By Pastor Tony Bickley
Lifeline: How to know God – by Andrew Christofides
On reading the introduction and aims of this book I had a nagging thought. The book is aimed at those with little understanding of the gospel and, judging from its layout and content, with only a small appetite for reading.
The problem I foresaw was that even this small book might be too much reading for its intended audience. That being said, it does achieve all of its other goals.
Lifeline usefully explains the gospel simply, accurately and in a way that is easy to understand. I think that anyone seriously seeking the truth would find many of their questions answered and, despite my reservations, I see this as a welcome addition to any church bookstall.
The book works systematically through the text, explaining the existence and person of God and his love for the world of men; and showing that such love is demonstrated by the giving of his Son.
The chapter explaining who Jesus is provides a helpful introduction to him; the explanation of the cross is graphic. The chapter relating to the words of the text ‘For God…’ was especially helpful. I thought the explanation of God’s person, presence and power thought-provoking.
The closing chapter encourages the reader to seek God through prayer and reading his Word, and encourages those seeking the truth to find a gospel church, so that they might hear it preached.
All in all, this book is perfect for its purpose, as long as its intended readership read it all the way through.
Book Review by Timothy
Profiting from the Word – A W Pink
This book really brught home to me the importance of reading the word of God which although we know we need to do, we need constantly reminding of this fact.
Chapter 2 is called the Scriptures and God from which I quote “The divine image is stamped upon every page. Writings so holy, so heavenly, so awe-producing, the bible could never been created by man, The scriptures make known a supernatural God.” Really the whole backdrop to the book is (2 Timothy 3 v 16-17) How the word of God is more than suitable for our every need.
Later in the book Pink says put down other books and put the bible first and foremost in your life. This comment made me think long and hard and a profound effect and really motivated me to read the word. By all means read this book put the bible first!
My testimony is all of the Lord’s grace. I was brought up in a loving Christian home and was taken to Church and Sunday school which I enjoyed and loved singing the hymns.
When I was about 16 I would say I wanted to explore the world to see what if offered, I stopped going to Church for a few years. I was really not happy and felt there must be more to life than this. Mum and Dad kept praying for me and encouraged me to go to Church.
One day Mum asked me to take her to church and I agreed. Looking back I did not expect such a warm welcome when I went back to Church and in many ways it felt like I have never left, God is so good.
After being back in the Church for quite a while a dramatic event happened at a Sunday evening service. I was listening to the sermon and I remember the text so well – in fact I love to quote it: For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things such as silver or gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1 v 18-19) Christ spoke to my heart and said I died for you personally, That moment I believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, I knew what I had to do I must be obedient to the Lord and be baptized (Acts 2 v 38) I walked to the back of the Church and asked to be baptized. The Church heard my testimony and not long afterwards I was baptized.
I can say I was blind I now I can see (John 9 v 25) The Lord saved me for his glory and now he wants me to Love him, glorify him and serve him. (Ephesians 2 v 8-10) Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord (Psalm 150 v 6)