Today marks the 200th post of From Pew to Practice. Cue confetti and celebratory fist pump. This blog is still in its infancy stage compared to some of the blogging giants out there who have been doing it since before most people knew what a blog was, so the fact that you’re reading this right now is humbling to me. My prayer for this endeavor has been to give biblical, practical help to Christians in order for us to become doers of God’s word and not just hearers (James 1:22).
One of the ways I like to do this from time to time is by providing the readers of this blog with trusted resources that will propel them to this end. So, today I will be giving away four copies of Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself by Joe Thorn. As a pastor, one of the most important practices I teach to the people I disciple and counsel is that of preaching to themselves the life-giving truths of the gospel from day-to-day. Therefore, I think this book should be a cherished treasure to the Church.
To enter the drawing simply share this post through Facebook, Twitter, or any of the other social networking sites. If you aren’t on any of those sites, then just share it with someone through email. After you’ve shared just leave me a comment with your email telling me you did so. You can earn up to four entries if you share on multiple sites, so let me know where you shared. I will take entries until 8 am tomorrow morning (2/22).
If you have not heard of the book, here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite. Thank you kindly!
Preaching to yourself demands asking a lot of questions, both of God’s Word and especially of yourself. You will have to ask and be honest about your motives, struggles, and needs. You will need to clarify to yourself what God’s law means in principle, but also what it requires specifically of you. You will need to ask how the gospel meets your needs and heals your brokenness. To preach to yourself is to challenge yourself, push yourself, and point yourself to the truth. It is not so much uncovering new truth as much as it is reminding yourself of the truth you tend to forget.