Live in Liberty: The Spiritual Message of Galatians
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The Gospel has been equated with everything from personal prosperity to laws for virtuous living. But all such perceptions paralyze the mission of the church, which is aimed at finding true abundant and joyful life in Christ. In Galatians, the Apostle Paul engages in a passionate defense of the gospel. It may be a short book, but the consequences of its teaching are truly enormous.

The critical message of Galatians takes us into the heart of an experience—the enjoyment of God’s presence and everlasting peace—which sets us free to love and be loved. Although Live in Liberty addresses the entire book of Galatians, it is not intended to be an academic commentary. Instead, Daniel Bush and Noel Due attempt to draw out the spiritual message found in in Paul’s words and show how one can apply it to life, experiencing the liberating presence of God.

Live in Liberty also contains a study guide section in the back that can be used for personal reflection or small group discussions.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Lexham Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1577996291
ISBN-13: 9781577996293

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A systemic problem plagues the local and global church: We habitually lose the gospel. In its place, we substitute personal prosperity, legalism, politics--and we end up paralyzing the mission of the church.

Galatians contains Paul's passionate defense of the gospel. It shows us how to enjoy God's presence and everlasting peace, setting us free to love and be loved. In Live in Liberty, Daniel Bush and Noel Due help you apply the spiritual message of Galatians so that you may experience the liberating presence of God.

Author Bio

Daniel J. Bush is pastor at New Beginning Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Erlanger, Kentucky. Dan holds a B.Sci. from Michigan Technological University, the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

Noel S. Due is regional resourcing pastor for the Lutheran Church of Australia based in Cairns, Queensland. He has ministered as a pastor, lecturer, conference speaker for over 25 years. Originally a schoolteacher, Noel holds the degree of B.Th. (Hons) and the Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Studies from Flinders University of South Australia, and a D.Min. from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, Mississippi).

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"St. Paul's passionate defense and explanation of the new life and freedom that we have in Christ, is the heart of his letter to the Galatians. In this book Daniel Bush and Noel Due reignite this message--affirming that Christ brings to humans hearts and lives freedom, life, hope and peace. This book will inform and inspire readers who delight in the gospel."
--Rev. Noel Noack, bishop, Lutheran Church of Australia, Queensland District
"I travel a lot and meet a lot of people and I've never been more convinced that the message of Galatians needs to be recovered in all of its liberating glory. Everywhere I go, people are exhausted. They're exhausted relationally, emotionally, and spiritually. After talking to the spiritually exhausted people, I discover that their exhaustion is due to what they think they need to be doing in order to gain and maintain God's love and favor. In theological terms, most Christians live their lives as if their justification depends on their sanctification: if I do and become all that I must do and become, God will love me and accept me. The message of Galatians is that God's love for sinners like you and me is one way--it is not dependent on what we do, but on what Jesus has done for us. We are accepted and approved by God because of Christ's work, not our work. Church should be the one place in all of society where the weary and heavy laden should be able to go and find rest. But all too often they get to-do lists. This needs to change. We need a new reformation. And that's why I love Live in Liberty. Thank you Noel and Dan for reminding that "It Is Finished." I keep forgetting.
--Rev. Tullian Tchividjian, senior pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; founder, LIBERATE; author, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World
"Adopting a reading of Galatians from the traditional perspective of Luther's 'law and gospel' dialectics, the authors bring refreshing significance of the central message of justification by faith to the modern readers. Through the exposition of the epistle, they direct us to look beyond ourselves, pointing constantly to the gracious God who calls us to freedom, to the loving Christ who was crucified for us and to the enabling Spirit who transforms us."
--Rev. Dr . Luke Cheung, vice-president and professor new testament, China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong; author, The Genre, Composition and Hermeneutics of James
"In twenty-four well-written, easily digestible chapters, Daniel and Noel unpack for us the deep truths of Paul's words in Galatians that we may apply it to our minds and souls. I trust you will be as blessed reading this as I was and through it discover the key to joy and peace with God in Galatians as Luther had."
--Rev. Dr . Terry Kee Buck Hwa, bishop, Lutheran Church in Singapore; former missionary to Thailand; former pastor, Bedok Lutheran Church
"Dan and Noel take us on a joy-filled journey through the letter to the Galatians, drenching us with God's grace and gospel freedom along the way. Their compass is the total love of God in Jesus, his all-fulfilling death and resurrection, and the Spirit-filled life of faith. Exploring the collected witness of generations of believers, they help us re-engage with the message of the God who loves us unconditionally. Readable, accessible, and digestible, Live In Liberty is a great companion for any reader who wants to dive deeper into the message of this most vital Biblical letter."
--Rev. John Henderson, national bishop, Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) and New Zealand (LCNZ); former principal, Australian Lutheran College; former general secretary, National Council of Churches in Australia
"Dan and Noel winsomely invite us to cultivate a habit of believing the Gospel. That means looking constantly to Christ Jesus alone for acceptance, assurance and even adoption as the Father's sons. Our old habits of self-salvation die hard, but Dan and Noel make great spiritual wrestling coaches. Keep this book by your 'prayer chair.' Follow daily these 24 engaging encounters with Galatians and see how a habit of Christ will grow joyfully through you. Chock full of great quotes from both the old and the new masters of spiritual insight, Live in Liberty flows with a fresh writing style, knitting us in mind and heart to two companions along the way of grace."
--Rev. Dr. Gerrit Dawson, senior pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; author, The Blessing Life: A Journey to Unexpected Joy and Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ's Continuing Incarnation
"Daniel and Noel present insights and an inspiring message on the Letter to the Galatians. They provide biblically sound, quality scholarship in understandable language, communicating clearly the scripture's thrust to God's people today. The book will hold the interest of common readers and provide pastors and Bible teachers with much material. I highly recommend it! May God bless many through these pages in the days to come."
--Dr . Suresh Vemulapalli, director, India Village Ministries, Andhra Pradesh, India
"You have in your hands a book written in love about an epistle that Luther described as having been written with 'a pen dipped in fire.' Whilst not a technical commentary, it does what all commentaries should do: it clearly and faithfully expounds the meaning and implications of the word of God in Scripture. Moreover, it does so in a way that is heart-warming, as well as being accessible to both pastors and their people. Live in Liberty will not only help readers to come to grips with the truth and grace of the gospel, but will, I am confident, send them on their way rejoicing."
--Rev. Rob Smith, lecturer in theology, Sydney Missionary & Bible College, Sydney; minister at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney; author of Justification and Eschatology: A Dialogue with "The New Perspective on Paul"

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