We're encouraged to share the good news with others. But how can we solve our own spiritual problems? By preaching the gospel to ourselves! Offering a brief overview of Jesus' story, Farley shows how to apply lessons from Jesus' incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension to our lives as we become a new creation in him. 128 pages, softcover from P&R.
We live with our own thoughts 24/7. Often we are carried along by sinful thinking instead of intentionally speaking truth to ourselves. How can we start changing this? How can we live lives that are influenced by the gospel moment by moment? William Farley argues that mature Christians solve many spiritual problems in their lives by preaching the gospel to themselves. The gospel is not one event but a story that began before time and stretches into eternity. Key moments in this storysuch as Jesus incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascensionteach us lessons that can be applied to life every single day. In this user-friendly book, Farley shows us how.
William P. Farley is the senior pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational evangelical church in Spokane, Washington. This award-winning authors writing experience is extensive and diversified. He has published articles in Discipleship Journal, Enrichment Journal, and Focus on the Family Magazine. Bill and his wife, Judy, live in Spokane, Washington.
Pastor-theologian Bill Farley has given us a grand tool for sustaining and elevating our souls by preaching the massive gospel of Christ to, of all people, our selves! This small gem of a book provides a joyous gospel feast that begins with our election in Christ before the foundation of the world and ends with Christs new creation. No small thoughts here! This is the recipe for big, expansive and ever-expanding hearts.
Pastors would have to engage in very little counseling if Christians would prioritize what Bill Farley exhorts his readers to do in Hidden in the Gospel. To gain clarity on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to practice consistent self-talk based upon that Gospel would transform the lives of Christians, their homes, and their churches.
Whoever thought that back-chat could be good? In the form that Bill Farley describes it, this kind of back-talk is not only good, it is essential for growth and health in the Christian life. Every Christian benefits from consistent and regular reminders of what God has done for us in Christ. Yet what this involves is reflection upon some of the most glorious teachings of Scripture that span from eternity past to eternity future. Such is the breadth of the gospel, and such is the opportunity for Christians to have their minds and hearts transformed by the gospels power. Those who read this book will enter into this gospel breadth with the hope and promise of greater love for God and longing to live in the fullness of the gospel.
Bill Farley continues his valuable contributions to gospel-centered living with Hidden in the Gospel. While others have mentioned the importance of preaching to ourselves, Bill shows us how to do so. His practical unpacking of the primary theological components of a wide-angle understanding of the biblical gospel is just what we need to keep our self-talk grounded in Gods redemptive work in Christ. I am confident this book will be useful to all believers, whether for individual study or in a group setting.