What Is the Gospel?

What Is the Gospel?

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ISBN-13: 9781433515002
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Series: IXMarks Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 223,864
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Greg Gilbert (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?, James: A 12-Week Study, and Who Is Jesus?, and is the co-author (with Kevin DeYoung) of What Is the Mission of the Church?

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

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CHAPTER 1

FINDING THE GOSPEL IN THE BIBLE

Did you know that GPS navigation systems are causing havoc in towns across the United States? That's especially the case in small towns. For people who live in large cities, the little machines are lifesavers. Plug the GPS in, type in an address, and you're off to the races. No more missed exits, no more wrong turns — just you, your car, your GPS, and ding! "Arriving at destination!"

I just recently got my first GPS device, which was primarily an act of defiance against whoever is responsible for the almost impossible road system in Washington DC. My first experience with it, though, wasn't in Washington. It was in Linden, Texas, my very small, very rural, and very out-of-the-way hometown.

It turns out that my GPS has no problem whatsoever navigating the crisscrossing, back-and-forth streets of Washington. Oddly enough, though, it did have trouble in Linden. Roads that the GPS was quite certain existed, didn't. Turns that it insisted were possible, weren't. Addresses that it firmly believed would be in a certain place, turned out to be several hundred yards further down the street — or even nonexistent.

Apparently GPS systems' ignorance of small towns is a growing problem. ABC News ran a story about neighborhood roads that have literally become commercial thoroughfares because GPS systems are routing traffic there, rather than along larger highways. There are other problems, too. One poor guy from California insisted he was only following his GPS's instructions when he made a right turn onto a rural road and found himself stuck on a train track, staring into the headlight of an oncoming locomotive! He survived. His rental car, though, and presumably the offending GPS along with it, didn't make out so well.

One representative from the American Automobile Association was sympathetic — kind of. "Clearly the GPS failed him in the sense it should not have been telling him to make a right turn on the railroad tracks," he said. "But just because a machine tells you to do something that is potentially dangerous, doesn't mean you should do it." Indeed!

So what's going on? GPS manufacturers say the problem isn't with the devices themselves. They're doing exactly what they're supposed to do. Instead, the problem is in the maps the devices are downloading. It turns out that especially for small towns, the maps available to GPS systems are often several years, or even decades, out of date. Sometimes the maps are nothing better than planning maps — what city planners intended to do if their towns grew. The result? Sometimes addresses that show up in one place on the planning maps ended up being somewhere else when the town was actually built. Sometimes roads that city planners intended to build never actually got built — and sometimes they got built not as roads at all, but as railroads!

In the world of GPS, as in life, it's important that you get your information from a reliable source!

What's Our Authority?

The same thing is true when we approach the question, What is the gospel? Right at the beginning, we have to make some sort of decision about what source of information we're going to use in order to answer the question. For evangelicals, the answer usually comes pretty easily: we find the answer in the Bible.

That's true, but it's useful to know up front that not everyone agrees entirely with that answer. Different "Christian" traditions have given a number of different answers to this question of authority. Some have argued, for instance, that we ought to base our understanding of the gospel not solely, or even primarily, on the words of the Bible, but on Christian tradition. If the church has believed something for long enough, they argue, we should understand it to be true. Others have said that we know truth through the use of reason. Building our knowledge from the ground up — A leads to B leads to C leads to D — will bring us to a true understanding of ourselves, the world, and God. Still others say we should look for the truth of the gospel in our own experience. Whatever resonates most with our own hearts is what we finally understand to be true about ourselves and God.

If you spend enough time thinking about it, though, you realize that each of those three potential sources of authority ultimately fails to deliver what it promises. Tradition leaves us relying on nothing more than the opinions of men. Reason, as any freshman philosopher will tell you, leaves us flailing about in skepticism. (Try to prove, for example, that you're not just a figment of someone else's imagination, or that your five senses really are reliable.) And experience leaves us relying on our own fickle hearts in order to decide what is true — a prospect most honest people find unsettling at best.

What do we do, then? Where do we go in order to know what is true, and therefore what the good news of Jesus Christ really is? As Christians, we believe that God has spoken to us in his Word, the Bible. Furthermore, we believe that what God has said in the Bible is infallibly and inerrantly true, and therefore it leads us not to skepticism or despair or uncertainty, but to confidence. "All Scripture is breathed out by God," Paul said, "and profitable for teaching" (2 Tim. 3:16). King David wrote,

This God — his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true. (Ps. 18:30)

And so it is to God's Word that we look in order to find what he has said to us about his Son Jesus and about the good news of the gospel.

Where in the Bible Do We Go?

But where do we go in the Bible to find that? I suppose there are several different approaches we could take. One would be to look at all the occurrences of the word gospel in the New Testament and try to come to some sort of conclusion about what the writers mean when they use the word. Surely there are a few instances where the writers are careful to define it.

There could be important things to learn from this approach, but there are drawbacks, too. One is that often in the New Testament a writer obviously intends to give a summary of the good news of Christianity, yet he doesn't use the word gospel at all. Take Peter's sermon at Pentecost in Acts 2, for example. If ever there was a proclamation of the good news of Christianity, surely this is it — yet Peter never mentions the word gospel. Another example is the apostle John, who uses the word only once in all his New Testament writings (Rev. 14:6)!

Let me suggest that, for now, we approach the task of defining the main contours of the Christian gospel not by doing a word study, but by looking at what the earliest Christians said about Jesus and the significance of his life, death, and resurrection. If we look at the apostles' writings and sermons in the Bible, we'll find them explaining, sometimes very briefly and sometimes at greater length, what they learned from Jesus himself about the good news. Perhaps we'll also be able to discern some common set of questions, some shared framework of truths around which the apostles and early Christians structured their presentation of the good news of Jesus.

The Gospel in Romans 1–4

One of the best places to start looking for a basic explanation of the gospel is Paul's letter to the Romans. Perhaps more clearly than any other book of the Bible, Romans contains a deliberate, step-by-step expression of what Paul understood to be the good news.

Actually, the book of Romans is not so much a book at all, at least as we usually think of books. It's a letter, a way for Paul to introduce himself and his message to a group of Christians he had never met. That's why it has such a systematic, step-by-step feel. Paul wanted these Christians to know about him, his ministry, and especially his message. He wanted them to know that the good news he preached was the same good news they believed.

"I am not ashamed of the gospel," he begins, "for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Rom. 1:16). From there, especially through the first four chapters, Paul explains the good news about Jesus in wonderful detail. As we look at these chapters, we'll see that Paul structures his presentation of the gospel around a few critical truths, truths that show up again and again in the apostles' preaching of the gospel. Let's look at the progression of Paul's thought in Romans 1–4.

First, Paul tells his readers that it is God to whom they are accountable. After his introductory remarks in Romans 1:1–7, Paul begins his presentation of the gospel by declaring that "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven" (v. 18). With his very first words, Paul insists that humanity is not autonomous. We did not create ourselves, and we are neither self-reliant nor self-accountable. No, it is God who created the world and everything in it, including us. Because he created us, God has the right to demand that we worship him. Look what Paul says in verse 21: "For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened."

Thus Paul indicts humanity: they have sinned by not honoring and thanking God. It is our obligation, as people created and owned by God, to give him the honor and glory that is due to him, to live and speak and act and think in a way that recognizes and acknowledges his authority over us. We are made by him, owned by him, dependent on him, and therefore accountable to him. That's the first point Paul labors to make as he explains the good news of Christianity.

Second, Paul tells his readers that their problem is that they rebelled against God. They — along with everyone else — did not honor God and give thanks to him as they should have. Their foolish hearts were darkened and they "exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things" (v. 23). That's a truly revolting image, isn't it? For human beings to consider their Creator and then decide that a wooden or metal image of a frog or a bird or even themselves is more glorious, more satisfying, and more valuable is the height of insult and rebellion against God. It is the root and essence of sin, and its results are nothing short of horrific.

For most of the next three chapters Paul presses this point, indicting all humanity as sinners against God. In chapter 1 his focus is on the Gentiles, and then in chapter 2 he turns just as strongly toward the Jews. It's as if Paul knows that the most self-righteous of the Jews would have been applauding his lashing of the Gentiles, so he pivots on a dime in 2:1 and points his accusing finger at the applauders: "Therefore you have no excuse"! Just like Gentiles, he says, Jews have broken God's law and are under his judgment.

By the middle of chapter 3, Paul has indicted every single person in the world with rebellion against God. "We have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin" (v. 9). And his sobering conclusion is that when we stand before God the Judge, every mouth will be silenced. No one will mount a defense. Not one excuse will be offered. The whole world — Jew, Gentile, every last one of us — will be held fully accountable to God (v. 19).

Now, strictly speaking, these first two points are not really good news at all. In fact, they're pretty bad news. That I have rebelled against the holy and judging God who made me is not a happy thought. But it is an important one, because it paves the way for the good news. That makes sense if you think about it. To have someone say to you, "I'm coming to save you!" is really not good news at all unless you believe you actually need to be saved.

Third, Paul says that God's solution to humanity's sin is the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Having laid out the bad news of the predicament we face as sinners before our righteous God, Paul turns now to the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"But now," Paul says, in spite of our sin, "now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law" (v. 21). In other words, there is a way for human beings to be counted righteous before God instead of unrighteous, to be declared innocent instead of guilty, to be justified instead of condemned. And it has nothing to do with acting better or living a more righteous life. It comes "apart from the law."

So how does it happen? Paul puts it plainly in Romans 3:24. Despite our rebellion against God, and in the face of a hopeless situation, we can be "justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Through Christ's sacrificial death and resurrection — because of his blood and his life — sinners may be saved from the condemnation our sins deserve.

But there's one more question Paul answers. Exactly how is that good news for me? How do I become included in this promised salvation?

Finally, Paul tells his readers how they themselves can be included in this salvation. That's what he writes about through the end of chapter 3 and on into chapter 4. The salvation God has provided comes "through faith in Jesus Christ," and it is "for all who believe" (3:22). So how does this salvation become good news for me and not just for someone else? How do I come to be included in it? By believing in Jesus Christ. By trusting him and no other to save me. "To the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly," Paul explains, "his faith is counted as righteousness" (4:5).

Four Crucial Questions

Now, having looked at Paul's argument in Romans 1–4, we can see that at the heart of his proclamation of the gospel are the answers to four crucial questions:

1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?

2. What is our problem? In other words, are we in trouble and why?

3. What is God's solution to that problem? How has he acted to save us from it?

4. How do I — myself, right here, right now — how do I come to be included in that salvation? What makes this good news for me and not just for someone else?

We might summarize these four major points like this: God, man, Christ, and response.

Of course Paul goes on to unfold a universe of other promises God has made to those who are saved in Christ, and many of those promises may very appropriately be identified as part of the good news of Christianity, the gospel of Jesus Christ. But it's crucial that we understand, right from the outset, that all those grand promises depend on and flow from this, the heart and fountainhead of the Christian good news. Those promises come only to those who are forgiven of sin through faith in the crucified and risen Christ. That is why Paul, when he presents the heart of the gospel, starts here — with these four critical truths.

The Gospel in the Rest of the New Testament

It's not just Paul who does this. As I read the apostles' writings throughout the New Testament, these are the four questions I see them answering over and over again. Whatever else they might say, these are the issues that seem to lie at the heart of their presentation of the gospel. Contexts change, angles change, words change, and approaches change, but somehow and in some way the earliest Christians always seem to get at these four issues: We are accountable to the God who created us. We have sinned against that God and will be judged. But God has acted in Jesus Christ to save us, and we take hold of that salvation by repentance from sin and faith in Jesus.

God. Man. Christ. Response.

Let's take a look at some other passages in the New Testament where the gospel of Jesus is summarized. Take Paul's famous words in 1 Corinthians 15, for example:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you — unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (vv. 1–5)

Do you see the central structure there? Paul is not as expansive as he is in Romans 1–4, but the main contours are still clear. Human beings are in trouble, sunk in "our sins" and in need of "being saved" (obviously, though implicitly, from God's judgment). But salvation comes in this: "Christ died for our sins ... was buried ... was raised." And all this is taken hold of by "hold[ing] fast to the word I preached to you," by believing truly and not in vain. So there it is: God, man, Christ, response.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface,
Foreword by D. A. Carson,
Introduction,
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,
8 The Power of the Gospel,
Special Thanks,

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"Greg Gilbert is one of the brightest and most faithful young men called to serve the church today. Here he offers us a penetrating, faithful, and fully biblical understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no greater need than to know the true gospel, to recognize the counterfeits, and to set loose a generation of gospel-centered Christians. This very important book arrives at just the right moment."
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Two realities make this a critically important book: the centrality of the gospel in all generations and the confusion about the gospel in our own generation. What Is the Gospel? provides a biblically faithful explanation of the gospel and equips Christians to discern deviations from that glorious message. How I wish I could place this book in the hands of every pastor and church member."
C.J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville

"Greg Gilbert contends that the current evangelical understanding of the gospel is lost in a fog of confusion. He burns away that fog by shining fresh light on an old subject. Gilbert writes in a clear, concise, and colloquial style that will especially appeal to young adults. What Is the Gospel? will sharpen your thinking about the gospel, etching it more deeply on your heart so you can share the good news of Jesus Christ with boldness. It will leave you pondering the extent to which the gospel has impacted your own life. It will cause you to cry out with thankfulness to God for what Christ has accomplished."
James MacDonald, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church

"A wonderful telling of the old, old story in fresh words—and with sound warnings against subtle misrepresentations. As the old gospel song attests, and as is true of Greg Gilbert’s fine book, those who know the old, old story best will find themselves hungering and thirsting to hear this story like the rest."
Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

"Greg Gilbert is someone I have had the honor and privilege of teaching and who is now teaching me. This little book on the gospel is one of the clearest and most important books I’ve read in recent years."
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks

"What is the gospel? This short but powerful book answers that question with a clear and concise presentation. It is a superb treatment of the good news. Read it and then pass it on."
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Greg Gilbert, with a sharp mind and a pastor’s heart, has written a book that will be helpful for seekers, new Christians, and anyone who wants to understand the gospel with greater clarity. I’ve been waiting for a book like this! As a sure-footed guide to a surprisingly controversial subject, it clears up misconceptions about the gospel, the kingdom, and the meaning of the cross."
Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor,Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, North Carolina

"Greg Gilbert cuts through the confusion by searching Scripture to answer the most important question anyone can ask. Even if you think you know the good news of what God has done in Christ, Gilbert will sharpen your focus on this glorious gospel."
Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; author, Blind Spots

"This book will help you better understand, treasure, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. And if you think you know enough about the gospel already, you might need it more than you think."
Joshua Harris, Former Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep

"Amidst a contemporary Christian culture characterized by rampant confusion regarding the central tenets of our faith, Greg Gilbert has given us a portrait of the gospel that is clear for those who have believed and compelling for those who have yet to believe. Word-saturated, cross-centered, and God-exalting, What Is the Gospel? will capture your mind’s attention and ignite your heart’s affection for the God who saves us by his grace through his gospel for his glory."
David Platt, Pastor-Teacher, McLean Bible Church; author,Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

"Greg Gilbert has called the church back to the source of her revelation. In a simple and straightforward manner, he has laid bare what the Bible has shown the gospel to mean."
Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion

"Clarity on the gospel brings both confidence in the gospel and conviction concerning core gospel truths. This excellent book is wonderfully clear and biblically faithful, and will repay reading with renewed gospel focus."
William Taylor,Rector, St. Helen's Bishopsgate, London; author,Understanding the Times and Partnership

"When I think of the centerpiece of my Bible, my heart immediately embraces the gospel. I know many people who love the gospel, but I’m always open to loving it more and understanding it better. Greg Gilbert has written this book to help us to know and love the gospel more."
Johnny Hunt, Former President, The Southern Baptist Convention; Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia

"What makes this book profound is its simplicity. Perhaps the greatest danger in Christianity is making assumptions about what the gospel is without hearing the Bible’s clear and definitive voice. It is not an overstatement to say this may be the most important book you’ll read about the Christian faith."
Rick Holland,Senior Pastor, Mission Road Bible Church, Prairie Village, Kansas

"'Gospel-centeredness' has become the new, vogue term for pastors and churches. Greg Gilbert does a masterful job in this book explaining what that gospel actually is. He shows us that many well-meaning churches have distorted the gospel through false teaching, and others have abandoned the gospel because of embarrassment or simply neglect. This is a profound analysis of the gospel, expressed in a poignant, relevant way. I am very grateful for Greg’s prophetic call to return to the straightforward message of the cross."
J. D. Greear, author, Not God Enough; President, Southern Baptist Convention; Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

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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.
ronjawdi on LibraryThing 22 days ago
If someone asks for an excellent intro to the Christian faith, I would give them this book. It explains the Gospel and some of its implications for the Christian life really well. Though it is brief, it makes a perfect gift for those who are new to the faith, but are unable to spend time on larger tomes such as "Mere Christianity" or "Simply Christian". I would also give this to long time Christians just as a refresher. Overall, I would try to put this in the hands of everyone.
moses917 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Pastor Author Greg Gilbert asks a pertinent question in his newly titled book What Is The Gospel? This book is part of the 9marks series which is a series of books go in depth on what the ministries proclaimed 9marks of a healthy church are. One would think that would be the simplest question to answer for the evangelical church but many times we hear wrong answer or non biblical partial truths. Gilbert begins the book by presenting multiple false positions of what the Gospel is from liberal theologians and health & wealth preachers.To answer the question of the gospel and what is so good about this news he starts with what is going to be our authority, for the Christian it is the Bible. The author then proceeds to give four questions through which he demonstrates his outline to demonstrate the gospel. (1) Who made me, and to whom are we accountable? (God) (2) What is our problem? (man) (3) What is God's solution to that problem? (Christ) (4) How do I come to be included in that salvation? (response).These four questions provide the frame for the rest of this book in which Gilbert devotes one chapter to answering in more detail. Within the chapters he explains the holy righteous nature of God and Jesus and man¿s depravity. He also gives a thorough account of the redemptive work accomplished on the cross for Christ followers. Shows how Christ¿s penal Substitutionary atonement is the only thing sufficient to satisfy a holy God. Then in concluding the chapters on answering the four questions he demonstrates what is saving faith and also what is not saving faith.Gilbert then continues the book by writing what it exactly means now to be a part of God¿s kingdom. Once again he reverts back to the text of scripture and what does it say about the kingdom of God. His brief explanation of the kingdom revolves around the idea of the kingdom now and the kingdom which is not yet. He finishes how the kingdom citizen¿s should live cross-centered lives by loving one another and longing for the return of their King.This book like the rest of the 9Marks publications are splendidly written. What is the Gospel? is a enjoyably clear, concise, well-articulated and engaging little book which I highly recommend.
Berachah on LibraryThing 22 days ago
A good overview of the essentials of the Gospel. A good book to help ensure you are emphasizing the things that God is in Scripture. This book also deals with some of the more subtle ways the Church gravitates away from the central place of the Cross of Christ. A good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the book. It is a great reminder of how simple and powerful the gospel is in the world. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is trying to figure out how to present the gospel in a world that is over complicating things.
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I love this book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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