When I first heard the title of Pastor Eric Mason’s new book Beat God To The Punch my initial thought was how is that even possible. God knows everything, He is the Beginning and End, He has knowledge about everything that ever has happened and will happen in history, He knows every little detail about us including the number of hairs on our head, and He is the Creator of all things so how can anyone one up God in anything?
Upon reading the introduction to the book I was able to gain insight into the reasoning behind the title and the heart behind the book being written. God has indeed provided a way in His love, mercy, and grace for humanity to beat Him to the punch. The punch that Pastor Mason is referring to in the title is the wrath of God that will be poured out upon all those who have not taken Him up as the only way that will keep us from being consumed by His wrath. Romans 5:9 says, “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” We beat God to the punch by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior from the wrath of God. This book is for believers and unbelievers alike as Mason says, “So, believer, will you seize the life made available to you in Christ (1 Tim. 6:12), and to the unbeliever, will you be beckoned to seize that life you don’t have through what Jesus has done on your behalf ( 2 Cor. 5:20)?” (p. 7).
Throughout the book the reader is given instruction on the grace of God and how that grace draws people to Jesus Christ to become disciples of His and how that same grace sustains us in our walk with God once we come believers in Jesus Christ. My favorite chapters included chapter two “Experiencing Grace” and the conclusion “Beat God To The Punch.” The second chapter shows us how to practically experience the grace of God by reflecting on what God has done for us through Jesus Christ and how that should be the basis of our joy and motivation for good works. “When you experience Jesus for who He is,” says Mason, “you cannot help but run to your circles of influence and engage them with the one who changes everything.” The last chapter focuses on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Mason teaches us about the coming judgment of God, the freedom of experiencing God’s grace through Jesus, the reality of hell, and the importance of placing your trust in Jesus. In reality the whole book focuses on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I would recommend this book to believers as a refresher on the grace of God and the benefits of what we have in Jesus Christ and to an unbeliever as an eye opener to the reality of what awaits them without Jesus. One minor drawback that some readers may gather from the book is that there are that some parts of it that contain theological terms and concepts that some people may not be familiar with. Some might be discouraged and put the book down. But I would encourage readers to allow these terms to drive them to study and grow in their theology. I do feel like some of the terms and concepts could have been explained before they were used within the chapter; however, this a minor complaint in the midst of a very uplifting and challenging book on the grace of God and how the Christian relies on that grace. Go ahead and pick this up and beat God to the punch. I believe you will not be disappointed.
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Curtis T. Bennett is a man saved by grace who desires to live for the glory of the Lord by the Holy Spirit's power. He has served the Lord through music, children’s ministry, homeless outreaches, and young adult ministry. His desire is to continuously grow into the image of Christ and utilize his gifts to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. He loves music but his favorite genres are jazz, worship, and hip-hop. He currently resides in Washington state where he thoroughly enjoys life and daily laughter with his wife Jenette.