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The Work of Christ by RC Sproul, a book review

The Work of Christ by R.C. Sproul, a book review

John 1:29 – “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said ‘behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.’”

Noted theologian RC Sproul’s latest book, The Work of Christ is a book that I would certainly  recommend for people to read.  It is a work that will inspire and challenge most any reader.  In this book, Sproul discusses the work of Jesus Christ during His advent on the earth.

Sproul’s main focus in this book is the 4 Gospels and what they tell us about Jesus.  In each chapter he takes a significant event out of the life of Jesus and discusses it in detail and he also looks at what it means to us today.  He talks about Jesus’ birth, Jesus’ teaching in the Temple when He was 12 years old, Jesus’ baptism and transfiguration, as well as the instituting of the Lord’s Supper, and the cross, the resurrection, and the ascension of Jesus.  He also includes a chapter on Jesus’ return.  Sproul’s teaching in this book is extremely sound, but many people will find some disagreement with his chapter on the return of Christ.  The reason for that is that many Christians today are premillennial dispensationalists and Sproul does not fit into that category.  He certainly affirms the return of Christ but does not do so in a way that many Christians are familiar with.  That being said I knew going into the reading of the book that I did not agree with all of Sproul’s theology but still could be comforted and challenged by his writing.  So if you are a premillennial dispensationalist don’t let that stop you from reading this book.

It is a book that will uplift any Christian that reads it.  It is written simply enough that it can be understood by just about anyone but it is a book that contains an amazing depth as Sproul discusses the work of Christ and how that work affects us today 2000 years later.  The chapter on the cross is certainly very vivid and powerful and in and of itself worth the price of the book.

Sproul writes in a very friendly manner and is very direct and to the point.  I have in the past found some of his books to be a little too repetitive, but that certainly is not the case with The Work of Christ.  It is a short book in which Sproul gets straight to the point and leaves the reader amazed by what Jesus did 2000 years ago.  As you read Sproul’s words you find yourself wanting to pick up your Bible and head to the Gospels so that you can read about those events again, and see the beauty of them in a new and challenging way. To me that is one of the things that all Christian books should do, they should inspire us to pick up our Bibles and read them, so that we might truly be changed by the word of God.  Sproul’s book succeeds in doing that in a great way.  Because of that I would recommend it to anyone.  Unbelievers would be convicted by the beauty of the work of Christ, new believers would find this a very valuable tool for their Christian growth, and even seasoned Christians and theologians would be inspired by the power of Sproul’s words.  So just pick it up and read it.  (8 out of 10 stars)