Favor: Finding Life at the Center of God's Affection - eBook
Favor: Finding Life at the Center of God's Affection - eBook  -     By: Greg Gilbert
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781493407422
ISBN-13: 9781493407422

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Many Christians are under the impression that God's grace and his favor are two different things--that while his grace may be a gift, his favor is something we must earn. This misunderstanding has led to destructive teachings about "prosperity" and blessings, and ultimately to lives that feel unfulfilled and inadequate.

Pastor Greg Gilbert puts favor back in its rightful place, as God's gift through Jesus Christ. He shows how the favor that Jesus earned through his perfect life and sacrificial death becomes ours the moment we believe. Knowing we already have God's favor frees us to live joyous lives no matter what our physical or material circumstances.

For anyone who has felt beaten down by the burden of trying to earn God's blessings, this book will provide you with a strong start on a life of confidence in God.

Author Bio

Greg Gilbert (MDiv, Southern Seminary) is senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. He lives in Kentucky with his wife, Moriah, and their three children, where he enjoys basketball, coffee, and Thai food.

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  1. NicholasV
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What is "Favor with God"? Really?
    December 24, 2017
    NicholasV
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    BOOK REVIEW FAVOR: Finding Life at the Center of Gods Affection By Greg Gilbert (Baker Books; 2017)

    Favor by Southern Baptist pastor Greg Gilbert is written to try to show the true purpose and meaning of the term favor of (with) God. Gilbert makes a strong case in this book that the biblical term has sadly been co-opted by the health and wealth preachers and authors to mean some kind of special rewards or blessings that God bestows on those Christians who demonstrate exemplary faith and works to earn Gods special attention and delight. But Gilbert strongly argues in the first section of the book called Favor With God and How to Get It, that the description provided by the health and wealth preachers is directly counter to what the Bible says Gods favor truly is. In short, Gods favor is already demonstrated for every believer, because Gods favor with Christians in based on His favor toward His Son, Jesus. So, the really good news of the Gospel is that we have nothing to earn or do to get special attention or affection from God, because Jesus has already earned all of that for us through His earthly ministry of living a perfect human life, and His sacrifice on the Cross and subsequent Resurrection. This truth was strongly taught by the Reformers and all conservative biblical scholars since. Gilbert makes this point understandable to laymen by using Jesus own description of the vine and branches. As taught by Jesus in the Gospel of John, and as expanded on by the Apostles Paul and John especially; a branch has no life on its own apart from the parent vine. But when the lifeless branch is grafted in to the healthy vine, those branches take on the same life and fruit-bearing abilities of the Vine Jesus.

    Then in Part Two, Gilbert describes the main benefits that Christians will find by really recognizing and living out the truths of the Bible in regards to being united to Christ. Chapters in this section cover benefits like contentment, peace with God, new Life, and the power to fight for our own souls and those of others as favored sons and daughters of the One True King.

    Favor is a short book of less than 100 pages, but packs heaps of truths and encouragement on every page. While written specifically for both young and mature believers, pastors and ministry leaders will also find much here to use to strengthen their own faith and better feed the people God has assigned to them. Highly recommended.
  2. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    How Christians Earn God's Faor & What It Means To Be Favored By Him
    November 30, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
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    Favor: Finding Life At The Center Of God's Affection by Greg Gilbert is a sobering look at not only how one should obtain God's favor, but also what blessings are waiting for those righteous ones who do.

    Destroying common perceptions of the concept of "winning one's favor", Greg explains that God's favor is not demonstrated by whether things are going your way or it seems as though the world is against you. Nor is it shown by how "blessed" you are on this earth through riches or other worldly measures. Instead, God's favor is an illustration of how He views you. If He favors you, then you are acceptable in His eyes. You are effectively welcome at His table and looked upon with perfect love in His eyes.

    Sounds nice, right? But here's the kicker: Greg also reveals why God's favor must be earned and is not simply given freely to everyone. Only a perfect, sinless man can truly win God's favor.

    Using personal stories and scriptural references, Greg explains why we, as Christians, should eagerly embrace Jesus as our champion and let him lead us into God's favor. As if simply having God's favor wasn't enough, Greg also walks us through the blessings achieved by such a miraculous thing. Contentment. Peace with God. A new life. While you may think you understand each of these blessings, Greg opens our eyes to an entirely new understanding of what they truly mean when were focused on the eternity of a life with God instead of just our current earthly existence.

    I found Greg's blunt honesty combined with a soft humor to be easy to relate to and a friendly voice of correction. I would recommend this book to any Christian who is seeking a fresh drink from the pool of God's love and a reminder of the magnitude of Jesus's sacrifice for us. 4/5 stars.

    *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  3. mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Refreshing Look at God's Favor
    October 16, 2017
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    In his new book, Favor, Gilbert calls to question the mistaken notion that Christians are saved by God's grace but that they must earn God's favor. This is all well and good, but the major problem is that this system of thought "seems to run just fine without much reference to Jesus." (p. 16) Gilbert's solution and thesis of this book is that "to be favored by God is to be loved by him." (p. 18) He maintains that God's favor is indeed to be earned, but humans cannot by achieve it on their own merit. Therefore, Jesus lived a perfect life and paid for our sins on the cross to merit God's favor. The idea that God saves us and then leaves it up to human effort to earn His favor is a foreign concept to the Bible and, in fact, is contrary to the gospel. God not only saves us but also freely bestows His favor on those to whom He saved, both on the good days and bad days. Though Christians still commit sin and disobey God's Word, God is pleased with those He saved and will continue to bestow His favor on them based on Jesus' merits, not the Christian. For those who are united with Christ, Gilbert assures, "You will lose God's favor only when Jesus loses God's favor. And that will never happen." (p. 96) As the picture on the front cover of this book of water filling a glass suggests, the message in this work is refreshing. I recommend it to any Christian who struggles making sense of God's favor, especially those who have been falsely led to believe that they somehow must earn God's favor once they are united with Christ. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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