Release Date: 1 october 2019
A devotional exploring Paul's letter to the Ephesians.
From the time we make Jesus our Lord and Saviour until the time we will see him in our heavenly home, we are each on a journey of faith. In his collection of short teaching books, Jim Bryden draws alongside us as a travel companion, helping us to understand the map of God’s Word and to avoid dead-ends and danger zones along the path.
This book opens up Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, with 21 daily readings, explanations and applications, as well as optional short exercises to help you dig deeper into the Word.
‘…a valuable aid to personal or group Bible Study.’
About the Author
As a young teenager and non-churchgoer, Jim had a Damascus Road encounter with Christ which was to lead him into ministry in the Salvation Army. He and his wife Helen were ordained and commissioned as officers in 1968 and served in Scotland, South America, Zimbabwe and England.
Always a pastor and preacher first, he’s held a variety of posts as a tutor and lecturer in Bible studies and Theology at the Salvation Army’s International College in London and as Training Principal in Zimbabwe.
Besides academic and pastoral responsibilities, for the last six years of active ministry he held the post of Territorial Ecumenical officer for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
He holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree (Glasgow) and a Masters in Systematic Theology from King’s College London.
Endorsements and Reviews
Dr John Coutts M.A., B.D., Ph.D, Formerly Senior Lecturer in Theology,University of Greenwich
Jim Bryden invites us to join him on an exciting ‘Journey of Faith’ – and proves to be a well-informed and enthusiastic guide. He helps us discover new spiritual riches in Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, offering a devotional commentary that blends scholarship with wide-ranging personal experience. Questions for reflection or discussion make this book a valuable aid to personal or group Bible Study.
Dr John Coutts M.A., B.D., Ph.D.
Formerly Senior Lecturer in Theology,
University of Greenwich
Lieut-Colonel Ian Barr Salvation Army Officer in Retirement
Jim Bryden’s study on Paul’s letter to the Christians at Ephesus is accessible, but it is nevertheless ‘strong meat’ in the sense that it draws the reader into deep places of Christian theology and experience.
As one might expect of a man who has spent a lifetime in The Salvation Army, the author explores the great Pauline doctrines of salvation and holiness. The message is always greater than the messenger, but the author/messenger nevertheless shines fresh light on Ephesians through personal witness and reflection.
The language and format of ‘A Journey into God’s Secret Plan’ suggest that this book can be used equally effectively in personal study and devotions or for group study and reflection. I would recommend this book for both.
Lieut-Colonel Ian Barr
Salvation Army Officer in Retirement
‘…shines fresh light on Ephesians through personal witness and reflection. ‘