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Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything Paperback – December 22, 2009
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“Raised with Christ is wonderfully accessible to ordinary Christians because Adrian Warnock is, in his own words, an ordinary Christian. Those who follow his popular blog will recognize his sincere and straightforward style, as he explains why the resurrection is not merely a dry doctrine about a past event but a promise that the life of the risen Christ can transform our lives today.”
—Nancy Pearcey, Author, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity
"The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead separates Christianity from all mere religion—whatever its form. Christianity without the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is merely one religion among many. Adrian Warnock points us all to the centrality of the resurrection for every dimension of the Christian life. Adrian is a first-rate communicator and a man whose life demonstrates the joy of Christ's resurrection. You will be greatly blessed by this book."
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Finally, a new generation of readers has a clear and highly readable book on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Raised with Christ, Christians are in for a delightful surprise as they grasp anew all the benefits which flow from Jesus’ resurrection—what an awesome difference it can make in our lives, our churches, and our communities! Thank you, Adrian, for helping to open our eyes to all the glories and the blessings of Christ’s resurrection and the power, present and future, which proceeds from it.”
—Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center; author, A Spectacle of Glory and Beside Bethesda
"An important reminder—for members and leaders in Christ's Church—that the celebration of Jesus' resurrection isn't just for Easter. It's for every day of our lives. Since Jesus rose from the dead, everything he said and did is not only true, it has a profound impact on how we are to live. This book not only reminds of that, it also points us toward meaningful application of this life-changing event."
—Elliot Grudem, Director, A29 Network; pastor, Mars Hill Church; Editor, Christian Beliefs
“Adrian Warnock presents a beautiful picture of why the resurrection matters to each of us. In Raised with Christ, the resurrection of Jesus is unleashed to its exalted place where it supplies our new birth, surrounds our new life, and empowers our new mission. With great clarity, Adrian teaches how the resurrection of Christ matters every day.”
—Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism, Wheaton College
"Adrian Warnock rightly highlights the common neglect of the resurrection and helpfully shows why this matters. Come and share the excitement of his own rediscovery of this central event of our faith."
—Tim Chester, pastor, Grace Church, Boroughbridge, United Kingdom; faculty member, Crosslands; author, Good News to the Poor and Mission Matters
"This book faithfully expounds the Bible's teaching on Christ's resurrection and ours and applies the power of Christ's resurrection to our lives here and now. Read it and know better the immeasurable greatness of God's power toward us who believe."
—Bobby Jamieson, Assistant Editor, 9Marks
"Adrian Warnock is brilliantly obsessed with the resurrection! He believes that Jesus Christ being raised from death is the only way to have hope that goes beyond the grave. In this punchy and accessible book, Adrian helps us to look forward expectantly to a life of eternal future joy, united with God, and in this life, to experience the Holy Spirit and preach the good news in the power of the resurrection. I'm thankful to Adrian for reorienting me to this essential ingredient of life and belief. You will be too."
—Marcus Honeysett, author, Finding Joy
“Books are often dull, repetitive or have nothing new to say. Raised with Christ is different. It is well-written, well-researched, and well-worth reading. Read this book and Adrian will excite your heart, stretch your mind, and bless your soul with the fantastic, life-changing truth of Christ conquering death. I’m excited to promote this book.”
—Jonathan Carswell, founder of The 10 Group of Companies (incorporating www.10ofthose.com)
"This is an excellent book on a much neglected subject. We Christians need to learn again to be Easter people, and Adrian has done us all a great service in producing this book."
—Sam Allberry, Pastor, St. Mary's Church, Maidenhead, United Kingdom; Editor, The Gospel Coalition
"Every so often, a book is written that reawakens our soul to some gloriously powerful aspect of the full gospel. The resurrection is such a truth, and this is such a book. Adrian Warnock has been a part of the church I lead since 1995 and has served on our leadership team for more than ten years. It is my delight that he has written this engaging volume on such a life-transforming truth. If you want to know why the resurrection is crucial to your faith, if you want to know where the power for a transformed life comes from, then read this hugely accessible book and gain fresh insight into the most powerful event that has ever happened, the resurrection."
—Tope Koleoso, Pastor, Jubilee Church, London
"Packed with gems and clear, heart-affecting theology, this is a plum pudding of a book that the church badly needs."
—Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology, Oxford, England; author, Delighting in the Trinity, The Unquenchable Flame, and Rejoicing in Christ
"Adrian has helpfully drawn the spotlight back to a strangely under-emphasized element of evangelical faith. He writes winsomely and with fitting enthusiasm. I hope many will find their way to a fuller grasp of the gospel through this highly accessible book."
—Joel Virgo, Lead Pastor, Church of Christ the King, Brighton
"Adrian Warnock has a passion to put the resurrection back in the center of our proclamation. He understands that without a risen Savior there is no credibility to Jesus' claims, no salvation through his death, no reason for Christian living, no explanation of the church's existence, and no hope of eternal life. This book challenged me to reexamine my own preaching to see whether there was enough of Christ risen in it."
—Liam Goligher, senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; author, The Jesus Gospel
"Congenital heretics, in every generation, take a fiendish delight in warping the gospel. The gospel is centered upon two great facts—Christ's crucifixion and stand-in death for us to expunge our guilt, and Christ's return from the grave in his body to secure our salvation and the renewal of all things. The latter is criminally neglected in much preaching and writing. Few books exist that can inspire and excite both preachers and general readers alike concerning the importance of the resurrection as this one does. Warnock's bang-up-to-date, big-picture approach is a gold mine of glittering insights, designed to shatter our dulled over-familiarity and rekindle an awed sense of wonder."
—Greg Haslam, Senior Minister, Westminster Chapel, London
About the Author
ADRIAN WARNOCK has been a regular preacher at Jubilee Church in London for more than ten years and serves on the church's leadership team. A medical doctor by trade, Warnock runs a popular Christian blog at adrianwarnock.com.
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Beginning with the standard, but all-too infrequently discussed apologetics for the reality of both the Resurrection and the true death of Christ, Warnock seeks to first answer the skeptics. Although I am seminary educated, this sort of specific apologetic is lacking in my own training. Often it is not until you take some very extensive advanced courses in Apologetics that this truth is defended by evidence. As I see it, this is probably because of our modern Evangelical outlook: that if the Bible says it, not only must a proposition be true, but it is utter foolishness to ask for evidence outside of Scripture. Although I agree that Scripture is infallible, we must still be able to give evidences for some issues so fundamental as the Resurrection when such evidence is available. Warnock, aided by his training as a medical doctor, shows us careful evidence for both the actual death and the resurrection of Christ. If only more people would do that!
Having established the truth of the Resurrection, Warnock shows its theological significance, both in Scripture and out, for the past, present, and future. First of all, the Resurrection shows that the sacrifice Jesus offered for us on the cross was perfect and acceptable to the Father, or Jesus would have stayed dead. Since this sacrifice was perfect, we now can have peace with God, adoption as sons, and union with Christ: in other words, our entire relationship with God rests on this one event. When Christ rose from the grave, He fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecy and vindicated the faith of the saints of old as well.
As if the fruit of the Resurrection discussed already isn't enough, Warnock shows us how much of our present reality is based on the power of the Resurrection. Everything in the ancient Church and today depend on it, from the sending of the Spirit into all believers, to the miraculous coming of the Kingdom. Of course, as Warnock points out, this coming of the Kingdom is both future and also in the present. Both the resurrection of the dead and the present-day healing of the sick would fit in this category, as would really any answered prayers of us Children to our Father. Whatever God does, whether great or small, in the contemporary Church is also done in the power of Christ's resurrection. Revivals too are the breaking through of Christ's resurrection power into society, changing people to be more like Him and changing society with them. In short, the resurrection means our hope, our fortress and deliverance, both from sin and the powers of this world. Because of the Resurrection we are able to draw near to God as children to a Father, and know that we will be comforted in His love, and someday brought safely home to be with Him.
In all, this is an excellent book, and arguably the best one I have read in a long time. Many theological books of the day are either dry as textbooks or are watered down to suit a popular audience. Although Warnock wrote for a more popular audience, it is nonetheless NOT watered down. Rather, it is involved enough to challenge the intellectual, yet accessible enough that anyone with a college education should be able to read it with ease. This is one of the hardest balances to strike as a writer, and Warnock does this really well. Also, the subject matter is of cardinal importance. The Resurrection has been ignored for all too long, and this has GOT to change in our world of theological confusion and philosophical skepticism. Otherwise, the subject is at risk of falling by the wayside and losing its power in the contemporary church, if not ontologically at least experientially. Because this subject is not covered nearly enough, I think this book is a must in the libraries of pastors, teachers, elders, and even everyday Christians who want to learn to defend the faith. Perhaps it should be used in small groups and Sunday schools, as we all learn more and more to give an answer for the hope we have in Christ.
"Raised with Christ" is a thoughtful, readable, non-technical, comprehensive exploration of the biblical background, story, meaning, actual implications and practical applications of the miracle of the resurrection (I read it in a handful of week nights and air travel time going to and from the T4G-10 conference). The resurrection is not a "bonus track" of the gospel song, but actually the single movement that gives every part of the gospel symphony its actual meaning, the "hinge" that makes all of Christ's work revolves and function. "Jesus our Lord... was raised for our justification" (Romans 4:24-25) claims Paul, justifying first the work of our Christ, justifying second ourselves that are "in Him", and then raising us up in the power of the Holy Spirit, to live a new life according to the new covenant that now we are part of (Jeremiah 31:27-40). Raising our awareness of this fact is not only "a nice to have" theological mussing, but uttermost essential to understand "the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe" (Ephesians 1:18-19). Simply put, if you don't understand the resurrection, you don't understand the gospel.
One of Warnock's book welcomed feature is the link between the resurrection theology and its meaning for our personal and corporate revival. Since the resurrection has "connected us" with the power of the Holy Spirit (through the new birth, as exceptionally explained by John Piper's "Finally Alive"), we are supposed to live in a constant, utterly dependent relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, firing our zeal for prayer, worship, holy living, missions and evangelism in a world gone mad (with a church barely noticing!).
For me, this past Easter was profoundly affected by the reading of this great book. My preaching was forever changed in a more beefed-up, rounded-up, improved knowledge of the grace of God toward us in His gospel. I strongly suggest you (especially lay people and lay pastors like myself) to get a copy of this book because it will help you grapple the significance of this holy event that enabled God to save us completely, perpetually and finally.
I agree that I have neglected the ressurection in my meditation on the whole Gospel and this book helped me think through its implications.
The book drew out more complicated implications of the ressurection, such as how God uses ressurection power during periods of revival, which I don't think I would have seen on my own.
Reading the book has helped me to focus on what life in a ressurected body will be like and helped me encourage brothers and sisters in the Lord who are in the midst of health trials.
Thinking about how the New Testament says that Jesus' ressurection is the firstfruits of what is to come has reminded me how much God loves me and grateful for the love of God in Christ who endured so much so He could be ressurected and give us that hope.
I highly, highly recommend this book. If you have found your faith dry you will be encouraged as you meditate on Adrian's treatment of the ressurection.
I am a Christian and have believed that Jesus Christ has raised from the dead and with this book, Raised with Christ, it only strengthens my faith in that fact. Adrain Warnock, in his clear writing, shows what the eternal implications of that fact are, not only while here in the present, but in eternity as well.
I am still not done reading the book yet on my Kindle, but I know that I am going to back to reread it once again.
Thank you Adrian for writing this book about His glorious Resurrection!
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