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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."
In three powerful sections in the book Greear shows how "the gospel can do what religion cannot"; how to daily live out the gospel (the longest section of the book - absolutely fantastic); and how to develop a gospel-centered understanding of life.
Get two copies of this book - one to read year after year - and another to give away. I hope this book receives a wide reading, reception of, and application of the "revolutionary" gospel!
Instead you have to get the message of the gospel. It is an unearned free gift, no strings attached. Not free with behavior modification, not a gift with 16,108 easy payments that somehow increase in size with each payment. When you put on Christ, God looks at you and sees Christ. The Devil gets his greatest success not when he attacks your new identity, but when pointing out your old substandard one.
This is summed up in the parts of what the author calls the Gospel Prayer, a summation of what the Gospel means to the already saved person, not the parts of the Gospel for how to get saved.
1) In Christ there is nothing I can do to make you love me more, and nothing I have done to make you love me less.
2) Your presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy.
3) As you have been to me so I will be to others.
4) As I pray I will measure your compassion by the cross and your power by the resurrection.
The author gives a really good guide to the God centered life, through this prayer. Covering areas of relationships, idols (the heart is an idol factory), compassion giving, sharing the word with unbelievers, unanswered prayer, and what to do with all those commands tossed at you by scripture so they are compatible with liberty and freedom.
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