely, accurately and effectively.

The book is well-written, interesting, relevant, and provides an overview of every book in the New Testament. If you want to know what genuine "classic" Christianity is all about, The Message of the New Testament is absolutely outstanding!
Great book!! The New Testament truly is "Promises Kept"  Apr 18, 2007
I tend to under-rate books more than I over-rate them, so the fact that I have found this so helpful is an indication of how good this really is. I could go into details, but there is just so much that I can't do it justice in this setting. Get it, read it, and benefit from it and you will not be disappointed.
Big Picture Sermons  May 12, 2006
Do you like expository sermons, or do you associate them with boring explanations of every single phrase in a passage of scripture, with no detail too picayune for a long explanation? I happen to like the sort of expository preaching that moves phrase by phrase, or word by word (There is just nothing so trivial in text that I'm not interested!); but I know some of you are big picture sort of people, and if that's what you are, then The Message of the New Testament by Mark Dever contains your kind of expository sermons: Sermons that focus on the main themes--the big picture--of scripture.

There are twenty-eight sermons in this book--one overview of every book of the New Testament, and one introductory sermon overviewing the New Testament as a whole. Each sermon was originally preached by Mark Dever in his church--Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Overview-type sermons are unusual (I haven't heard many, have you?), and I would guess that they are more difficult to prepare than the more usual sort of expository sermon. I can only begin to imagine how much work it was to produce this series of sermons, but I'm glad Mark Dever went to all the trouble. It's a fresh new way of looking at the New Testament and what it is teaching us.

The main portion of The Message of the New Testament is divided into three sections: [...] Jesus, containing the sermons on each of the gospels and Acts; Key Ideas for the Times, containing the sermons on all of Paul's epistles; and Living in the Real World, containing the rest--Hebrews through Revelation. Each sermon contains a main body, concluding applications, a prayer, and then a section of questions for reflection that build and extend upon what could be learned from the sermon.

This is a long book--547 pages--and as you might expect with sermons, the text is dense, although not difficult to understand. I started The Message of the New Testament in January and read some of it almost every day, but only finished it up this week. It's not the kind of book I could skim because I wanted to get every single bit of it, since there was so much to learn.

Don't let that it took me so long to make my way through this book scare you off. It was certainly worth the time and effort. I looked forward to each reading session, even if it was only a few stolen minutes while I waited in the car for my son to finish up one of his activities. If I hadn't received the companion to this book--The Message of the Old Testament--in the mail last week, I probably would have been a little sad to finish it up. But as things stand, I've got a new, 800+ page book to start.

And I'd be willing to bet that if you take the time to read it, you'll learn something, too. I might even promise you that.
Collection of sermons as a study resource  Feb 13, 2006
Mark Dever has written a companion volume to his forthcoming book The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made. Both books serve as overviews of each Testament. Dever is the Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. In this book, he has compiled 27 of his sermons - where every chapter is described as an "expositional overview sermon" on each of the New Testament books. Dever explains in the introduction, "The sermons in this book are more expositional than topical, but they are expositional with a difference. Rather than looking at particular Scripture passages through a microscope, we are looking down from an airplane." (page 16)

What an amazing resource for believers, lay leaders, and pastors alike who are looking for a decidedly biblical, yet practical, overview of the New Testament. Since each chapter was originally a sermon, there is a very logical flow to the reading. The accompanying outlines, accessible writing style, and scholarly approach to the material makes for an invaluable teaching and study resource. Each chapter also concludes with some thought-provoking questions that are great for personal study or small group dynamics.

I wholeheartedly recommend this exceptional resource for its doctrinally sound, yet very understandable "Big Picture" treatment of the meaning of the New Testament. This will be a classic in personal and church libraries for many years to come. Buy one for yourself and get one for your pastor as an indispensable gift to enrich your pastor's pulpit. - Todd Burgett, Christian Book
Great Book  Dec 9, 2005
"The Message of the New Testament" by Mark Dever is outstanding for three reasons. First, God has blessed Mark Dever with some amazing intellectual abilities. Educated at Duke and Cambridge, Dever has a brilliant mind. I've been told, for example, that when he was ten years old, Dever was reading Plato on his own volition - and I have no reason to doubt the truth of this story. Dever distinguishes himself from other gifted theologians, however, by the fact that he communicates his knowledge in a simple, direct and, many times, elegant fashion. Second, Dever sticks closely to the text of the Bible. The goal of this book is clear: To explain to the reader the overall message of the New Testament and the message of each of the books of the Bible. Dever takes the Bible seriously and it shows. Third, Dever strives to put the books into historical context. For instance: Who was Jesus Christ? What claims did he make? Who were his disciples? What was the church in (say) Rome like when Paul wrote a letter to them, and why was Paul writing this particular letter to them? It is exceedingly important to correclty answer basic questions such as these if one wants to know what the text meant to the people who first read it and Dever - who is trained as a historian - does a great job of answering them. Indeed, where I expect this particular skill to really shine is in the companion book - "The Message of the Old Testament".

I would recommend this book to any individual - Christian or non-Christian - who simply wants to understand the message of the Bible better. Indeed, non-Christians who know nothing of the Bible or Christ might find that they love this book even more than Christians. This book will provide you with the overview you need to understand the message of the New Testament as a whole as well as each individual book. I would also recommend this book to Christians who are in small group discussions. The chapters are a good size for busy people, and questions at the end of chapter should facilitate good discussions about the meaning of the Bible and how it applies to our lives today.

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