Paul David Tripp
Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017
Each evening during the month of December 2021 Donna and I read aloud a chapter of Come Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional by well-known pastor Paul David Tripp. It probably took ten to fifteen minutes to read, but the time was well spent because each devotional deepened our understanding of the incarnation and prepared our hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ birth on December 25th. After reading the chapter we would pray together, always trying to incorporate into our prayer something we had learned. What we most appreciated about the book was that each devotional focused on the BIG PICTURE, the redemptive purpose of Christ’s coming to earth. The book is not light reading. In fact, I would call it rather “meaty”, andI should add that sometimes the wording seemed a little complicated to us. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to dig deeper into the reason Jesus came to earth two thousand years ago. My favorite devotional was Tripp’s devotional forDecember 22nd based on Romans 8:31-39. His main point was that the incarnation of Jesus Christ is God’s clear demonstration that He will make good on all His promises to us. In verse 32 of Romans 8Paul writes “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Here Tripp makes the following point,“Paul powerfully argues that when God fulfilled his promise to send his Messiah Son to earth, he guaranteed that he would fulfill every other promise he’d made to us.”… Interestingly I was able to use this verse and this argument the very next day in a conversation I had with a man who was struggling with the assurance of his salvation. One interesting feature of this 153 page book is that at the end of each of the 31 chapters there is a little section for parents to use with their children. There’s a question to ask them as a spring board to discus sit in a simpler way.For example, the first devotional(for December 1st) is on the singing of the angels. Tripp’s main point can be summarized as follows:“The angels sang because the everlasting Father had come to extend arms of redeeming grace to all who would give their hearts to Him.”At the end of the chapter the author suggests, Ask your children what their favorite song is, ask them why they think people sing, read Luke 2:13-14 to them, and talk about why the angels sang at the birth of Jesus. In conclusion, I would concur with there commendation of Matt Chandler, who is the pastor of VillageChurch, a Southern Baptist church in Flower Mound, Texas, and the President of the Acts 29 Network. “Paul David Tripp has written a fantastic Advent devotional for individuals or families, and it’s the perfect solution for preparing our hearts and homes to celebrate what’s really going on underneath the tinsel and the trees.”
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