Chapter Eight: The Incomparable Sufferings

The Anguish of Jesus Christ

“No one has ever borne so much injustice with so little vengeance.” Take some time today and contemplate that sentence. Jesus, who knew no sin, bore the wrath of God that was rightly mine. Read more

Chapter Seven: The Glorious Poverty of a Bad Reputation

The Desecration of Jesus Christ

There was a day when one’s reputation was all that they had. A deal between two people could be sealed with just a handshake. Read more

Chapter Six: Something Greater than Solomon is Here

The Wisdom of Jesus Christ

When we think of wisdom our minds go straight to Solomon and Jesus. Solomon is known for his great wisdom that marveled the ancient world. His teachings in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are remarkable for its wisdom and relevancy even today. Read more

Chapter Five: The Waves and Winds Still Know His Voice

The Power of Jesus Christ

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
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Chapter Four: The Indestructible Joy

The Gladness of Jesus Christ

Is joy your constant companion? Do you find joy in suffering, tribulation, temptation, and trials? Who would you might ask. Maybe moments of happiness, but joy? Read more

Chapter Three: The Lion and the Lamb

The Excellence of Jesus Christ

When you think of Jesus what comes to mind? Do you picture Him as the one who walked on water, healed the blind and the lame, cast out demons, or as the one who was crucified, beaten, tortured, and rejected by his own people? Read more

Chapter Two: Jesus the Glory of God: The Deity of Jesus Christ

“Christ does not exist in order to make much of us”, what a thesis statement! Nothing like stating the facts. In this opening statement, John Piper gives us a much needed attitude adjustment: life is not about us!

I am sure that is news to many of you. It seems like for the better part of our lives everything has been about us individually. The world rotates around us as we act like we are the center of the universe.

However, Scripture says differently. Though we are created in the image of God, we must realize that we were created not the Creator. The second sentence of chapter two states that, “We exist in order to enjoy making much of him.” How well have you done that this week? This month? This year? This life?

Sobering thought isn’t it? Take a moment this week to contemplate the glory of Christ. He is God, the Creator, the Giver of life, the Alpha and Omega.

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
– Hebrews 1:3a (ESV)

P.S. Please feel free to share your comments and questions.

Rob

Reading Together

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

Chapter One: The Ultimate Aim of Jesus

I have asked the Church to join me for the next thirteen weeks to read Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper. If you have not yet received your free copy, please let us know this Sunday. Read more

Caring for Others

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
– Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

One of the strengths of living together in covenant community is the opportunity to encourage each other. The Bible instructs us to encourage one another especially during hard and difficult times. Read more

God is a little like…

According to a survey done by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, people have four different views of God: Authoritarian, Critical, Benevolent, and Distant. Read more