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Peter: Eyewitness to His Majesty (Donnelly)

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The Apostle Peter was a major New Testament personality—a vivid, complex and well-rounded character. His leadership was decisive in the history of the church, and his teaching remains profound and compellingly up-to-date. So why is it that he has been undervalued by evangelicals for so long?

Christians, and Christian leaders in particular, can learn much from this man. Ted Donnelly’s portrait of the Apostle Peter lets us see him from three distinct angles. Firstly we see him discovering what it means to follow Jesus as a disciple. Then we see him as a powerful preacher, from whom we can learn important lessons about communicating the gospel to others. Lastly, we view him as a faithful pastor and observe what it is to be a true shepherd of the people of God.


Table of Contents:

  1. Introducing Peter – Peter the Disciple
  2. A Disciple Like Ourselves
  3. Becoming a Disciple
  4. Continuing as a Disciple
  5. Chosen and Kept as a Disciple – Peter the Preacher
  6. A Master-Preacher
  7. Relevant Preaching
  8. Christ-centered Preaching
  9. Bold Preaching
  10. Preaching the Demands of Grace
  11. Spirit-filled Preaching – Peter the Pastor
  12. A Pastors’ Pastor
  13. The Pastor’s Identity
  14. The Pastor’s Duty
  15. The Pastor’s Heart
  16. The Pastor’s Reward 



Edward Donnelly pastored Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, before his retirement in 2011. He serves as Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, and Principal, at Reformed Theological College in Belfast. He is a trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust, and is a much-appreciated preacher and conference speaker. He is married to Lorna and they have three grown-up children.



"Ted Donnelly’s handling of biblical teaching is always marked by faithfulness, insight, wisdom and warmth. All of these qualities abound in this splendid exposition of Simon Peter’s life and ministry. It provides the rare combination of helpful, and at times, searching, instruction with the genuine Christian pleasure of discovering more about the grace of Jesus Christ." — SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON

"In his consideration of Peter the Disciple, Ted Donnelly helps us to see the omnipotent and manifold grace of God at work, fashioning the rough-hewn Galilean fisherman into a polished instrument in the hands of the Master. In the contemplation of Peter the Preacher we are helped to see those principles which validate and illustrate the centrality of preaching in the purpose of God, and to consider the kind of preaching owned of God to the accomplishment of his saving purposes. Finally, in the examination of the biblical witness to Peter the Pastor we are led to consider what is involved in being a shepherd after God’s own heart." — ALBERT N. MARTIN