One Way Love

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The gospel is the story of God’s radical, amazing grace that he showed to us by sending Jesus to die for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8).

One preacher that focuses heavily on God’s grace is Tullian Tchividjian at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I discovered his church and preaching through a small conference he put on in 2011 called The Gospel Centered Life. He was a speaker along with Michael Horton and J.D. Greer. Since that time I have enjoyed Pastor Tullian’s messages. I would not say that his messages are verse-by-verse expositions but he does a great job at coming back to the heart of the Bible which is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I recently read his most recent book called One Way Love: Inexhaustible grace for an exhausted world. The book isn’t perfect. For example, I felt like the entire first half of the book of the book was an introduction because he kept saying what the book was going to be about. But over all, it was a wonderful grace-filled book. He begins by defining performancism and why law can is crushing. Then, he explains, defines, and illustrates grace in many memorable ways.

If you have ever felt like Christianity was about control and rules or if you have ever felt exhausted because you don’t have enough “fuel” for obedience then I highly suggest this book for you. As Tullian says in chapter one, “The Bible is one long story of God meeting our rebellion with His rescue, our sin with His salvation, our guilt with His grace, our badness with His goodness. The overwhelming focus of the Bible is not the work of the redeemed but the work of the Redeemer.” As Christians we must remind ourselves of this gospel truth every day.

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