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Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians Book Cover Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians
Brian G. Hedges
Shepherd Press
September 30, 2016
176

A thousand schemes and to-do lists may threaten to enslave you, but Christ died to free you from them, and he is enough.

Paul’s letter to the Colossians is short, but it delivers a roundhouse kick to religion as it reveals the complete and inexhaustible sufficiency of Jesus Christ. Jesus really is everything we need! Paul reveled in the good news that had captured his heart. He never got over it and never moved beyond it. He knew that no one could advance beyond the essential message of the crucified, risen, and exalted Christ. And he didn’t want anyone to retreat from it.

Who should read this book?

  • Pastors, seminary students, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders who want a Christ-focused, gospel-rich study of Colossians
  • Anyone weary of the hard yoke of legalism or the empty promises of man-made religion
  • Anyone thirsty for the simple, life-transforming truth that all we need is found in Christ alone

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. Hedges.

“This is a great commentary on Colossians. I truly hope Brian Hedges tackles other Pauline texts as I truly enjoyed his exegesis of the text. He has provided the perfect balance of devotional thoughts and sound theological insight. If you are searching for a commentary on the book of Colossians, I highly recommend you look no further than Brian Hedges’ excellent effort. You will not be disappointed and you will most importantly grow in your knowledge of how Christ is truly all sufficient.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“Brian Hedges’ book gives the reader an excellent look into some of the deeper, richer meanings of what the Spirit spoke through the apostle.”
Reviewer: Stuart Brogden
Rating: 5 Stars

“Hedges commentary is very readable… It is a commentary I find very commendable.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 4 Stars

“Hedges leaves no room for formulaic approaches or legalistic methodologies for sanctification. The gospel, from start to finish, is an integral component of Hedges’ understanding of the Christian life and that shines through his writing in every respect.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

Christ All Sufficient is an exposition on the book of Colossians. It would be a great resource for the next time I read through the book of Colossians – to have it side by side and consider what another author thought and wrote.”
Reviewer: Cindy Cook
Rating: 4 Stars

“I believe there is a great need for more resources like the one Hedges has provided here. There is in this exposition a laser focus on the text, which as I noted is rare to find in commentaries.”
Reviewer: Steven Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

“He has accomplished what he set out to do in his exposition of Colossians.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 4 Stars

Christ All Sufficient provides clarity on the meaning of Colossians, but goes even further by providing challenging application, as well. This makes the book more than a resource for teachers of the Word, but not less than that. ”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson
Rating: 5 Stars

“What I enjoyed most about Christ All Sufficient was Hedges’ balance of presenting the great commentary while remaining relatable and easy-to-understand. This is not a commentary meant only for theologians or pastors who are well steeped in systematic theology. Hedges does an excellent job of discussing relevant theological issues such as the Colossian heresy concisely and wisely for the reader who has not received training or done in-depth study on New Testament or historical theology. He is very thorough in taking each phrase of each verse and presenting readers with relevant instruction and explanation.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend Christ All Sufficient as a resource for studying the book of Colossians. Whether you are preparing for a sermon series, Sunday School class, small group, or personal study Christ All Sufficient is a great resource.”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 5 Stars

“I really enjoyed this commentary. I know when I read through Colossians again, I will consider reading this book along with it.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pastors will find this a good addition to their libraries because it will offer a practical balance to technical, scholarly works. I personally benefited from it and wish I had it in my library while I was preaching through the book of Colossians.”
Reviewer: Bill Mazey
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are looking for a highly readable and theologically rich commentary on Colossians, Christ All Sufficient is definitely worth a look. ”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

” This would be the perfect gift for a seminary student. It does teach you a great deal about the text, in a clear and simple format and it isn’t heavily involved. It is concise, straight forward and to the point.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a pleasure, and it is a pleasure to be savored.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“I have read Hedges before and like his earlier works this one does not disappoint. I can’t wait to reread this with a few other commentaries as I work through Paul’s letter to the Colossians in my long-term study time. Thank you for a great book.”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“In about 156 pages, it is rich piece of literature – one that reminds us to rejoice in our gift of salvation, and challenges us to be fruitful, growing and serving as light-bearers of Christ in this world.”
Reviewer: Krista Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simply put, if you are looking for a tool that is both theological and practical for your Bible study, consider picking up Christ All Sufficient by Brian G. Hedges.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would recommend this to those that want to study Colossians, bible study, book groups and those that are in missions work or the ministry.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is very readable, from a decidedly evangelical viewpoint, and will be a very helpful aid for future lesson and messages from the Book of Colossians.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering preaching or teaching through Colossians. Even if you’re just planning on reading through the letter, Hedges book will bring out great insights you probably would have missed without doing an in-depth study.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“You’ll find this to be a joy to read & study as you walk through Colossians for devotion or for teaching. Let’s hope there is more to come from Brian Hedges in regards to commentaries.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“This commentary would be a very helpful addition to the library of any preacher, Bible teacher or diligent student of the Bible.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

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Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. HedgesThank you for your interest in reviewing Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. Hedges. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

A thousand schemes and to-do lists may threaten to enslave you, but Christ died to free you from them, and he is enough.

Paul’s letter to the Colossians is short, but it delivers a roundhouse kick to religion as it reveals the complete and inexhaustible sufficiency of Jesus Christ. Jesus really is everything we need! Paul reveled in the good news that had captured his heart. He never got over it and never moved beyond it. He knew that no one could advance beyond the essential of the crucified, risen, and exalted Christ. And he didn’t want anyone to retreat from it.

This thorough, detailed, and readable exposition is perfect for pastors, seminary students, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders who want a Christ-focused, gospel-rich study of Colossians. Its pastoral application of the gospel will appeal to anyone who is weary of the hard yoke of legalism, providing refreshment with the simple, life-transforming truth that all we need is found in Christ alone.

Who should read this book?

  • Pastors, seminary students, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders who want a Christ-focused, gospel-rich study of Colossians
  • Anyone weary of the hard yoke of legalism or the empty promises of man-made religion
  • Anyone thirsty for the simple, life-transforming truth that all we need is found in Christ alone

Praise for Christ All Sufficient:

“…helpfully highlights the supremacy of Christ… a wonderful introduction to this New Testament letter and will serve pastors, teachers, and students very well.”
Tom Ascol, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, FL

“…a rich, clear exposition of this ancient letter, making modern applications of God’s eternal truth to the false ideas of our day. This book has the power to help spiritually hungry individuals and groups to biblically transform their thinking and living.”
—John Crotts, Pastor, Faith Bible Church, Sharpsburg, GA

“…mines the deep theology of Colossians and brings the gold to the surface…”
—Daniel Darling, Vice President of Communication, ERLC

“Brian shines the spotlight on Christ, and reminds us that in Christ we really do have all things…. each of us needs to grow in our understanding of the cosmic Christ who reigns over all. That’s why I am eager to recommend this book to everyone.”
—Dave Furman, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Church of Dubai

Brian HedgesAbout the Author: Brian G. Hedges is the lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan. He has been married to Holly since 1996 and they have four children. Brian is also the author of Christ Formed in You and Active Spirituality. For fun, Brian enjoys reading, playing golf, hanging out with his family, and watching good movies.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Shepherd Press
  • ISBN:  9781633421219
  • Page Count:  176 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  October 17-30, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi ebook (Kindle), & .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. Hedges. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Active Spirituality Grace and Effort in the Christian Life Book Cover Active Spirituality Grace and Effort in the Christian Life
Brian Hedges
Shepherd Press
2014
144

In Active Spirituality, Brian Hedges allows us to read someone else’s mail. In a series of warm pastoral letters, written to a young Christian, the letter’s recipient dives into the paradox of grace and effort in the life of faith.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Active Spirituality: Grace and Effort in the Christian Life by Brian Hedges (Shepherd Press, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I highly recommend this wonderful book first and foremost to pastors, small group leaders, and especially middle and high school pastors and leaders.”
Reviewer: Mike Boling
Rating
: 5 Stars

“I was blessed by the tone and content of this book. It contains theological talk without being a theology book.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

I highly recommend Active Spirituality not only because it is well-written, but also because it stands with the Bible.”
Reviewer:Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“Are you struggling with assurance or the relationship between grace and effort in the Christian life? Then read this book.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

Active Spirituality is a deeply refreshing book that will serve as a reminder for believers that they are not alone in the struggle to fight the good fight of faith.”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 4 Stars

“For new Christians, this is a must-read book. This is a book for those struggling with their assurance of salvation.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is very informative and will help readers who struggle with the balance between grace and works.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will serve as a great introduction to the Christian life for new believers, as well as an important reminder to seasoned saints.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Tomes
Rating: 5 Stars

“This would be an excellent book for those who are interested in the Reformation movement, or others who would like to see what it is all about.”
Reviewer: Maryann Bell
Rating: 3 Stars

“The book is short enough to finish in one sitting, but I highly recommend savoring its message. Consider reading a few pages then pausing to reflect upon the ideas for a day or so.This book could be the perfect devotional to enjoy alone, or share it with a Sunday evening gathering.”
Reviewer: Dianna Gardenhour
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book for new Christians and any Christian who is going through a time of great struggle over how to work out the so great a salvation that they have been given in Christ Jesus.”
Reviewer: Craig Hurst
Rating: 4 Star

“Hedges has done the Church a service by giving us an easy-to-read and immensely practical book about the balance between grace and effort.”
Reviewer: Timothy Harris
Rating: 4 Stars

“I really liked this book and connected with the author as he spoke to many of the struggles I’ve had in my own Christian life.”
Reviewer: Rick Lucian
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book because it balances well resting in and walking with Christ in the Spirit.”
Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Rating: 3 Stars

“I highly recommend this book. If you ever wanted to understand the relationship between Law and Gospel or know someone who does you need to get this book. It is accessible, readable and very well done!”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book not only for young believers but for any Christian needing encouragement.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

“One of the benefits of the letter format, is that Hedges presents his theology humbly. I give this four stars and recommend this book for young Christians.”
Reviewer: James Matichuk
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found the book to be helpful, and I enjoyed it.”
Reviewer: Asa Veek
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend the book to any person who is drifting away from faith in God and want a clearly identifiable understanding of how walking in faith with Him will give direction toward the correct path.”
Reviewer: Edythe Hamilton
Rating: 4 Stars

“All Christians should read this book.”
Reviewer: Ann Beaulieu
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book for new and struggling Christians.”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is grace-filled and provides gospel-saturated encouragement for people on the road of faith.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a great help in reminding God’s people of the sufficiency of Jesus.”
Reviewer: Stuart Brogden
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book would make helpful devotional reading over the course of a month.”
Reviewer: Ben Shaw
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will help Christians apply what they believe to their daily life.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope
Rating: 3 Stars

“New believers will find this book helpful.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book aims to help and empower believers to be who God has called them to be.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an excellent work for more mature Christians to help solidify the practical foundations of our faith.”
Reviewer: Daniel Shire
Rating: 5 Stars

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