Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book

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"Immensely practical, this book focuses on the heart and mind of the reader on the importance of reading and applying the Word of God in a powerful way."--Peter Beck
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5 ¼ x 7 ¾
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Kenneth Berding

Kenneth Berding is professor of New Testament studies at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Before coming to Biola, he was a church planter in the Middle East. An overseer at Redemption Hill Church, he has a heart for God and ministry and has written many worship songs. He is the author or co-editor of numerous articles and books, including Sing and Learn New Testament Greek, Walking in the Spirit, What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About, Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature.


About the Book

A passionate plea to make the Bible occupy the central place of a Christian’s life. It not only explores the current malady of not taking the Bible seriously, but it goes deeper to uncover its reasons.

Table of Contents


1. A Revival of Learning the Word: Confronting Distractions, Priorities, and the Pretext of Being Too Busy

2. A Revival of Valuing the Word: Confronting Haziness, Self-Sufficiency, and the Perception That the Bible Isn’t Enough

3. A Revival of Understanding the Word: Confronting Superficiality, Superiority, and the Assumption That It Should Come Easily

4. A Revival of Applying the Word: Confronting Special Interests, Therapeutism, and a Lack of Dependence on the Spirit

5. A Revival of Obeying the Word: Confronting Sentimentality, Avoidance, and the Opinion That I Have the Right to Decide

6. A Revival of Speaking the Word: Confronting Fear, Excuses, and the Idea That It’s the Responsibility of the Clergy

    Appendix A: The Easiest Way to Memorize the Bible

    Appendix B: A Method for Attaining Bible Fluency

Words of Praise

“Evangelicals by definition emphasize conversion and the centrality of Scripture. Yet, an emphasis on the former too often comes at the expense of the latter. We preach and pray for a revival making a priority of religious experience while downplaying the importance of the Word. Rather than bringing true life, this bifurcation is spiritually deadening. No real revival comes without a powerful return to the Word of God. As Kenneth Berding writes, such revivals are ‘like a sparkler that spouted brilliant colors for a moment, sputtered, then [grows] suddenly dark.’ This helpful, little volume promises to do a great work for the modern church. Immensely practical, Bible Revival focuses the heart and the mind of the reader on the importance of reading and applying the word of God in a powerful way. May it be that those who take the time to read this book be found to be like Ezra whom God blessed because he had committed himself to meditating on God’s Word, applying God’s Word, and teaching other’s to do the same.”

—Peter Beck, Pastor of Doorway Baptist Church, North Charleston, SC; Associate Professor of Christian Studies & Director of the Honors Program, Charleston Southern University

“Bible Revival is more than the title of Kenneth Berding’s latest book; it is a hope and an intent of his heart. Berding has been a keen observer of the growing need for the Bible to be known and lived. Passionately, he rightly argues for how Christians, if they are indeed Christians, approach, absorb, and apply God’s Word. His engaging writing style is a rare gift, and will guide many to desire, know, and live out the truth that the Bible is God’s powerful words for life for the individual and the community.”

—Joanne J. Jung, Associate Professor, Biblical and Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“For over 25 years I have known Kenneth Berding and followed his ministry, first as a cross-cultural church planter in the Middle East, and now as a theologian, Bible professor, and published author. He has always been a ‘man of One Book’ and the Bible has always been his life’s compass. Bible Revival describes with conviction and candor, not only the Bible-knowledge famine we face, but provides reasonable steps we can take to return to Bible fluency health. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants their life to count for Jesus Christ!”

—Bill MacLeod, Founder, Mission ConneXion

“I would imagine that most professors of Bible and theology in Bible colleges and Christian universities and most pastors in evangelical churches, indeed anyone who cares about the Bible being understood properly, knows the problem identified in the book, Bible Revival. Berding, not only knows of the problem, he has decided to offer an attempt at helping to solve the problem of biblical illiteracy. This book will prove helpful to anyone who wants to encourage others to dig a little deeper, and a little more accurately, into the precious truths of God's word, whether in a small group Bible study, discipleship group, or college classroom.”

—David Talley, Elder of Vision and Leadership, Grace Evangelical Free Church of La Mirada, CA; Professor & Chair of Old Testament, Biola University

“Bible Revival is at once an accessible and soul-searching read. Kenneth Berding is prophetic and characteristically pastoral in his approach to difficult and sometimes personal questions. Early on, he identifies what he calls a “famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” He goes on to present clear, scripturally grounded strategies for finding nourishment in the famine. You cannot help but be challenged by this book, and if you receive Dr. Berding’s admonitions and advice, you will find yourself reevaluating the place of Scripture in your life.”

—Barry H. Corey, President, Biola University

For a great way to grasp the contents of the book and hear the author's heart, listen to his interview with Shaun Tabatts of Cross Focused Media here 

Bible Revival