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Free Stuff Fridays
February 15, 2013
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Christian Focus Publications and they are offering an excellent prize package. There will be five winners and each will win a stack of books. Those books fall into three categories:
Discipline in the Church
First up we have a book that has created a bit of stir, God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook of Church Discipline by Robert Cheong. Many of us find church discipline very difficult, our culture detests it, but our culture is also very quick to spot when the church seems to turn a blind idea to Christians who don’t lead lives consistent with what they profess. This book comes from the authors’ years of experience and also interviews with over 30 pastors from a wide range of geographical and ecclesiastical backgrounds. It results in a book that is very practical – including sample letters to members who fall but also a strong Biblical basis that will make it an indispensable guide to church leaders and members alike.
Fellowship in the Church
Fellowship in church is more than just being friends or a good neighbour to fellow members. It needs to be Christ centred and from the Gospel in order for us to grow together spiritually. This is the message from The Life of God in the Soul of the Church: The Root and Fruit of Spiritual Fellowship by Thabiti Anyabwile, and it is as relevant today, in this world that yearns for real community but doesn’t know where to find it, as it has ever been.
Doctrine in the Church
We also have four new titles from the popular Christians Pocket Guide series. Baptism by Robert Letham, Christology by Mark Jones, Justification by Guy Waters and Sanctification by J. V. Fesko are the topics covered. These fantastic little books give you the basics on deep and critical subjects within the Church. They do so in a brief, easy to read format but remain remarkably profound, with the intention of igniting a desire to dig deeper on a subject that catches your interest. Getting these doctrines right will transform individuals and strengthen our churches and these books will be a perfect starting point in that effort.
Giveaway Rules: As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.