The God who created a good and perfect world, but whose world turned from him, has brought restoration through gift: The Father loved the world and gave the Son, and the Father and the Son pour out the gift of the Spirit into the hearts of humanity bringing about praise, hope, and new creation. Those who are united to the Son by his Spirit then find they have received the glorious gift of God's coming Kingdom. In other words, the Gospel is shaped by giving: God's generosity buys us out of bondage and brings us into all the blessings of belonging. But the good news is not only that God has made us to be recipients of his grace but also participants in the movement of his divine justice and generosity. Living in God's gifts, Christians discover they are free to give themselves. The cross and resurrection of Christ come to shape and define this new life of faith, hope and generosity---a life that is best lived not in isolation but as a community. Throughout the book special attention is given to the relationship between divine generosity and concern for the poor and oppressed. Kapic and Borger encourage readers to not simply discover the immensity of God's grace, but to enter into the flow of divine generosity as God has invited them to become avenues of his great gifts to the world.
Kelly M. Kapic is Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He is the author of Communion with God: The Divine and Human in the Theology of John Owen and editor of The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics, Overcoming Sin and Temptation, and Communion with the Triune God. Kelly is married to Tabitha, who is the U.S. National Director of Medair, an international relief and rehabilitation organization. Kelly and Tabitha have two children who keep them honest and laughing.
Justin L. Borger has worked with Generous Giving (GG) as a staff writer, researcher, and theological consultant since 2005 and served as the primary writer for GG's Stewardship Bible Study Notes. He also served as a content review board editor for the NIV Stewardship Study Bible. Borger graduated from Covenant College in 2006 with a B.A. in Philosophy and is currently pursuing an M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando FL. He continues to serve as an advocate for Food for the Hungry.
"A forceful presentation ... vividly inspiring."
--Dallas Willard, author of Divine Conspiracy and Renovation of the Heart
"This book shows why anyone who grasps the nature of God and of his gospel will live a life poured out in acts of generosity. I'm glad to recommend it.
--Tim Keller, Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
"An amazing book."
--Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness
"Charming writing, winsome freshness, and gospel zeal."
--Bryan Chapell, President Covenant Theological Seminary
"A work of rare theological and spiritual perceptiveness. This is practical Christian divinity at its best: intellectually astute, humane, and animated by the gospel's generosity.'
--John Webster, Professor, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
"A must read. This is a great book ... beautifully written, practical, helpful, and biblically sound."
--John M. Perkins, civil rights activist, Founder and President Emeritus of the Christian Community Development Association, and President of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation
"A rare combination--a robust, warm-hearted, accessible book that glorifies our generous Triune God and will instruct and inspire readers throughout the church."
--Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible
"A thought-provoking, deeply needed vision of our calling to gospel-living."
--Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church
"Here is a rich portrayal of redemption!"
--Bruce K. Waltke, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Regent College, Vancouver BC
"I highly recommend God So Loved, He Gave for every recipient of God's grace who desires to become a participant in divine generosity."
--Howard Dayton, Cofounder, Crown Financial Ministries, Founder, Compass-Finances God's Way
"Kapic leads us into the breathtaking vistas with beauty and wisdom. This book itself is a welcome gift to Christ's body."
--Michael Horton, author of The Christian Faith
"An elegant portrayal of a marvelously generous God."
--Richard J. Mouw, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary