Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gospel-Driven Life

Thankfully there appears to be a welcome transition away from the "Moral Majority" understanding of the Christian life that distinguishes between a gospel that is believed to make one a Christian and then an ethic that is lived out back to the Reformational understanding that the gospel is a message that shapes not only faith but all of life. In his most recent book, Micahel Horton seeks to reorient our faith and practice as Christians and churches toward the gospel. He writes in the Intoduction:
. . . the gospel creates the kind of community that is even now an imperfect preview of the kingdom's marriage feast that awaits [the church]. The church is its own culture, not only with its distinct story and doctrine, but with its own "politics" and means. Consistent with the message that it proclaims, the church is receiving its life, identity, growth, and expansion from above rahter than creating these for itself and from its own resources, (p. 11, emphasis in original).
Horton has written this as a follow up to his book Christless Christianity, in which he "offered a prophetic wake-up call for a self-centered American church." Now, with this newest book, Horton offers up his solutions and recommendations for a new reformation in the faith, practice, and witness of contemporary Christianity.

If you are looking for a book that will help you better understand how to live out the gospel and not just believe it, if you're looking for more than a Twelve-Step approach to the Christian life, if you're looking for more than a forty day program, if you're looking for more than a Moral Majority political perspective of living the Christian life, then read this book.

For a limited time it is available here for $10.99 (45% off), so act fast.

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