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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.
|Title: The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ|
By: Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.
Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Series: 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches
Stock No: WW540837
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Ray Ortlund is the President of Renewal Ministries, the Pastor to Pastors at Immanuel Church Nashville, and a Canon Theologian with the Anglican Church in North America. He is the author of several books, including the Preaching the Word commentaries on Isaiah and Proverbs and Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel. He is also a contributor to the ESV Study Bible. Ray and his wife, Jani, have been married for fifty years.
J. I. Packer (19262020) served as the Board of Governors Professor of Theology at Regent College. He authored numerous books, including the classic best seller Knowing God. Packer also served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
-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
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