Book Review: What is the Gospel?

This is a good one perhaps for some Easter week reading to remind yourself why.

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If you've been following my articles looking at the what Christians believe the gospel is and you've thought, “I wouldn't mind a little bit more on that,” then Greg Gilbert's book is an excellent place to go. In fact, if you do go there you will find some similarities I suspect, as I've been reading it alongside writing the articles.

Gilbert is a pastor of a church in Kentucky, and so the book is written to help ordinary Christians have a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary good news of Jesus Christ. The heart of the book is an explanation of the gospel in four chapters (which may sound familiar):

  1. God the righteous Creator
  2. Man the Sinner
  3. Jesus Christ the Saviour
  4. Response – Faith and Repentance

In a straightforward and engaging way, he presents the Bible's teaching on the shape and content of the gospel message. He also has a couple of introductory chapters explaining why he wrote the book and why he's using the Bible as the foundation for explaining the Christian message. There's a chapter on the idea of the Kingdom of God and how that relates to the gospel and two chapters on what it means to live out the gospel as Christian, or to be gospel-centred.

This is a book that is both clear and challenging. Gilbert takes us to the core of the Christian message and challenges us to both believe it and to live out the consequences of it. He deals clearly with some of the issues that people have, both in terms of believing the gospel and in terms of how Christians can be distracted from keeping the gospel central.

All of that is found in just 128 pages and it's available as an eBook if you prefer. This would be a great book to read this Easter time. It's a good book for Christians, as it helps us re-focus on what is most important and remind us of the message we believe and share. It could also be a good book to read and pass on to friends and family who are not Christians, but who might be interested. As always, it's available from Amazon and 10ofthose.com from around £6.

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