Month: October 2011

Book Winners of Jesus + Nothing = Everything

The winners of Jesus + Nothing= Everything by Pastor Tullian are Marguerite Harrell and Michael Reed. I would like thank Crossway for allowing me to offer this giveaway of Tullian’s newest book. I also want to thank all of you who participated in the book giveaway. The next book giveaway will be on November 7-11th from...

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Book Review Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Jesus + Nothing = Everything is written by Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Jesus + Nothing = Everything explores what implications the sufficiency of Christ has on the everyday life of believers. In this book, Pastor Tullian shares how during a very difficult year; he discovered the power of the Gospel. During this year the Lord led him to read and study the book of Colossians; a book which he then preached to the congregation at Coral Ridge, and upon which this book is based. While much has been written and said about the current “Gospel-centered” movement, I believe that this book significantly advances that conversation by taking it deeper into the fullness of the Gospel. Tullian in this book bears all the marks of a man who has truly experienced the power of God in the Gospel, which is why throughout the book he demonstrates what it means to be a man on fire for the Gospel. Throughout church history the men and women that God has used the most to advance the Gospel have been believers who have understood their identity in Christ. Many believers often wonder what “secret” these great saints discovered in order to experience the level of effectiveness they enjoyed in there ministries. The fact that so many Christian books written on the Christian life today...

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Jesus and the Last Supper

http://media.blubrry.com/servantsofgracemedia/p/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/servantsofgrace.org/mediafolder/JesusandtheLastSupper.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe iTunes | Android | Email | RSS | More Subscribe OptionsThis is sermon #90 in the Luke series. In this sermon on Luke 21:37-22:23 Dave preaches on the plan of Jesus crucifixion, the love of money, the Lord’s Supper and the sovereignty of God in...

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Bearing Fruit for the Gospel

In John 15:1 Christ gives his seventh and final great “I am”: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” To Christian believers this is wonderfully deep and mystic parable. Christ is the vine (the trunk), we are the branches, and God the Father is the Gardener. The picture taken together is that of a vineyard with true believers organically related to Christ (the sap that runs in his veins runs in ours) and of the Father walking among the vines lovingly caring for them so they will bring forth fruit. The overriding emphasis of the passage is fruit bearing, as we see from verse 2, 4, 5, and 8: Vs.2, “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” Vs.4, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” Vs.5, “ I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Vs.8, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” Not only is fruit-bearing the main emphasis, but our Lord makes it...

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Book Review The Beginning And End of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job

The Beginning And End of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job is written by Douglas Sean O’Donnell author and Senior Pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville Illinois. In this book, Pastor O’Donnell provides six model sermons from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job for Pastors, teachers, seminarians, and laymen to learn how Christ connects to wisdom literature. While the book of Proverbs has a perennial place among many Christians, the book of Job and Ecclesiastes are often viewed as being difficult to understand, to interpret and to apply to one’s life. In this book, Mr. O’Donnell sets forth in this book to clear up misconceptions about Wisdom Literature by not only providing model Christ-centered sermons, but also teaching how the believer can be understood and preach the Wisdom Literature. While all the sermons are excellent in that they provide solid exegesis and Christ-centered application; chapter seven was particularly helpful in my opinion, as it sets forth to explain what the Wisdom Literature teaches, and how to apply the Gospel to its teaching. In chapter seven, the author explains Gospel ethics, Gospel types, Gospel teaching, Gospel illustration and Gospel Awe. The Beginning and End of Wisdom is a significant contribution to the field of Wisdom Literature, because it takes sound Christ-centered hermeneutics seriously and applies to preaching. The content taught in this book...

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