Many today seem to promote a type of Christianity that has little room for teaching the Bible. However if we want to use the label ‘Christian’ of ourselves with any real integrity then we need to be Bible people. Sadly, we live at a time when many Christians have little knowledge of the Bible. We can quickly tell others the position of our football team in the league, or the latest storyline in our favorite TV soap, but if we were asked a basic question about biblical history or theology we would not be able to answer it. Many Christians do not know whether Daniel came before or after Joshua in Old Testament history, or what the New Testament means by ‘justification.’
This book is written primarily for those who have been Christians for a while but still only vaguely understand the Bible’s teaching on grace. If you want a fuller understanding of what Christ has done for you at the cross, or if you want to work out the implications of God’s grace for your life today, read this book. It spells out the priority of grace in our Christian lives and how a firm understanding of the gospel can transform us.
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There is no more important priority in the Christian life (in all of life, indeed) than the grace of God. . . . It is a joy to recommend this book.
—Christopher J. H. Wright, international ministries director, Langham Partnership International
It is always good to return to the gospel and, as Josh Hooker suggests in this excellent book, ‘to make it a daily discipline to return in our minds to the cross of Jesus. If we fail to remember God’s grace shown to us each day then our lives will not be intentionally shaped by that grace.’ Priority One is a great tool to help us do just that, particularly showing us in some depth how the New Testament authors applied the gospel of grace to the situations facing various churches and believers. There is much here for twenty-first-century churches and individual Christians alike.
—Andy Lines, mission director, Crosslinks
This is a fine treatment of the subject of grace, well grounded in doctrine, but eminently practical. It steers between the twin evils of legalism and lawlessness and is full of practical application. Diagrams help to make the message clear. I warmly recommend it.
Josh Hooker is a lecturer at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary. He served as a pastor in the UK before going to Africa in 2005 to be involved in theological education in Lesotho and Namibia. He trained at All Nations Christian College and Oak Hill Theological College and is a member of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches Pastors’ Association. He and his wife are mission partners with Crosslinks.