“Encouraging Words for Difficult Days”: Richards creates 12-week study through 1-2 Peter, Jude

GRAPEVINE—Christians throughout time have been no strangers to hardship, suffering and persecution. The pressures of life amid a hostile, secular culture can often leave believers with a sense of hopelessness. But God’s Word offers encouragement and hope in our darkest days.

This is the premise behind a new Bible study through the books of 1-2 Peter and Jude written by Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Director Jim Richards. In exploring these three New Testament letters, Richards says he is reminded that, “Turbulent times require us to fix our attention on God’s unwavering truth.”

At just under 120 pages, Encouraging Words for Difficult Days offers introductions to each book and explains passages verse by verse, explaining their meaning and offering practical applications. The book, which can be used for personal or group study, is broken into 12 chapters and can easily be used over the course of a 13-week semester. Each chapter concludes with a verse or passage for further meditation or Scripture memory.

Jimmy Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources, praises the book in the foreword, saying, “You will be blessed as Jim Richards unpacks these truths in a way that is positive, practical and adequate to hear and understand God’s message to all of us.”

Two free Bible Study resources are available for churches online, including a leader guide at auxanopress.com and a free Bible study by Josh Hunt at joshhunt.com/2016/10/19/1Peter.

Individuals and churches can purchase copies of Encouraging Words for Difficult Days through Amazon.com and bulk orders at auxanopress.com.

For questions or more information, contact Kenneth Priest, SBTC director of convention strategies, at kpriest@sbtexas.com.

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