Workmen Of God (book review)

Oswald Chambers constantly tried to follow what Paul spoke to Timothy, “And these things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2). In Workmen Of God, we have a collection of lectures Chambers is giving to those “reliable men” and women who were either already working in pastoral ministry or preparing to do so.

It’s amazing how Chambers could so effectively and specifically apply biblical principles to the audiences he addressed. For instance, some might think that those pastoring a local church and those ministering as a missionary would receive roughly the same sort of training. But a collection of Chambers’ lectures to those in missionary work (in his book So Send I You) has completely different ministry principles from the lectures he delivers to pastors in this book.

But in both books, we are privileged to read what Chambers’ friend and coworker Mary Hooker called “a wealth of spiritual vitamins.” She went on to say, “And now this latest book [Workmen Of God] goes forth, at a time when soul-sickness is more than ever rampant. The messages are full of spiritual discernment and diagnosis.”

If Chambers’ time was a time of rampant “soul-sickness,” how much more so do we need his insight today!

Indeed, Chambers talks to pastors about their work among those entrenched in their unbelief, those who are skeptical, those who are backslidden, those who are hypocrites, and those who have sick souls. He also challenges pastors on how to minister to themselves so that they are prepared to minister to any soul in which God brings them in contact.

Although written over 100 years ago, this book is still a treasure-trove for anyone in pastoral ministry today!

Our Brilliant Heritage (book review)

Our Brilliant HeritageSometimes talking about Oswald Chambers’ books, I almost run out of glowing adjectives! Our Brilliant Heritage is no exception: it’s an outstanding book.

Technically it’s three books in one. Our Brilliant Heritage was combined with Grow Up Into Him and As He Walked to create one volume. As you may be able to figure out from the titles of the books, the message in this combined volume is encouraging disciples to look to Jesus in order to live out our brilliant heritage as Christians.

This material all came from lectures that Oswald Chambers delivered, which gives the book a conversational feel. The lectures are short, but packed with challenges that the student needs to spend time unpacking in their own life. Although I cannot verify this, it seemed to me that in these lectures Chambers asked more questions than usual, giving this book even more of an introspective feel.

If you are serious about taking your Christian walk deeper, you can never go wrong reading Oswald Chambers, and Our Brilliant Heritage is as good of a place to start as any!

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