Opening up Zephaniah

Michael BentleySKU: OUZEPH1115 ISBN: 9781846251115



When did you last hear a sermon based on a passage from the prophecy of Zephaniah? This is one of the most neglected books in the whole Bible. It was delivered and written after many years of silence from God. The northern kingdom of Israel, or Ephraim, had already been deported by Assyria, never to return. The prophecy of Zephaniah was to be the last given before Judah, the southern kingdom, was taken away into Babylon for around seventy years of exile. Here is an easy-to-read treatment of the prophecy which draws clear lines of practical application from the situation then to our fast-paced modern life, especially showing how the prophecy points to the only hope of salvation from God's judgement: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

About the Author:

Michael Bentley worked as a bookshop manager and served in the British army before his call to the ministry. He has a diverse background, which includes freelance religious reporting for national and religious radio and television, being a Religious Education teacher, and holding pastorates in Surrey, South East London, and Berkshire. He is also closely involved with his local community as a member of various committees and councils. His hobbies include singing second bass in the Bracknell Choral Society. Now retired, he still preaches regularly and has a ministry of writing, with some thirteen books in print including Opening Up Amos and Face2face: David. He lives in Bracknell with his wife, Jenny, and has five children and seven grandchildren.

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In an increasingly erratic world, where values & standards can change on a whim, solid sensible advice is desperately required. Michael Bentley’s timely book is a breath of fresh air, because it clearly focuses the mind on a valuable portion of God’s Word. Zephaniah is not a dreary text to be consigned to the waste bin of irrelevance, but a vibrant living call to a world in need. Here are wisdom, correction & warnings that need to be heard.
—Clive Anderson, Pastor of the Butts Church, Alton, Hampshire, England

The Minor Prophets, addressed to a people in transition and spiritual neglect, present God’s vital message for today’s post-modern culture facing, as it does, the potential of major disaster ecologically, financially & spiritually. Michael Bentley helps both church member & leader to see how Zephaniah enables us to address contemporary issues in society & church. This commentary is both relevant & challenging & is an excellent book for use for personal devotion or group study.
—Dr Brian Meardon, Vicar of St Michael’s Parish Church, Warfield, England

Prophets are not popular except maybe to be good for a laugh. Michael Bentley's study of Zephaniah shows us that the great purpose of the prophet is not to spread gloom & doom but to point us to God's sending of a Saviour, Jesus Christ, to save sinners. The good news shines from every page. Follow the prophet to the cross of Jesus Christ.
—Gordon Keddie, Pastor of Southside Reformed Presbyterian Church, USA

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