Before you read this book, you should know who Dr. Snyder is, and how he approaches his faith in Christ. Dr. Snyder is a lifelong student of the Bible who always asks, “What does the Bible say about that?” His concern is to understand what the Bible says, to believe what it says, and to obey what it says. It is as simple as that, and at the same time as profound as that. For example, Dr. Snyder has led numerous people to the Lord, yet he does not consider himself to be an evangelist. He simply sees that we are supposed to be about the work of evangelism, and so he obeys. Dr. Snyder is less than enthused about maintaining the “administrivia” of his church, but since the Bible commands us to be good stewards; he maintains the church’s records fastidiously. Dr. Snyder is typically the smartest person in the room, and yet if you stand in that room you would never know it. It is not that he hides it behind false humility as so many intellectually gifted people do; it is just that he simply does not care that he is the smartest person in the room. This is what biblical humility looks like when it saturates the very core of a man’s heart. In short, Dr. Snyder is focused on believing in Jesus with all his heart and obeying Him in every aspect of life. He comfortably inhabits the place between understanding what the Bible says and wisely implementing it in our lives, and that is the place from which he preaches and teaches. And that is also the place from which this book was written. In reading this, you will quickly see what I already know about Dr. Snyder: he is balanced, thoroughly biblical, and communicates with large doses of grace. He is not given to extremes and doesn’t have “hobby horses” that he focuses on to the exclusion of more important matters. He stays focused on the Bible and what it means to live it out.
Anthony Papadakis, ThM.