What Is the Gospel? (Foreword by D. A. Carson)

What Is the Gospel? (Foreword by D. A. Carson)

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by Greg Gilbert

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What Is the Gospel? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Steelsmitty More than 1 year ago
I am pleased with this book. Simple to understand, great illustrations and a very clear, biblical presentation of the four essential points of the Gospel. I'll give you one hint: "God loves and has a wonderful plan for your life." is NOT one of the four and it NEVER was. I was deceived for almost 10 years with that one. Gilbert breaks the Gospel down into the four key points of a proper, biblical Gospel presentation. These four points are: accountability, rebellion, solution and application. The points are clearly supported with scripture, which I really appreciate. I was reminded once again as I read this book that God has two very distinct ways that He has dealt with man's rebellion against Him. Both involve death. Someone must die and be punished for each individual sinner is held accountable before God. Either Jesus Christ will die as a substitution for a sinner on the cross and then this applied when the person repents and trusts Christ or the sinner will die and face condemnation alone at the final judgment. For a short book the Gospel was clear, the outline is helpful to remember and the scriptures are given as proper support. Faith and repentance are mentioned which is certainly not the norm in books about the Gospel. However, there is one area that I feel was left out. Actually a friend of mine who gave me the book to read helped me see this. I went back and scanned the book again to verify his complaint. How salvation is applied and the origin of faith and repentance are not clearly explained. God is the giver of salvation. But, what is most often overlooked in modern Gospel and witnessing presentations is that faith and repentance are also gifts from God and not within the sinner until God rebirths them upon regeneration. This order of salvation is critical and is the difference between a God exalting salvation where man is the total recipient of grace verses a semi man centered Gospel where God does a little bit by providing Jesus and man kicks in his personal faith to complete the transaction. The scriptures do not support the later. I like the book but do have that one reservation.
StephenHth More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert, it is a great little book (only 121 pages) because it sets forth the biblical gospel so accurately and well. I highly recommend this book, and plan to buy multiple copies to lend or give to others. This book is a good read for both believers in Christ(for many it will be very helpful in clarifing exactly what the gospel is and also will encourage them in its message) and non-believers (it will present a clear and compelling presentation of what precisely the gospel of Jesus Christ is). In the following eight chapters the author accurately sets forth and explains the biblical gospel 1. Finding the Gospel in the Bible 2. God the Righteous Creator 3. Man the Sinner 4. Jesus Christ the Savior 5. Response-Faith and Repentance 6. The Kingdom 7. Keeping the Cross at the Center and 8. The Power of the Gospel. The author presents the gospel in its proper context, the good news is necessarily first preceded by the bad news of all humanity being under the holy Creator God's just condemnation because of their sin, otherwise the good news would make no sense. Here is a small taste of the book, in chapter one the author goes to Romans chapters 1-4 to show forth 1. The Creator God to whom all are accountable 2. The problem that all have rebelled against this God and failed to properly honor Him and are justly under His wrath because of their sin 3. That God's solution is Christ's substitutionary death (for sinners) and bodily resurrection as the only way for sinners to be forgiven and escape His wrath and 4. How a person may be included in this salvation provided by Christ---by repenting and believing the gospel. The author helpfully summarizes these four major points in four words - God, man, Christ, and response. This is one glimpse from the first chapter of this biblically faithful book that gets the gospel right.
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I love this book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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