The True Vine
Moody Classic Series
Are you spiritually withered? Do you find yourself lacking the fruit promised to believers by the Apostle Paul? Well, how's your connection to the Vine? In his discussions with his disciples, Christ used the picture of a plant to illustrate the relationship between Himself, the life-giver, and his followers, the life-receivers. Andrew Murray examines this metaphor, taking the reader beyond a mere surface application of this truth to realize the absolute necessity of "abiding in the vine." "Apart from me, you can do nothing." We can't try to be spiritual. We can't even try to be good. All of our strengths and all of our blessings come as gifts from our heavenly Father. Examine the fifteenth chapter of John with this skilled Bible scholar.
If God governs the sinful acts of men, then does the devastation caused by those terrorists, dictators, murderers, cheats, and abusers discredit Jesus' words: "All authority in heaven and earth belongs to me"? When heart-rending news comes of the latest accident, illness, or natural disaster, can we really believe that in Jesus, "all things hold together"?
Though God has not answered all of our questions about sin and suffering, there are things he wants us to know, things he declares in his Word-such as what's at stake in the "spectacular" sins of others and the horrible tragedies of this life; their global purpose, both historically and today; and what these events say to us personally.
As John Piper works through these biblical truths, this book will bolster readers' trust in the utter sovereignty of God such that they'll be less timid in their witness and less afraid of whatever may come. It is also a joy-infused declaration that because everything occurs through Christ and for Christ and his glory, they are forever secure in him.
"I had to read this book twice. The weighty truths about the sovereign wisdom and power of God unpacked in these pages created in me an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and ultimate safety. To be reminded of his might over everything is priceless, and I don't think I'll ever be able to preach the same again."
-Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Highland Village, Texas
"Pastors, make sure your people read this book! I know of no one who has so clearly addressed the relationship of man's sin and God's sovereignty as John has done in Spectacular Sins."
-Randy Pope, Pastor, Perimeter Church, Duluth, GA