$20 Well Spent

Westminster Bookstore has two great deals doing on until Saturday evening that are worth checking out, both of them by Bryan Chapell.

Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice for Only $9.99!

The church’s worship has always been shaped by its understanding of the gospel. Here Bryan Chapell, author of the well-regarded text Christ-Centered Preaching, provides churches with a Christ-centered understanding of worship to enable them to transcend the traditional/contemporary worship debate and unite in ministry and mission priorities. Churches will learn how to shape their worship based on Christ’s ministry to and through them and will be challenged to let the gospel shape every element of their corporate worship.

Christ-Centered Worship brings historical and biblical perspective to discussions about worship, demonstrating that the gospel has shaped key liturgical traditions and should also shape contemporary worship. It then addresses practical issues; looks outward to the church’s mission; and provides resources for worship planning, encouraging readers to identify their church’s specific gospel calling as the basis for making decisions about worship. The book will be useful to worship and ministry professors and students at the seminary level, pastors, worship leaders, worship planning committees, and missionaries.

Endorsements:

“Christ-Centered Worship calls people to go beyond ‘contemporary worship’ without being polemical in spirit. It takes historic worship traditions very seriously but uses the gospel itself as the way to critique and design orders of worship. It is full, balanced, and extremely practical. This will now be the first book I give people–or turn to myself–on the practice of understanding, planning, and leading in corporate worship.”
– Tim Keller, senior pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church; author of The Reason for God

“However tempted I am to indulge in a few critical reflections, in this case it is far more important that I tell you that this is an astonishingly helpful and useful book. It is theologically rich, especially when it comes to showing, in detail, how the nature of the gospel ought to shape our public services. Yet this is far more than an essay arguing for a theological corrective. It includes many historical summaries, many lists in the needed categories (call to worship examples, responsive or antiphonal calls, musical examples, and so forth). Toward the end Chapell includes examples of entire corporate worship services. No one will agree with everything he has written here, but only the most ignorant could not profit enormously from this thoughtful and stimulating book.”
– D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Christ-Centered Worship is a biblically informed, historically rooted, practical guide to the public worship of God. Bryan Chapell first builds an architecture for worship that is structured by the story of the gospel. He then provides a treasury of resources that can refresh the worship of any congregation and encourage greater unity across the evangelical church. The result is a book that seems destined to become one of the best resources available for improving the practice of Christian worship.”
– Philip Ryken, senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

“Here we have a solid, comprehensive, well-focused resource for the doxological and devotional shaping of Reformed church worship in today’s North America. Thank you, Dr. Chapell.”
– James I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

Ephesians (Reformed Expository Commentary) for only $9.99!

The apostle Paul wrote to the house churches of the ancient metropolis of Ephesus with this amazing truth: through such as you the purposes of Christ will fill the world; he is transforming all things for you and through you. For this collection of churches in a culture antagonistic to the gospel, the apostle Paul pens themes so grand they can still take our breath away, and they often move the apostle to doxology and prayer.

Bryan Chapell, noted preacher and teacher of preaching, unfolds Paul’s glorious description of how the triumph of the church will occur and what our roles are in Christ’s ultimate victory. When we lift our eyes beyond personal borders to share even a glimpse of Paul’s expansive vision, then we, too, will join his doxology for God’s amazing grace that saves individuals, empowers the church, and through both, transforms the world.

Endorsements:

“Bryan Chapell has done an outstanding job of making Paul’s letter to the Ephesians both clear and compelling. He handles both difficult doctrines and difficult points of application with both conviction and love. This book will be profitable for both lay people and clergy. I highly recommend it.”
– Jerry Bridges

“Bryan Chapell is one of the most influential homileticians, preachers, and evangelical leaders in the church today. In Ephesians we see the fruit of his preaching available now for us all. Over the last several years, Bryan Chapell has helped to shape a generation of preachers who are committed to the Gospel and to the art and craft of preaching sermons that set forth the Word of God with power and practical application. All this is on display in this fine commentary and I greet this publication with enthusiasm.”
– R. Albert Mohler, Jr., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“The church in America today is indeed facing a crisis and the answer is not structural renovation (as we are often told) but spiritual renewal. With a sharp exegetical mind and a soft pastoral heart, Bryan Chapell shows how Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was written with the hope that Christians would become individuals full of the knowledge of God so that we would become a community full of the knowledge of God. In order for the church to live in this dark world as Christ’s transformed, light-bearing community, our vision of God must be enlarged. For, it is only when the weightiness of God rests on the church and spills out from the church, that the world is changed. Chapell’s commentary on Paul’s letter is a great reminder that the ultimate factor in the church’s engagement with society is the church’s engagement with God.”
– Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

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One Comment on “$20 Well Spent”

  1. Steve Burchett Says:

    Hi Timmy:

    I don’t have your email, so I thought I would try this route. Did you receive the email I sent (on behalf of Jim Elliff) about Spanish translations? It was sent through your church’s website, FYI.

    Warmly in Christ,
    Steve Burchett
    steve@christfellowshipkc.org


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