Borgman, Brian and Rob Ventura. Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. 128 pp. $13.00. Purchase for less and on Kindle at Amazon.
Brian Borgman has written Feelings and Faith (read my review here) and has a number of sermons available online here and here. Rob Ventura has written A Portrait of Paul (read my review here) and also has a number of sermons available online. Both men have the heart of a pastor which, in my estimation, lead them to write this particular work together. Spiritual Warfare is a radically misunderstood biblical topic that needs to be taught more explicitly in the church today.
Divided into thirteen chapters with three invaluable appendices, Borgman and Ventura cover much ground. The book is an exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20. Each chapter looks at a various passage from that particular text and unpacks it in what amounts to a sermon. From being strong in the Lord to looking at the nature of our conflict to the various items of armor at our disposal to the importance of praying for your self and for others, the authors say much in a very confined space.
Each chapter concludes with reflection and discussion questions that could be used for private or group study.
Though the book is short, for example, Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the same passage over 364 pages whereas this book roughly 1/3 of that, do not think that they do not equip and train the saints to better understand the importance of the battle we face each day. Furthermore, they understand it is not the quantity of what is written but the quality.
Each chapter is saturated in Scripture and, if I know Rob well enough through my interactions with him, prayer. These men write with the heart of a pastor and the precision of a surgeon. They cut away the fluff and plumb the depth and importance of what the Apostle Paul was saying when he wrote the epistle to the Ephesians some 2000 years ago. They explain the historical context and look at how it applies to us today.
I am grateful to both the authors and the publisher for this book coming to print. Spiritual warfare is a topic that is either addressed too much from the wrong perspective or not dealt with enough from the right perspective. I recommend this resource to all who are Christian and want to better understand the daily war in which we are involved.