Did you know that the prophet Isaiah preached the gospel? The central message of Isaiah is a simple message—God saves sinners. Through a study of Isaiah, Jonathan Gibson guides participants in savoring the basics of the gospel that we need to remember daily: we need saving. We need God every day. Isaiah reminds us again and again that our hope is not in ourselves—it’s in turning from our own way and turning to God in faith.
Isaiah: Good News for the Wayward and Wandering will challenge you to reorient your life to truly love what is good and just and merciful, experiencing an inward change of purpose, turning away from sin and toward godliness and dependency on Christ.
This small group guide with leader’s notes includes ten in-depth lessons that include discussion questions, a short article to read, and a practical application section that can be used for one-to-one discipleship, small group, or large group settings.
Isaiah: Good News for the Wayward and Wandering is part of The Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible series published in partnership with Serge. Each book in the series examines how the gospel story is revealed throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
Jonathan Gibson, PhD, is an ordained minister in the International Presbyterian Church, UK, presently serving as the associate professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. He is author of Isaiah: Good News for the Wayward and Wandering, Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship, and The Moon Is Always Round, as well as coeditor of Reformation Worship and From Heaven He Came and Sought Her. He is also coauthor of The Acrostic of God: A Rhyming Theology for Kids. Jonny is married to Jackie, and they have four children.
“Few experiences are more enjoyable for a Christian than listening to a skilled biblical scholar who is full of faith in Jesus Christ and love for his people expound passages from the Old Testament and help us grasp the big picture of what God was both doing and saying. But then imagine being further helped to discuss the themes of those passages with friends in a way that equipped you to apply everything you were learning to daily life. That would be something worth having! Thanks to Jonathan Gibson, that is exactly what Isaiah: Good News for the Wayward and Wandering provides.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
“This is definitely the best study guide on Isaiah for home groups that I have seen. It is written in a very accessible style and from a pastor’s heart. Jonathan Gibson includes just enough detail to make clear Isaiah’s message to the people of his own day, its fulfilment in Jesus, and excellent suggestions for group discussion that bring its relevance right home to our everyday lives as Jesus’s followers today. I’m sure you will be blessed by using this book.”
Barry Webb, Senior Research Fellow Emeritus in Old Testament, Moore Theological College, Sydney
“The sheer size and scale of a book like Isaiah can make even a seasoned pastor or small group leader hesitate before tackling its lofty heights. Written by a scholar with a pastor’s heart, this book provides a clear guide to the terrain, meaning we never lose sight of the big picture, nor fail to be refreshed by the grace on offer at the various resting places along the way. Good news indeed for the wayward and wandering.”
Jonty Rhodes, Minister of Christ Church Central, Leeds, UK
“There’s no doubt that Isaiah is an intimidating book, but to overlook or skip by it is to miss out on so much beauty and so much encouragement. Jonny Gibson's guide will lead you through its most wonderful highlights and equip you to better understand and apply it to your life.”
Tim Challies, Author of Seasons of Sorrow
“When you turn to God’s Word, you’ll find that Isaiah is a theological masterpiece. Jonathan Gibson is reliable and trustworthy guide up this mountain. His book Isaiah: Good News for the Wayward and Wandering combines rich biblical insights and thoughtful practical application. I walked away strengthened in my faith.”
Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author of The Pastor and Counseling, Rescue Plan, On Guard, She’s Got the Wrong Guy, and co-author of Build on Jesus
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This book was a gift from a Serge missionary. I com[leted it on my own and was so blessed by Jonathan Gibson's insights and especially the "exercises," that I suggested it as a study for my Bible Study group. Now I'm facilitating our study and multiplying its impact. Highlly recommend. (I've also read the one on the Psalms and felt similarly blessed.)
Another study from the Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible Series is our focus today. Isaiah: Good News for the Wayward and Wandering is perfect for small groups. The topic for this particular study is our need for God. There are ten in-depth lessons that explore the primary theme of the book – God saves sinners. These easy to follow guides require no homework for the participants and are packed with solid Bible teaching. While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinion.