God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God

By Mark Jones

God Is

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God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God

By Mark Jones

God has revealed many things about himself in his Word. But God’s manifold attributes shine most clearly in his Son, Jesus Christ, who came to reveal his Father. Through Christ’s saving work on the cross, we are able to know and worship God rightly.

This book aims to help us study and understand the attributes of God so that we delight in and love him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Each chapter explains one attribute, shows how it is most clearly manifested in Christ, and provides practical application for the Christian life.


Author:

Mark Jones serves as the pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA) in British Columbia, Canada, and research associate at the University of the Free State in South Africa. He has authored several books and speaks all over the world on Christology and the Christian life.


Endorsements:

“In twenty-seven concise chapters, God Is invites, equips, edifies, comforts, and challenges God’s people to know God better and love him more. This is Mark Jones at his best, combining his theological breadth and depth with his pastor’s heart.”
Rosaria Butterfield, former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

“Most treatments of God’s attributes are like vast mining operations that use massive theological machinery to plumb the depths of divine revelation. Mark Jones hands us the diamonds of God’s perfections, already mined, cut, and polished, to enrich our souls immeasurably. Study this book, read it with your family, discuss it with your small group, teach it to your church class, and give it to your neighbor. This is a gem indeed!”
Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Written in the tradition of J. I. Packer's Knowing God, Jones's work is an extremely helpful and needful primer on our great God and his all-beautiful character. Highly recommended as a tool for personal devotion or group study.”
Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Director, Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies

“Mark Jones has offered the church a real gift in this book. His methodology is governed not only by the wise conviction that theology and application go together but also by the unwavering belief that to know God one must gaze upon his fullest self-revelation in Christ. In this light, he offers an accessible treatment of the divine attributes written not for academics but for faithful laity seeking to consider the wonder of God.”
Kelly M. Kapic, author, Embodied Hope; Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College

“Given the preoccupation in some evangelical circles with discovering the ‘practical’ outcome of every text, it is refreshing to have a book that enables us to simply contemplate and consider the nature and attributes of the God who is there. Never has evangelicalism been so confused or divided over that One who is the center and substance of our confessed faith. Never has there been such a clear need for every believer to sit down and examine and worship what has been revealed of the God who has saved us through his gospel.”
Liam Goligher, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; author, The Jesus Gospel

“God is strangely absent from much contemporary Christ-centered preaching. This absence reflects not only a theological deficit but also a truncated view of Christ and the gospel. Mark Jones’s devotional guide to the attributes of God is therefore a welcome contribution to the libraries of both pastor and layperson. God Is reliably unfolds the perfections of our triune God as revealed in Holy Scripture and confessed by the church, and it traces the various rays of God’s perfections as they shine forth in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Scott R. Swain, President and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“While the Christ-centered characteristic of historic Reformed theology has been well documented in contemporary scholarship, Mark Jones is, to my knowledge, the only Reformed dogmatician of our day to have offered a thoroughly and explicitly Christocentric account of the divine attributes in ordinary language and pastorally applied this theology proper to the mundane spiritual life of the believer. If any contemporary book deserves the status of a sequel to Packer’s Knowing God and the author’s own Knowing Christ, this is it.”
Shao Kai Tseng, Research Professor, Department of Philosophy, Zhejiang University; author, Karl Barth’s Infralapsarian Theology; contributor, Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought

“Mark Jones continues to prove to be an especially reliable, pastoral guide in doctrine for the broader church. In the spirit of the great Puritan tradition—from which he so ably quotes—Jones once again melds depth and devotion, precision and passion, further proving J. I. Packer’s axiom that ‘true theology is for doxology.’ Read God Is slowly, meditatively, with prayer, with others—and see if your thoughts of God are not greatly enlarged, reinvigorated, and warmed. It is a book I will suggest, give away, and return to myself for years to come.”
Ryan Kelly, Pastor of Preaching, Desert Springs Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Council Member, The Gospel Coalition


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Table of Contents:

Preface
Introduction

1. God Is Triune
2. God Is Simple
3. God Is Spirit
4. God Is Infinite
5. God Is Eternal
6. God Is Unchangeable
7. God Is Independent
8. God Is Omnipresent
9. God Is Omniscient
10. God Is Omnipotent
11. God Is Yahweh
12. God Is Blessed
13. God Is Glorious
14. God Is Majestic
15. God Is Sovereign
16. God Is Love
17. God Is Good
18. God Is Patient
19. God Is Merciful
20. God Is Wise
21. God Is Holy
22. God Is Faithful
23. God Is Gracious
24. God Is Just
25. God Is Angry
26. God Is Anthropomorphic

Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
General Index
Scripture Index


Specifications:

Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 240
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5562-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5562-6
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 16.46 ounces
Published: June 30, 2017