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The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel The Main Thing Hardcover – October 12, 2002
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C.J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Covenant Life, a thriving body of 2,500 in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. A dynamic preacher, Mahaney speaks to thousands each year at conferences around the world. He leads Sovereign Grace Ministries, a church planting support organization with more than fifty churches in North and South America, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
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What is was designed to do was to RADICALLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE GETTING YOUR MIND FOCUSSED ON THE CROSS and what Christ accomplished there. I know that the book achieved its goal because it has had a profound effect on me. There are very few books which so vividly stand out in my mind as tools that God has used to mold me into the image of His Son.
So often as we progress in the Christian life, we think that we must "move on" to the "deeper" things of the faith. We begin to prioritize Bible study, then prayer, and maybe fasting. We begin to serve in the church, and we develop doctrinal bases for doing all this. Then maybe we begin to develop systematic theologies that define the way that we live encorporating everything from creationism to eschatology. Then finally as "mature" Christians having spent tons of time thinking about the difficult and mind-stretching things of faith, we wonder where all of our growth is. We aren't really much more useful than we were when we began, and we might long for the joy that was ours when we first repented and saw God's glory, grace, and grandeur. What CJ points out is that so often we so distracted by important, but not central, points of the faith. WE FORGET THE CROSS.
CJ Mahaney spends about 100 very small, very easy-to-read pages painting the picture (See Galatians 3:1) of Christ on the Cross and the consequences of that scene in the lives of God's elect. This book walks us through the completeness and finality of justification, onto the continuing work of sanctification, and on into how all of these should effect our everyday lives.
This book stands in my lives in the ranks of Desiring God (John Piper) and The Enemy Within (Kris Lundgaard) as one of the three books that have most impacted me (aside from the Bible). It isn't a book that is going to impress your friends by making them think that you're really smart, but through the Spirit's work in your heart, it will daily bring you to knees in repentence and to your feet in rejoicing. Thanks CJ.
I've been a Christian for 30 years. I went to church, prayed, read the bible and sought the Lord for direction in my life.
A friend gave me this book some time ago. I began reading it the other day (it's very short).
Wow, what a book!
86 small pages that are changing my life.
I've suffered from severe condemnation nearly all my life. I was familiar with the word and related scripture, but I never understood what condemnation looked life in someone's life until I read this book. I mean, how does it play out daily? Condemnation destroyed my life and robbed me of my joy--even though Jesus released me from it on day one--I even memorized the verse; There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.........
Great, but somehow the dots never connected in a way with that allowed me to understand what condemnation looks like in everyday life.
I hope I can learn what it really means to make the cross the true center of my life and allow it free me of my chains daily.
I can only imagine the results if every Christian really understood the meaning of the cross so easily conveyed in this short read.
It's not only about condemnation--but that had the greatest impact for me personally.
Just my two cents........