Reading and understanding the New Testament are essential to life transformation through Jesus.
But twenty-seven books, nine authors, various audiences, and cultural contexts make it intimidating for new believers and mature Christians alike. When he came to Christ at age seventeen, Robert Hedenstrom dove into reading his Bible but struggled and quickly lost interest.
Having since earned his master’s in divinity, Hedenstrom now helps others avoid the frustration and experience the gospel’s transformation effect. Everlasting Kingdom: Faith, Hope, and Love in Christ from the Gospels to Revelation delivers a comprehensive and straightforward synopsis of the New Testament designed to illuminate the Spirit-inspired Word of God and encourage deeper study of the Scriptures. Key features include:
Robert Hedenstrom has been a follower of Jesus and student of the Bible for fifty years. With a BA in religion from Gustavus Adolphus College and a MDiv from Fuller Seminary, he is passionate about the Bible as the infallible Word of God. Robert also holds a teaching certificate from the University of Texas in Austin, has been an associate and youth pastor, and is a Certified Financial Planner®. Robert and his wife have three adult daughters and currently live in Colorado Springs, CO.
What began in love and fell into disrepair will be transformed into everlasting goodness through Jesus Christ’s love and authority.
These writings, handed down through the centuries, are God’s Word, interpreted in the context of many different cultures.
The Bible’s New Testament introduces us to Jesus, whose life and ministry has its roots in its magnificent prelude to his arrival, the Old Testament.
As Jesus’s ministry begins, we see God’s kingdom appear through him in encounters with people from different walks of life.
None of us can earn our way into God’s family, even if our resume includes true acts of kindness, moral excellence, or extensive Bible knowledge.
The law of God’s kingdom is summarized by two great commandments from the Law of Moses: “You shall love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and strength; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:36–40).
When we become part of what God is doing, we see his ways are different than ours, his thoughts and actions run deeper and go further than our own (cf. Isaiah 55:6–11).
Grace goes beyond all reasonable expectation with the forgiveness and rightness God offers through Jesus Christ.
Principles of sound interpretation are important, grasping Scripture’s meaning for the people who first received it, or appreciating each of the Bible’s books in their own context.