Reviews of “True to the Faith”

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“The last time I preached through Acts, True to the Faith was constantly at my side. My copy is marked up on every page—some highlighting, some pencil, some ink, different colors of ink, indicating it has been consulted ‘divers and sundry’ times. With good reason. Gooding not only explains, he stimulates thinking and stirs gratitude. Why any preacher would preach from Acts and not have Gooding at his elbow is beyond me.”
—Dale Ralph Davis, Author, and previously teaching elder at Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg and Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississipi
“In this valuable book David Gooding applies to the Acts of the Apostles the approach that yielded such dividends in According to Luke—close analysis of the text, acute observation of the inter-relations of the individual sections, a clear understanding of the movement and intention of the whole—and throughout a firm understanding of the Bible as the written Word of God, and a delight in its study, and in the emergence of its truth. Happy are those (and surely they will be many) who ‘catch the bug’ of Bible analysis from David Gooding. His work on Acts proves that this is the way into the Bible, the most fruitful and accurate entry into what the Holy Spirit has planned for our instruction. I commend his book on Acts not only for its intrinsic worth (pure gold!) but as an example to follow and a standard to which to aspire.”
—Alec Motyer, Author, formerly Principal of Trinity College, Bristol
“I own around a dozen commentaries on the Book of Acts and this is by some distance the best of them. David Gooding combines a remarkable variety of expertise—linguistic, literary, theological, philosophical—with the experience of a lifetime of teaching the Bible to bring us a fresh, original and brilliant analysis, with compelling logic and accessible style. In addition to the superb exposition the reader—and especially the Bible teacher—will find much in the way of contemporary application to some of the biggest issues facing the church.”
—Gilbert Lennox,?Bible teacher and elder at Glenabbey Church
“Insightful comments and warm and piercing pastoral application are the features of this writing. I try only to have three commentaries with me in any series and in both Luke and Acts, David Gooding’s commentaries are part of the trio.”
—David Cook, Author, formerly Principal of Sydney Missionary and Bi­ble College
“What a treasure trove of spiritual riches—gleaned from a lifetime in searching the Scriptures. Read these books, and you will be nourished, stretched, and enlightened, as I was.”

—Dr Lindsay Brown, International Director of the Lausanne Movement

Monday, March 31, 2014


DAILY?READINGS: Leviticus 7:11-38; Psalm 107; Acts 28:17-31

The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. Proverbs 16:1 (NKJV)

Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, to do it, and to teach it (Ezra 7:10). As a result, God blessed him with wise speech and he was used to bring revival to Israel. King Rehoboam cherished the counsel of men rather than a word from the Lord and as a result he did evil in the sight of God. Why? Because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord (2 Chron. 12:14). Accordingly, as we read, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word, we are preparing ourselves for service. We need not worry about what to say when testing comes; the Holy Spirit will guide a heart prepared to seek after God! —W. A. H.

Use me Lord, use even me, just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until Thy blessed face I see, Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.
—Frances Ridley Havergal