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The Work of Christ: What the Events of Jesus' Life Mean for You Hardcover – June 1, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a concise, but excellent account of the work of Christ. Pastor Sproul, as usual, communicates very easily the extreme importance of the work of our Lord Jesus in our... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Baldanza
purchased for a member of my Sunday school class who loved the video series - highly recommended - this author does not disappointPublished 1 month ago by Jack Squat
This book will equip one to be able to explain the major events of the life of Jesus and what that all means for us,Published 3 months ago by Naturallia
I love just about anything written by R. C. Sproul. He writes very clearly, succinctly and deeply, but in a way that anyone can understand him.Published 13 months ago by G. Wolff
The work of Christ well described.A learning experience for all.Published 16 months ago by Ranjit George
An excellent book that will help any Christian who is genuinely asking, seeking and knocking to learn more about his or her Saviour and His work while on Earth 2000 years ago. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gaffer.wiles