Christian Focus Publications
The One Who Came Before (Pre-Order Expect 12/04/2021)
Taking Bible passages about John the Baptist verse by verse, and making observations concerning what he says, what the text meant when first written and how it applies today, you are invited to study this last of the Old Testament prophets within the pages of the New Testament, over one month (31 days) and so to better get to know the Lord Jesus.
About the Author
Frank Sellar has been ministering in Ireland and Northern Ireland for the last three decades He is currently the minister of Bloomfield Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Claire have three children.
Frank shows us how John consistently pointed others to Jesus, which is precisely what this devotional does! Read it – you will not only learn about John the Baptist, but your heart will resonate with John’s words about Christ, ‘He must increase, but I must decrease’ (John 3:30).
Jani Ortlund , Author, speaker, wife of Ray Ortlund & Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries, Franklin, Tennessee
His careful reflections come from a lifetime of ministry that has been biblical, pastoral and practical. Consequently, Frank’s insights into the Baptist’s character and ministry are applied with a deceptive simplicity that can veil the wisdom of these brief expositions.
David Searle, Pastor and former Director of Rutherford House, Edinburgh.
A fresh and thorough look at the extraordinary character of John the Baptist. But, even better than that, as you look at John you will find yourself marvelling at the greater One who came after him. Insightful, challenging and full of rich application. I thoroughly recommend it!
Jonty Allcock, Lead Pastor, The Globe Church, London
Engaging, thoughtful and wise, Frank Sellar’s 31–day devotional brings fresh eyes to a familiar story. The great gift of this book is to encourage and challenge both our head and heart. It will bless all those who read it.
Emma Scrivener, Blogger at emmascrivener.net and author of ‘A New Name’ and ‘A New Day’
Here is a beautifully crafted introduction to a much neglected Biblical hero. It is rich in pastoral encouragement for believers under pressure, full of wise biblical insight for disciples living in an egocentric culture, and focused on prayerful application day by day. A devotional gem!
Jonathan Lamb, Minister–at–large for Keswick Ministries, IFES Vice President, and former Director, Langham Preaching
I am delighted to comment this helpful book to anyone seeking to read the Bible for themselves. You will benefit from the wise guidance of an experienced Bible teacher and pastor, and will re–discover the unfolding of God’s big story of salvation, announced by the forerunner of the Messiah. Excellent!
David Bruce, Moderator of the General Assembly, The Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Sellar takes readers through a series of daily reflections filled with biblical, theological, and practical insight that not only give John his due but, more importantly, are right in line with John’s life and calling as a prophet pointing to Jesus who came to take away the sin of the world.