- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Study Guide edition (March 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310328918
- ISBN-13: 978-0310328919
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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Gospel in Life Study Guide: Grace Changes Everything Paperback – March 15, 2010
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Join author and pastor Timothy Keller in an eight-week video-based study of the gospel and how to live it out in everyday life. In week one you and your group will study the city, your home now, the world that is. Week eight closes with the theme of the eternal city, your heavenly home, the world that is to come. In between you'll learn how the gospel can change your heart, your community, and how you live in this world. The Gospel in Life Participant's Guide is designed to help you and your group engage with and discuss the topics presented on the Gospel in Life DVD.Gospel in Life session titles:Session 1, City-The World That IsSession 2, Heart-Three Ways to LiveSession 3, Idolatry-The Sin BeneathSession 4, Community-The Context for ChangeSession 5, Witness-An Alternate CitySession 6, Work-Cultivating the GardenSession 7, Justice-A People for OthersSession 8, Eternity-The World That Is To Come
About the Author
Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. He has also mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch over 200 churches in 35 global cities to date.
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Keller teaches from 1 Corinthians 3, that the truest freedom is achieved only when we learn how to forget ourselves. Paul's identity is not in anything he does or in any attribute he possesses. His performance has no merit on his self worth. Why? Because for Paul and the Christian a like, the verdict is in and the trial is over. Because through Jesus Christ's sacrifice we are already accepted, we are already loved more than we could imagine by the creator of the universe. Wow. So let's learn from Paul to forget ourselves. The war is won. The fight is done. It's not about you and it's not about me. Our lives are hidden in Christ--so may our identity be rooted in Him and nothing less.
All in all, "The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness" is excellent. My only concern is the price is too high for the size as this can be read in 30 minutes. Still, a worthwhile read and fantastic sermon.
Author Timothy Keller dismantles everything we believe about our ego. Essentially, he suggests that if we are asking ourselves whether we have low self-esteem or high self-esteem, we are asking the wrong question.
The trap of self-worth is that every day we face the judgement of determining whether we are valued. It’s a never ending struggle. Keller suggests we look, instead, to the Righteous Judge who settled the matter of our worth once and for all. When we accept His judgment of ourselves we can stop asking the question about self-worth because no one’s opinion of my worth, even my own, doesn’t matter any longer.
We can stop connecting every experience with ourselves and live in the freedom that comes from this place of gospel-humility or self-forgetfulness. As Keller writes: “[Paul] has reached the place where he is not thinking about himself anymore. When he does something wrong or something good, he does not connect it to himself any more.”
I encourage you to read The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness because this small eBook contains some big ideas.
This review, with additional book quotes, first appeared on my blog, ChristyBower.com.