Recent Reading

Our church is hosting a men’s conference next month and Milton Vincent, author of The Gospel Primer, will be the speaker. He will also speak in church at the Sunday morning service. We’re looking forward to it – a lot!

Anyway, we are also going through MacArthur’s bible study on Ephesians in our ladies Bible Study. In the past week’s chapter, there was a cross-reference to 2 Corinthians 5:21…”For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” which made me remember that we have the book, “The Great Exchange” by Jerry Bridges & Bob Bevington. So, I started reading it and I am really enjoying it. It is meshing with our Ephesians study and also a good book to read before we hear from Milton Vincent. The Great Exchange is actually patterned after “The Apostles Doctrine of Atonement” by Smeaton, which we also have. Maybe I’ll be reading that next…

So here are a couple of quotes from The Great Exchange relating to the effect of the Gospel in the believer’s life…

“In the gospel, our worldview is radically changed. We refer to this facet as the gospel of the kingdom. It means that our definitions of health, wealth, security, comfort, and prosperity are turned upside down compared to the world’s view. It means we embrace the paradoxes of Christ’s teachings – to live is to die, to be great is to be a servant of all, and to be rich is to give sacrificially. All our values change, as do our views on community, poverty, gender, racism, orphans and widows, and the sick and the weak. But none of this can happen authentically apart from the cross, where our sin was exchanged for his righteousness.”

“Furthermore, and of extreme significance to us, almost without exception the apostles address their New Testament writings to specific churches or groups of believers. We can conclude that the message of atonement is for all believers, not just unbelievers or new believers. As Christians, we do not meet the Savior at the cross and then move past it or outgrow our need of it. The blessing of a restored relationship with God does not become something we merit apart from the cross as we grow. All our blessings were blood bought. And the only hope of avoiding false doctrine and heresy, such as legalism (inadequate grace) or license to sin (abused grace), is to continually treasure the cross and the tremendous price of Christ’s atonement.”

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