This book is the Fourth in a series of books designed to provide a personal look at the lives of key characters found in the Bible. The theme Following God is one that emphasizes the importance of building a relationship with God, living a life totally surrendered to His leading. Examples are giving of those who receive blessing from a surrendered walk with God as well those who did not follow His direction. This Bible study is designed in an interactive format, incorporating important scriptural points of interest. Other features include a look at the characters mentioned from a historical perspective, as well as interesting facts, about the time these characters lived.
About the Author
Wayne Barber was a graduate of Mars Hill College. He attended Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He received an honorary doctorate from North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida and Covington Theological Seminary in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Wayne has been Senior Pastor in churches in Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and New Mexico.
Wayne has been a renowned national and international conference ministry speaker, his primary goal of ministry was to spread the message of “the sufficiency of Christ.” People around the world connected with Wayne’s unique ability to make God’s Word come alive through his honest and open “real-life” experiences. Wayne authored or co-authored several books, including The Rest of Grace, published in 1998, as well as seven books that are part of AMG Publishers’ Following God® series.
For many years he wrote a regular column in AMG’s Pulpit Helps monthly magazine. For more than twenty years he served as Senior Pastor-Teacher of Woodland Park Baptist Church. And for many of those years in Chattanooga, Wayne co-taught with noted author Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries and has studied under Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, who was one of the world’s leading Greek scholars.
On August 29, 2016, Wayne passed away suddenly after a short illness. He is survived by his wife and two grown children and several grandchildren.
Richard L.Shepherd has been engaged in some form of ministry for more than twenty years, focusing on areas of teaching, discipleship, and prayer. He has served in churches in Alabama, Florida, Texas, and Tennessee and now serves as Director of Prayer and Spiritual Awakening with the Florida Baptist Convention. For nearly seventeen years (1983-2000), Rick served as an associate pastor at Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Lord's ministry has taken him to several countries, including Haiti, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Italy, Israel, England, and Greece, where he has been involved in training pastor, church leaders, and congregations. Rick has also lectured on college and seminary campuses. he graduated with honors from the University of Mobile and holds a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, Texas. He and his wife Linda Gail have four children and make their home in Jacksonville, Florida.
Eddie Rasnake met Christ in 1976 as a freshman in college. he graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University in 1980. he and his wife, Michele, served for nearly seven years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. Their first assignment was the University of Virginia, and while there they also started a Campus Crusade ministry at James Madison University. Eddie then served four years as campus director of the Campus Crusade ministry at the University of Tennessee. In 18989, Eddie left Campus Crusade to join Wayne Barber at Woodland Park Baptist Church as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Training. He has been ministering in Eastern Europe in the role of equipping local believers for more than a decade and has published materials in Albanian, German, Greek, Italian, Romanian, and Russian. Eddie serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Christian Leadership in Tirana, Albania, and the Bible Training Center in Eleuthera, Bahamas. he also serves as chaplain for the Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati Reds AA Affiliate) baseball team. Eddie and his wife Michele live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with their four children.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Timeline of the Prophets xv
Samuel: hearing God-Following His words 1
Elijah: Following God When Those around You Do Not 21
Elisha: Putting Down the Idols in Our Lives 35
Jonah: Following God When You Don't Want to 55
Hosea: Returning to the Lord 69
Isaiah: Submissive to God's Purpose 83
Micah: What Does the Lord require of You? 95
Jeremiah: Trusting in God When Life Looks Hopeless 111
Habakkuk: Following God in the Low Places of Life 131
Daniel: Confidence in the God of heaven 147
Haggai: A Call to Consider Your Ways 167
Christ the Prophet: Worshiping in Spirit and Truth 187
How to Follow God 205