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The Great Work of the Gospel!

October 1, 2009

Overstatement is dangerous.  We can tune it out quite easily.

Yet. . . I hope you will allow me to engage in it because The Great Work of the Gospel: How We Experience God’s Grace is the finest work I have in my library on God’s glorious dealings with man through His Son, Jesus Christ!  What delight and conviction God has brought to my heart this past month in reading it!

I don’t know that this is the definitive reason why this book so gripped me, but it seems like it could be:  the author is not a “pastor”.  Not in the traditional sense, anyway.

John Ensor is a man who has ministered in the grit of downtown Boston and the glitz of inner-city Miami where broken people live in far-too-great numbers.  His weaving of the miraculous stories of God’s Great Work in the lives of the homeless, the illegal alien, the drug-addicted (whose father bought her first line of cocaine for her at age 17), the frightened unwed mother-to-be, and many others with Ensor’s truly deep reflections upon the meaning of the Gospel of God’s grace made this a book I could hardly put down.  I commend it to you highly with these couple of closing quotations that I underlined today:

The grace of God calls us to repentance and faith, produces a panting heart for God, then commissions us to a life of service in a broken world. We breathe in salvation and we exhale servanthood.

The pull of contemporary expectations and the drag of our own spiritual laziness are against us.  Let us work out the grace of God, our salvation, knowing that God is at work in us for this same purpose . . . . And let us not grow weary in this work, no matter how hard life becomes or what “frowning providences” we must endure.  Surely we must lear to fight patiently through our discouragement when we are confronted with our own waning zeal.  the lusts within us have many of their own resurrections.  Let us persevere in faith.  And let us rejoice in the ongoing outworking of God’s grace and look forward to its completion (emphases mine).

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  1. October 2, 2009 1:22 PM

    Wonderful! I’m adding this book to my list.

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