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The Great Work of the Gospel: How We Experience God's Grace Paperback – May 8, 2006
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"John writes so that we will know the depth of sin and counters it with the richness of God's grace. A compelling book."
—Lars and Elisabeth Gren (Elliot)
"The Great Work of the Gospel is God-centered good news. It is the kind of message that will make deep, strong people and deep, strong churches. It will release people from the self-absorbed rationalizations that keep us from the fullest engagement in the global cause of God."
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
"The strong medicine we need in an era where God's amazing grace has been diminished by thinking so highly of ourselves. John Ensor demonstrates the greatness of our guilt and the surpassing greatness of God's grace, which alone can deliver us."
—Randy Alcorn, Founder and Director, Eternal Perspectives Ministries; author, Heaven, If God Is Good, and Money, Possessions & Eternity
About the Author
John Ensor is an Evangelical pastor and the President of PassionLife Ministries, where he concentrates on training missionaries and indigenous Christian leaders in bioethics and the development of pregnancy crisis intervention services in their community.
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Each chapter is built around a particular passage of Scripture. The book is organized around key themes and the core truths of the gospel. He begins with the forgiveness of sins and moves through the entire process of salvation. He ends with a discussion of how the outworking of God’s grace should motivate us to serve God. This powerful, moving book is highly recommended.
Very well written and well thought out. I hope to give this book as a gift many times and use it in a study.
Enjoy and be enriched.
The Great Work of the Gospel is a book about the human experience of God's outworking grace--"the sin-forgiving gift of it, the guilt-removing power of it, the soul-satisfying joy of it, the cross-suffering mystery of it, the conscience-cleansing experience of it, the life-transforming quality of it, the muscular faith-building impact of it, the eternally reconciling splendor of it." The book seeks to understand how God works out His grace and how we, as recipients of that grace, experience it. This is His Great Work.
Through ten chapters, John Ensor provides ten reflections on this Great Work. He writes about many of Scripture's grand themes: the Great Work considered, desired, needed, promised, revealed, justified, experienced, enjoyed, shared and unsheathed. Each chapter revolves around a particular passage of Scripture and ends with several group study questions. Most chapters involve men or women Ensor has encountered in his vocation--many of whom are women who have been subjected to cruel and terrible treatment at the hands of others.
Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give this book is simply in pointing to the amount of fodder it provided for thinking and writing. I spent many hours pondering what Ensor wrote and dedicated several articles to exploring his themes. With tenderness and passion, Ensor explores the grace of God and how it manifests itself in us. It explores the great work of God; the great work of the gospel. A deeply moving book, it is also powerful in pointing always to the cross of Jesus Christ. I recommend it unreservedly. It is undoubtedly one of the finest books I have read this year.