About the Book
These days in many churches, fellowships, and Christian organizations, there seems to be an almost overwhelming push to “make disciples” and on “ministry” but little emphasis on getting to know Christ more intimately and the fellowship of His sufferings. Revelation 2:4 reminds us that loving Jesus Christ is our first priority; and, if we focus on that, the works (including the “Great Commission,” “making disciples”, “ministry”, and “soul-winning”) will naturally follow,
Sometimes referred to as the Gospel of the Old Testament, Isaiah 53 is one one of the most descriptive accounts of the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ (written 700 years before it happened). “Beauty…” is a closer look at the glory of the Lord through the eyes of Isaiah 53. It may be used as a devotional to bring us back to our First Love, to gain a deeper understanding of the chapter, or as an evangelical gift to bring friends or loved ones to see His beauty for the first time.
It is about Christ – Christ and Him crucified, Christ resurrected, and Christ interceding. It is about Christ – our strength and the power of God. Not just Christian living because if our lives, hearts, and minds, are centered on Jesus Christ, everything else will fall into place, and we will most certainly live Christian lives. We will not have to emphasize our ability; we will naturally follow Him and be more like Him. As we learn at Christ’s feet, we will naturally learn the doctrine, the Bible, and the theology because we will be so consumed with knowing Him more intimately (p. 16).
About the Author
Jerry grew up in Stockton, California, and is currently residing in the Philippines. He is a bi-vocational, pastor-teacher in a local house church, an adjunct professor of English composition in a popular university, a guest speaker, practical theologian, non-professional biblical counselor, and volunteer writer for a well-known Bible answers website. He has undergraduate degrees in divinity and education, graduate degrees in theological studies, biblical counseling, and teaching English (TESOL); post-graduate degrees in Christian education and theology, as well as post-graduate units in the field of language education.
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