Saturday, November 28, 2009

Counsel from the Cross

One of the better books that I've read recently is Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson's book, Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ.
The best part of this book is Fitzpatrick and Johnson's repeated insistence that the problems we face emotionally or relationally are most often rooted in sin and the solution is the Gospel of Jesus.  While so many evangelicals believe that the Gospel is something that has to do with "getting saved" but not much to do with the Christian life, the authors come back again and again to show their readers that we are sinful and flawed and yet loved and welcomed. This grace that God continues to show us serves to draw our hearts toward him and provides the power for change.
This power for change comes from our deepening love for Jesus--as we see and savor his humiliation on the cross and live in the light of his exaltation in resurrection and ascension--our hearts are engaged in affection, delight, and joy in Christ. And as we live out of our personal, vital union and communion with Jesus, our hearts move toward the world in obedience to the Savior "who loved me and gave himself for me" (Gal 2:20).

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