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Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary Paperback – October 1, 2011
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Could the gospel be lost amongst evangelical Christians? In this book, J.D. Greear shows how moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative Christianity. Gospel cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints readers with the revolutionary truth of God’s gracious acceptance of sinners in Christ. The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in believers what religion never could: a heart that desires God.
At the core of the book is the “gospel prayer,” which is a powerful way to sat- urate oneself in the gospel daily. Dwelling on the gospel will release new depths of passion for God and lead to new heights of obedience. Gospel gives you an applicable, exciting vision of how God brings His healing to the world.
“J.D. is clear on the gospel, humble and humorous . . . If you want to be missional and faithful, reaching out while holding fast, this book will encourage you.”
—Mark Dever, author, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
“I am grateful to God for my friend J.D. Greear and his call to plant our lives and churches solidly in the soil of the gospel. This book will help you rest daily in God’s great grace as you live continually for God’s great glory.”
—David Platt, New York Times best-selling author of Radical Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills
J.D. Greear is lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, recognized as one of the fastest-growing churches in North America. He holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also lived and worked among Muslims in Southeast Asia for two years and wrote Breaking the Islam Code. J.D. and his wife have four children.
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I've been a Christian since I was six years old, but even as a so-called "professional" pastor for the past 25 years and yet I still feel like a baby in my understanding of the depths of the gospel. It has been exciting for me to see how pastors like Tim Keller and a new generation of young pastors have come along who are theologically astute and Christ centered and able to show the relevancy of Christ and the gospel and how it works not only in the past, and in the future, but especially in the NOW. We are the NOW generation, and the best way to live in the NOW is to apply the gospel daily.
It's hard to improve on Tullian Tchvidjian's description of the book from the inside cover:
"He [Greear] powerfully and probingly shows the gospel is just as necessary and relevant after you become a Christian as it is before because the gospel doesn't simply rescue us from the past and rescue us for the future; it also rescues us in the present from being enslaved to things like fear, insecurity, anger, self-reliance, bitterness, entitlement, and igsignificance. J. D. makes the clear case that when the word of the gospel--Christ's love for us without strings attached--grips our hearts, it sets us free and changes everything.Read more ›
Greear admits however, that recently he has discovered something that has changed everything, the gospel. And in this rediscovering of the gospel it has given him a joy in God that he never experienced in all his years of fervent religion. I believe that this is what many, I may even be as bold to say what most Christians need to rediscover because when I look at the church, specifically in America, what I see is a bunch of wearisome Christians who have forgotten the power that made Christianity Revolutionary, the gospel.
I feel like it is necessary to give Greear's definition of the gospel from the book because I know many who are questioning what that even means in today's context. "The gospel is the announcement that God has reconciled us to Himself by sending His Son Jesus to die as a substitute for our sins, and that all who repent and believe have eternal life in Him. The gospel is that Christ has suffered the full wrath of God for my sin.Read more ›
Two of the greatest strengths of the book are as follows: First, there is a prayer that God formed in Greear's life as he began to understand the depth of the gospel. The prayer is four-fold, and it aims to bring the life of the reader under the authority of Christ. I have personally been praying this prayer now for 3 months, and it has lead to a depth with God I have not had in a long time. To understand not just on an intellectual level, but on a heart level the wonderful truths of the gospel will unleash a power and joy in a person's life that will be almost too much to bear.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rarely write reviews but this book is highly recommended. It gives you a deeper perspective of what a gospel centered life looks like.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
In Gospel I found some truly thought-provoking ideas that will continue to have a profound impact on me spiritually.
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I am pastor and have been for 12 years. This book was VERY refreshing for me. As a pastor I have read ALOT of different books, and most of them are for becoming a better leader,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by neals55
This book wrecked my life!! In the best way possible. It is inspiring, challenging and freeing. It re-focused me on the power of the gospel, living it passionately and sharing it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by lisa
If really hammers down on what the gospel is and what it means. I recommend this to anyone looking for more on the gospelPublished 2 months ago by Anthony Boling
A deep, but easily accessible book that will blow your mind! This is the full effect of the Gospel, believing it we are changed! Read morePublished 3 months ago by elily