Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Review: In Christ Alone

In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life. Sinclair Ferguson. 2007. 243 pages. [Source: Bought]

I loved reading In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson. Each chapter was originally an article in a previous publication. The chapters are short, very reader-friendly, and rich in truth. I loved all the Scripture references, loved the attention paid to the gospel of John, the book of Romans, and the book of Hebrews. The book focuses on Jesus: his birth, his life, his death, his resurrection, his ascension, his intercession. It's a thorough book on what Christ has done, what Christ is doing, and what Christ will do.

I would definitely recommend this one! Perhaps this one would be a good choice for those who are looking for something more than a devotional but who are not quite ready for heavy theology.

Favorite quotes:
We need to learn to preach the gospel to ourselves because it is the A to Z of Christianity.
Read and re-read John's Gospel until you discover that it is bigger on the inside than it appeared to be from the outside. That is true of the Gospel of John because it is first true of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Jesus did not come to add to our comforts. He did not come to help those who were already helping themselves or to fill life with more pleasant experiences. He came on a deliverance mission, to save sinners, and to do so He had to destroy the works of the Devil (Matt. 1:21; 1 John 3:8b).
Only a sinless Savior is able to die for our sins. He cannot die for our sins if He must die for His own.
Underline this thought: assurance, peace, access to God, knowledge that He is our Father, and strength to overcome temptation all depend on this-the Son of God took our flesh and bore our sins in such a way that further sacrifice for sin is both unnecessary and unintelligible.
God's promises are not fortune cookies. We do not use them in order to get a spiritual "fix" for the day. Serious progress in the Christian life requires the thoughtful understanding of the biblical message as a whole, each part of Scripture understood in its context and applied appropriately to our context.
Often today Christians go to Paul to tell them what to do and then to the local Christian bookstore to discover how to do it!

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

1 comment:

Carol said...

I read this a while back and found it insightful, especially the parts on Hebrews, a book I had tended to overlook.