Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ex Libris: Made For His Pleasure


In his book, Made For His Pleasure: Ten Benchmarks of a Vital Faith, Alistair Begg's simple yet profound style is evident. For mature Christians, the subjects he covers should be nothing new. For many of us, it could be said that the topics are even elementary. That is not to say the book is elementary. On the contrary, each chapter brought me under conviction.

I knew I was in trouble from the opening pages of the first chapter. To illustrate the Christian's need for spiritual fitness, Begg points out the need for physical fitness. Of course he subordinates physical fitness to spiritual fitness, but nonetheless the conviction had begun. And it only continued as he covered prayer, personal sacrifice, the marriage relationship, service, laziness, evangelism and others.

Particularly poignant was Begg's chapter on humility. After the Bible, that chapter should be required reading for all believers. In the brief space of 184 pages, Alistair Begg successfully accomplishes his goal of providing the benchmarks required to have vital faith.

2 comments:

  • Julie says:
    March 4, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    This book and two others will soon be available in electronic format from Logos Bible Software! The Alistair Begg Collection includes "Made For His Pleasure: Ten Benchmarks of a Vital Faith", "Pathway to Freedom: How God's Laws Guide Our Lives" and "The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances". I thought you might be interested.

    Alistair Begg

  • Jim Drake says:
    March 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Thanks Julie for the heads up--it's now sitting in my Logos pre-pubs! A Begg sermon collection (similar to Piper's) sure would be nice....

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