The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ
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The gospel is a theological message. But this message also creates human beauty - beautiful relationships in our churches, making the glory of Christ visible in the world today.
In this timely book, Pastor Ray Ortlund makes the case that gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture. In too many of our churches, it is the beauty of a gospel culture that is the missing piece of the puzzle. But when the gospel is allowed to exert its full power, a church becomes radiant with the glory of Christ.
Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
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Series: 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches
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This book helps us experience the power of the gospel and see the beauty it creates as we allow God to transform our beliefs, perspectives, and practices. Part of the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series.
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. is the pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including the Preaching the Word commentary on Isaiah, as well as a contributor to the ESV Study Bible. He and his wife Jan have four children.
-Eric M. Mason,
Lead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Churches don't make the gospel true, but when 'the sweetness of the Lord' is upon us, the church becomes a powerful testimony of God's grace. With both realism and hope, Ray Ortlund tells us how that grace can thrive among us - even as broken as we are - so that Christ's glory will radiate from us.
President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary
Ray Ortlund weaves together profound biblical reflection on how gospel doctrine must lead to gospel culture with choice quotations from great saints in church history. A must read for any church that wants to help rather than hinder the lost in being attracted to Christ.
-Craig L. Blomberg,
Compelling. Convicting. Encouraging. Probing. And most of all, entrancing. What a beautiful vision of what the church can be through the power of the gospel. How evident it is that the gospel has penetrated Ortlund's own heart. Read it. Pray through it. Ask God to use its message mightily in your church and in many other churches as well.
-Thomas R. Schreiner,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Pastor-scholar Ray Ortlund, in his newest book, brings out the goodness in the good news. And a church that doesn't show this goodness in their life together, says he, undermines the very gospel they preach. It's a good argument, and worthwhile.
Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
In this incisive book, Ray Ortlund does the necessary and compelling work of connecting the life-giving gospel to the lived experience and witness of the church. His vision for gospel cultures that bloom in the rich soil of gospel doctrine will capture those who desire to see the world captivated by Christ.
-Stephen T. Um,
Citylife Presbyterian Church, Boston, Massachusetts
Ricky5 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: The Gospel by Ray Ortlund Jr.August 25, 2014RickyA friend of mine recommend Ray Ortlund Jr.s podcast to me a few months ago and since then I have been a steady listener, he has a great way of communicating the Word of God that causes its truths linger in your heart and mind well after your done listening. So I was excited when the opportunity arose to review his newest contribution to the 9 Marks Building Healthy Churches series.
In this book Ray lays out for us how the message of how the Gospel not only transforms us individually but also communally as a Church body and how this displays the beauty of Christ to those around us. I think very often when we then to think of the Gospel and its transforming power, its mainly on the personal/individual level and we tend to gloss over its importance and implications for the local church. Ray points out how when the Gospel is alive and thriving in our local church, it begins to overflow into the community around us and it becomes a beacon of hope to those lost in the fog of uncertainty, doubt or whatever troubles may come with living in a fallen world. Ortlund points out that for this transformation in the local church to occur we need to take what we know about the Gospel (Gospel Doctrine) and let it manifest itself in our actions (Gospel Culture). Both these attributes need to be present in order for churches to shine brightly for the Glory of God. Throughout the book the author takes this dynamic relationship between Gospel Doctrine and Gospel Culture, starting with its personal implications and progressing from there to its impact on the local community and the world at large.
I found that everything I liked about listening to Ray Ortlund Jrs sermons also came through in his writing style (which isn't always the case with pastors/writers).Though the book is relatively short I found that it took me longer than expected to read, simply because I found myself constantly engaging with what was communicated, mulling the ideas over in my mind and then applying them to my situation. I would recommend this book to everyone really, not necessarily just pastors or church leaders. The truths found within can be applied to all of us and help us gain an appreciation for the churches we belong to and create a longing to see them on display for the Glory of Christ.
Thanks to Crossway for giving me a free copy of the book to review from their Beyond the Page program.
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