The Gospel for Real Life
One of my all-time favorite authors is Jerry Bridges. If you’ve ever read anything that this godly, humble man has written, you know what I mean when I say that he has a gift of stating deep truths simply. His books always help me deepen my walk with God because he expresses deep theological concepts in ways that enable me to grasp and appropriate them. Basically, what I read in his books shapes my soul, and it sticks!
This book, The Gospel for Everyday Life, is one that we all need. As busy homeschooling moms, we are beset with so many expectations, aren’t we? Many of them are self-generated: we put expectations on ourselves by looking around the world and creating norms for ourselves. Other expectations are put onto us by others. Note the subtitle of this book: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross… Every Day.
If you had to pick a central watch verse for this book, it would be a phrase in Ephesians 3:8: Paul says that he was called to “to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” What are these unsearchble riches? Well, that’s what Jerry unpacks for us in 16 chapters full of hope, encouragement, and truth!
One of Jerry’s central ideas flowing through his books is that many Christians understand that hearing the message of the gospel is essential for salvation initially but miss the fact that we need it each and every day of our lives in order to join God in the work of sanctification in our lives. Jerry helps us to see how to apply the gospel message in our real lives, our everyday lives, the nitty gritty of our lives. As we do this book in our club, my focus is going to be to bring out Jerry’s broader points more in relation to the unique challenges of women in the context of homeschooling.
This is a great book! If you want to join us in making it part of your devotional life over the next month or two (we go slowly so that we can absorb all the nutrition we can from our books) then get a hold of a copy and a journal and click HERE to start the discussion outline before you start reading this book!
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