Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Uneclipsing the Son by Rick Holland

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I still remember going to a High School winter retreat and meeting a young speaker by the name of Rick Holland. He was a friend of my youth pastor and after the weekend was over, I wanted to be friends with him as well. His messages were very insightful. They were rooted in the text of Scripture. They were filled with cool illustrations that helped make the point of the passage understandable. But most of all, they were filled with Jesus Christ.

Times haven't changed much. In Uneclipsing the Son, Rick Holland continually points to Jesus being the center of the Christian's life. And we should not put anything in front of Him, or eclipse Him, from our life. In the very beginning of the book, Holland summarizes his main point that Jesus is to be central in the Christian's life. He writes,
"It's way too easy to begin to think of Christianity as behavior modification, as a limitation on what you can enjoy or maybe making a moral or political stand or a social alternative to the world . . . Christianity is the worship of Jesus Christ. It's the worship of Jesus Christ exclusively, and it's the worship of Jesus Christ comprehensively. He alone is worthy; He alone is God; He alone is the infinite sacrifice made for the sins of those who would believe. But it's comprehensive as well, which means that every part of our being should be engaged in the worship and honor of Jesus. If Jesus is who the Bible says He is, if He did what the Bible says He did, He is worthy of absolute, complete, exclusive, comprehensive attention and focus in our life. That's that's the conclusion of this book. That's the first and last word on the subject at hand. Worship this Jesus. Don't let Jesus be crowded out." (8-9)
I have listened to many of his sermons and as I read this, I could picture him saying these things. His love for Christ is seen from cover to cover of this book. Probably my favorite part of the book was Chapter 8, "Jesus, Married?". It is here that Holland writes about the relationship of Jesus to the church. He writes,
"The church exists for Jesus, for maturity in Jesus, for knowledge of Jesus, for growth in Jesus, for growth to Jesus. I think the biggest, most fundamental problem of every human heart saved by grace entering into the church is simply this: we come to the church with the expectation that this is going to be something for us before it is something for Jesus. Make no mistake; the church has incredible blessings to benefit us! But these only come when we are something for Him, a people gathered in love and in adoration, gazing on His unimaginable power and glory in the desert of this world, crying out together, 'Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to Him!'" (103-4)
That is a very important word. The church exists ultimately not for us, but for Jesus. After being involved in church ministry for many years now, many Christians have bought into the lie that it is about them. As Holland might say, "they have eclipsed Jesus out of the church."

In the book, Holland deals with a variety of topics besides Jesus and the church. He deals with the cross. He deals with the Love of Jesus. He deals with Jesus and communion. He writes on how Jesus is often eclipsed in our daily evangelism. This book has a very simple flow to it. It might not end up being a classic bestseller, but it is solid from beginning to end. I would highly recommend it.

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  1. We have listened to Rick for a couple years and have much respect for the work he does. He came to my church to facilitate a men's retreat and my husband and son can not stop talking about him. I would love to be able to read this book!

  2. Ever since reading Pastor Holland's chapter on evangelism and preaching Christ in the Evangelism book GCC put out earlier this yr, I've been wanting to read more related to that, and see it in this book. I gave away my copy but have learned a number of things even from the first few pages.

  3. I would like to receive a copy to give to a friend!

  4. I actually have this book already, and it's been amazing so far. But I'd like to be able to give one to a friend.

  5. Why? Because I'm still on Day 8 of "30 Days to Understanding the Bible," and I never won anything while you were in Hutch...

  6. This sounds like a wonderful book, Rick is a gifted expositor, would expect the same from his writings.


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