Note To Self

Posted: June 29, 2011 in books, gospel

Christians, although redeemed and adopted by God and indwelt with His Spirit, often forget the glories of the Gospel in our daily life.  The tendency is to slip into thinking that the Gospel is important for the “lost”, but is something that the “found” should move beyond.  However, the fact of the matter is that the saved need to hear the Good News about Jesus Christ just as much as the unsaved.  Under the influence of Satan, the world, and our own sin, we are easily deceived into thinking that while our initial justification was all of grace, our daily “walk with Christ” as a new creation in Christ is something we must “do” on our own.  This inevitably leads us to pride on the one hand, and despair on the other (or, more likely, a combination of the two), because we have begun to rely on ourselves rather than Jesus.

Well, if you struggle with this (and we all do to some extent) there’s a new book out entitled, Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself.  Below is an interview with the author, Joe Thorn:

You can download a free chapter from the book here.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

We need good preaching—preaching that challenges us by God’s Word and brings the comfort that comes from God’s promises. Yet many of us rely solely on others to preach to us and are not benefitting from the kind of preaching that should be most consistent and personal—preaching to ourselves.

Note to Self is a practical introduction to this daily discipline. Pastor Joe Thorn delivers fifty brief, devotional chapters that model preaching the gospel to ourselves and its practical implications. Readers will be challenged by the book’s direct, personal exhortations to apply the law and the gospel to their own lives. Part of the Re:Lit series.

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