17 February 2013

Resensi Buku-207: JUST DO SOMETHING (Rev. Kevin DeYoung)

As Christians, we should follow what God wants us to do His will. But, the next question is how to find God’s will in our daily life?

Find the answer in the:
A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will

by: Rev. Kevin DeYoung

Publisher: Moody Publisher, Chicago, 2009

Foreword: Rev. Joshua E. Harris

In this small book, Rev. Kevin DeYoung explains that finding God’s will is not what many authors said in their books, such as, dreams, visions, “open door” theology (if something happens according to our desire, it means God opens the door for us), etc. So, what is God’s will? How do we find His will? In the second chapter, he explains three kinds of God’s will in Christianity, such as: God’s will of decree, God’s will of desire, and God’s will of direction. Especially the third kind of God’s will, most Christians want to find out what He wants us to do something, such as choosing a job, a soulmate, etc. Rev. DeYoung explains that that is a wrong concept. God never show us what job we should choose or what man/woman we should marry. That concept is unbiblical. Then, how should we find out His will in our daily life? Rev. DeYoung recommends three things we should do in finding out God’s will according to what Bible teaches us: reading our Bible, listening to sound advice, and praying to God. Those things are applied by Rev. DeYoung in chapter 9 in choosing a job and a soulmate. After that, in the final chapter, he gives examples from two of his grandfathers about how to find God’s will in their lifes. Let this small book inspires us to find out what God wants us to do according to His Word, the Holy Bible.

“God told me that He wants you to read this book. Actually, that is one of the many mistaken notions about God’s will that Kevin DeYoung wants to correct.”
Collin Hansen, M.Div.
(editorial director for The Gospel Coalition, the author of “Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists”, co-author with John Woodbridge: “God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir.”; Master of Divinity—M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

“The truth is that God is more committed to showing you His will than you are to discovering it. This book shows that discovering God’s will happens not as we ‘let go and let God,’ but as we trust God and get going.”
Rev. William Graham Tullian Tchividjian, M.Div.
(the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, and the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham; Bachelor of Philosophy from Columbia International University; M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando)

“DeYoung explains so well what Oswald Chambers wrote a century ago. ‘Trust God and do the next thing.’ Sadly, our wrongheaded search for the elusive ‘will of God’ often prevents us from doing bouth. This book will help correct that problem.”
Prof. Gerald L. Sittser, Ph.D.

(Professor of Theology at Whitworth University, U.S.A.; Bachelor of Arts—B.A. from Hope College; M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary; and Doctor of Philosophy—Ph.D. from University of Chicago)

Biography of the author:
Rev. Kevin DeYoung has been the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church since August 2004. His three main responsibilities include preaching, leadership, and administration. He was born outside of Chicago in South Holland, Illinois and from third grade on, grew up in Jenison, Michigan. He attended Hope College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kevin and his lovely wife, Trisha, have five children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul and Mary. He wrote books, such as:
*    Freedom & Boundaries: A Pastoral Primer on the Role of Women in the Church
*    Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be
*    Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will
*    Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion
*    The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism
*    Don’t Call it a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day
*    What is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission

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