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“Spend time with this helpful book.”
—Timothy Keller

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.

About the Author

J. D. Greear is lead pastor of The Summit Church, a multi-site congregation in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He holds an M.Div. in International Church Planting and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Greear also lived and worked among Muslims in Southeast Asia for two years and wrote Breaking the Islam Code. He and his wife have four children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433673126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433673122
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I never heard of J. D. Greear before reading this book; but after reading this one, I immediately purchased his only other published book called "Breaking the Islam Code" and can't wait to get started on that one. I'm sure many more books from Greear will follow - because he is an exceptionally gifted theologian/pastor - he is astute, cogent, and practical in his biblical and cultural exposition of the gospel as revealed in the Scriptures.

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.
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I cannot imagine writing a book and then being so bold to title with something such as Gospel, but that is exactly what J.D. Greear has done in his newest release along with a subtitle of Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. Greear is very clear from his introduction that his reason for writing the book is because he like many in the church have gotten to a place where they are finding Christianity to be wearisome with all of the "do's and don'ts" that categorize someone as a "good" Christian. Thoughts that are categorized in statements like once you become a Christian, "don't drink, don't dance, don't chew, and don't go with girls that do."

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.
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Let me first state that I enjoyed reading Dr. Greear's Book, Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. He has a very laid back, simple style with good doses of humor sprinkled throughout. Hense this books very strengths are its weakness. There has been other books that have covered this topic in greater detail and depth. The problem I had with this book was not just the lack of depth but precision such as the author's all too brief treatment of grace. Often he uses the term, gospel when I believe he meant, grace. True, we come to understand who God is by the gospel. We come to understand God's redemptive plan by the gospel but we are motivated and empowered by God's grace. Missing too from this books daily gospel prayer is daily repentance. Nevertheless, let me say that I believe I can see Dr. Greear's heart throughout this book. It is a worthy goal to motivate the saints to "good works" through the love of Christ displayed at the cross. That is why Christ said that His burden was "light." I believe the following 4 books cover this topic far more completely. First is Jerry Bridges' "Transforming Grace," second is John Piper's 2 books, "God's Passion for His Glory" and "Desiring God" and J.I. Packers, "Knowing God." Finally, let me state that it is far easier to be a critic of a book than an author of one. To that end, it was my intent to inform not merely to throw stones at glass houses. Thank you.
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Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary, by JD Greear, combats one of the greatest misconceptions about Christianity: that Christianity is about what we do for God. If that was reality, then we should we should strive to live holy lives, be generous, kind, and share our faith so that God would be pleased and look favorably on us. Every page of JD's book combats this lie, and instead lays out the good news of Jesus--that though man is separated from God to such a degree that there is nothing he can do to get back to God, man can be saved by the work of Christ. I won't go into the implications of this, because that is why I think you should read the book. I will say though that to understand the gospel will bring the greatest freedom and the greatest joy a person could ever imagine. It is the way to know God, to be loved by God, to be His friend, and the gospel changes us into the image of God. JD Greear lays this out with skill of a learned theologian, the honesty and compassion of a good pastor, the humility of a great leader, and the humor and wit of a guy you would want at your next Christmas party.

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.
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