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Those familiar with the work of David Peterson will know what to expect from any book he writes: careful exegesis, attention to biblical theology, doctrinal synthesis and practical application. This book does not disappoint in any of these areas as David expounds the nature of the Christian life within biblical-theological context. This is Christian scholarship at its best - in the service of the church --Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

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David Peterson is senior research fellow in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia. He was formerly Principal, Oak Hill College, London. His previous books include 'Engaging with God' (Apollos), 'Possessed by God' (Apollos), 'Christ and His People' (IVP) and (with I. Howard Marshall) 'Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts'.

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Excellent Study of Jeremiah 31 and its Implications for Ministry 23 Aug. 2012
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The prophet Jeremiah is often called "The Weeping Prophet". The Lord called him to a difficult task. Jeremiah was to speak for God to the people of Judah who rejected him (7:1-8:3; 26:1-11), plotted against him (11:18-23) and persecuted him (20:1-6; 37:11-38:13; 43:1-7). He witnessed multiple deportations of Judeans to Babylon; he himself was forcibly taken to Egypt (43:1-7) where he most likely died. Yet, in the midst of his tragic story, we find one of the most beautiful and formative passages in the whole Bible. It could be argued that Jeremiah 31 is second only to the Passover in its canon-shaping influence. David Peterson has written Transformed by God to explore the implications of Jeremiah's New Covenant prophecy for Christian life and ministry.
He begins by examining the New Covenant itself. Chapter one is a study of Jeremiah the prophet - his life, ministry and message. This is a message of hope set within the tragedy of sin. The NC passage itself is like the searchlight of a lighthouse to those lost in the fog of night. Peterson finds parallels among other prophets and OT passages, but Jeremiah 30-31 seems to be the most explicit description of the NC. It promises a renewed Davidic kingship in Zion. But, it is also international and universal in scope. He ends with questions of the focus of the NC. Will it be an entirely remade covenant? What relationship will it have with the Mosaic covenant?

These questions lead into Chapter two. Here he focuses on the ministry of Jesus and the preaching of the Apostles. Their teaching and preaching is clearly influenced by Jeremiah 31. While the NC will begin with Israel, it will expand to include all men from all nations. Chapter three examines the implications of the NC on worship. Peterson looks to the book of Hebrews to guide his study. There we find Jesus as the inaugurator and securer of the NC who also reforms our worship. Rather than doing away with the Old Covenant, he fulfills it, thus freeing us from the tyranny of law. In Chapter 4 he begins exploring the implications of the NC for ministry. The heart of the matter is transformation. God effects transformation through the preaching of the gospel. The Spirit empowers the transformation and the community of faith guides the trajectory. Finally, he looks to Romans in Chapter five and John's Gospel and Epistles in chapter six. Here he shows how these two apostles had their thinking shaped by Christ and the NC. The transformation he explored in chapter four is expounded to include the transformation of hearts and minds in Christ. It also involves an on-going relationship with Christ through the Spirit.

Peterson provides a helpful and enjoyable study of Jeremiah's prophecy of the New Covenant enacted by Christ. He shows how Christ and Apostles used the language of the NC in their teaching and preaching. Jesus inaugurated a better covenant - one that frees us from sin and transforms us. The implications for our life and ministry involve a greater dependence upon the Holy Spirit and consistent teaching on the gospel. This study brings depth to the idea of being "Christ-centered". This is a helpful and welcome study that should certainly aid every pastor in their labor.
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