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Books by Malcolm Webber, Ph.D.
 
On Knowing God:
To Enjoy Him Forever
Jesus died on the cross to restore man to God; to restore man to fellowship with His God. This fellowship means more than just a legal position in Christ, but it is a living, daily experience. Out of this experience comes the whole of the Christian life. To know Jesus is our ultimate purpose. To fellowship with Him is our highest calling. And when we have Him, we have everything. Let us come to know personal fellowship with Him first, and the rest will follow. The Christian life can only come out of a living inward union with its Source: Jesus Christ Himself. Eternal life, healing, deliverance, peace, joy, holiness, righteousness, faith, the fruits and gifts of the spirit, spiritual strength and power – all are in HIM. In Him we are complete, and can do all things – and without him we are empty, and can do nothing. Our only end – our only purpose – is the Lord Jesus Christ. Let Him be your pursuit.
In Him Was Life
Our eternal God made us to enjoy eternal fellowship with Him. Dr. Webber conveys the importance of divine fellowship and the necessity of this communion to the body of Christ. The word fellowship might evoke images of potluck Sunday luncheons and social gatherings, but it is genuine fellowship that is lacking in the body of Christ today. The definition of the Greek noun koinonia describes the beautiful relationship of faith which connects true Christians to God and to all other true believers, and aptly describes the emphasis of this book. What is needed in our individual lives and the church today is not religiosity or dogma, but a Divine fellowship and an awareness of God in ordinary life, which is the source of all true Christian character. As the church seeks unity, it must begin with fellowship with the eternal God. God is seeking to restore Himself to the church; not programs or rote sayings, but Himself. With Christ at the center of each individual, each local church, and ultimately the body of Christ, all in fellowship with our eternal God and with one another, the church can accomplish what it was destined by God to do. Unity in the body of Christ cannot be based upon or tied to an individual, a similar culture, ethical standards, evangelism, doctrine or even an outward confession of Christ. Unity without pretense is found in fellowship with Christ alone.
Knowing God Series
This is a three-part course on developing your personal relationship with Jesus. Each study guide includes questions and a final exam. They are designed to be used with the reading of the designated book. This study guide is based on To Enjoy Him Forever by Malcolm Webber and includes three books.
Transforming Work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian's Life
God’s purposes are always holy and always good, though we might need to suffer temporarily to prove our faith genuine. Our response to testing dictates the outcome and we cannot have just one element without the other two. It is our daily time with God that gives us the correct perspective when difficulties arise. It is depending upon God that gives us the strength we need. In this brief study, Dr. Webber reveals and helps us understand practically how to respond and walk out three types of work of the Holy Spirit for transformation in our lives – divine dependence, dramatic dealings (both positive and negative) and daily discipline. All three are essential to make us more like Him. Through the examples of Christ and Paul and multiple other biblical characters, we see our need for all three elements of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Neglecting the daily discipline with God robs us of potential growth in Christ and can lead to complacency in our walk with God, which has an eternal consequence. Being imbalanced on any of the three facets of transformation can lead to serious error and cause us to lead ineffective lives for God. These three paths of transformation are not functions of human ability and are accessible to all humans. They are all the work of God’s grace in our lives, bringing us back to the simplicity of life’s purpose – to know God.
Knowing God Series
This is a three-part course on developing your personal relationship with Jesus. Each study guide includes questions and a final exam. They are designed to be used with the reading of the designated book. This study guide is based on To Enjoy Him Forever by Malcolm Webber and includes three books.
Transforming Work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian's Life
God’s purposes are always holy and always good, though we might need to suffer temporarily to prove our faith genuine. Our response to testing dictates the outcome and we cannot have just one element without the other two. It is our daily time with God that gives us the correct perspective when difficulties arise. It is depending upon God that gives us the strength we need. In this brief study, Dr. Webber reveals and helps us understand practically how to respond and walk out three types of work of the Holy Spirit for transformation in our lives – divine dependence, dramatic dealings (both positive and negative) and daily discipline. All three are essential to make us more like Him. Through the examples of Christ and Paul and multiple other biblical characters, we see our need for all three elements of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Neglecting the daily discipline with God robs us of potential growth in Christ and can lead to complacency in our walk with God, which has an eternal consequence. Being imbalanced on any of the three facets of transformation can lead to serious error and cause us to lead ineffective lives for God. These three paths of transformation are not functions of human ability and are accessible to all humans. They are all the work of God’s grace in our lives, bringing us back to the simplicity of life’s purpose – to know God.
 
On Leadership:
Leadership: SpiritBuilt Leadership 1
Leaders have existed in all cultures throughout history. It is easily observed that leadership plays a vital role in organizations of every kind. We know leadership exists and we know it is important. We know good leadership when we see it and we know when it is lacking. But what is leadership? Leadership, the first book in the SpiritBuilt Leadership series by Malcolm Webber, examines the nature of leadership, the various kinds of power that leaders can exercise, and servant leadership. Based solidly upon the Scriptures, and providing many opportunities for guided reflection, Leadership will give you a clear understanding of how you can be an agent of effective and godly change in the lives of others.
Healthy Leaders: SpiritBuilt Leadership 2
Every leader desires to be a healthy one, while every follower wants his leader to be healthy. The presence of healthy leaders brings blessing and peace to the community, while their absence results in much pain for the people and dysfunctionality for the organization. But, what does “healthy” mean? Humble, gentle, protective, upright, honest, decisive, able to teach, responsible, visionary, self-giving... the list can go on and on. However, the longer the list, the less likely we’ll be motivated to try to become such a leader – how can one ever achieve such an ocean of virtues? This book presents an alternative! Every characteristic of a healthy leader falls into five categories: Christ, Community, Character, Calling and Competencies. This ConneXions model offers us a biblical and distilled conceptual framework to understand the nature of a “healthy” leader: An effective, healthy Christian leader is a man or woman who knows God, was formed and lives in supportive and accountable community, has strong character, knows the purpose of God and presents it with credibility, clarity and passion, and has the necessary gifts, skills and knowledge to lead the people in the accomplishment of this purpose – and is continually growing in all five areas. This book describes a clear and reachable goal of life transformation for everyone who desires to grow; moreover, its inspiring teaching will nurture and ignite your inner motivation to pursue this transformation. You can become a great leader, a healthy leader!
Leading: SpiritBuilt Leadership 3
A good leader helps others move from where they are now to a better place. But what do leaders actually do to cause this to happen? Leading examines the practices of effective leaders. When they are at their best, effective leaders: 1. See the vision. Leaders challenge the status quo, taking risks to fulfill the high calling of God. 2. Share the vision. Leaders capture the hearts of their followers with a passionate vision for the glory of God. 3. Shift the vision. Leaders build teams that will act on the vision. 4. Show the vision. Leaders validate the integrity of the vision to their constituents by personally setting the example and by planning small wins to demonstrate that the vision will work. 5. Sustain the vision. Leaders strengthen the hearts of their people by keeping the people focused on the ultimate goal, by affirming them and their contributions and by celebrating their accomplishments. Leading contains extensive worksheets for personal reflection, as well as specific guidance to help you grow as a leader.
Building Leaders: SpiritBuilt Leadership 4
"Are you building leaders the way Jesus and Paul did? “Building Leaders” presents a new (or not so new) paradigm of holistic leader development based on the way Jesus and Paul built leaders.Every church leader is acutely aware of the need to build future ministry leaders. How can we do it most effectively? Traditionally, we have focused on ministry competencies alone. But there is more to building people than that.“Building Leaders” shows how to build leaders with intentionality and focus – men and women who are transformed in their relationship with Christ, in their interactions in community, their character development, their calling and their ministry competencies."
Leaders and Managers: SpiritBuilt Leadership 5
Leaders manage and managers lead, but the two activities are not synonymous. Leadership and management are different. They are distinctive and complementary. Each has its own functions and characteristics. Both are necessary for the church or organization to fulfill its divine purpose. Management is a set of processes that can keep a complicated organization of people running smoothly. Leadership is a set of processes that creates organizations in the first place or changes them to be what they could or should be. Management deals with complexity. Leadership deals with change. Leaders and Managers contains extensive worksheets for personal reflection, to help you grow in your own calling and build teams that can work together effectively for God’s glory.
Abusive Leadership: SpiritBuilt Leadership 6
Jesus said that leadership in the Kingdom of God is of a fundamentally different nature than the leadership of the world. Unfortunately, the leadership that is present in so many churches is not only “worldly” in its authoritarianism; it is often worse than worldly leadership and downright abusive. The purpose of this book is to expose abusive leadership in the church. Our approach is not the usual anecdotal one taken in books with a similar purpose; we have tried to build conceptual frameworks that reveal the very heart of what constitutes both abusive and servant leadership. In addition, Abusive Leadership contains evaluation tools to help identify issues in your own leadership that need to be addressed, as well as practical steps to avoid being an abusive leader.
Understanding Change: SpiritBuilt Leadership 7
Leading change is one of the most difficult leadership responsibilities. It is also one of the most important. The world around us is constantly changing, and, to be effective in it, our organizations must change, too. Organizations that do not change rapidly become irrelevant and impotent. Moreover, to fully exploit the many opportunities that lie before us requires organizations that are nimble, quick, and lively. Change is necessary for two basic reasons: 1. To solve existing problems 2. To move ahead into the opportunities God opens for us. In a brad sense, what leaders do is stage continuous reformations. Leaders go for God's highest! The constantly challenge the status quo, and when they recognize new opportunities or see something that needs to be changed, they do something about it. Thus, to be effective, leaders must understand change. This book is an excellent primer that will help you understand resistance to change, the change process and how to help people through change.
Building Teams: SpiritBuilt Leadership 8
Teamwork does not just happen – but the time spent building a healthy team is well worth the investment. Dr. Webber guides the reader through the establishment of a biblical basis for teams, as well as the characteristics and nature of teams. Taking a hands-on approach, he provides application through introspection and evaluation of the reader and his involvement on teams. True teamwork requires individuality within the framework of the team; yet each one must see his need for everyone else on the team. Team members are committed and concerned for one another and have complementary gifts and skills – not overemphasizing one gift over any other. From the micro-level of the individual to the macro-level of the team, we see the importance of evaluating each member for optimum efficiency and health. Revealing the pitfalls of traditional leadership versus the benefits of team leadership, Dr. Webber enumerates many components that make up a successful, healthy team – the importance of a common vision and accountability, the priority of prayer, frequent and meaningful communication, an inclusive attitude, shared responsibilities, overcoming the threat of differences, and decision-making by consensus.
Women and Leadership: SpiritBuilt Leadership 10
The role of women in ministry and leadership in the church is a very controversial issue about which much has been written. We can identify two major extremes of teaching and practice: • In some circles women are not allowed to occupy any position of leadership or fulfill any formal ministry in the church – except for those involving children or other women. This position holds that women are simply never called by God to leadership; leadership is exclusively a male domain. • In other circles, women are constantly found in the very highest positions of authority. This teaching maintains that one should find as many women as men in leadership roles including the very top positions – leadership is a 50/50 proposition when it comes to gender. Of course, between these two extremes are many shades and nuances. Furthermore, emotions run high on this matter – on both sides. It is an extremely important issue that directly affects everyone in the church. Women and Leadership examines what the Bible says about the role of women in Christian ministry and leadership.
Healthy Followers: SpiritBuilt Leadership 11
This is a book about followers - healthy ones. Healthy followers think and act. Followers are often ignored when organizational successes or failures are explained. This is because: • Leaders are more visible than followers. • Considerably more study has been done on leadership than on “followership.” • We suffer from significant misconceptions about the power of followers. Too often we look upon followers as fairly benign participants in the organization who remain passive until they receive instructions from their leader and then proceed, dutifully and unquestioningly, to follow those instructions. As a result we do not sufficient appreciate the contribution that effective followers actually do make to organizational success. To be effective themselves, leaders must have effective followers! This book examines the often-neglected subject of healthy followers.
Listening: SpiritBuilt Leadership 12
Listening is one of the most important of all leadership skills. An unending parade of relational conflict and unnecessary organizational errors will follow the leader who is not a good listener. Someone said, "God gave us two ears but only one mouth. Some people say that's because He wanted us to spend twice as much time listening as talking. Others claim it's because He knew listening was twice as hard as talking." Both speaker and listener share the responsibility for successful communication. As the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch wrote, "Just as in playing ball it is necessary for the catcher to adapt his movements to those of the thrower and to be actively in accord with him, so with discourse, there is a certain accord between the speaker and the hearer, if each is heedful of his obligation." Good leaders are effective listeners. Listening will help God's leaders around the world be more effective listeners and better leaders.
Design Games
Effective leader development design is a science and an art. It’s not only a science. It cannot be treated as a mere science. And yet the science matters greatly – the principles are the foundation of effective leader development. The principles must be mastered and this takes hard work. This booklet, which is based upon the ConneXions model of healthy leader development, contains a number of “design games” that are intended to help you grow in your design capacity.
 
On Theology:
From Eternity to Eternity
Throughout all of history, from the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham to the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart and ultimately to the crucifixion of our Lord, we see God’s sovereign plan conjoined with man’s free will. Exposing the pitfalls of subscribing to a fatalistic view and how vastly different that is from predestination, we see illuminated through the pages of this book a loving, good, perfectly sovereign God who knows all things, controls all things and predestines all things. Simultaneously, we see that man is still responsible for his sins, despite the providence of God. In His infinite wisdom, God knows that mankind needs to be able to choose righteously and to overcome. Ultimately, Dr. Webber reveals the beautiful harmony that exists between divine sovereignty, human responsibility and the mystery of God’s election therein.
Healing in the Old Testament: Natural and Supernatural
A correct understanding of biblical healing in Scripture can strengthen the witness of the Christian faith while safeguarding believers from tragedy caused by a misplaced view of the role and application of healing in the body of Christ. Biblically and historically, both supernatural and natural healing were used by God’s people, but errors of the faith movement have damaged a biblical view of healing. The righteous man will avoid all extremes. Dr. Webber presents a balanced view in which natural and supernatural healing are both an acceptable and necessary part of the life of a Christian. Utilizing Scripture, practical examples and common sense, this book clears up the confusion regarding the use of both supernatural and natural healing. Ultimately, while some have considered it a sin to receive natural healing, God is the source of all healing and gives the wisdom for natural healing, as well.
The Blood of God
Alienated from God, morally defiled and corrupt, mankind was helpless and sentenced to eternal punishment, save the precious blood of Christ. We, the guilty ones, deserved damnation, but God, rich in mercy, did not give us what we deserve. Though our holy God set the righteous requirements, He also fulfilled them for those who could not. Dr. Webber offers clear delineation regarding many common misconceptions of the church, such as whether Jesus experienced spiritual death, passed through hell while suffering, or literally bore all the sicknesses and diseases of the world during His crucifixion. He judiciously uses the Word of God to answer these important questions and exposes the flaws in erroneous teachings. While gaining a keener understanding of the redemption which paid our ransom with Jesus’ blood and redeemed us from the authority and power of the enemy, the reader will discover the true nature of Atonement. The work of Jesus on the cross was for the purpose of glorifying God. The Atonement glorifies God’s justice, holiness, love, mercy, grace and wisdom and could only be accomplished by One. While much has been said about the blood of Christ, Dr. Webber shows us the need for clarity on the doctrine of the shed blood of God and systematically and comprehensively demonstrates through the Word of God all components of the blood of Jesus – the necessity for, the provision of, the sufficiency, efficacy and healing power of the precious blood of God. Dr. Webber lays a thorough foundation of our sinfulness, deserved damnation, God’s just and holy punishment and the remarkable grace of God. Vividly depicting the torture and torment of damnation, the reader is captivated afresh by the awesome power of the shed blood of our living Savior, which accomplished our redemption, paid our ransom and forgave the sins of all mankind through the physical death of our God, Who died in His humanity. The blood of Christ is sufficient to pay for our sins – nothing can be added to it. Dr. Webber leads the reader to conclude that Jesus was not abandoned by His Father, did not die spiritually and did not suffer the torment of Hell. In fact, it is revealed that salvation has nothing to do with the devil. To the contrary, salvation has everything to do with the removal of God’s wrath toward man – Jesus set us free from the curse and legal condemnation of God’s holy law. Prior to salvation, we were held captive by Satan; now, by the saving grace of His shed blood, we believers are delivered from that captivity and saved from the wrath of God!
The Doctrine of the Atonement According to the Apostolic Fathers
All mankind has fallen short of the glory of God and is in need of the atonement offered and accomplished through the physical death of Jesus. Through the ages, there have been many varied viewpoints on the doctrine of atonement regarding whether Jesus’ death had to be spiritual to accomplish salvation, or if His physical death was sufficient. In this brief study of some of the early apostolic fathers’ writings, Dr. Webber asserts that there is, in fact, a consistency on the main points of the doctrine of atonement between both the apostles and the apostolic church fathers. The physical death of the God-man, Jesus Christ – fully Deity and fully man – accomplished an infinite work because He was God; but He did not die spiritually. It is this truth which is essential to our salvation and has been amazingly unchanging throughout the ages.
The Christian and the Law
The law has a central place in the Scriptures. Consider the words of Jesus: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matt. 5:17-18) Jesus did not denigrate the law; He commended it! Paul also praised the law (e.g., Rom. 7:12, 16). Other than matters directly relating to Jesus Christ Himself, few topics receive more extensive treatment by Paul than does the law. Thus, to misunderstand or neglect the law is to misunderstand or neglect a large portion of the Word of God. A systematic study of the law may seem to be dry and academic. In reality, such a study is enormously interesting with profound practical consequences. Paul labored over this subject so that the church could have a clear understanding of the nature both of the law and of the Christian’s relationship to the law. Unfortunately, in today’s church there is more confusion on the matter than comprehension. Our hope is that this small book will bring light and clarity to the vital issue of the Christian’s relationship to the law.
Things to Come
Sometimes viewed as a book of mystery that is difficult to comprehend, Dr. Webber helps to bring clarity to the book of Revelation – the one book of the Bible that comes with a blessing for the reader. There are many varied interpretations regarding the last days and the judgment. God’s Word does not contradict itself; Dr. Webber guides the reader to a biblical understanding of what will transpire for both the lost and saved, utilizing both Old Testament and New Testament passages. The destiny of the righteous after death was the same in both testaments, but incorrect doctrine regarding the end times slipped in through the Apocrypha and other supplemental books which are not a part of the canon of Scripture. Salvation is not dependent upon a right view of the rapture and the millennium. Eschatology is only a small component of all of Christian theology, and the rapture debate constitutes only a small section of eschatology. More important than claiming we have the correct interpretation is unity in the body of Christ.
 
On Biblical Studies:
Church Planting in the Book of Acts
To effectively impact the world with the Gospel, we need healthy churches and church planters. The early church saw Spirit-filled, miraculous, and vibrant growth; by emulating the pattern for church planting found in Scripture, the modern church can see similar results. This work takes us on an exploration of the New Testament pattern, not for the purpose of formulaic church planting, but to remind us that before we build a house, we need to evaluate and understand what is involved and to do so in a biblical manner. Through Paul’s life and an examination of four journeys he undertook, we see healthy church planting lived out in extreme, harsh circumstances. Across cultures and facing opposition, Paul demonstrated effective ministry, a healthy dependency on God, and a healthy view of the relationship between the church planter and the church. Dr. Webber clearly defines the essential attributes of a successful church plant – that it should be indigenous, taking responsibility for its own life and ministry, dependent upon God, and more than a mere copy of another church. The healthy worker is also defined by Dr. Webber as one who should be dead to his natural race and religious pride and have a strong faith in God. In addition, a church planter cannot impose his own convictions on a new church – he should be teaching, counseling and guiding, not compelling. Ultimately, the goal of the church planter is to develop a relationship with that church based upon accountability. With practical examples, in areas such as leader development, finances, discipline, and partnering with other local churches, Dr. Webber guides the reader to the foundations necessary for all roles held in a healthy church plant. In serving God and planting churches, the church planter needs to allow new believers and new churches to experience the positive benefits of the struggle, as they are guided to spiritual maturity and a healthy dependency on God. Ultimately, a new church is successful and kept from potential corruption when it depends upon God and is independent of foreign aid.
Encouragement to Suffering Saints: A Brief Exposition of 1 Peter
If you have lived long enough in this world, you have encountered suffering. Given this universal predicament, Dr. Webber examines the lives of suffering saints through the lens of Peter, allowing us to see God’s purposes and benefits in suffering. Utilizing 1 Peter as a manual, we gain insight into a side of suffering that brings encouragement to the believer. An incorrect understanding of suffering can throw us into confusion and ineffectiveness, whereas a correct view can both glorify God and grant hope to the one who sees suffering from God’s perspective. Avoiding religious dogma and reflecting on God’s simple, pure truths, the reader is unshackled from legalistic rules and expectations and ushered into the presence of a loving, Sovereign God whose plans and ways are always higher than our own. In this book, the reader will wrestle with his identity in Christ and recognize the rewards God promises the believer, emerging with greater trust in a loving God and seeing trials as an opportunity for growth in holiness as well as evidence of God’s grace. After encountering this study of suffering, perhaps we will never hold the same view of suffering again… more than that, we will know and proclaim that we have a Savior who willingly suffered and died for our sakes, one who can relate to and comfort us in the midst of life’s storms.
Foundations
The purpose of Foundations is to establish the new believer – or the older believer – in the basic “foundational” truths of Scripture, by dealing with the truths that Paul considered “the elementary teachings about Christ” (Hebrews 6:1): • Repentance. • Faith. • Water baptism. • The Baptism in the Holy Spirit. • Laying on of hands. • The resurrection of the dead. • Eternal judgment. In addition,Foundations gives an introduction to the Word of God, studying how the Bible was established and the authority and ministry of the Word. Written in a form that makes essential truth accessible to anyone, Foundations has helped thousands of believers in many nations establish a solid biblical basis for their faith. Recommended for new Christians, old Christians, self-study, and small group study or family devotions.
Introduction to the Older Testament
Discover afresh the unity of the Old and New Testaments through an analysis of the themes, history, literature types and specific laws of the Old Testament. Dr. Webber provides an opportunity for participation through follow-up quizzes after each chapter in this forum for exploration and discovery of the Old Testament. The Old and New Testaments both reveal Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and display God’s kingdom, salvation and rule. Studying the law is essential to believers today in the new covenant. In viewing the purpose and intent behind the laws of the Old Covenant, we see God’s love and divine purposes fulfilled in the New Testament. A pattern emerges of the ratification, obligation and fulfillment of God’s promises woven throughout Scripture. Looking intently into God’s perfect law, we discover that His laws have always been about inwardly freeing God’s people as opposed to mere outward guidelines. Only God could fulfill the obligation for the wages of man’s sin, and His plan of redemption has been unfolding from the beginning.
The Apostolic Epistles #1: A Brief Exposition of 1 Timothy
Paul’s timeless message to Timothy to live and walk in truth and hold fast to God’s Word is just as vital to the body of Christ today as it was to the church in Ephesus. With an overall purpose to restore order and spiritual health to the church in Ephesus, Paul emphatically conveys to Timothy the importance of correct doctrine in the Church, which has been entrusted with the message of the Gospel. Dr. Webber asserts that 1 Timothy is not a church manual, but a personal letter written by Paul warning of the presence of false teachers inside and outside the church. True doctrine was very important to Paul – doctrine is not just academic, but embodies correct theology expressed in holy, fruitful living. Dr. Webber states that a lack of truth is not simply a void; it is the presence of error. The end goal of Paul’s exhortation to Timothy and the church in Ephesus is restoration to God, not only theological correctness. Laying a framework for the appropriate analysis of doctrine in the church, Paul gives instructions to Timothy regarding practical aspects of ministry – exposing false doctrine, addressing matters of the church including leadership criteria, discipline and social issues such as slaves and materialism. Paramount were Paul’s instructions to Timothy to guard his walk with God. Dr. Webber concludes that the leader must not only faithfully nurture, direct and protect the church, but also pay careful attention to personal godliness. A healthy church depends on healthy leaders whose ministries and personal lives equally reflect the presence and power of God.
The Apostolic Epistles #3: A Brief Exposition of 2 Timothy
Written from within the confines of prison walls, Paul writes a sober message with thankfulness and joy to his beloved son in the Lord, Timothy. Paul urges Timothy to remain faithful to Christ in the face of hardship and suffering. This epistle is an encouragement to modern day ministry workers not to allow the difficulties of ministry to become stumbling blocks but instead to stay focused on the calling, enabled by the power, purpose and sovereign grace of God. As though passing the torch to Timothy, Paul reminds him of the importance of holding to sound doctrine, the necessity of exposing and refuting false teaching, using his gifts for God’s glory and guarding the deposit God placed in him, for the sake of others around him who are depending on it. Paul administers a final exhortation to run the race set before him. God will always be faithful; may we also be found faithful. The foundation has been laid for Timothy and for us all – we must continue to press on toward the goal we have been called to, motivated by our eternal hope.
The Day of the Lord: Brief Expositions of Zephaniah and Obadiah
In this examination of the books of Zephaniah and Obadiah, Dr. Webber explores the exhortation of God as spoken through His prophets to His people and all the nations of the world. We see our covenant-keeping God, Who punishes the nations for their iniquity with the goal of saving them if they repent – and then ultimately bears their punishment Himself. The cause and depth of the destruction are revealed and God’s promises of rebuke and destruction are sure and fulfilled, just as His promises of spiritual restoration are. The Day of the Lord is a vivid picture of that day being both dreadful and merciful in one: restoration and salvation for God’s chosen remnant, and decided destruction for those who rebelled against God’s commands and harmed God’s people. Addressing the apostasy, idolatry, moral and ethical corruption and faithlessness of both God’s people and the other nations, this work is a wake-up call to believers to continue to walk diligently with our living God, Who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The Preeminence and All-Sufficiency of Jesus Christ: A Brief Exposition of Colossians
A voice from another time comes to life again at a key moment in the life of the church. Dr. Webber gets to the heart of Paul’s intent in writing the book of Colossians – addressing the globalization of religion that was present in the ancient church and is still present today. Written from behind prison walls, Paul writes an impassioned plea to remain faithful to the Lord and His Word and to reject the errors of false teachers. Focusing on the centrality of Christ, Paul exhorts the church to recognize the toxic blend of heresy and to turn from it. As it concerns our modern day culture, we must recognize that our spiritual need is to find our identity in Christ alone – in His preeminence and all-sufficiency. Jesus is above all – we are not to lose our focus on Christ alone by worshiping angels, Mary, or even church denominations. He is our sole mediator and His sacrifice is all we need for victory in our walk with God. Being in Christ does not simply consist of external regulations or strict observances as a path to holiness. Christ’s death and resurrection should lead to more than just different ethical choices. Daily lives are impacted when we walk in unity with Christ, the preeminent One, Who is our all in all. Dr. Webber brings the reader back to the simple, beautiful precepts that ought to affect our daily lives and guide us in our walk and standing with God. Recognizing the authority of Christ, truly abiding in Christ, knowing Jesus as the Truth and avoiding captivation by abstract and esoteric beliefs are basic requirements in the life of a believer. Moreover, the believer’s position before God is dependent upon his continued faith in the preeminent Christ. Ultimately, Paul’s purpose was to see every believer achieve maturity – not merely to politicize or Christianize the culture around him.
True Giving: A Brief Exposition of Philippians
“The Levites…instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.” (Neh. 8:7-8) The Levites, under Ezra’s oversight, did not take it upon themselves to make exhaustive interpretation and application of every word in the text, but, instead, simply read the Word of God, “making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.” This is the simple purpose of this exposition: to make the Scriptures clear and to give their sense. It is not our purpose to exhaust every possible interpretation or to make lengthy application of the text. We will leave that up to the local leaders into whose care the Holy Spirit has entrusted His flock.
What Does the Bible Say?
The purpose of doctrine and interpretation of God’s Word is to know God, to make Him known and to live a holy life that pleases the Lord. Citing examples from Scripture, as well as many methods that lead to common misinterpretations, Dr. Webber details nine distinct errors the Bible student should avoid, as well as multiple principles and factors that should guide his study. Interpreters are accountable to history, church and to God when studying Scripture. God’s Word transcends time as well as cultural, geographical and language differences; but it can be difficult to overcome our prejudices and there are many pitfalls that can inhibit precise understanding of the original intent of Scripture. Context, various literary genres, human traditions and contributions such as chapter and verse divisions, punctuation and book order all contribute to the confusion in understanding God’s Word. Complex methodologies in interpretation of Scripture can distract people and take away from the simple message of Scripture, so the earnest student of God’s Word should be diligent to apply sound principles in interpretation. God has revealed mysteries in His Word to genuine believers – not just to an elite few who are intelligent enough to find truth. The Word of God was never intended to be studied merely for mental assent, but for application as a guide to believers in their relationship with God. Interpretation of God’s Word can be dizzying with all that there is to consider, but the sincere seeker will rightly divide the Word of God by being aware of – and not permitting – abuses, and by praying for the Holy Spirit to aid in his understanding.
 
On the Christian Life:
Deliverance: The Principles and Practice of Deliverance Ministry
Jesus helped many people who were afflicted by demons. In fact, about one-third of His public ministry involved casting out demons. Two thousand years later, has our enlightened civilization managed to remove itself from the shadow of demonic oppression? We may think it’s possible for some non-Christians to suffer in this way, but can Christians also come under the influence of evil forces? Are depression, anger and fear mental health issues and personality struggles, or can they also involve demonic bondage? Are alcoholism, drug addiction and lust merely bad habits or can they also involve spiritual oppression? How can someone who is oppressed find freedom? Where did the demons come from in the first place? How do they enter a person’s life and how can we guard against them? While the Bible does not major on the presence and activity of Satan and his helpers, it clearly presents them as real enemies of God and man, describing their nature and functions in many places. Moreover, the Scriptures give us clear direction about how to be set free. Deliverance provides scriptural and practical guidance to equip believers to free ourselves and stay free, and to help free others. Jesus died to set us free from Satan’s power. Let’s live in the glorious liberty He purchased for us!
Purpose: Finding and Fulfilling the Will of God for Our Lives and Churches
One of the most common questions that spiritual leaders are asked is, “How can I know the will of God for my life and ministry?” This book presents a simple model that will help you recognize and fulfill God’s purpose.
The Christian Family
In The Christian Family, Dr. Malcolm Webber succinctly and biblically defines the origin and purpose of the Christian family while affirming its importance in today’s society. In a day when many blindly accept our culture’s ever-changing definition of the family, or are confused about what the composition of the Christian family should look like, Dr. Webber serves as a beacon clarifying that God – not man – designed the structure of the family for His glory and His purposes. Dr. Webber highlights the fact that God makes covenants with families – not just individuals – for His glory and our benefit. Addressing the worldly influences that sidetrack us from the original purpose of the God-designed family, this book serves as a guiding compass for the reader, detailing the significance and divine order of the Christian family by using scriptural references and practical insight. Dr. Webber reveals that the family exists not merely for our own pleasure, but for a much higher purpose. Applying the biblical worldview and sound advice found within these pages, the practicing Christian is sure to find family life more fulfilling. Dr. Webber reveals the contemporary ideologies which often add God as an afterthought to the family structure, placing priority on satisfying self. He correctly affirms that the biblical worldview places God first and foremost at the center of the family and outlines God’s perfect plan that ultimately brings us greater satisfaction. With biblical support for each assertion, Dr. Webber provides solid counsel to husbands, wives, parents and children within the framework of the Christian family. This work offers a roadmap to God-inspired wisdom without the debilitating dogma associated with legalism, pop psychology or man-centered theology. Beautiful liberty and rich blessings await those who choose to walk in obedience to God’s will for their lives and those of their families.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit of 1 Corinthians 12
The debate over the gifts of the Spirit has left the body of Christ confused. Misunderstanding the gifts of the Holy Spirit can lead to a fear of them, but the truths presented in this book dispel those fears and enlighten the soul. Motivations for and manifestations of the gifts are beautiful when submitted to the Holy Spirit and operating in love. A clarion call to the body of Christ, this work is paramount in helping the church recognize our need for the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit in order to fulfill the ministry God has given us – to accomplish the will of God and authenticate the preaching of the Word of God. Dr. Webber opens up the subject of the gifts of the Holy Spirit with clear examples and teaching that enable the reader to better understand the supernatural. In a thorough presentation with significant biblical support, this book is a refreshing, accurate Bible study guide on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. With practical instructions regarding the application of the often controversial gifts of the Holy Spirit, it is a must-read in every church from charismatic to Methodist – the entire body of Christ. Ultimately, the gifts of revelation, power, and utterances are necessary to complete the task God has called us to do: to edify ourselves, resulting in the sharing of the Gospel and the glory of God.
 
Books by Other Authors
 
On Revival:
From the Plow Handle to the Pulpit
The famous life story of “Dad Humbard.” A classic!
I Remember John Sung
Brief and fascinating biography of one of the greatest Chinese preachers of the 20th century.
I Saw the Welsh Revival
Eyewitness account of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Wales in 1904.
The Awakening
This book tells the story of the 1927-1937 revival in China by Marie Monsen. As a young missionary, inspired by revivals that had taken place in other parts of the world, especially the Korean revival of 1907, Miss Monsen sets herself to pray for revival in China. She would pray for the next 20 years before she saw fruit of her labor of prayer.
The Great Revival in Ireland in 1859
A glorious wave of the Holy Spirit swept over Ireland in 1859. Incredible reading!
The Story of My Life
Autobiography of this great man of God.
When the Spirit Came
Account of the Moravian revival.
When the Spirit’s Fire Swept Korea
First hand account of the Korean revival of 1907.
When God Stepped Down From Heaven
Account of the revival in the Hebrides between 1949 and 1952.
 
On Spiritual Life:
No Other Foundation
The paradigm of ministry in the body of Christ has shifted and the need for a reminder of our purpose and goals in life and ministry is met in this book. First and foremost, we minister to God, not man. Checking our motivations and self promotion, this work is like a refreshing cleansing from the Lord, establishing what and Who our true foundation is. If our foundation and calling are of God, the fruit will bear an impact reminiscent of God, not the flesh. In the end, our deeds will be shown for whether they are of human origin or of God. Today the body of Christ is busy and has forgotten how to stand still before the Lord. Discerning true calling from the Lord is made difficult when we presume and do not wait on the Lord for His direction or when we assume that natural training is sufficient for a calling. The life hidden in Christ is not dependent upon man’s ideologies, philosophies or utilizing the Bible solely as a book of principles. It is not merely facts about Him or about what He did – but a living, breathing knowledge of God, which is not the same as appropriating God as our fullness in life. Ultimately, our greatest joy is in being the vessel which contains and delights in the glory of God. Christ alone is our sufficiency – not methodology or religion. Living our lives in Christ alone as our foundation is satisfying our life’s purpose and the original intention of our Heavenly Father.