Old Testament IVP Book Study Guides in Our Library

All of these study guides feature the inductive Bible study approach, and are thoroughly field-tested prior to publication. They are proven and popular guides for digging into Scripture on your own or with a small group. In them you will find solid biblical content and throught-provoking questions.

 

Click on the links to see descriptions of our Old Testament discussion guides.

Exodus: Learning to Trust God
Deuteronomy: Becoming Holy People
Judges: Returning to God
Ruth: Rescued by the Redeemer
Esther: Character Under Pressure
Job: Wrestling With God
Praying the Psalms
Proverbs: Learning to Live Wisely
Isaiah: Trusting God in Troubled Times
Jeremiah: Demanding Love
Daniel: Spiritual Living in a Secular World
Hosea: God's Persistent Love
Jonah, Joel & Amos

Exodus: Learning to Trust God

by James W. Reapsome

Trust God.

Sounds simple, right? Yet, you know it is often very, very difficult to trust God with the things that matter most to you--money, career, marriage, health. As you study the book of Exodus, you'll see that Israel faced similar struggles to trust God completely. In this story of hardship and hope, you'll discover along with Israel that God--and God alone--is worthy of our trust.


ABOUT JAMES W. REAPSOME

James W. Reapsome is a retired pastor who also formerly served as editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly and the World Pulse newsletter. He was also executive director of Evangelical Missions Information Service in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the co-editor of Innovation in Mission and the author of several IVP Bible study guides including Exodus, Hebrews, Grief, and Marriage.

 

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Deuteronomy: Becoming Holy People

by Stephen D. Eyre

Do you long to experience God's presence in your life?

In this study guide Stephen D. Eyre leads you to explore the story told in Deuteronomy--the story of God's people seeking after him. As you trace their journey, experiencing their forward progress, their detours and their obstacles, you, too, will learn to follow God more closely.


ABOUT STEPHEN D. EYRE

Stephen D. Eyre is a consultant for Church Discipleship Services, which provides guidance, coaching and resources for small groups in churches of all different sizes and denominations. He is also Minister of congregational development at Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has written many books and Bible studies, including five IVP Bible study guides.

 

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Judges: Returning to God

by Donald Baker

Sometimes we turn away from God.

Or we fail to love those around us.

We even follow the gods of the world.

Despite everything, God remains faithful, loving us and waiting for us to return to him. This is the story of Israel told in the book of Judges. As Donald Baker leads you to examine it for yourself, you may discover that it is your story as well.


ABOUT DONALD BAKER

Baker is pastor of First Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church of Lester, Iowa. He formerly served as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

 

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Ruth: Rescued by the Redeemer

by Dale Larsen and Sandy Larsen

In the book of Ruth we meet not only Ruth herself but also other significant players who populate the drama: Naomi, Elimelech, Mahlon, Kilion, Orpah and Boaz. In addition there are other unnamed characters: a kinsman, reapers, elders and neighbors. Like us, each of these characters in their own way needs the Redeemer who is foreshadowed here.


ABOUT DALE AND SANDY LARSEN

Dale and Sandy Larsen are both writers living in Rochester, Minnesota. They have written more than thirty books and Bible studies together including Living Your Legacy and more than ten IVP Bible study guides.

 

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Esther: Character Under Pressure

by Patty Pell

"Who are you when no one's looking?"

When her people were threatened, Esther had to ask herself that question. She could risk her life to try to save her fellow Israelites. Or she could "keep her head down" to wait out the threat in obscurity and safety.

In nine sessions for individuals or groups, Patty Pell leads you to examine the story of Esther. You'll discover how godly character often develops under pressure. And you'll discover ideas for living a godly life in the midst of contemporary pressures.


ABOUT PATTY PELL

Patty Pell (M.A., Old Testament Studies, Denver Seminary) is a staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado and at Christ Community Church in Greeley, Colorado. She is the author of Esther and Hospitality in the IVP Bible Study series and a coauthor of Small Group Leaders' Handbook.

 

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Job: Wrestling With God

by Paul Stevens

Why do faithful people suffer?

Job wanted to know. So he demanded an answer from God. His friends thought he was crazy, but Job persisted. And, finally, God answered.

As Paul Stevens leads you through Job's questions and God's answers, you discover comfort, hope and meaning for the suffering in your own life.


ABOUT R. PAUL STEVENS

R. Paul Stevens is professor emeritus of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and a marketplace ministry mentor. He has worked as a carpenter and businessman, and served as the pastor of an inner-city church in Montreal. He has written many books and Bible studies, including Doing God's Business, Work Matters, Marriage Spirituality, The Other Six Days, and Spiritual Gifts. He is coauthor (with Pete Hammond and Todd Svanoe) of The Marketplace Annotated Bibliography.

For more on Stevens's work as a marketplace ministry mentor, visit rpaulstevens.com.

 

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Praying the Psalms

by Juanita Ryan

Joy. Anger. Distress. Hope. Trust.

These and many more emotions are expressed in the Psalms. Juanita Ryan offers these studies to help you learn how to openly express the full range of your emotions to God.


ABOUT JUANITA RYAN

Juanita Ryan is a clinical nurse specialist with an MSN in psychiatric mental health nursing. She has taught mental health nursing at Bethel University, Rio Hondo Community College and Biola University. She is currently a therapist in private practice at Brea Family Counseling Center in Brea, California. She is the coauthor of The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Kindergarten and the author or coauthor of over thirty InterVarsity Press Bible study guides.

 

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Proverbs: Learning to Live Wisely

by William Mouser, Jr.

Where do you turn when you need to replace a fuse, cook dinner, eradicate ants, or soothe your child's upset stomach? If you are like many others, you have a shelf full of "how-to" books to supplement your own knowledge and experience.

Now it's time to add Proverbs to that shelf! Proverbs is the Bible's own how-to manual. The wisdom contained in its practical and simple instructions will help you to be successful and prosperous in your work, your dealings with family and friends, and your relationship with God. As William Mouser opens up this treasure-store of godly guidance, you'll wonder how you ever survived without it.


ABOUT WILLIAM MOUSER

Mouser earned his Th.M. at Dallas Seminary, where he specialized in Old Testament and Semitic languages. A former pastor, he is now director of the International Council for Gender Studies, based near Dallas, Texas.

 

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Isaiah: Trusting God in Troubled Times

by Howard Peskett

Do you look around you and see nothing but trouble?

Or are you experiencing firsthand a time of suffering?

Do you wonder how any good can come out of the world you live in?

In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, you'll discover that trouble and suffering are nothing new to God's people. But the prophet Isaiah raises a loud cry for revival in this midst of a rotting society. Isaiah firmly believes that God can triumph even in the worst of times.

As Howard Peskett guides you through these studies on Isaiah, you'll dig deep into the prophet's revolutionary message of repentance, forgiveness and hope. And you'll find comfort for coping with your own troubled times.


ABOUT HOWARD PESKETT

Howard Peskett is the UK Scholarships Administrator of the Langham Partnership International, a programme founded by John Stott, providing scholarships for Majority World students to do doctoral studies in various countries. Previously he worked in preaching, teaching, and theological training in Singapore and East Asia with OMF International, and at Trinity College Bristol, where he was Vice Principal until 2006.

 

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Jeremiah: Demanding Love

by Stephen D. Eyre

It was a dark time for Israel. And Jeremiah was their last chance to turn things around.

The ministry to which God called Jeremiah was difficult and painful: proclaim God's demanding love. Yet with this burden, God also gave the prophet a gift--the gift of his presence. In this study guide, Stephen D. Eyre shows how the example of Jeremiah's rich relationship with God can inspire you to become more deeply open to God than ever before.


ABOUT STEPHEN D. EYRE

Stephen D. Eyre is a consultant for Church Discipleship Services, which provides guidance, coaching and resources for small groups in churches of all different sizes and denominations. He is also Minister of congregational development at Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has written many books and Bible studies, including five IVP Bible study guides.

 

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Daniel: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

by Douglas Connelly

A permissive society, a power-hungry people, a nation without God. Daniel's situation in Babylon sounds quite a bit like our own. In the midst of such forces, how can we remain loyal to biblical values? How can we have a positive impact on those around us? Daniel gives us practical and personal help with these questions.


ABOUT DOUGLAS CONNELLY

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving twelve years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written seventeen IVP Bible study guides as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us. He and his wife Karen have three adult children and six grandchildren.

 

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Hosea: God's Persistent Love

by Dale and Sandy Larsen

God never gives up.

Even when you rebel, disobey or make a mistake, God continues to pursue you with a relentless love.

As Dale and Sandy Larsen lead you through the fascinating Old Testament story of Hosea, you'll see how a godly man's unfailing love for his wayward wife illustrates God's unconditional, "no-holds-barred" love for you, too.


ABOUT DALE AND SANDY LARSEN

Dale and Sandy Larsen are both writers living in Rochester, Minnesota. They have written more than thirty books and Bible studies together including Living Your Legacy and more than ten IVP Bible study guides.

 

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Jonah, Joel & Amos

by Doug Haugen and Doris Haugen

In today's world it's easy to wander away from God.

Hectic schedules and the quest for success often mean that time with God gets neglected.

But if you slow down long enough to listen, the minor prophets can have a major impact on the quality of your life. These twelve studies in Jonah, Joel and Amos, written by Doug and Doris Haugen, will help you focus on your number one priority--to seek the Lord and live!


ABOUT DOUG HAUGEN

Doug Haugen is director of Lutheran Men in Mission, the men's ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is also a freelance writer.

 

ABOUT DORIS HAUGEN

Doris Haugen is director of student services for the division of adult and continuing education at Judson College in Elgin, Illinois.

 

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