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How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Derek W.H. Thomas

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In How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas explores Romans 8, which he calls the best chapter in the Bible. Here he finds an exposition of the steps through which God leads His people in the process of their salvation, but also loving counsel on such topics as prayer and resisting the Devil, as well as exhortations and comforts for weary pilgrims. Dr. Thomas begins at Romans 8:1 with the best news imaginable believers just and deserved condemnation before God has been taken away by Jesus Christ s work on the cross. He then contrasts earthly minded and spiritually minded people, showing that only those who are spiritually minded know life.
In Romans 8:29 30, he explores several steps in the process of salvation foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and, finally, glorification which show God s invincible purpose in redemption. Finally, he unfolds the powerful promise of the final few verses of Romans 8 nothing can separate those God has redeemed from His saving love. How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home is a powerful exploration of the manifold gifts the heavenly Father has lavished upon His people and a preview of the greater inheritance that lies ahead.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 895 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 157 Seiten
  • Verlag: Reformation Trust Publishing (11. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0062XJVBS
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bringing It Home 28. Juni 2011
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It has been well said that the book of Romans is "the Gospel according to Paul," because of his comprehensive overview of the story of man's redemption from the fall to glory. More so than any other chapter in Scripture, Romans 8, the center of Paul's letter, distills the grand narrative and powerful truths of the Gospel into a few verses packed with meaning. For this reason, many (possibly) most hold one or more of its passages as their favorite verses. Also for this reason, it ranks as one of few chapters in Scripture that can support a commentary on its own, independent of the book as a whole.

It is with that in mind that Derek Thomas offers theological meditations on Romans 8 in "The Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home". Over eleven chapters Thomas expounds on our great and living hope: the work of Christ in Salvation, our adoption and protection by God, the intercession of Christ and the Spirit, and the response of believers through mortification of sin, submission, and prayer.

Though Thomas' scholarship and depth of reasoning are clearly evident here, this book is not a commentary "for commentary sake." It beats with a pastor's heart for understanding and application (it was even born out of a series of sermons), reading not as an academic study, but as an impassioned appeal for Christians to soak in the truth of the Gospel that it is by God's grace that His Son was given for our sins and that His Spirit lives within us to bind us to Him. Because of this style, the book would be an excellent choice for a personal, family, or small group study.

Thomas is quick to remind us that this Gospel spelled out so beautifully by Paul in this chapter is the heartbeat of our faith, and that we can never devote too much time and energy to telling and retelling its mysteries to God's great glory. Indeed the cross of Christ is the center point of all God's creation and character, as Paul writes, "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" (Rom. 8:32). How could we spend our energies on anything less?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Greatness Of the Gospel 23. September 2011
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In How The Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home, Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas takes us through what he calls, "the best chapter in the Bible." Thomas explores the 39 verses in Romans 8 and takes the reader through the core Gospel message. Essentially this book explores the doctrine of sotierology.

Chapter 1: Grace and Gratitude (Romans 8:1-4)
Thomas challenges Christians to take hold of the "no condemnation" principle. There is always condemnation found in trying to be a law-keeper. However, believers have been set free from condemnation through the Holy Spirit. They operate outside the law. However, Thomas points out that, "Grateful law-keeping is the saved sinners response to received grace." Believers who are in Christ Jesus are essentially declared not guilty and receive no condemnation from their Savior.

Chapter 2: The Mind's Default Setting (Romans 8:5-8)
What thoughts come into your mind is the question being asked in this chapter. Is it worldly or spiritual thoughts? The main message is that an earthly mind only brings about death, but a spiritual mind brings about peace and life. Focusing your mind on Jesus is what all believers must strive for.

Chapter 3: Spiritually Minded (Romans 8:9-11)
The Holy Spirit that was given to Christ has also been given to us. The same Spirit that was with Christ during His work dwells within us. This is a glorious privilege. If you belong to Jesus, then the Holy Spirit is working within you. The message of the chapter that Thomas strives to get across is that Christians should, "Glorify God in your body" because "your body is the temple of the Spirit" (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

Chapter 4: Killing Fields (Romans 8:12-13)
We are to kill sin. Any sin that remains in us, we must kill. Thomas focuses a lot on the word, mortification. This chapter points out the absolute dire necessity of killing sin in your own life or else you might allow sin to kill you. You must not be slave to the flesh, but rather a slave to Christ.

Chapter 5: Sons Of God (Romans 8:14-17)
"All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." What a beautiful message. We have been adopted by our Father in Heaven and are now called sons. We have been given a Spirit of holiness, freedom, adoption, and assurance. This allows us to cry out, "Abba! Father!" The message is that our Father in Heaven is one that hears the cries of those adopted into His family.

Chapter 6: Glorious Hope (Romans 8:18-25)
Thomas states that, "afflictions must precede glory." The suffering that you are struggling with right now is not something to be surprised about. Our hope is found in the fact that one day we will be with Jesus, in glory. Despite the struggles that you may be going through keep your focus on the message of Romans 8:18.

Chapter 7: Prayer Power (Romans 8:26-27)
We all struggle with having the words to sometime say in our prayers. Jesus had the same struggle. We must believe in our prayers that the Spirit intercedes for us and that He knows the mind of God.

Chapter 8: A Golden Chain (Romans 8:28-30)
This was my favorite chapter in the book. Thomas begins off by saying, "Nothing can blow you over when you are inside the walls of Romans 8:28." This is an amazing verse to hold on to throughout your life. God's providence governs our entire lives. He is sovereign! Thomas speaks on what he calls, "The five golden links of a chain" throughout the rest of this chapter. He speaks on foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification. These sections are all rich in information and goes into details on how God re-shapes those in His family.

Chapter 9: God For Me (Romans 8:31-32)
Christians have a difficult time realizing that God is on their side during times of trial and tribulation. However, the message is that we must always keep our eyes on the cross and realize that God did not spare His own Son. How can believers not see that God is for them when focusing on what was already accomplished on the Cross.

Chapter 10: Facing The Accuser (Romans 8:33-34)
Satan tries to get believers to fall flat on their faces. Dr. Thomas goes through "4 fiery darts" that Sinclair Ferguson outlined in his book, By Grace Alone. The central message of the chapter is that we must rely on Jesus Christ's finished work in our lives. In the end, all we need is Jesus.

Chapter 11: Union With Christ - Forever (Romans 8:35-39)
We come empty handed before the Father, but we must always remember that, according to Thomas, "if we remain on the narrow gospel way, it brings us all the way home."

How The Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home is a must read. From beginning to end the message is simply the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By outlining Romans 8, the reader is able to understand the simple Gospel message. From "no condemnation" to "no separation", this book is well worth the read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Labor of Love and a Gift to the Church 30. Mai 2011
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You wouldn't know it exactly by the title, because with a title like. How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, this book could be about many things, but this work from Derek Thomas is all about Romans 8. Thomas leads the reader through Romans 8 in a step by step manner leaving no verse unexplored while uncovering profound exhortations for God's people.

This book originated as a series of sermons first preached at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS where Thomas ministers. Since they are based upon sermons the language is not overly technical and the flow of the chapters are what you would expect to be consistent with a written sermon. Each chapter is broken up with various headings making it very easy for the reader to keep a steady flow going through the text.

On the whole this book is very helpful for understanding Romans 8. In fact, Thomas calls Romans 8 the "best chapter in the Bible" and you can see his love for it in the pages of this book. If there is anything I didn't like about this book it certainly was no fault of Thomas', but that of the publisher. The book doesn't use footnotes, but end notes. End notes disrupt the flow of reading when you have to flip pages. I'm not sure when publishers will realize that many people hate end notes!

FTC Rhetoric: I do not receive payment for my book reviews. I do sometimes receive free review and giveaway copies from authors, publishers, and publicists. My first responsibility is to my readers, therefore, I am committed to honest reviews.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Review of "How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home" 12. März 2013
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Summary

There is an expression that can often be found amongst wandering sojourners. Searching for a place to finally reside, they realize after all their traveling that they are back where they began. They say in frustration, "We ended exactly where we started." There is also the idea that an end is a new beginning. In a sense, the Christian life is one of new beginnings that ends the way it started: the grace of God. It is the Gospel where the Christian begins and it will be the place where he or she ends. Though strangers and sojourners in this world (1 Peter 1), they are not to walk aimlessly but in the light of the present and future glory of God. Derek Thomas, a longtime pastor and professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, sets out to show the reader how the Gospel brings them all the way home.

Some believe, as I do, that some of the best theology is done by the everyday pastor as orthodoxy meets orthopraxy. This book was formed out of a sermon series entitled The Best Chapter of the Bible given at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Which chapter? Romans 8. Thomas says, "It is a description of the Christian life from death to life, from justification to glorification, from trial and suffering to the peace and tranquility of the new heaven and earth (xiii-xiv)." In a very similar way to Phil Ryken, though using a chapter of the Bible, Thomas is offering an ordo salutis as his structure. This comes naturally since Romans 8 is one of the most cited texts concerning the order of salvation.

As a note to the reader, Dr. Thomas is writing from a Reformed tradition. Hence, all the references to Calvin, Owen, Westminster, etc. This certainly shouldn't affect the truthfulness of what he is saying but it should inform the reader of the emphases from which he writes. The Gospel brings us all the way home because of the sovereignty of God in salvation, to put it simply.

The order of the book is as follows:

1.Grace & Gratitude (8:1-4)
2.The Mind's Default Setting (8:5-8)
3.Spiritually Minded (8:9-11)
4.Killing Fields (8:12-13)
5.Sons of God (8:14-17)
6.Glorious Hope (8:18-25)
7.Prayer Power (8:26-27)
8.A Golden Chain (8:28-30)
9.God for Me (8:31-32)
10.Facing the Accuser (8:33-34)
11.Union with Christ - Forever (8:35-39)

Strengths/Weaknesses

There are at least two ways in which this book does well. First, the book's continual focus is on the salvific work of our Triune God. This is especially helfpul since current theological method (though not normally described in this way) has a tendency to focus only on certain themes or persons, not the whole. For example, some focus soley on Jesus and grace that they neglect the Law of God in living righteously. Or there is an emphasis on the Spirit's regeneration but not his indwelling (or vice versa). In both of these examples, the Father is ignored. Thomas, however, is consistent in employing Triune language and thought (34-35). Secondly, stemming from this Fountainhead is his pastoral attention to the text's instruction. What are the essentials in preaching a sermon? The pastor needs to explain, illustrate, and apply it. Since these chapters were once sermons, it makes sense that they would include illustrations and applications from the text. This includes a variety word studies and biblical translations (46-47). Dr. Thomas also uses music, poems, key historical figures, and personal examples to demonstrate his points.

Concerning weaknesses, one of the goals of the reader is to deal with what the book is acutally trying to argue and not employ something that it isn't. As stated earlier, Dr. Thomas comes from a strong, Reformed tradition. Therefore, his biblical convictions appear in his writing. Ligonier shares these convictions. This is not the weakness. There are times, however, where it may seem not quite as necessary to mention certain facets of Reformed theology so as to distract from a main point. Again, I'd like to mention the importance of speaking with biblical conviction. Thomas and I share many of these convictions. The point here is that there are at segments (and only a few) where there are directives to a particular point of Reformed theology but that "the main point is..." The qualification is good but the setup may be distracting. For example, in discussing the actual ordo salutis he mentions that it is not Paul's main point to provide a complete picture of the "links" in salvation but follows that there is a "logical and necessary order to the application of redemption...(98). If Paul's purpose is show "what God begins, He completes" then let that stand as the main point. I'm convinced that there is no ill intent to advance a theological system on the reader. For the purposes of the book, or at least his section on the "Golden Chain", it could divert attention.

Conclusion

It says something about the quality of the book in that it was formed out of a sermon series. Not only that but the name of the series was identical to that of well-known pastor-theologian, James Montgomery Boice. Chapter eight of Romans is a crucial section in both the argument Paul is making in his letter as well as the theology of the Bible. Dr. Thomas effectively "brings it home" concerning its message in a pastoral manner. The book, like a section of the biblical text, is meant to be read in connection with one another. However, each section could be read individually and devotionally. It is encouraging to see these kinds of books that direct the reader to the biblical text and show them how the Gospel begins their new life and leads them into the eternal presence of the Triune God.

*I received this book free from Reformation Trust Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best book of 2012 4. Januar 2012
Von Don Haflich - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Easily one of the top books I will read all year. Derek Thomas has compiled a gospel centered view which comes to us through Romans 8. Step by Step the author brings us through one of the most thought provoking chapters in the entire bible. Paul's view of cross-centered theology has brought about a unique chapter in which our life in Christ in captured in a few sentences. Derek Thomas does well to bring about practical application and words of wisdom, which is what I believe Paul had in mind when he penned these words under the influence of the Spirit. One of the points made in this book is that by faith in Christ, a way has been made for us to come to the father and be reconciled by the power of the Spirit. Derek Thomas puts it this way:
"At the cross, the wrath that my sins deserve was poured out on the Substitute. Justice was satisfied and atonement was given. My sins were imputed to the Substitute; His righteousness (obedience) was imputed to my account. I receive the benefits of the cross by faith alone."
The use of old Reformers is completely in step with I expected from this exegesis of Romans 8. I feel connected to those who went before us, such as Calvin and J.C. Ryle, when I read their wisdom attached in these pages referring us to the cross. The cross of Christ is what Paul had in mind when he wrote and Derek Thomas has the same in mind. Both point us to the exalted, resurrected Christ as the author and finisher of our faith. Maybe the most important aspect I found in this book is the fact that, for those who are reconciled to God, nothing is able to sever us from the love of Christ. Not in the sense that we will never see sickness or death, but in the sense that the accuser may be able to talk big words, but in the end; God wins! Let those who are of Christ rest in this promise:
"Our security is grounded in the objectivity of the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf".
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