Contagious Christian Living – Some Reflections
I recently finished Joel Beeke’s new Contagious Christian Living. To be frank, I think pastors should be getting handfuls of this little book for their congregations. Here a few reasons why:
It is short and approachable. I don’t know how many times I’ve suggested or given away a book that the person never finished or even started because of the size of the book or the density of the material. Joel Beeke has provided for us a book that is both short (122 pages) and approachable, though there is no shortage of biblical depth (see below).
It confronts worldliness. Joel Beeke’s intention is that his readers be godly and faithful Christians. Pastorally, he displays common, though deadly, patterns of worldliness in the Church today that stops many short of biblical Christianity. In his final chapter on the integrity of Daniel, Beeke equips his readers with biblical and Gospel-centered instruction to fight worldliness and treasure the glory of Christ.
It is savvy with the heart. Like a good shepherd, Beeke displays his ability to speak to the heart and motives of his readers. From the first chapter on sacrificial submission, the reader is confronted with their sinful heart cravings that prohibit them from submitting to will of God or desiring God’s glory over their own.
It magnifies grace. Beeke doesn’t simply observe bad habits in Christians and give practical advice for better living. He instructs his readers to confront worldliness and battle sin by magnifying the grace of God in Christ Jesus. So many books on the Christian life ignore the problem of sin, the accomplishment of the cross, and the power of the Holy Spirit. May our church members fill their personal libraries with books such as this one!