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Publication Date: 15 Jun 2017
Publisher: IVP
Words: 26500
Page Count: 112
Author: Tim Chester
ISBN-13: 9781783594818, 9781783594825

Rediscovering Joy

The Dynamic Power Of The Reformation In Galatians
By Tim Chester
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The title, Rediscovered Joy, derives from Galatians 4:15 (NLT). The Galatians had lost the joy of God’s blessing because they had departed from the truths of the gospel. The Reformation - and the book - is an invitation to rediscover the joy of the gospel. Despite the common claim that the Reformation is either out-dated or divisive, its rediscovery of the apostolic message was a rediscovery of joy - a message that is as relevant today as it was 500 years ago and 2,000 years ago.

The book will be different to Why the Reformation Still Matters as it will be much lighter with more focus on biblical exposition and pastoral application.


1. How to hear God’s voice – Galatians 1
Reformation link: Scripture alone

2. How to win God’s approval – Galatians 2
Reformation link: justification by faith alone through Christ alone

3. How to recognise God’s people – Galatians 3 & 4:21-31
Reformation link: the marks of a true church

4. How to enjoy God’s love – Galatians 4
Reformation link: the work of the Spirit

5. How to do God’s will – Galatians 5-6
Reformation link: gospel virtue
About the Author
Dr Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire and a tutor with the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy. He blogs at He has previously been Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK and an adjunct lecturer in both Reformed spirituality and missiology. His many books include You Can Change and Total Church (both IVP).
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