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Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and the author of more than seventy books. A beloved speaker around the world and a well-respected academic scholar, Dr. Sproul teaches on the radio program Renewing Your Mind with Dr. R. C. Sproul, which is broadcast in forty countries.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; First Edition, First Printing edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781407265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781407267
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathleen Edwards on June 1, 2012
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R.C. Sproul's latest contribution to Biblical studies, The Work of Christ, is a solid, no nonsense overview of the life of Christ from birth to His second coming. Sproul's goal was to examine the pinnacles of Jesus's sojourn on earth in relationship to his redemptive work that He completed through the cross. But most importantly Sproul wants us to be able to understand exactly what it is that Christ did for us through his life. Sproul, through this book, reminds us that Christ's entire life was all part of the redemptive work and needs to be looked at and understood at a more profound level.

The Work of Christ would be an excellent study for a new believer or a great refresher for a seasoned saint. Each chapter examines a pivotal moment in Christ's life and the works He accomplished during that time. From Bethlehem to His return, Sproul breaks it down so we can see the importance of every aspect of Christ's works.

To be honest, The Work of Christ provided no new insights for me - it was an excellent overview - but nothing that made me stop and go "Wow". But that's okay because what I loved about this book is that, after each chapter, there is a thorough outline of the important points that you needed to understand about that section. Even better there is a series of study questions that point you to more scriptures, allowing you to expand your study, if that's what you desire. If the reader takes advantage of these end-of-chapter studies, he will get even more from this book.

The Work of Christ will benefit anyone wanting a deeper understanding of what Christ did for us. A great addition to the bookshelf of any believer.

Courtesy Copy From David C. Cook publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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Sproul writes his best in this study of Christ's work as He fulfills the covenant between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Who entered into covenant before creation. His deep theological teaching is written so the layman can understand. It is challenging as well as fascinating. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to understand Christ and to grow in Him.
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R. C. Sproul in his new book, "The Work of Christ" part of the Classic Theology series published by David C. Cook shows us What the Events of Jesus' Life Mean for You.

From the Back Cover: "The work of Jesus reveals to us who He is. The work and the person may be distinguished but never separated." --Dr. R. C. Sproul
Most Christians recognize the importance of Christ's death and resurrection. But how many of us understand the theological significance of Jesus' actions before and after the Crucifixion? In The Work of Christ, Dr. R. C. Sproul looks at every aspect of Jesus' life and work, addressing such life-changing topics as:
Why Jesus' baptism is relevant for our salvation
The similarities and differences between the temptation of the first Adam and the temptation of Jesus, the "second Adam"
How God uses song to celebrate his redemptive acts
Why the Last Supper marks the beginning of a greater exodus than that of the Old Testament
How Jesus' death and resurrection are grounded in the eternal covenant among the persons of the Trinity
Why Jesus' ascension makes a difference in our lives today
What we know and don't know about Jesus' return
Moving from Jesus' existence from before creation through His incarnation, boyhood, adulthood, death, resurrection, and return, Dr. Sproul guides you to a deeper understanding of God's beautiful promise and purpose behind the works of Christ's life.

Who exactly is Jesus? Why didn't He just come down as a thirty-three year old man and go directly to the cross and die that Friday? His death would have freed us from Sin but would still have left us without a Redeemer. So Jesus had to be born and live a righteous life so that we could have His righteousness transferred onto us before The Father.
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By Xian on August 13, 2012
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I highly recommend this book for any person who is seeking to deepen their understanding of the God-Man Jesus. Whether you are a "Mature Christian" or have recently been given a love for the Gospel, it is a great read and will challenge you to seek the significance of Christ in His life and death and how it applies to us today.
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It is a fantastic book and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in getting to know the bible more and have a clearer understanding of who Christ is and how important He is to all of mankind. We all need to find our way back to Christ and rely on Him for our Salvation and eternal life and this book helps us understand that. Great book.
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When Christians think of the work of Christ, we typically think of His work on the cross--His atoning death on the cross for our sins and rising again in victory over death. This is a central truth of the Christian faith, one upon which it stands or falls.

But it's only part of Jesus' work.

"If Jesus had only paid for our sins, He would have succeeded only in taking us back to square one," writes R.C. Sproul in The Work of Christ: What the Events of Jesus' Life Mean for You. "It is important that we not minimize the work of Christ throughout His life by focusing too narrowly on the work of Christ in His death."

That may seem like a shocking statement, but it's an important one. The totality of the events of Jesus' life comprise His complete work--from His incarnation to His promised return. Yet we too quickly forget this, particularly as we work out our various evangelistic methods and formulas, and even in the day-to-day practical living of the Christian life.

This must not be. If Christ is our righteousness, then we need to understand the impact of the other aspects of His life for us beyond His death.

This is why Sproul's written The Work of Christ, where he briefly examines 12 essential events in the life of Jesus:

* His Incarnation
* His Birth (via the infancy hymns)
* His visits to the Temple
* His Baptism
* His Temptation
* His Transfiguration
* His Triumphal Entry
* His Last Supper
* His Crucifixion
* His Resurrection
* His Ascension
* His Return

Sproul's singular style is on full display in this book. He excels at making the most difficult subjects accessible to the average reader and this book is no exception.
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