What Jesus Demands from the World – a study


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The first study I do here on my blog will be centered around this book by John Piper. What Jesus Demands of the World.

Each chapter is just three or fours pages long, focusing on a specific command of Christ. I plan to do one or two of these a week, most likely on the weekends) until the book is complete. I’ll be using the study guide as a way to focus the study and think about the text in order to post my thoughts here. I’ll be doing a post for each chapter, and I’ll link them all from here, keeping this as a master post.

Both the book and the study guide are available at John Piper’s website, Desiring God. Be sure to take a look.

The Truth of the Cross by R. C. Sproul


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Was the death of Jesus on the cross necessary? Was it the only way for people to return to God? The answer is “yes,” and R. C. Sproul explains why.

Using scripture from both the Old and New Testaments, Sproul shows how our fallen human condition leaves us separated from God, what happened to Jesus on the cross, and why it was absolutely necessary for our salvation.

The thing I like about R. C. Sproul is that he simplifies even the most complex theological ideas without talking down to his audience. He doesn’t leave theological terms out of the discussion, but he explains them as needed for the average reader. This little book is by no means an in-depth look at the work of the cross, but it is packed with information for a foundational understanding of the atonement. I suggest every professing Christian read this book.

1) Is it understandable = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 5
3) Quality of Writing = 5
4) Overall Enjoyability = 5

Average score of 5 out of 5

For a limited time (which may be over soon since today is Easter Sunday) Reformation Trust, through Ligonier Ministries, is offering free e-book copies of this book. Click here to check out their blog post with links to download you free copy.

Where to buy the book: CBD | Amazon | B&N