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The Naked Gospel: The Truth You May Never Hear in Church Paperback – August 30, 2009
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"What a great 'textbook' on how to strip away all the religious fakery and take the challenge to just be a normal person while being a healthy Christian." --Steve Arterburn, best-selling author of Every Man's Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time
"Our culture screams at us, 'productivity!' and often, this mantra gets absorbed and spread by the church. Grace is a word we use often, but rarely understand the depth and true meaning of. In The Naked Gospel, Andrew Farley strips down religion and shows us the faith and freedom God intends for us to have in a fully abundant, radiant life." --Anne Jackson, best-selling author of Mad Church Disease and Permission to Speak Freely
"The Naked Gospel is an intelligently written book that is thoroughly intriguing. Your church or small group could benefit greatly by its wisdom and concepts. This is a must read!" --Dave Stone, Senior Minister, Southeast Christian Church (12th largest church in America)
"The message that Andrew Farley brings in The Naked Gospel is so necessary for the church today. It is absolutely essential for a fulfilling and genuinely Christ-centered life." --Dr. John Best, Th.D., Former Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis, Dallas Theological Seminary
“For over three years, I have cohosted radio and television programs with Dr. Andrew Farley. God has gifted this insightful teacher and author with the ability to communicate the meaning of the Scriptures with remarkable simplicity. The clarity of his words should refresh the spirit of every saint and beckon to the lost. The heart of his message is captured here, and it comes at the perfect time: when the United States, and indeed the whole world, is hungering for answers. The Naked Gospel is unabashed truth.” -- Chip Polk
“The message that Andrew Farley brings in The Naked Gospel is so necessary for the church today. It is absolutely essential for a fulfilling and genuinely Christ-centered life.” -- John Best
“How do you know a sailboat is maxed out in the wind? The author’s wife, a sailboat captain, can tell you. It hydroplanes. How do you know it’s hydroplaning? You listen for the hum. This book shows you how to open the sails of your life to the winds of truth and max out in God’s Spirit. Read this book and hear the hum.” -- Leonard Sweet
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Christian, are you a legalist? Are you bound by your to do list for God? Does the word obligation weigh heavy in your mind when you consider your Lord?
These are all questions I would consider asking someone before I would recommend they read "The Naked Gospel: The Truth You May Never Hear in Church" by Andrew Farley, Lead Teaching Pastor of Ecclesia - Church Without Religion, located in Lubbock, Texas.
Effective marketing caught my attention with the clear plastic dust jacket and table of contents on the front cover. Further you find the dedication to his son with enthusiastic encouragement and also a brief quote referencing Arthur Bury's book called `The Naked Gospel`. And finally the discussion guide for each chapter named `Nude Reflections'.
All quite interesting and imaginative but the content is what stirred quite a few conversations with my husband and friends on the issues raised in this work. It is a fresh, clear look at the issue of Salvation by Grace, not works as well as living by Grace, not Law.
The reader is asked a series of questions to begin the dialogue of the book. I was quickly taken aback as I immediately disagreed with some of the statements made. Not wanting to give away the content, suffice it to say, these are standard and pointed questions. My advice would be to read them closely before you answer.
Andrew Farley's direct and honest writing style adds to the sections of personal testimony and illustrations. His does not mince words. He addresses objections and then brings the reader back to the main them of `Jesus Plus Nothing'.
Upon reflection, there were sections that at first I did not agree, but after consideration, the doctrine was sound.Read more ›
I needed to read this book. I know I have loads of company. Whether you may be exploring what it may mean to have a present-day relationship with Christ, a desire to know Jesus more intimately, suffocating in religion or smugly comfortable in your relationship with God - READ THIS BOOK!
As author Andrew Farley points out:
"Radically, the Bible teaches that humanity's main problemis not what we're doing. Instead, it's our lack of life as we do it." p.72.
This is a book about freedom - freedom from the shackles of man-made interpretations of what is required to live life as a Christian. Scripturally sound, Farley takes us on a journey - revisiting may of the fundamental tenets of the Christian faith - reminding us of the biblical, present day realities that many of us have unfortunately forgotten or replaced with other interpretations in our daily living as Christians . As Farley states:
"Too often, I see the church today functioning like any other morality-focused social group. It's time for us to wake up and realize that being born of the Spirit means we possess an amazing life within us. Because we're already different on the inside, we can live differently on the outside." p. 186.
Don't misinterpret what the quote above refers to. This is NOT a book about condemning the state of the church. It is written for a broad audience with immediate, enduring practical application to our lives.Furthermore, it is superb tool to share with those considering the Christian faith. A tremendous small group study book.Read more ›
He also makes good points reminding Christians that we are "in Christ" and Christ is in us. He effectively articulates that a Christian is a new creation in Christ. As a new creation our sinful natures are dead and buried, and we are born again from above not in sin but in the righteousness of Christ. He explains the basis for being justified through grace by faith and being adopted as God's children in Christ. These are important teachings that I would hope Christians would be familiar with and accept.
Farley suggests that his interpretation of Scripture is the true, pure "naked" gospel..."the truth you may never hear in church." This is a troubling introduction to a book on Scripture. First of all the idea that he has a proprietary grasp of the real interpretation of Scripture is a bit arrogant and divisive. Is this really such a secret message that the typical Christian pastor/priest does not know it and preach it?Read more ›
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This book has reallt made me stop in my tracks in my christian walk. This information is so thought provoking and honestly it has opened my eyes to start questioning what is being... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Zoomer12
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