Lives are being touched

We are called to serve. Jesus said that he had come to serve and not to be served. But serving at times is not easy, and being in a ministry that serves and gives is not always easy. While we are working hard to help the churches in Israel fulfil their God-given task of evangelism and discipleship, at times we wonder if we are making a difference in people’s lives. Are people being blessed? Are they increasing in their knowledge of the truth of God’s word and are they growing in their walk with God? These are questions that we often have to ask to make sure that we are on the right track
In the past few months we have received some responses from people who have bought and read our books. One of these is from a twenty-year-old Christian soldier who serves in the army. He read the Philippians commentary from the Let’s Study series that we published last February. This was the first commentary in Modern Hebrew to be published on the book of Philippians. As some of you know, we have set a goal of publishing at least one commentary on each of the sixty-six books of the Bible within the next ten years.

Here are a few excerpts from the letter mentioned above:

Many times we read a certain passage in scripture and don’t notice the important truths it brings out. When I read Sinclair Ferguson’s commentary on Philippians, published in Hebrew by HaGefen, my eyes were opened!

The Epistle to the Philippians is short but full of lessons and truths that equip us to deal with different circumstances in our life, if only we would learn from them and internalise them. They will influence the day-to-day life of every believer. This epistle calls us to a Christian lifestyle that honours the Lord. I could spend pages detailing what I learned but it will suffice to mention a few important points that God brought home to me through this book:

1. How important it is to care for others …

2. The importance of prayer – this is one of the aspects of the Christian life that we tend to neglect! Paul prayed for the Philippians and thanked God for all things. I asked myself, how do I pray? Do I spend time thanking God or do I tend to bring him a list of requests and demands? My relationship with God must be rooted in prayer; it is something I just cannot do without.

3. Paul understood the fact of God’s sovereignty – from the moment God opened his eyes Paul gave himself wholeheartedly to serving the Messiah. The Messiah filled his entire life. Paul wrote the Epistle to the Philippians from prison. His positive attitude and joy in face of the circumstances ought to make many Christians feel ashamed of themselves. How many times have I complained and got into a bad mood when I am faced with little problems? Paul is an example to me to rejoice, and to be content with what God has given me and the situation I find myself in, no matter how difficult it may be.

Ferguson brings up many interesting points from the biblical text, important details I had previously missed. I had to ask myself, how well am I really reading the Bible? Am I studying it well? Do I pay attention to the historical context that will help me to understand a passage?

I really enjoyed reading the commentary on Philippians by Ferguson and recommend it warmly to every Christian that they may read and enjoy it as I have.

It encouraged our hearts to know that God is at work and that he is touching lives through our literature. I trust that this will encourage your heart as well, as you pray for us and support our work.

David Zadok

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