A lifesaving book for many Christians!
Every Christian should be aware that Jesus Christ is full of grace and truth, not just grace (John 1:14). Therefore, what I mean by grace plus nothing is not some sort of cheap grace without truth. My intent in naming this book Grace plus Nothing is to emphasize the biblical truth that, in the formation of Christian character, God's truth works only through his grace, not apart from it.
I emphasize grace plus nothing because there has always been a tendency in the body of Christ to preach salvation by grace through faith and then to attempt sanctification and holiness through every imaginable form of legalism. Certainly the Lord calls every Christian to press into sanctification and holiness, but neither happens apart from grace: Legalism - the attempt to justify ourselves before God through good works - can never satisfy God. Therefore, sanctification is by grace: "For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. . . those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ" (Romans 6:14; 5:17). These passages, together with many others, announce very clearly our release from Performance-Based Acceptance into Acceptance-Based Performance, producing holiness by God's definition (the only definition that really counts).
From my college days to my current role as a pastor and overseer of a growing network of churches, Jeff Harkin's teaching on the grace of Christ has deeply impacted my life. It has helped me experience joyous liberty and genuine transformation. This book is brimming over with refreshing Biblical insights and riveting personal stories (testimonies) of the life-changing power of God's grace.
Our people and ministries currently are using Grace Plus Nothing for personal devotions and leadership training, as well as in one on one and small group discipleship. We are thrilled to have Grace Plus Nothing as a teaching and training tool to develop grace filled disciples of Christ in this new decade!
~ Pastor Gary Barber, The Oaks Community Church, Bakersfield, California
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