The Essence

Unpacking Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

By Brian N. Winslade

Foreword by Brian C. Stiller

The Essence

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  • ISBN: 9781532695346
  • Pages: 246
  • Publication Date: 3/23/2020
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00
Web Price: $20.00

The Essence

Unpacking Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

By Brian N. Winslade

Foreword by Brian C. Stiller

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532695346
  • Pages: 246
  • Publication Date: 3/23/2020
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00

About-

The teaching of Jesus of Nazareth is unparalleled and universally acclaimed in the history of our world. Born into relative obscurity and poverty, no one has impacted the world to the same extent as Jesus. 

Amidst all he said and did, his close friend Matthew (a former social outcast) captured his teaching—delivered on a hillside just above the town where he lived, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, commonly referred to as the Sermon on the Mount, have been described as the essence of all that Jesus taught about God and how we relate with him. Every Christian (and every preacher!) must wrestle with the words of Jesus given on a Galilean hillside.

If a person grasped nothing else of the words Jesus spoke, apart from that contained in the Sermon on the Mount, he or she catches the essence of his timeless message.

This book unpacks the essence of Jesus’ teaching and its remarkable application in our current age—a resource for individual Christ-followers, preachers, and a discussion-starter for small groups.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Brian has the unique gift to faithfully and accurately expound passages of Scripture with language and illustrations perfectly suited to the twenty-first-century person. As I carefully and prayerfully read each sermon in The Essence, I felt afresh the immense privilege and challenge of being confronted with Jesus’ teaching. . . . This is a book every serious Christian, pastors included, should have on their bookshelf. Thank you, Brian, for blessing the church with your new book.”

—Vernon E. Light, South African Theological Seminary



“In a time of disorientation and seeming chaos, Brian shows us that discipleship and the radical way of Jesus is the plumb line from which all else is measured. This book is needed and the author’s ability to root it in life makes it all the more invaluable.”

—Gary V. Nelson, Tyndale University



“Brian is an excellent expositor of Scripture who pulls no punches. In The Essence, like a skillful mountain guide he takes you up each verse to the top of the Sermon of the Mount. To the pastor looking to preach a series on Matthew 5–7, here is a boatload of exegesis and great stories. To the small group leader looking for a stimulating book for your members to study, each chapter ends with conversation and conviction-building questions. To the Christian who is tired of drifting in the faith, take up and read The Essence and love Jesus all the more.”

—Rick Durst, Gateway Seminary

Contributors-

Brian N. Winslade
Brian C. Stiller

Bio(s)-

Brian N. Winslade has been involved in pastoral ministry and denominational leadership within New Zealand, Australia, the USA, and Bangladesh since 1979—including as CEO of the Baptist Churches of New Zealand, national director of the Baptist Churches of Australia, and a member of the International Council of the World Evangelical Alliance. He is married to Elizabeth; they have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

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