Lay it Down by Bill Tell reminds those nearing burn out of the hope and freedom found in the gospel. Personal confession, those of us in the ministry are often prone to living our Christian lives based upon our performance losing sight of the fact that we stand based upon Christ’s performance for us. In the first two chapters Tell shares his personal experience with this problem and how he found hope. He sums up the problem simply when he says, “We are held captive to what we sense are the expectations, standards, and values of others (15).”
The first section brings the reader back to Calvary reminding us of God’s unconditional demonstrated on the cross and addresses the areas in our life where a clear knowledge and experience of the gospel bring freedom. The second section reminds us of the transforming power of the gospel and the divine assistance given in the process of growing in Christlikeness. The third and final section addresses how the gospel changes how we relate to others.
This book reminds us of the beautiful freedom promised to us in the gospel. If you’re in ministry and nearing burnout and growing weary please get this book.
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