Please Read This Book!


For some excellent teaching that integrates theology with our Christian lives, you should read this book. C.J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah, 2002). At less than 90 pages it's an easy read. (Perfect for a Lord's Day afternoon!). Not only is the author great at integrating biblical understanding with a burning heart, but it'll help you to do the same. The Anderlecht presbytery gave a copy of this book as a gift to everyone in our assembly for some summer reading. As the pastor told the church the day we gave them out 'Jonathan says this is the best book he's ever read.' He wasn't misquoting me - it really is that good. After reading it during the summer many members of the church thought it was so good that they've been giving them to friends and looking to buy replacements. The only problem is that now our assembly appears to have managed to buy up the entire stock of the French translation in the whole of Belgium. Yet people liked it so much they're willing to wait for the bookshops to get it back in stock. I'm reading through it again slowly with a group of church members and it has been great to see how God has used this very biblical teaching in their lives.
If there is one Christian book I would recommend to every believer this is it!

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The Tenets of the Apostolic Church

The Unity of the Godhead, and Trinity of the Persons therein.

The utter depravity of human nature, the necessity for repentance and regeneration and the eternal doom of the finally impenitent.

The virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, ascension, and abiding intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ; His second coming, and millennial reign upon earth.

Justification and Sanctification of the believer through the finished work of Christ.

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers, with signs following.

The nine gifts of the Holy Ghost for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church, which is the body of Christ.

The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord's Supper.

The Divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures.

Church government by apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons.

The possibility of falling from grace.

The obligatory nature of tithes and offerings.