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The Gospel's Power & Message

 

[Summary] This author is widely known for his Gospel preaching.  In this book, he did not cease to amaze with his engagement of critical texts concerning the Gospel.  The book comprises of three foundational parts: “An Apostolic Introduction,” “The Power of God for Salvation,” and “The Acropolis of the Christian Faith.”  Each breakdown below is worthy to be studied deeply and worthy to be used in Gospel exposition.

  • PART ONE: AN APOSTOLIC INTRODUCTION
    • A Gospel to Know and Make Known
    • A Gospel to be Received
    • A Gospel by Which We Are Saved
    • A Gospel of First Importance
    • A Gospel Handed Down and Delivered
  • PART TWO: THE POWER OF GOD FOR SALVATION
    • The Gospel
    • A Scandalous Gospel
    • A Powerful Gospel
    • A Gospel for All Who Believe
  • PART THREE: THE ACROPOLIS
    • Making Much of Sin
    • Making Much of God
    • Sinners One and All
    • Sinners Falling Short
    • Sinners Through and Through
    • Righteous Indignation
    • Holy War
    • A Most Costly Gift
    • The Divine Dilemma
    • A Qualified Redeemer
    • The Cross Of Jesus Christ
    • The Vindication of God
    • The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
    • The Foundation of Faith in the Resurrection
    • Christ’s Ascension as the High Priest of His People
    • Christ’s Ascension as the Lord of All
    • Christ’s Ascension as the Judge of All

[Analysis] One of greatest travesties in this generation is the saints’ neglect of the Gospel.  From this neglect, as the author points out, maladies and false teaching spring forth.  Often many pulpits across America ignore the major themes that make up the foundational elements, fabric, and the theme of the Gospel.  Themes such as the justice of God, holiness, the blood atonement, the depravity of man, lie on the table with dust on it.  To ignore these themes is to prevent people from seeing the full and glorious beauty of the Gospel of grace.  Sinners need to hear the bad news before they can appreciate the good news.  To ignore the holiness and justice of God, and the depravity of man, is to make the Gospel more palatable to the unbeliever who is blinded by sin.

It is no wonder that when the Gospel is stripped from its major themes concerning God and man, many are not offended by the message and many are not truly converted.  The messenger commits this crime against God for the sake of friendship, and for the sake of the idolatry of sentimentalism.  When human revisionism of the Gospel takes place, many others who are in tuned with the itchy ear epidemic and the idolatry of sentimentalism will cause them to cut corners concerning truth.  As a result, the Gospel will not be a sharp blade that will pierce the heart.  To take away the the major themes as mentioned above, is to ignore the plight of sinners.  And to ignore the plight of sinners is in reality to be unloving and unkind to not only God but humanity too. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to witness to a friend who is an atheist.  I presented him some of the major themes of the Gospel that did not subtract the holiness and justice of God.  He was offended because I did not wrap the message the way he envisioned.  But this is not about us.  This is about the glory of God.  The Gospel is about God and His glory.  And it must start there.

This book does a great job in dealing with the major themes in order that the Gospel is presented with clarity.  The breakdown of the Gospel’s terminology will also help explain in more depth concerning the terms that require more explanation.  I recommend this book to all believers and for those who have a desire to do evangelism here and abroad.

 

 

 

 

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