The Most Important Words You Will Ever Know
J. I. Packer is a master wordsmith. He is also gifted with the ability of showing where truth lies in complicated reasoning. These skills combine to make his book 18 Words — all derived from the Word of God – a fascinating and potentially life-changing read.
An 18-week study of key words found in Scripture. Makes a great resource for group studies that could easily last 18 or more weeks. The 18 words selected are: Death, Devil, Election, Faith, Fellowship, Grace, Holiness, Justification, Lord, Mediator, Mortification, Reconciliation, Regeneration, Revelation, Sanctification, Scripture, Sin, and World.
One amazing feature of our modern world is, the enormous increase in the number of words around – but that increase has also been accompanied by a seemingly corresponding decrease in understanding. It is the irony of the information age that instead of bringing clarity it has raised uninformed opinion to the same level as truth.
The church has also not been faultless. Rather than discuss ideas in order to come to some settled agreement, the church has been characterized as trying to make words mean different things in order to accommodate differences. But the church should be a beacon of light to the world. The church has the words of eternal life.
About the Author
J. I. Packer currently serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. An ordained Anglican minister, he hold a D.Phil. from Oxford University. Dr. Packer’s many published works include Rediscovering Holiness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, and the best-selling Knowing God.