Friday, February 1, 2013

Book Giveaway: Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart Book by J.D. Greear

J.D. Greear's new book Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved releases today. I am in the process of reading my own pre-released copy and plan on putting a full review of the book up as soon as I finish. I highly encourage you to buy this book as I believe that the doctrine of assurance is one that many within the church struggle with continuously. And because I believe in the contents of this book I would like to give one copy of the book away. See below for details.

FROM THE BOOK

“If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians.
In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of present- ing the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.

Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation?

Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.

THE GIVEAWAY

I am giving away one free copy of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved to one of my faithful readers. There are two ways to be eligible to enter the giveaway or feel free to do both. Here is how to enter the giveaway:

1. Share a link to this post via Twitter or Facebook.

2. Leave a comment below, briefly sharing how you either struggled with assurance of salvation or how you came about being confident in your salvation. 

3. The winner will be selected and announced at the bottom of the comments section on this post on the morning of February 4th. The book will be sent to the winner.

7 comments:

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  2. I tweeted about it
    https://twitter.com/MikeAWife2/status/297416603925110785

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  3. This sounds like a very interesting book, on an important subject. Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm always looking for good reading.

    Sunie
    jstolhand@yahoo.com

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  4. How did I become confident in my salvation? I stopped going to church, stopped listening to other people and started listening to God. For me, it's a mad world of confusion out there. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for offering it!

    caelda(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  5. I have always been confident of my salvation. ( as long as I have had it anyway) A good understanding of the Scriptures is essential it! I also remember how insecure I felt before I was saved. The Lord is truly good to us! A clear gospel is so important in witnessing. I remember as a child thinking all I had to do was pray a prayer and I was going to heaven. I twelve before I realized my error and almost fifteen when I accepted God's gift of salvation through Christ!
    brooke at richardchurch dot com

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  6. I was saved at a very early age, and I often doubted my salvation when I sinned. It was always about praying the prayer and asking Christ into your heart. Now, I realize that there is a moment where God breathes spiritual life into us, but Christ is constantly sanctifying us throughout our lives. It is not a one time event.

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  7. Thanks for all the comments and all of those that shared via social media. The winner of the book is Carrie, look for more information in your inbox.

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