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ISBN: 0310332621

ISBN13: 9780310332626

The Saving Life of Christ

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"This book is simply written and will be of much help to new converts and defeated Christians in starting them off to a victorious spiritual life." -- Bibliotheca Sacra"Major Thomas points out how many dedicated people, ministers, Sunday school teachers, and the like, have come out of the old life but never gone on to the full, joyous life in Christ. He writes with fresh insight into many Bible passages, and challenges Christians to walk on and take...

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Thank you Grandpa!

I have been a Christian for a long time, and grew up in a great Christian home...the authors home to be precise. I was taught many of the principles from the Saving Life Of Christ from a very young age, but to be honest they didn't always sink in. Through high school I went through a very rebelious stage as so many ministry kids do and wasted a lot of time and opportunity to allow Christ to live through me. In fact I became so tired of always feeling like I needed to impress Christians or those around me that I wanted to give up. It wasn't until after high school that I figured it out...that it was never about me in the first place. I needed to just let go and allow God to be God in my life through Christ. It never really connected until I picked up Grandpa's book(very reluctantly I might add) and allowed myself know Christ as he desires to be full dependence. I think this book is a great resource in helping us understand who Jesus came to be for us and the life that He longs to live through us. I also appreciate it because it does not rely on insirational dialogue as the motivating factor for someone to respond but rather on the word of God. It is not just for the spiritually mature but for anyone who desires to know Christ in a more powerful way. I am in no way the cookie cutter fact I run a skateboard outreach for youth, and have used it in my Bible studies with kids who hardly have any concept of obeying the law let alone the Savior. I highly recommend it and am grateful that the Lord has used grandpa to reach so many people through The Saving Life Of Christ! In His Strength, Ben Thomas ~Pastor of Skatechurch~ Portland, OR

Experience Victory Thorugh Christ!

Thomas' wonderful title is an excellent encouragement to live a life of victory instead of defeat.Among the important points Thomas covers include:1. Having a new life in Christ saves us from the futility of self-effort.2. To be a true disciple, we must realize our own bankruptcy.3. We are called to commit to Christ, not a cause.4. What is not of faith is sin.5. Do not panic and let God be God!6. The sufficiency of Christ.7. Remember the sin of Moses that kept him out of the Promised Land.8. God does not intend to satisfy us in the wilderness.Read and be encouraged to stop trying to live life in your own strength and instead let Christ's life flow through you!

This book has changed my life, too

I work in a Christian bookstore, and I would gladly stack the FIRST chapter of Major Thomas' book up against my ENTIRE 'Christian' psychology, self-esteem and self-help section. If you are a Christian and have not read "Saving Life of Christ," READ IT!

The Thrill of Mystery

It is disputed in the Christian world whether Christ is behaving in the surrendered Christian or whether Christ has enabled the Christian to walk. This difference between behaving and enabling has been a hard struggle for many to understand.Major Ian Thomas, in THE SAVING LIFE OF CHRIST, is of the former. He believes, and I quite agree with him, that we have a life hid with Christ in God, and that, when we are practicing God's presence, we will see that life manifesting itself in our words and actions.Though I believe Thomas doesn't go far enough on the self-discipline aspect of the Christian walk, he certainly makes a beautiful, reasonable, and readable case for the essential life of sanctification.The sequel to this book, THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS, is a wonderful followup. In that book, Thomas explores the example of Christ who allowed his Father to behave through him.Every Christian should read these books, that is, if he/she desires his/her own feet to pad beside the great Lion of Judah.

The message in this book changed my life.

I was tempted to drop out of seminary right before I had the opportunity to hear the author, Major W. Ian Thomas, during his book tour years ago. He was introduced as the founder and general director of the Torchbearers, the group that runs the Capernwray Hall Bible School in England. It was a challenge to make out all his words through a thick British accent and staccato delivery, but I was educated in British boarding schools and had an edge on the rest of the students. And when Major Thomas spoke and pointed a finger that had been partially cut off, I was intrigued. Now here's an interesting man, I thought, probably just because he wasn't afraid to use that finger for gesturing. But as soon as he had me hooked, his short message spoke to me. I had been so hungry for answers that I had quit wondering where they would come from. I had all but given up, but, in twenty-two minutes, Ian Thomas got through to me. His theme was "Any old bush will do, as long as God is in the bush." The essence was that it took Moses forty years in the wilderness to realize that he was nothing. Thomas said God was trying to tell Moses, "I don't need a pretty bush or an educated bush or an eloquent bush. Any old bush will do, as long as I am in the bush. If I am going to use you, I am going to use you. It will not be you doing something for Me, but Me doing something through you." Thomas said the burning bush in the desert was likely a dry bunch of ugly little sticks that had hardly developed, yet Moses had to take off his shoes. Why? Because this was holy ground. Why? Because God was in the bush! I realized I was that kind of bush: a worthless, useless bunch of dried-up old sticks. I could do nothing for God. All my reading and studying and asking questions and trying to model myself after others was worthless. Everything in my ministry was worthless, unless God was in the bush. Only He could make something happen. Only He could make it work. Thomas told of many Christian workers who failed at first because they thought they had something to offer God. He himself had once imagined that because he was an aggressive, winsome, evangelistic sort, God could use him. But God didn't use him until he came to the end of himself. I thought, "That's exactly my situation. I am at the end of myself." When Thomas closed out with Galatians 2:20, it all came together for me: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (RSV). I ran back to my room in tears and fell to my knees next to my bunk. I prayed in Spanish, "Lord, now I get it. I understand. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. The whole thing is 'not I, but Christ in me.' It's not what I'm going to do for You but rather what You're going to do through me." I stayed on my knees until
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