December 29, 2012

12 Day Book Giveaway - Day #11 - Marriage and Ministry

Each day until the end of the year, I'll be giving away a group of books from my library. These are all used but in generally readable condition. Some may contain underlining. I don't necessarily endorse the content in any of these books, but they have all been useful in one way or another.

How to Win

Fill out the form below to enter the drawing. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day today. I'll select one person at random to be the winner and they will receive all of the books listed for the day. If no one wants them they will be donated. The drawing is only open to US residents.

Day #11
Since marriage is a picture of the relationship between Christ and the Church, and ministry is the building up of the Church, the body of Christ, why not put them together?

This Momentary Marriage by John Piper
It's John Piper, doing what he does best - expositing the Bible. From the description: "The chasm between the biblical vision of marriage and the common human conception is—and has always been—gargantuan. Reflecting on over forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant as a display of Christ’s covenant-keeping love for the church. He aims to lift the church’s low view of marriage to something infinitely greater, namely, a vision of Jesus’s unswerving allegiance to and affection for his bride. This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike."


Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry by John Piper
A book written for pastors, but beneficial for all to read and/or give to your pastors. "John Piper pleads through a series of thoughtful essays with fellow pastors to abandon the professionalization of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry."






Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul Tripp
This is an penetrating and practical book on counseling and helping other people. Not just for pastors or full-time ministers but for all Christians who want to love their brothers and sisters in Christ. From the description: "In many ways, the church today has more consumers than committed participants. We see church merely as an event we attend or an organization we belong to, rather than as a calling that shapes our entire life. Many of us would be relieved if God had place dour sanctification in the hands of trained professionals, but that simply is not the biblical model. God’s plan is that through the faithful ministry of every part, the whole body will grow to maturity in Christ.Tripp explains how his work follows an "all of my people, all of the time" model. If you followed the Lord for a thousand years, you would still need the ministry of the body of Christ as much as you did the day you first believed. This need will remain until our sanctification is complete in Glory. This is a comprehensive treatment of how God uses people as tools of change in the lives of others, people who themselves are in need of change."


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