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Salvation By Crucifixion Blog Tour

Salvation By CrucifixionThis week we have a number of reviewers participating in a book review blog tour for Salvation By Crucifixion  by Philip G. Ryken. Excerpts from their reviews follow below:

“For the believer this book will fill the soul with joy and thankfulness. For the lost, this book, with the Holy Spirit’s power, will open their eyes to the wonder of Christ and their need for a Savior. This is an excellent resource for the church. I highly recommend it!”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (parkerjreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is something you can read over and over and sit in His glory as you ponder how great a Savior we have in Christ. The chapters are about the necessity, offense, peace, power, triumph, humility, and boast of the cross. You should get this one!”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley (refreshmysoulblog.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Jesus dying on the cross represents him taking the curse of sin on our behalf and the offense of sin. Something to think deeply on that we may see his humanity, deity and humble ourselves to who he is. That is what you find in this short little book. You see Jesus, the cross and the cost of our salvation. May it never become too familiar.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“How is that for a theme? You could hardly think of one more significant! In this slim, yet powerful volume published by Christian Focus, we find a treasure trove of thoughts. Based on sermons from a weekly evangelistic lunchtime outreach in the city of Philadelphia, we can only imagine how special those meetings must have been.”
Reviewer: Jimmy Reagan (reaganreview.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

I give this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it. Go buy this book and read it this year for Holy Week. It will give you a new appreciation for what happened on that cross nearly 2000 years ago.
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts (staff.pcschools.org/jroberts)
Rating: 5 Stars

Salvation by Crucifixion is a wonderful little book. It’s helpful for preachers and teachers in that it shows what an evangelistic, cross-focused sermon is supposed to look like. It’s an encouragement to Christians everywhere because the gospel is laid bare and the doctrines of salvation are clearly explained. And since the content is evangelistic, it is an excellent resource for outreach. The book is small and short, so one could very easily hand them out while witnessing to others. I recommend having a few on hand for the purpose of distribution.
Reviewer: Timothy Harris (activedidactic.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Beautifully written and biblically faithful, Dr. Ryken has given us a wonderful book on the cross as a means to understand our glorious salvation. May this book be read by many.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (spencerdeancummins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I loved the emphasis on the cross. Every page had something to say about the cross, and clearly defends the idea that the cross is central to Christian life and Christian thinking.”
Reviewer: Jeremy Myers (tillhecomes.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is another great resource for believers to engage with non-believers. This is also good for churches to hand during their Easter service. This book will also be a good small group study to go through not just for Easter but any time of the year. I was blessed by this book and highly recommended.”
Reviewer: Chris Land (keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

This is an excellent book. It’s biblical, serious and helpful, but gives short chapters that remain deep and interesting, quoting Chamberlain, Cicero, Chrysostom and … Bertrand Russell among many others… Here we have a well-written and serious book which is of excellent quality but easy to read, just the kind of thing to give to unconvinced friends who need something more than a leaflet to read. Of course, for that you’ll have to buy them a printed copy.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey (daveys2france.blogspot.fr)
Rating: 5 Stars

Salvation of Crucifixion is a great book that will stick with you well beyond the last page!”
Reviewer: Mike Tiede (VickiTiede.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Salvation By Crucifixion  by Philip Graham Ryken is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Notable and Quotable: John Woodhouse

Commenting on Colossians 2:6 (ESV), “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him”…

One of the New Testament’s delightful words for living life is ‘walking’. How you ‘walk’ (that is, how you conduct yourself, what you say and do, how you behave) as a believer in Christ Jesus matters enormously. It needs to flow out of what happened when you became a believer: as you received Christ Jesus the Lord.

a. The receiving
This is what happened when you became a believer: ‘you received Christ Jesus the Lord’. We need to be careful that our contemporary Christian jargon is not read back into the New Testament. Paul is not referring here simply to ‘receiving Christ’ into your heart or into your life. That is certainly involved. But the word ‘received’ here is almost a technical term for receiving teaching that has been delivered to them. You ‘received Christ’ when ‘you heard [the gospel] and understood the grace of God in truth’ (1:6). It was not simply a matter of inviting Jesus into your heart. It was receiving the message about him, and believing it….

So in 2:6 Paul points his readers back to the experience of ‘receiving’ the tradition, the teaching of the gospel. You ‘received’ Christ Jesus the Lord by hearing, understanding and believing what you were taught about him (see 1:6,7)….

b. The walking
Now, says Paul: As you received the Christ, Jesus, the Lord, so walk in him. The receiving is not the whole, but the beginning of the Christian life. The Christian life is to be lived, however, not on some other basis, nor with some new discovery, nor on some other level from the beginning, but as you received the Christ, Jesus, the Lord, walk in him.

Paul told us in 1:10 of his praying that they would ‘walk worthily of the Lord… fully pleasing to him’. He is talking about the actual conduct, the behaviour, of the Christian person: what you do, what you say, what you don’t do, what you don’t say. No longer can I walk for myself, as I please. I have received Jesus, the Lord and the Christ. I must walk ‘in him‘. Wherever I am, whatever I am doing, Jesus is the Christ and the Lord….

This is the Christian life. So simple to state; so good to see and experience; but a very big thing to do. This is what we have received Christ Jesus the Lord for. He is the one (and no other) who is to shape all of our character and behaviour. As you received the Christ, Jesus, the Lord, so walk in him. In every situation, behave with Jesus as the Christ and Lord he is….

Excerpted from Colossians and Philemon: So Walk In Him (Focus on the Bible Commentary Series) by John Woodhouse, pp. 107-111.

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