Topical Bible Studies By Tony Coffey

Welcome To Topical Studies By Tony Coffey

These Bible studies have been written by Tony who has been ministering to a community of believers in Dublin since 1970. He is the author of ‘Making Disciples Who Make A Difference’ and his latest book will be released in the spring by Harvest House Publishers, Oregon. USA, ‘Answering Questions Catholics Are Asking.’ He is also the author of the book ‘Once a Catholic.’ Since 1986 he has been involved in spreading the Gospel in the states of Kerala and Andra Pradesh in India.

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“The Bible can mean anything you want it to mean” is a common enough claim and there is a sense in which that is true. The Bible can be made to say anything you want it to say if you approach it with a certain frame of mind that fails to observe some basic rules of interpretation. Interpreting The Bible

What is the church? From the moment of his conception, Jesus’ mission was tied to our spiritual recovery. An angel told Joseph that the child that Mary was carrying was conceived by the Holy Spirit. The child was to be named Jesus “because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) This redemptive theme was echoed by Jesus throughout his public ministry. The mission of Jesus involved securing forgiveness of sins through the sacrifice of himself upon the cross. The Church That Jesus Built!

Saul of Tarsus (as the Apostle Paul was known before his conversion) seemed the most unlikely person to embrace the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet he did. And his conversion testifies that there is no one beyond the reach of God’s love, mercy and grace.

There are no ‘hopeless cases’; there is no one God cannot save. The Conversion Of The Apostle Paul

‘And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.’ (Luke 14:27) It is only the passage of time that has made the cross acceptable in our society. We unashamedly display it in our churches, our homes and in public places. We even wear it as jewellery. It is respectable, inoffensive. But it was not always seen in such a favourable light. Placing the cross in its historical context, we see that it was a cruel instrument of execution. And it was to this that Jesus referred in teaching about the cost of being his disciple. The Cost Of Discipleship

When you read of the spiritual vibrancy in the life of the early church do you wonder, “Why is my life not like that? How can I live under the Spirit’s influence?” Conversion to Christ is something amazing: We receive the gracious gift of forgiveness and the Holy Spirit as a gift from God. It is the Holy Spirit who then identifies us as God’s children and is the deposit guaranteeing our future inheritance in heaven. The Holy Spirit

The Lord’s time with his apostles was coming to an end, the fulfilment of his purpose on earth was fast approaching, and he still had much to share with them. Their last evening together would be memorable. Jesus had spoken often with his apostles about his death, but during the meal he astonished them with the announcement that he would be betrayed, and by one of them. In unison they declared their innocence. The Lord’s Supper

From the announcement of his conception, the mission of Jesus was linked to our spiritual recovery. The angel told Joseph that the child Mary was carrying was conceived by the Holy Spirit. The child was to be named Jesus “because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) This redemptive theme was echoed throughout the ministry of our Lord. He said that he had come “to seek and to save what was lost” and “to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Luke 19:10; Matthew 20:28) The Way Of Salvation

Frustration with God is expressed in the writings of some of the ancient prophets. It surfaces in the life of the prophet Habakkuk. It’s amazing to me that God allows man to vent his frustration and make serious allegations against him. What The Prophets Teach Us About God!


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Philippians 4:6