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Words From the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the 10 Commandments Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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Dr. Mohler gives a fresh and encouraging word on the God who still speaks and a people who must obey, as he takes us on an expositional journey through the Ten Commandments. You will be well reminded that “God speaks in the fire and through His son.”
-Johnny Hunt, Senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, and president of the Southern Baptist Convention
Al Mohler is a like a biblical prophet of old speaking into a modernday wilderness of confusion and compromise. In this exposition of the Ten Commandments, he is following in a train of faithful Christian ministers who used the ten words (along with the Apostles’ Creed and the Lord’s Prayer) to teach “Christianity 101.” But there are riches here for those both new to and mature in the faith. Read and grow.
-Ligon Duncan, Senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
In our noisy culture, voices of all kinds are bombarding us. In Al Mohler’s book Words from the Fire, he challenges us to hear the voice of God roaring from the fire. God’s Word to us through the Ten Commandments is clear, convicting, and compelling. This incredible read will silence the noise around you and call you to hear the only voice
that leads you to a life of holiness. Get this book, read it, share it, teach it, and give another copy of it to a friend.
-Ronnie W. Floyd, Senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Springdale and The Church at Pinnacle Hills, Arkansas
I love how my friend Al Mohler instills in Words from the Fire a sense of reverence, respect, and mystery at the awesomeness of God’s truth proclaimed to God’s people. Something’s going on that is so much bigger than you and me. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7). This reminder will never grow old.
-James MacDonald, Senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel
This is a rare book of deep scriptural insight combined with acute cultural analysis. Dr. Mohler helps us see that, far from being simply “rules” about Christian living, these Ten Commandments embody the heart of Christian faith. Serious Christians, pastors, teachers, and all those wishing to understand the urgent relevance of this ancient code for today’s confused world will greatly benefit from this book.
-J.D. Greear, Lead pastor, the Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Dr. Mohler has admirably achieved the difficult task of being both faithful to Holy Scripture and relevant to the cultural crises of our day. These essays take God’s timeless Ten Commandments and apply them in an inspiring and timely way to the moral crises of our current culture.
-Dr. Richard Land, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Of the myriad of books written on the Ten Commandments, I put Al Mohler’s up there close to the top of the list. It is contemporary, insightful, interesting, and above all biblical. If you want a fresh but thoroughly Christian perspective on the BIG TEN, here it is!!
-Phil Roberts, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
If we are to know God, He must speak—and He has! In Words From The Fire, Al Mohler Jr. carefully and clearly reveals to us the God who spoke in the Ten Commandments. This book is exegetically sound and theologically solid. I never hear or read Al that I am not blessed and challenged. Reading this book was no exception.
-Dr. Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8). In his new book, Words from the Fire, Al Mohler, like Amos, reminds us that God’s revealed Word in Scripture, specifically in the Decalogue, changes everything for everyone! By His grace, God has spoken His Word. We ignore it or disobey it at our own peril. But if we obey it, our lives are blessed. This work is a welcomed breath of fresh air in our day of self-centered, antiauthoritarian relativism. I commend it wholeheartedly.
-Steve Gaines, PhD, Senior pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee
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The purpose of the book, says Mohler, is to answer the question: "How do we know and teach what we claim to know and teach?" His answer is that God is a God who speaks. Previously, He has spoken through the law, but now He has spoken through the Living Word, Jesus Christ. This leads to what he calls "several realities that should frame our thinking". He offers eight such realities that must be true regarding the question "How do we know?" if we operate under the assumption that God speaks, and that He has spoken: If God has spoken, then (1) we do know; (2) we know only by mercy; (3) we too must speak; (4) all He has spoken is about God, and it is all for our good; (5) it is for our redemption; (6) we must obey; (7) we must trust; and (8) we must witness.
Mohler then devotes a chapter to each of the commandments. I was amazed and challenged by the depth of his insights, particularly in regard to our worship. His focus is entirely on Jesus, and this makes the 10 Commandments more "relevant" now than ever! Mohler's summary in the penultimate paragraph of this book is spot on:
"Understood rightly, these commandments lead, not to our despair that we fall short of them, but to our thankfulness for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ comes to save lawbreakers like ourselves. Thus, we see the commandments themselves as grace to us. But our confidence is not in our ability to keep these commandments, for we will surely fail. Our confidence is in Christ, whose perfect obedience fulfills the law."
This book would make an excellent resource for small group discussion, as well as for personal reading.
The first chapter, especially, was a wonderful look at the awesomeness of God.
Christ was woven throughout.
Mohler skillfully avoided the twin perils of antinomianism and legalism, but never watered down the need to pursue holiness.
Truly an excellent work.