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  • Paperback: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing (MN) (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885904673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885904676
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's gospel truths in love and grace.
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It's an amazing book, short, easy to read, and very inspirational.
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A book you'll read and reread many times.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By William Petruzzo on November 6, 2008
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A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent is not one of those books you pick up, nod to yourself, lightly discuss with friends, then put back on your shelf. A Gospel Primer is a great deal more useful than that.

This little, under-100-page, book is a bible-complimenting tool for the mind and heart that, in the hands of the faithful, stands to cause the powers of darkness and the sinful flesh alike tremble! Truthfully, I cannot extol the usefulness and quality of this book enough.

A Gospel Primer has one basic purpose: help Christians to clearly, confidently and consistently "rehearse" the Gospel to themselves. What does it mean to "rehearse", well, in short, it means to stir yourself up, by way of reminder. Remind yourself of the Gospel. The whole Gospel. And just as is characteristic of the Gospel, allow the truth of that Gospel to change us as we dwell and meditate on it.

The book is broken up into four sections. The first one being the longest. It is the full explanation of the Gospel and the reasons why it's so important to rehearse it regularly. The second and third sections are where we meet the real toolbox of this work. The second and third sections are the actual articulations of the Gospel, the Gospel "Narrative", written in first person. For example:

"My God is immense beyond imagination. He measured the entire universe with merely the span of His hand. He is unimaginably awesome in all of His perfections, absolutely righteous, holy and just in all His ways. He has also been unbelievably good and merciful to me as the Creator and Sustainer of my life."

The Narrative section is broken down into four parts. Each part representing a different a major piece of the Gospel. The first about God. Who God is, his profound attributes.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brian G Hedges on October 2, 2008
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I just read it this week and found it very helpful. This short book (97 pages) is divided into four parts.

Part 1 is a series of thirty-one meditations on "Reasons to Rehearse the Gospel Daily." These Scripture-laden reflections will nourish your soul and thrill your heart with the wonders of God's grace.

Part 2 is "A Gospel Narrative: Prose Version." This is a short summary of the message of the gospel, broken down into four parts (The Glory of God; My Sin Against God; God's Work on My Behalf; My Salvation) and forty-one "verses."

Part 3,"A Gospel Narrative: Poetic Version," is the summary of the gospel in the form of poetry.

Part 4, "Surprised by the Gospel" explains the story behind the book - how a performance-driven pastor discovered the freedom and joy of justification by faith alone.

Here's an excerpt from Part 1 of the book. This is one of the thirty-one reasons to rehearse the gospel daily.

"The gospel encourages me to rest in my righteous standing with God, a standing which Christ Himself has accomplished and always maintains for me. I never have to do a moment's labor to gain or maintain my justified status before God! Freed from the burden of such a task, I now can put my energies into enjoying God, pursuing holiness, and ministering God's amazing grace to others.

"The gospel also reminds me that my righteous standing with God always holds firm regardless of my performance, because my standing is based solely on the work of Jesus and not mine. On my worst days of sin and failure, the gospel encourages me with God's unrelenting grace toward me. On my best days of victory and usefulness, the gospel keeps me relating to God solely on the basis of Jesus' righteousness and not mine.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Free in Jesus on June 22, 2008
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Are you a mom with little kids and not enough sleep? If so this is the book for you. I was tired and my traditional study methods were just not working. I tried hiding but no matter where I hid the kids always seemed to find me! This material was one piece God used to encourage me to stay the course in this "season of life" that seemed to bring out the worst in me. Praise God for His Son and the beautiful cross.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Scott Bashoor on March 1, 2008
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I absolutely love this little book. It was just released from Focus Publishing, and hopefully it will be available on Amazon soon. I've used beta-editions of it in Men's Bible studies, one-on-one discipleship, and for my own personal encouragement. I find Milton's insights refreshing, challenging, and thoroughly biblical. The gospel isn't just for unbelievers. It's good news for Christians everyday. Read it, savor it, live it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B.INC on August 26, 2009
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WOW. I can't say enough about this book. My entire church is currently reading it indepth, because it is saying to us what God has been trying to get through to us, as a group, for three years now. - which is - "LOVE CHRIST. -- Everything else will flow out of THAT" -- meaning - service, devotion, love for others, ALL of the "Do's" that Christians get so tied up in and truthfully, distracted away from Christ by. They will NOT flow out of determination to work. -- They will flow out of LOVING Christ deeply.

As a church, we are currently learning that the Gospel needs to be preached to BELIEVERS as well as NON-Believers. We need reminded of the depth of grace and just how truly wonderful the gospel is. God is using (in part) this book to revive a very weary group of believers in my Mega Church. Teaching us the practical how to's of preaching the gospel to ourselves and each other - DAILY. Sometimes MINUTE BY MINUTE.

As for the technicals:
This book is a VERY easy read. Broken down in small parts - and PACKED FULL of Scriptural references for EVERYTHING the author asserts - which - as a BIBLE-RESPECTING- Word intensive Church, we REALLY appreciate!!!!

The concepts are deep enough that I can't even begin to explain them here.
I highly HIGHLY encourage you to get this book and dive into it with fellow believers!!!

Blessings
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