LESSONS FROM THE UPPER ROOM: The Heart of the Savior PB
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- ISBN 9781642893199
- Author FERGUSON SINCLAIR B
- Pub Date 01/01/2021
What would you give to spend an evening with Jesus, hearing Him teach and listening to Him pray? This is what we encounter in the Farewell Discourse of John 13-17. As the shadow of the cross loomed, Christ shared His final hours with the disciples...
What would you give to spend an evening with Jesus, hearing Him teach and listening to Him pray? This is what we encounter in the Farewell Discourse of John 13-17. As the shadow of the cross loomed, Christ shared His final hours with the disciples to prepare them for His death, quiet their troubled hearts, and intercede on their behalf before the Father.
In Lessons from the Upper Room, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson draws us into these intimate hours from the night when Jesus was betrayed. This vivid picture of Christ's ministry, from His washing the disciples' feet to His High Priestly Prayer, shows us the heart of Jesus. Discover His deepest desires for His people and take delight in the suffering Savior who has overcome the world.
As reviewed by Dr. Stephen McQuoid in July 2021- 'This in-house publication by Ligonier Ministries began its life as a series of 12 messages that Ferguson recorded back in 2014, and the hybrid nature of the book can still clearly be identified. Interestingly Ferguson writes as a pastor not an academic and that make this book very accessible and warm. However, the depth of knowledge behind this writing is also evident and it is a model of good exposition.
Each chapter begins with the section of scripture being discussed, then Ferguson’s exposition and they follow the flow of this section of John’s Gospel. He enables the reader to think more deeply about what John is saying, for example, helpfully contrasting the action of Jesus laying aside his garments and taking the towel with the Pauline description of Jesus humbling himself in Philippians 2:6-9 (p.10). He also does a good job of highlighting what a wonderful act of grace it was for Jesus to esteem his betrayer and he reminds us of the sobering words of Hebrews 6:4-6 where the writer talks of those who experience something of the ‘heavenly gift’ yet still fall away (p.43). The overall character and style of the book reveals something of Ferguson’s churchmanship. The use of the Heidelberg catechism and the Westminster Confession of Faith, the copious quotes from classic hymns and the emphasis on detailed exposition drawing on the full council of God, are all indicative of a traditional, reformed evangelicalism. However, the warmth and devotional nature of the book more than compensates. If you are ever preaching through these chapters of John, this book would certainly be very good preparation.'
Publisher: Ligonier Ministries (24 Jun. 2021)
Paperback: 241 pages