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Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Christian Focus
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 7.80 X 5.12 (inches)|
Nestled in a few verses in Luke's Gospel is a Jesus who would not have been tolerated today: He was not politically correct and He certainly did not try to save people's feelings. Steven Lawson unpacks these few verses, looking at the unashamed honesty, passion, and urgency with which Jesus explains the life-long cost involved in choosing to follow Him. True Christianity is the biggest sacrifice any person ever makes ... but it is in pursuit of the most precious prize ever glimpsed.
This is a great little book. And its subject is anything but little: Lawson opens up Luke 14:25-35 in detail.Every chapter is packed with passionate, personal and pointed application. Where this book differs from other books with a similar aim is in its hard-hitting urgency. The unbeliever who comes to faith must first sit down and count the cost. Whether the book was intended to be this way or not, it brings a helpful corrective to the passivity characterising some modern teaching. That being said, the author never loses sight of salvation by grace. The book eschews salvation by works.
This book is a "must read" for all! The unconverted will hear the gospel; the Christian will find the true road to devotion and joy; the minister will be instructed in the task of biblical gospel preaching, ensuring salvation both for himself and for those who hear him (I Timothy 4:16).
Like a master builder Steve Lawson gives us the foundation of Jesus' own words to erect a frame showing the cost, demands, gains and losses of following Christ. In doing so, Dr. Lawson gives us a strong and firm edifice that brings glory to Him and His truth.
Christ's own summons to discipleship is impossible to harmonize with the laid-back, seeker-sensitive, superficial religion practiced by so many people today who claim to be followers of Christ. Dr. Lawson's exposition of Luke 14:25-35 distills the vital message and presents it in a robust and penetrating way.