Monday, October 18, 2010

Book Review: What is the Gospel?

As a part of the ChristianAudio Reviewer's Program, I get to download free books, listen to them, and write a review. Here are my thoughts on Greg Gilbert’s book, What is the Gospel?:
What is the gospel? Ask any hundred self-professed evangelical Christians what the good news of Jesus is, and you’re likely to get about sixty different answers. That’s what’s eating Greg Gilbert. I had the privilege of hearing his inaugural sermon at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, when I was down attending an accelerated summer course at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The book is composed of eight short chapters dealing on the essential aspects of the gospel drawn from the text of Scripture. Gilbert doesn’t waste time arguing the positions of liberal theologians or “health and wealth” preachers. His focus is on proclaiming what the Bible says about the “good news of Jesus Christ” (cf. Mark 1:1).

Superbly narrated by Lloyd James, the narrator of Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, the audio sounds pastoral, like you’re sitting with a teacher who is working with you one-on-one.

I highly recommend the book for people who don’t know how or who don’t feel confident sharing the gospel. If you know someone who is interested in Christian faith, this would be a helpful and clear introduction to the substance of our message. I anticipate churches purchasing cases of this book to give away in outreach events and as a gift to visitors coming through their doors. If you’re a pastor, I suggest doing as D.A. Carson suggests in the foreword: “Read it, then buy a box of them for generous distribution.”

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ChristianAudio as part of their book review program.

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