When Elijah lived in Israel in 900 BC, truth was being compromised and the people had departed from the worship of the one true God. It was a multi-faith society. There was immorality at the highest level. Toleration trumped truth. True prophets were being persecuted. It was much like Western society today. What can Christians do in such a spiritual and moral climate? Elijah is our great example and inspiration as we dare to contend for the truth, even taking on the religious establishment if necessary. What could be more timely or relevant for the Christian church at the present time?
John Cheeseman studied Classics at Oxford University before training for pastoral ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. He has served in churches all over the South-East of England, most recently at Holy Trinity, Eastbourne. He is now concentrating on an itinerant ministry of Bible teaching. He is the author of Saving Grace (1997) and the Priority of Preaching (2006), both published by The Banner of Truth Trust. He is married to Joy and they have three grown-up children.
"This small book shows the author to be a reality-man, a bible-man, and a God-centred, Christ-exalting, and church-loving man. These qualities enable him to see deep into the lessons that Elijah’s life has to teach us, and to set them out in a way that searches and strengthens us simultaneously. Cheeseman clears the head, warms the heart, and imparts much nourishment by his comments on the story. His book will reward prayerful readers, and will prove ideal for parish study groups." — James I Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
"This is a great little book that will feed the mind and heart. Elijah’s story is a key one with much to teach us, that needs to be better known and preached about. John makes the helpful and necessary biblical theological connections to the New Testament as a passionate and faithful servant of Christ. I warmly recommend it." — Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes, UK