Overview Go on Rejoicing! Not all of life?s situations are happy ones, and it becomes easy for believers to seek instant gratification rather than pursuing godly joy as the Bible commands. In Pure Joy, best-selling author R. T. Kendall explains why we have the right to the pursuit of joy and where to find these promises in God?s Word.
Beginning with the joy of forgiveness of sins and ending with the promise of heaven, Kendall expounds on this often-overlooked topic, noting that the word joy appears fifty-nine times in the New Testament and the word rejoicing is used seventy-four times. This much-needed book will discuss these four kinds of joy:
Joy by faith, which is attained through trusting God during all kinds of trials Joy via the immediate witness of the Holy Spirit The joy of knowing that you please the Lord The joy of being in heaven with the heavenly Father R. T. Kendall explains, ?Joy is inward. Our Lord Jesus was a man of sorrows, but He could speak of His joy. He endured the cross because of the joy that was set before Him.?
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Studio: Charisma House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.91 lbs.
Release Date Jun 6, 2006
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 1591859174 ISBN13 9781591859178
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More About R. T. Kendall
Dr. R. T. Kendall, renowned pastor and author, spent 25 years as senior minister of the historic Westminster Chapel in London. He has authored numerous bestselling books, conducts conferences all over the world and is a columnist for "Ministry Today". He lives with his wife, Louise, near Nashville, Tennessee.
In RT's own words... Our premise is this. It seems to us that there has been a ‘silent divorce’ in the church, speaking generally, between the Word and the Spirit. When there is a divorce, some children stay with the mother, some stay with the father.
In this divorce, there are those on the ‘word’ side and those on the ‘Spirit’ side. What is the difference?
Take those of us who represent the Word. Our message is this: we must earnestly contend for the faith ‘once delivered unto the saints’ (Jude 3), we need get back to expository preaching, sound doctrine such as justification by faith, the sovereignty of God and the internal testimony of the Spirit as taught by men like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right.
Take those whose emphasis has been on the Holy Spirit. What is the message? We need to rediscover the power that was manifested in the Book of Acts, there needs to be a demonstration of signs, wonders and miracles; we need to see the gifts of the Spirit operating in the church – that the world will once again take notice of the church so that people are left without excuse. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right.
We believe that the need of the hour is not one or the other – but both! It is our view that this simultaneous combination will result in spontaneous combustion! And then, but almost certainly only then, will the world be shaken once again by the message of the church.
This was the message I have preached over the years at Westminster Chapel in London. This is what we are endeavoring to preach in America and around the world. This is not all we preach but it is certainly one of the main things we preach alongside the need for total forgiveness and learning to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. We need your prayers. God bless you.
One thing I always enjoy when reading Dr. R. T. Kendall is that everything he writes has a practical application. He doesn't simply lay out an Ivory Tower theological tome for the consideration of bulbous brained theologians, but his books are chock full of applicable wisdom from an elder statesmen in the kingdom of God.
Pure Joy was a pure joy for me to read. Although the book is published by the world's largest charismatic publishing house, Kendall freely writes solid biblical chapters and meets head-on many subjects which may well frighten some of the health and wealth, name it and claim it crowd. He also states that the Charismatic movement is not the revival we've all been praying for; it is the Ishmael to the coming Isaac.
Dr. Kendall is a perfect example of the convergence of Word and Spirit. He is an Oxford trained Calvinist theologian who has experienced the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit. Both sides of this convergence marvelously comes out in his books.
One thing that always attracts me to Dr. Kendall is his humility. At a time when there are so many big-haired TBNesque peacocks strutting about, it is a breath of fresh air to read good theology from one who is aware of his own feet of clay.
All in all Pure Joy is highly recommended. Not only will you understand the purpose of various trials that come your way, but you will know what to do with them when they do come - for your own benefit and for the glory of God.