Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ

Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ

Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ

Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ


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Only One Addiction Can Set You Free

Matt Papa was a "professional Christian" in full-time ministry, ready and determined to change the world. All the while he was depressed, addicted to the approval of others, and enslaved to sin. But then everything changed. He encountered the glory of God.

All of us live in the tension between where we are and where we ought to be. We try our best to bully our desires into submission. And we all know, this is exhausting.

Are you tired? Stuck? Still fighting the same sin you've been fighting for years? The call in these pages is not to work or to strive, but to lift your eyes. You don't need more willpower. You need a vision of greatness that sweeps you off your feet. You need to see glory.

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Look and Live.

"Matt has helped me see that love for God grows out of an experience of beholding the love of God. We burn only as we behold. . . . This is a fantastic book and I commend it to you with the most enthusiastic support."—from the Foreword by J.D. Greear

"Matt Papa cares about the glory of God, and you can sense that zeal on every page of this dynamic book. He also cares about you and me getting to grips with that glory. . . . Matt guides us through these pages with kindness, seriousness, and love—for God's greater glory and our greater good."—Matt Redman, songwriter and worship leader

"Making our lives about one unflinching gaze upon the glory of Christ—what a vision Matt Papa has put before us. I encourage everyone to read this book!"—Tony Merida, pastor, professor, and author

"Matt Papa's book is a snakebite kit for suffering sinners. Each sentence of Look and Live extracts Satan's deadly venom and resuscitates the soul with the life-giving power of the glory of God!"—Tony Nolan, snakebite survivor, author, and gospel preacher

"To journey through this book is to go on a quest that will awaken our souls to the reality of the One who is 'majestic in holiness' and 'awesome in glorious deeds.'"—Dr. Brent Crowe, author, speaker, and vice president of Student Leadership University

"I have been wonderfully blessed by Matt Papa's friendship and ministry. I am grateful his reflections on worship are now shared in Look and Live. It is biblically faithful and keeps the focus of worship where it belongs: on our glorious God."—Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Matt Papa faithfully points us to the soul-stirring glory of God. Read this book and allow your heart to once again behold the wondrous mystery."—Matt Boswell, founder of Doxology & Theology, and pastor of ministries and worship at Providence Church, Frisco, Texas

"This is Matt's life message—that Jesus Christ alone is worth living for, and that when you gaze upon His majesty and glory you will never be the same. This book is theologically robust and practically helpful, packed with Scripture and insight into the person and work of the risen Son of God. . . . This is a true gift to the church."—Clayton King, president of Crossroads Camps and Clayton King Ministries

"If C. S. Lewis and David Crowder wrote a book together about worship, you would have the rich theology of the great Christian apologist with the deep passion of worship from the contemporary artist. That's what Matt Papa has given us in Look and Live—a must-read for every worshiper."—Mike Harland, president of LifeWay Worship

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764212512
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 1,116,575
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Matt Papa is a minister, recording artist, and worship leader. He serves on staff at The Summit Church in Durham and is currently finishing a master's degree at Southeastern Seminary. Matt lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Lauren, and three daughters. Learn more at www.mattpapa.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Foreword J.D. Greear 11

Introduction 13

1 Glory and Worship 19

2 The Glory of God 37

3 Bad Aim (Glory and Sin) 63

4 The Blazing Center 81

5 Let My Eyes Adjust 111

6 Scattered Beams 135

7 Glory and Mission 163

8 Glory and Suffering 189

9 Show Me Your Glory 219

Notes 247

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