After reviewing his previous book, I was contacted by B & H Publishing to see if I would be interested in a free copy of Eric Mason's new book Beat God to the Punch. I enjoyed and was challenged by Manhood Restored and the offer of a free book made this a no-brainer. The book is about a topic that doesn't get as much press as it deserves; the Lordship of Christ. Most believers readily admit their need for a "Savior", but the idea of their need for a "Lord" is much harder to accept. This book helps remind readers of not only their need for a Lord, but also how we experience His Lordship; through grace.
Here are some of the best quotes from the book.
" 'Beating God to the punch' is about reaching out for what you could have never earned, achieved, or deserved. It's affirming your desperate need for what only grace can provide." (pg. XV)
"Beating God to the punch involves willingly bending one's life to Jesus, now and forever." (pg. 2)
"God not only saves us from something, He also saves us for something." (pg. 7)
"Jesus is our redemption, the purchase of something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom. Our ransom isn't from Satan, but from the wrath of God (Rom. 5:9). (pg. 13)
"Following Jesus is synonymous with the concept of discipleship." (pg. 15)
"A disciple of Jesus Christ is one who has renounced himself or herself and pledged to being in a lifetime apprenticeship with the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 10:39). One who is unequivocally committed to Jesus and His goals for his or her life and His goals as seen in transforming the world (Eph. 2:10). One whose goal is to be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rom. 8:29)." (pg. 17)
"Being in a relationship with Jesus Christ by faith helps us to know what we should expect from Him. A walk with Christ Jesus is a constant collision of human and divine expectations." (pg. 23)
"When we follow Jesus, we always get more than we bargain for." (pg. 29)
"Grace can't be earned, but grace motivates and empowers us to work. These works don't merit greater favor, but they come about because of the favor of God." (pg. 33)
"Truth make grace clearer, and grace clarifies the offense of truth." (pg. 37)
"Living a grace-filled life requires us to look into the name of Jesus and discover what we lack." (pg. 47)
"... life is filled with challenging valleys that need the throttle of goodness and mercy to get through." (pg. 61)
"The role of grace is not to eliminate suffering, but to sustain us through the valley." (pg. 62)
"... submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ is how grace practically impacts one's life - it's how we beat God to the punch, so to speak. It's how we seize a grace-filled life. Grace doesn't plunge us into ruin, but rescues us from it." (pg. 72)
"As a disciple of Jesus Christ, our walk must reflect a commitment to deeply understand heaven and apply it fervently here on earth." (pg. 86)
"In our journey under the Lordship of Christ, we are forever having our view of greatness challenged by Him. The beautiful part of it is that we learn about it in an environment of grace." (pg. 88)
"Our job is simple: to preach the gospel and make disciples. One of the greatest comforts to me in the gospel is that God does the saving, not me. Redemption is such a great and powerful work that we don't have to work at all." (pg. 93)
"From birth, sin trains us to think we are truly free, though we are really still in bondage. But in Jesus Christ, we are truly free!" (pg. 94)
"For those of us who understand on some level and know that God's wrath has been removed from hovering over us, we should be passionately pursuing and experiencing all of the benefits that grace affords us. The grace-filled life will turn into the grace-filled eternity ..." (pg. 98)
Every believer would benefit from reading this book. It's short and sweet, while being to the point.