Joy beyond Agony: Embracing the Cross of Christ, A Twelve-Lesson Bible Study
by Jane Roach

304 pages | $12.99 | Paperback

Summary: A devotional commentary ideal for small group discussion and study. Jesus endured the cross in anticipation of the joy set before him: victory over Satan, sin, and death, and union with his glorified redeemed. Now he calls us to follow him with crosses of our own. What does this mean?

Each of the twelve lessons in this volume explores one aspect of Jesus’ cross through Bible study, application questions, commentary, testimonies, and hymns. Our familiarity with the crucifixion narrative can cause us to miss its deep teaching. Learn what the cross shows us about our Savior and the paradoxes of Christian living, and discover the hope and joy it gives us as we face life’s struggles and uncertainties.

About the Author:


Joy Beyond Agony

Jane Roach was Director of Training for Bible Study Fellowship for more than twenty-five years. She currently teaches two Bible studies, assists the Texas Hill Country Bible Conference, and directs women’s ministries at her church.

Joy Beyond Agony

What Others Say About the Series:

“This Bible study is thorough and doctrinally sound, and it speaks to the subject that is central in Christianity but often ignored in churches and Christian publications today: the cross of Jesus Christ. Jane Roach has taught the Bible for many years, and she has taught well. This book is no exception.”

— Rosemary Jensen, Founder and President, Rafiki Foundation

“A wonderful tool to introduce the inquirer to the most important person in human history. . . . I commend this study tool to any and all readers. It is well written, pedagogically sound, theologically insightful, practically relevant, and personally penetrating.”

— John Hannah, Professor of Historical Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary


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