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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805464654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805464658
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darrell L. Bock is research professor of New Testament Studies and professor of Spiritual Development and Culture at Dallas Theological Seminary, a New York Times best-selling author, and a corresponding editor at large for Christianity Today magazine.


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Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bill Barto VINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
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I learned of Darrell Bock's book, "Recovering the Real Lost Gospel" as I read Scot McKnight's more recent book on the same topic, The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Both books assert that modern Protestant churches have altered the good news of Christianity by reducing it to a business transaction between God and his creation. Both books make a decent argument that the Gospel is bigger than what theologians call "forensic justification," but Bock does a better job describing what the "larger" good news of Christianity really is. Bock contends that "God has taken the initiative in Jesus Christ to bring us into relationship with Him. At the core of that good news stands a promise to form a new relationship and a new community." As Bock says elsewhere in the book, the gospel is about "God's pursuit of us in relationship as He restores creation to its intended design." The author argues that relationship in the Spirit, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, and living in a way that is pleasing to God are part and parcel of the good news of Christianity.

I enjoyed "Recovering the Real Lost Gospel" very much; it is well-written, rationally organized, and quotes rather than cites scripture in support of its arguments. I recommend it highly to all Protestant Christians, especially those who suspect that there might be more to Christianity than the "Four Spiritual Laws." That being said, I wish that Bock had included a discussion of the significance for the Gospel of the sermon(s) by Jesus commonly called the "Sermon on the Mount." Nowhere else in the New Testament does Jesus challenge the "easy-believism" or "cheap grace" of modern Christianity so much, and yet Bock nowhere addresses the radical teachings of Matthew 5-7 or Luke 6 as "good news." Perhaps he will address this issue in the next edition of this fine work!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ian Acheson on June 1, 2011
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This is an excellent reminder of the transformative power of the Gospel.

Only recently it dawned on me that the Gospel is as much for Christians as those who are still searching for God. The Gospel is all about a relationship, an ongoing one, where God, our Creator in loving us so lavishly wants to give us life through an intimate relationship with Him.

This is a short book and one that covers all the theological aspects of the Gospel with tremendous clarity and insight into Scripture. At times I found it a little hard going, as it doesn't use a lot of anecdotes to help illustrate, rather simply provides an interpretation of scripture.

However, the last three chapters really hum and are so full of revelation about God's passion for us.

I love these words that feature near the end of the book:

"We are invited to sit at the table in God's house with His love, power and protection surrounding us. That offer of new life and relationship with God is the gospel. That relationship, rooted in God's love and everlasting in duration, is what Christianity is all about." (p 132)

This book reminded me of God's intense love and how it transforms us and in so doing, we should live a transformed life, caring for what and whom He cares about.

Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John J. Turner on December 19, 2012
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Darrell Bock advances the biblical case for a much bigger, broader gospel than one aimed only at individual salvation. There are a few points I would push farther than he does (the reign of God, the activity of the Holy Spirit, social change), but he effectively introduces these topics to a diverse audience in ways that are widely acceptable; it is hard to fault him for that. Bock is a careful, competent, thoughtful scholar who has earned his excellent reputation, and this relatively small (but substantial!) book can only enhance the regard in which he is held.

I recommend this book for all who want a fresh, solid take on the basic Christian message.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harold Cameron on March 12, 2012
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I never know the Real Gospel was ever lost...well, sort of. By that I mean I know the Real Gospel exists and that it is still believed, preached and taught in many churches across our nation; however, in a sense, as New York Times bestselling author and professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Darrel Bock writes, in our society and culture and even in many churches and many so called Bible Colleges/Seminaries, it does appear to be lost. The message that is being called the Gospel and being preached or taught is such is not really the REAL Gospel at all. And that alarms me and causes me a profound sense of grief because people are hearing what they think is the Gospel and responding to it and in some or maybe perhaps even in many cases are not receiving and believing the Real Gospel and are still lost in their sin. They, of course believe otherwise; however their lives do not show that they do believe and wholly embrace The Real Gospel. And as far as what the Scriptures teaches, no evidence of Sanctification, that is transformation of a person's life by their faith in Jesus Christ and the Real Gospel, most likely there is no salvation either leading to a whole mass of people who are deceived and lost. How dreadful a thought that is which should drive us to our knees in fervent prayer that God will use men like Dr. Bock and others to help the pastors in churches in America once again preach the REAL Gospel which will lead to REAL conversions on the part of the people who attend and respond to the Gospel call.

Dr. Bock introduces his book with what he refers to as "The Gospel from the Hub to the Whole: More Than Dying in Sin." As he writes in his introduction The Cross is the starting point but not the whole message.
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