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The Just Justifier

Convinced that “Paul’s fullest, grandest, most comprehensive statement of the gospel” is just as vital today, R.C. Sproul delivered nearly sixty sermons on Romans at St. Andrew’s Chapel. These never-before-published expositions are now available in a hardcover book comprising over 500 pages of material. More information available here.

9781433506857“The glory of his grace is that his justice is served vicariously by a substitute that he appointed.”

God set forth Christ as a propitiation by his blood through faith that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (Rom 3:26). There is no such thing as cheap grace. The gospel is not simply an announcement of pardon. In justification God does not merely decide unilaterally to forgive us our sins. That is the prevailing idea, that what happens in the gospel is that God freely forgives us of sin because he is such a loving, dear, wonderful God, and it does not disturb him that we violate everything that is holy. God never negotiates his righteousness. God will never lay aside his holiness to save us. God demands and requires that sin be punished. That is why the cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. Christ had to die because, according to God, the propitiation had to be made; sin had to be punished. Our sin has to be punished.

In the drama of justification, God remains just. He does not set aside his justice. He does not waive his righteousness; he insists upon it. We cannot be justified without righteousness, but the glory of his grace is that his justice is served vicariously by a substitute that he appointed. God’s mercy is shown in that what saves us is not our righteousness. It is someone else’s. We get in on someone else’s coattails—that is grace. That somebody, our Redeemer, is perfectly righteous and has fulfilled the justice of God for us perfectly. That is the glory of justification. God demonstrates that he is both just and justifier. If all he did was maintain his righteousness without extending the imputation of that righteousness to us, he would not be the justifier. He is both just and justifier, which is the marvel of the gospel. (pp 104).

October 30, 2009 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 12:35 pm | 0 Comments »

Big Truths for Young Hearts for More than Young Hearts

9781433506017Initially written to equip parents to guide their children through all the major doctrines of the Christian faith, Bruce Ware’s Big Truths for Young Hearts is actually proving to be a sought after resource for more than just young hearts. Ware covers the topics of God’s Word, the Trinity, human nature, sin, the work of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the end times. As Big Truths for Young Hearts makes its way into the hands of church leaders, missionaries, and even professors—here is the feedback we’re hearing:

“Get over the title! Or, think of it as ‘young’ in the faith.  You’ll love this book and learn the basics of our beliefs in the Christian faith.” —A College Pastor using Big Truths for his College SS class.

“One thing I’m excited about with your book is using it with new believers on the field. I’ve been looking for a simple, clear discussion of the whole of the Christian faith. Big Truths will help us disciple these young believers.”—A Missionary

“We’re using this in our Tuesday Women’s Bible study.  The women love it!  They are learning so much themselves, and we are talking also about how to share these things with our children.”—A Women’s Bible Study Leader

“In our men’s leadership training, we will be using Big Truths for Young Hearts as a textbook to help dad’s disciple their children.”—A Pastor

“Frankly, as I read each chapter I kept thinking, ‘Now this is how theology should be taught to adults and to seminary students!’ It’s an Evangelical Theology for Kids 10 to 100!”—Robert Kellemen

“This book should serve adults as much as it does children.” —Eric Wallace

October 14, 2009 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 1:36 pm | 1 Comment »

Holy Women Who Hope in God

A Short Excerpt from This Momentary Marriage (pp. 97) by John Piper:

9781433507120“She looks away from the troubles and miseries and obstacles of life that seem to make the future bleak, and she focuses her attention on the sovereign power and love of God who rules in heaven and does on earth whatever he pleases (Ps. 115:3). She knows her Bible, and she knows her theology of the sovereignty of God, and she knows his promise that he will be with her and will help her and strengthen her no matter what. This is the deep, unshakable root of Christian womanhood. And Peter makes it explicit in 1 Peter 3:5. He is not talking about just any woman. He is talking about women with unshakable biblical roots in the sovereign goodness of God—holy women who hope in God.”

October 5, 2009 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Life / Doctrine,Marriage,Marriage / Family,Women | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:49 am | (2) Comments »

The Moon Found Stealing Glory from the Sun

A Tale of Pride and Humility

“What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why do you boast as though it were not a gift?” (1 Cor. 4:7)

Fool Moon Rising tells the tale of a crime of cosmic proportions: the moon, blinded by pride, fails to see the source of his abilities—the light provided by the sun. He boasts of his ability to shine, to change shape throughout the year, and to swell the sea. One day, overwhelmed by a piercing ray of sunshine, the moon repents of his pride and changes his ways. From that point on, he is happy to reflect the sun’s light.

See what other folks are saying about this fantastic children’s book:

9781433506826“The amazing illustrations captured the boys’ attention right away.” —From Girl Talk

“It reminds children to think of the One who gave them their gifts and talents, encouraging them to deflect praise and, instead, redirect it to the One who is most deserving of it.” —From Reading to Know

“Little kids would love the crazy, awesome pictures and the rhymes in this book…older kids however might relate to the important message.” —From The Daily Pretzel

“Fool Moon Rising is aimed at children 3-7 years old (although my 13-year-old and I both relished it!) I haven’t seen a children’s book before written along the theme of learning to boast only in God, and to give Him the glory for what we have and are.” —From Ministry-to-Children

You can learn more about this book on the Fool Moon Rising website or take a peak inside the book on Amazon.

October 2, 2009 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 12:53 pm | (2) Comments »