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Gospel Deeps: Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus Paperback – September 30, 2012
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“Wilson labors to make us appreciate the greatness and grandeur of the gospel and its Christ. Again and again he succeeds.”
―J. I. Packer, Late Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
“Too many of us treat the gospel as somebody else’s news. We know it’s what saved us, but we encounter it only as we overhear ourselves rehearsing it to unbelievers. Or, we treat the gospel as some law of supernatural quantum physics―holding everything together but too complicated to think about very much. That’s a dry, flat, and depressing way to live. This brilliant, winsome book calls us back to the exhilarating bigness of the gospel, in a way that can spark up every day with crucified power. Read this book. It’s like a gospel fountain flowing, deep and wide.”
―Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
“This is good leaf, grown with gospel sap, grounded in Bible soil. Drop this fresh bag from Jared in your soul’s mug, and give it a good steep. As good as the flavor was in Gospel Wakefulness, it’s even better in Gospel Deeps.”
―David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace
“If your faith in Christ is shallow, this is not the book for you. But if you are suffering, if you are sinning, if you are broken, and you need a big Savior, Jared Wilson’s Gospel Deeps might take you deeper with Christ than you’ve ever gone before, deeper than you’ve ever dreamed of going. Enjoy the journey.”
―Ray Ortlund, President, Renewal Ministries
“Jared Wilson’s Gospel Deeps is not just another book on the Christian life, it is a book on what gives the Christian life―the gospel. And it isn’t a mere summary of the gospel, but a plunge deep into the good news to help the reader understand the gospel’s centrality and power in our lives. Gospel Deeps helps us behold and experience the glory and goodness of Jesus Christ in ways we often forget, or may be completely unfamiliar with.”
―Joe Thorn, author, Experiencing the Trinity and The Heart of the Church; Lead Pastor, Redeemer Fellowship, St. Charles, Illinois
“Those without spiritual eyes will not enjoy Jared’s book. How could they? All he does is stare deeply into the person of Jesus Christ and his gospel work. But for those with eyes to see, what treasures await here. Jared gazes upon the gospel from angle after angle, showing how every area of theology points back to the gospel, and reminding us that the knowledge of God is like a spiderweb―where touching any one spot makes the whole thing vibrate. Jared, like the best theologians, worships as he writes and invites readers to join him. And that means this pastor-theologian’s pen is a lyrical one. Read slowly, enjoy, savor, and worship.”
―Jonathan Leeman, Elder, Cheverly Baptist Church, Bladensburg, Maryland; Editorial Director, 9Marks
“Wilson’s Gospel Deeps offers a majestic portrait of the gospel that is far more than a solution to guilt or a one-time gate to forgiveness. It’s a path we are to walk each day of our lives, an answer to the moral corruption of our culture and entire cosmos, the power to change us into authentic worshippers of God and lovers of people, and a supernatural power given to the church to bring healing to a broken world. Multifaceted in its reflection of the many spiritual blessings promised to those united with Christ, Gospel Deeps compels us to revel anew in the excellencies of Jesus.”
―Steve Childers, President and CEO, Global Church Advancement; Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“The gospel of Jesus Christ offers to us spiritual riches that exceed our wildest imaginations. Gospel Deeps is a delightful ledger of sorts to these riches. As one of the top writers in the church today, Jared Wilson labors hard to surface great gospel truth with clarity and brilliance, and in language that carries with it a steady overtone of delight. He says it well: ‘If Christ is true then boredom is a sin.’ Yes! And because Christ is true, and because Jared knows it, I dare you to find a boring page in this book.”
―Tony Reinke, journalist; author, 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
“First of all, a given: Jared Wilson is one of the finest and brightest young pastors and gospel thinkers in America. Second, a nongiven: Jared is still growing. What excites me most about Gospel Deeps is that it represents the trajectory of a heart that is continuing to come alive to the implications of the gospel. In this book, Jared is not just our gifted teacher, but also our worship leader. He bids us join him in putting our roots deeper and deeper into the garden of God’s grace. Thank you, my brother, for theology as doxology.”
―Scotty Ward Smith, Pastor Emeritus, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee; Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee
“If you have assumed that doctrine must be dull, cool, or cerebral, Gospel Deeps will disabuse you of that notion. If you think that passionate adoration and deep dogmas―sovereign election, double imputation, inaugurated eschatology―don’t belong together, Gospel Deeps will surprise you by its blend of worshipful warmth with theological profundity. If you are beginning to realize that growing up in Christ does not mean getting beyond the gospel but going more deeply into it, exploring the implications of Jesus’s sacrificial death and resurrection on our behalf, Gospel Deeps will energize your pursuit of holiness by fortifying your assurance of the Father’s unwavering love and glad acceptance. If you thirst to know the triune God who saves you, Gospel Deeps will lead you into the Word by which he reveals himself and invites us into communion with himself. Plunge into these deeps!”
―Dennis E. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, Him We Proclaim; Walking with Jesus through His Word; and Journeys with Jesus
About the Author
Jared C. Wilson is assistant professor of pastoral ministry at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a popular author and conference speaker, and also blogs regularly at Gospel Driven Church, hosted by the Gospel Coalition. His books include Gospel Wakefulness; The Storytelling God; and The Wonder-Working God.
Matt Chandler (BA, Hardin-Simmons University) serves as lead pastor of teaching at the Village Church in Dallas, Texas, and president of the Acts 29 Network. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.
- Publisher : Crossway; 1st edition (September 30, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433526409
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433526404
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.52 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #427,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm running out of time to finish the Wilson corpus in 2018 but I'm gonna give it my best! On to The Pastor's Justification.
Just a few of the questions that come to mind as I read Gospel Deeps by Jared C. Wilson. If I'm being completely honest here... I thought this was a book by Jarrid Wilson. I picked it up because I love Jarrid's 30 Words Book and thought this book might be something good to take my teams through in a spiritual discussion. What I've encountered is something all-together brilliant. Jared seeks to uncover the true depths of the "mystery of the gospel".
He uses an analogy from C.S. Lewis (Jared references the Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity multiple times throughout the book) in The Last Battle where Lucy and Mr. Tumnus begin to explore a garden that goes on and on and never ends. The farther they reach into it the greater and more miraculous it reveals that it is. It's never ending. This is what he means in exploring the "gospel deeps".
Gospel Deeps reads more like a theology text book (a good one at that) than a conversational piece. I found myself taking good use of my theological terms and apple dictionaries while reading. This book truly dives deep. It's not for the faint of heart, it's for the theological adventurer. It's not for someone looking for a pithy devotional, but exists rather as a true excavation of the gospels deepest connections to our lives and scripture. It begins and ends with Jesus, yet it goes on and on much like the Narnian Library... revealing more and more of it's wonders the deeper we travel.
Jared Wilson, like a lot of evangelicals, grew up unintentionally believing that the gospel was the starting point of the Christian faith; it was "for the evangelizing of unbelievers only, not for the already convinced" (Gospel Deeps, Kindle location 186). He missed the depths because of a truncated gospel that treated Christ's work on the cross as a transaction--a one-time event, rather than a life-time pursuit.
But this ought never be our mindset as Christians. The depths of the gospel ought to overwhelm us with awe even as it challenges us in how we live in the day-to-day. Gospel Deeps is an attempt to capture and pass on that sense of wonder as Wilson examines the many facets of the gospel and the "infinite excellencies"of Jesus.
Wilson argues with passion and conviction that this kind of dwelling in the gospel isn't a nice-to-have; it's not something that's good for some and not for others. No, standing in awe of Christ is of first importance:
"We must get this. And we have to understand that not getting it is not just an informational "miss." Venturing into the depths of the gospel--seeing Christ's accomplishment (the gospel's content) and what is accomplished by his accomplishment (the gospel's implications)--is vital to better knowing and loving God. When we miss the depths of the gospel, we hinder our worship. In reflecting on how the good news of Jesus creates the people of God, Paul cries out, "Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!" (Rom. 11:33)." (Kindle Location 254)
This truly is essential to grasp when reading this book or else you'll be incredibly frustrated. In fact, those who prefer books offering ten steps, four keys, or three principles of being more gospel-centered will be infuriated by Gospel Deeps. Wilson just doesn't go there. Not once.
Instead, he examines the many facets of Christ's work in a way that (ought to) stir your heart. He wants you to be excited about the unceasing depths of Jesus; to see every aspect with renewed wonder and joy.
Which, if you want to get technical, is the ultimate in application.
Perhaps the most shocking quotable (and one that we desperately need to hear in our attention-span-of-a-gnat-on-a-sugar-rush culture) is the truth about boredom with the faith: "If Christ is true, then boredom is a sin" (Kindle Location, 1335). Wilson continues:
When we are bored, it can be only because we have stopped looking at Jesus. He can't be boring. If we find him boring, it's because we are boring. The deficiency is ours, not his. (Kindle location 1338)
You know how it's tempting to look at a book like Leviticus or Numbers and assume because they're legislative and filled with censuses, they're skippable.
But reading both with an eye fixed on Jesus opens them up-you see the wonder of God's grace in offering us Christ's righteousness and the sheer amazingness of that same righteousness when you realize that Jesus kept every single rule recorded there.
Shouldn't that blow all our minds?
And yet it seems like so many of us continue in this pattern unabated. We leave our Bibles untouched for days, weeks, even months, seemingly never realizing all that we're missing out on. We treat reading of all God has done and continues to do as a "have to" and thus become inoculated to the wonderousness of the fact that we get to. Our affections and our expectations are too small.
"We worship a God whose wonders we will marvel at for eternity, because eternity cannot exhaust his wonders. We've got a ten-dimensional Jesus in a heaven so heavy our thin space can't conceal it much longer; it must crash into this world. Maranatha!" (Kindle Location 3363)
With unrestrained excitement about the gospel, Wilson offers readers a challenging, engaging and provocative look at the myriad excellencies of Christ. Read this book and let it stir up your affections for Jesus.