Have the extremities taken over and left the core of your faith forgotten? Do you get confused by what you feel versus what is real? Let pastor C. J. Mahaney strip away the nonessentials and bring you back to the simplest, most fundamental reason for your faith: Jesus Christ. Blending material from The Cross-Centered Life and Christ Our Mediator with new insights, Living the Cross Centered Life is packed with powerful truth to grip your heart, clear your mind, and invigorate your soul. Get ready to behold a breathtaking view of what God intends to accomplish in and through you every day.
What Really Matters
Have the extremities taken over and left the core of your faith forgotten? Do you get confused by what you feel versus what is real? Let dynamic pastor C. J. Mahaney strip away the nonessentials and bring you back to the simplest, most fundamental reason for your faith: Jesus Christ. This book is packed with powerful truth that will grip your heart, clear your mind, and invigorate your soul. Chapters include "Breaking the Rules of Legalism," "The Cross Centered Day," and "Assurance and Joy." Get ready to behold a breathtaking view of what God intends to accomplish in and through you every day. Youll discover how embracing this cross centered life is both our highest privilege and greatest responsibility.
His Gift, Your Hope
Do you desire more passion for Jesus Christ? Return to the very essence of your faiththe cross of Christ. Here, the deepest truths of Calvary will stir your passion for Him into an unquenchable fire.
"Never lay it aside. Never move on," says C. J. Mahaney, who shows you how to center every day around the life-giving reality of the gospel and how to escape the pitfalls of legalism, condemnation, and feelings-driven faith.
C. J. Mahaneys The Cross Centered Life and Christ Our Mediator are life-changing books whose unique messages are even more powerful when combined. Living the Cross Centered Life is a careful melding of these two books with new content as well. For readers who have not yet discovered the stand-alone books, or for Mahaney fans ready to cherish their favorites in a new package, this book is sure to become a treasured classic.
C. J. Mahaney leads Sovereign Grace Ministries in its mission to establish and support local churches. He served as pastor of Covenant Life Church in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., for twenty-seven years before handing the role to Joshua Harris. He is the author of The Cross Centered Life, Christ Our Mediator, Humility: True Greatness, and Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know . C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters and one son. They make their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Multnomah Publishers has reformatted and combined two previous Mahaney classics, The Cross Centered Life and Christ Our Mediator, along with new material into one volume now entitled Living the Cross-Centered Life.
Mahaney states in the Introduction, If theres anything in life we should be passionate about, its the gospel. And I dont mean passionate only about sharing it with others; I mean passionate in thinking about the gospel, reflecting upon it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world and all of life. This is the heartbeat and platform from which Mahaney springs off of in the chapters to come.
What I have come to admire in Mahaneys writings, a deep theological treatment coupled with a whimsical style and very practical applications, permeates this volume. From a challenge to talk to ourselves (as in reminding ourselves of truth) instead of listening to ourselves (reacting to our feelings), to practical steps for making a Cross-Centered Day, Mahaney takes what could be mere academia and fleshes it out to the reality of living a life in the shadow of the cross. Mahaney brings a very fresh and renewed treatment to a subject matter that is tantamount for the Christian. Pastors and general readers alike will benefit from this volume.
Living the Cross-Centered Life is a must for every believer especially for the very practical treatment of a subject matter that should never become blasé to those who claim to take up there cross and follow Jesus. The message of this book is best summed up in this quote, We never move on from the cross, only into a more profound understanding of the cross. Are you ready to move into a more profound understanding of the cross? Get this book today and let Mahaney draw you into a renewed prioritizing of what the Apostle Paul calls the message of first importance the Gospel (I Corinthains 15:1, 3). Todd Burgett, Christian Book Previews.com
Praise for C.J. Mahaney
"Every Timothy needs a Paul. C. J. is mine…and this book contains his life-message. It is my handbook for pursuing a cross centered life. Read it yourself, and let God realign your life."
-JOSHUA HARRIS, Pastor and bestsellign author
"C. J. Mahaney is the most spiritually infectious Christian I know! His passionate pursuit of Christ is so enviable to me because it flows out of both his own daily contemplation of the Savior as well as his intimate knowledge of the Word of God. Would to God that all true believers be infected with a huge dose of the same kind of enthusiasm for living the cross centered life. If you read and seek to apply what C. J. skillfully writes in this wonderful book, you just might find yourself contracting the same glorious disease he has, with the joyful hope of spreading it all around!"
-LANCE QUINN, Pastor-teacher at The Bible Church of Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas
"Youre holding the book you want to read to begin living the Christian life. Youre also holding the book you want to read to help you continue living the Christian life. Theres no other place to begin living the Christian life than at the cross. Theres no other place to keep living the Christian life than at the cross. C. J. Mahaneys Living the Cross Centered Life will help you do that."
-MARK DEVER, Senior pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. and author of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
"My friend C. J. Mahaney gives us a fresh look at our Lord and His cross. He lives the cross centered life, and is therefore qualified to talk about it. C. J. has a passion for Jesus and His people, and I was drawn closer to Jesus through this book. What higher complement could I offer?"
-RANDY ALCORN, Bestselling author of The Grace and Truth Paradox and The Tresure Principle
"C. J. Mahaney is one of our generations most genuine and heartfelt proclaimers of the cross of Jesus Christ. In this unexaggerated book, readers will encounter the winsome zeal of a man who has found in Christ the greatest of treasures and a joy that must be shared."
-DONALDS WHITNEY, Author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and How Can I Be Sure I'm a Christian?
"The great nineteenth century Scottish pastor, Horatius Bonar once wrote, If we would be holy, we must get to the cross and dwell there. C. J. Mahaney takes us to the cross in such a way that we can indeed dwell there. This is a book to be read and reread many times. Its message will never grow old or out of date."
-JERRY BRIDGES, Author of The Pursuit of Holiness
"With tenderness and power, C. J. illustrates the critical difference between snacking on the benefits of the cross, versus surveying the wonders of the cross. Its the difference between living as consumers, versus loving as the consumed…the difference between having a theology of grace, versus running boldly to the throne of grace. This
is a must and magisterial read!"
-SCOTTY SMITH, Senior pastor at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee