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Gospel Formed: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life Paperback – November 14, 2014
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A call to Christians to be caught up in the powerful whirlwind that is the gospel of grace
Christianity is based on the foundation of the good news of the gospel. Yet how many Christians truly find their identity there? How many are thriving in a community clinging to the gospel? How many forget about the wondrous glory of Jesus? J. A. Medders is on a mission to help Christians remember that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is also the power for our everyday life in Christ.
Yet living a gospel-centered life does not always come easily. The biblical meditations in Gospel Formed help to kindle, or rekindle, the passion to live a grace-addicted, truth-filled, Jesus-exalting life by constantly driving the reader back to the power of the cross and the empty tomb. Funny, punchy, and theologically accessible, readers will be encouraged, challenged, and ultimately reoriented to the true North of Christianity―Christ Himself.
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“If the gospel has become something routine to you, not the kind of good news that lights up a Galilean sky with angels, read this book with expectation. J. A. Medders . . . can shake you out of routine and toward glory.” -- Russell D. Moore, President ― Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Published On: 2014-06-23
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- Publisher : Kregel Publications (November 14, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 082544358X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0825443589
- Item Weight : 7.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #6,650 in Christian Devotionals (Books)
- #19,717 in Christian Spiritual Growth (Books)
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The book is divided into five parts: The Gospel Starting Block, What is Gospel Worship?, What is Gospel Identity?, What is Gospel Community?, What is Gospel Mission? Each section contains chapters that focus on various aspects of the gospel's impact on these areas. All of these sections a Christ-exalting and bring great encouragement to the reader. I was especially blessed by some of the devotions focusing on community. In one chapter Medders states, "I love the church because Jesus does. How much do you care about the church? Are you connected to the church? Are you faithful to a local church? Jesus shed his blood for the church and never takes her lightly - nor should you. So how involved are you? How connected are you? Fringe? Once-a-monther? C'mon...The early church braved the sword to gather with God's people, and Christians in our day will hardly brave the rain. That's a problem - one that's bigger than church attendance. This is a love-for-Jesus problem. How we treat his bride equals how we treat him." Strong indictment about how many modern day Christians think little of the great privilege that we have been given.
Overall, I found this book to be a wonderful encouragement and a great addition to the large number of "gospel" books out there. I did find the book to be a bit repetitive at times. The whole point of the book is to bring a gospel focus into various aspects of life so the gospel will be repetitive and that is a good thing. However, some of the chapters felt as if they were a stretch to be a stand-alone chapter and would have fit better if combined with another one. Not a huge knock on the book but worth noting. Also, there are quite a few attempts at humor throughout the book that didn't really fit my style. They weren't off-putting, just were a distraction at times from the main point of the chapter. Again, this is a minor issues that speaks more to a personal preference, but since some will probably share it, it was worth a mention. If you are looking for a devotion that will point you over and over again to the wonderful grace of God in the gospel and how it impacts all of life the pick up this book, you will be blessed.
I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.
The format of the book is made for reading. I am going to pass this one around at church. Each devotional section is about 5 pages long and easy to read. This means that I can hand it to someone and not worry that they are going to replace their time in the word with time in man’s words. The book starts with the gospel itself. It then moves into a long section (ten chapters) on worship. Great section. If you read one of those chapters each day it will change how you worship- not just on Sundays, but on every day. The third section deals with Gospel identity. In six chapters, the author builds a case for who we are in Christ, and what that means in the daily living out of our lives. In part four, he addresses gospel community. Four chapters on the church. Who makes up the church, how should we relate to it, and how should we feel about it? The final section is on the gospel mission. Five chapters on evangelism, missions, and discipleship. It is important to understand that these are not dry and crusty chapters. The theology is deep, but intensely practical, easy to understand, and infused with plenty of humor and wit.
It takes only about 5-10 minutes to read each devotional, and with 27 chapters, it would take less than a month to read through. Get it, read it, and meditate on the wonder of the gospel and how it changes everything! I would give it five out of five stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for a fair and honest review.