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Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,251 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Could the gospel be lost in evangelical churches? In this book, J.D. Greear shows how moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative churches. Gospel cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints you with the revolutionary truth of God's gracious acceptance of us in Christ. The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source o ...more
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Published October 1st 2011 by B Books (first published September 13th 2011)
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Joseph McBee
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I have to confess, I didn't like this book at first. The style of writing felt simplistic and the anecdotes felt forced, like the author was just trying too hard to make everything "relevant."

Despite my initial negative feelings about the book, I kept reading. The reason I kept reading is because the author makes much of Jesus. On page after page, J.D. Greear exalts the name and work of Christ and invites his readers to do the same.

I was also drawn to the way Greear offers practical application,
J.S. Park
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Much of Gospel is unoriginal, and J.D. Greear proudly claims so. Often written like a Greatest Hits Album from a cross-section of the best preachers today, Gospel works largely because of its sincerity and straightforward simplicity. It's like a quadruple espresso shot of Bible truth aiming for the heart of the matter: namely, your heart. It will especially revive those who are frustrated or flailing in their Christian walk.

With endorsements by Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, David Platt, Albert Moh
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous look at what true Christian life is.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Gospel” is one of those words used often by Christians but not fully understood. Pastors routinely throw around the world without explicitly explaining its meaning or its implications. In this book, Greear explains what the gospel is (“that Jesus is Lord and that He has won the battle for your salvation” – in other words, the gospel is about the person and work of Christ); and more importantly, he explains what impact a firm grasp of the gospel has on one’s life. The book uses a “Gospel prayer” ...more
Justin Tapp
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: church
(The first thing I note is for Kindle readers: For some reason, Amazon isn't saving/displaying my highlights for this book as with other books, so I don't have location references with the quotes below. I'm not sure where the fault is here, it simply does not appear on the Your_Highlights page, the history skips over this book for some reason.)

My church went through the video and study guide series version (Gospel Revolution), but I missed out on most of it so I read the book instead. This book
Hunter Newton
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a feeling that this going to be a book that I read and reread
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great topic & content. Encouraging, challenging, uplifting - not really my preferred writing style but worth reading. ...more
Bryan Robinson
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Gospel - JD Greear
January 28, 2012
I enjoyed these points of the book:
1. p4 - Jonathan Edwards likened his reawakening to the gospel to a man who had known, in his head, that honey was sweet, but for the first time had that sweetness burst alive in his mouth.
2. p52 - Satan starts with what you did, and tears down who you are. The Holy Spirit starts with what Christ has declared over you, and helps you rebuild what you did.
3. p63 - Most preachers think that preaching the law (exclusively) in s
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall a good read. Repetitive in parts (for the sake of internalization, not clumsy redundancy), but a quick, insightful, non-judgmental look at what the Church is supposed to be. It revealed some truths along the way that I simply would rather pretend weren't true. Like for example when the author criticizes the quote attributed to St. Francis ("Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary use words) by saying that people will not hear the Gospel unless we use words. While I agree that the to ...more
Jeff Short
Given the book's premise, I was eager to read it and wanted to really like it. Mostly I did with only a couple of complaints. First, this book is very practical and that is both good and bad. The point was to be practical and that was good, but at times the reader would have been better served by going a little deeper into the text of Scripture and providing solid foundation for the practical application. Second, some of the jokes and cultural references felt a little forced and distracting. Thi ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-book-list
J.D. offers a prayer in this book which I like:

"In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less.
Your presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy.
As you have been to me, so I will be to others.
As I pray, I'll measure your compassion by the cross and Your power by the resurrection."

Gospel change is the Spirit of God using the story of God to make the beauty of God come alive in our hearts.

Most of the mira
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book I could not put down. And so often I feel as Christians we get caught up in the bible laws and passages that we forget that the bible was a history of events that led to the crucifixion of Christ, he's resurrection and the beginning of the Church as we know it.

Focus as Christians today should be placed on Christ the bearer of our sins. His teachings are found throughout the Gospel.

This book highlights why we as Christians should focus on the teachings of the Gospel for true redemptio
Scott Johnson
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely a clear and inspiring read and reminder of the power of the gospel of Jesus! Easy to read, Greear is witty, illustrative, and thorough! It is the gospel that saves, and grows the believer in faith! Well worth the time!
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read on gospel application!!
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by J.D. Greear; I had no idea he could write like this. I'll definitely be reading more of his books in the near future. It's an easy read, yet contains an incredible amount of information. It's a serious book, but not so serious that it feels like a depressing lecture. Nor is it so lighthearted that you feel as though you can't take anything the author is saying seriously. Along with discussing pretty big topics, there's elements of humor and sarcasm thrown in a ...more
Alexis Salcido
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
There were a lot of great points made in this book! I really liked that the author discussed legalism and how we as Christians immediately think we should take everything the bible says literally. I took a lot of notes because a lot of points hit home..but also I felt like a lot of what J.D. said was repetitive.

When the author discussed the Muslim who had a vision, he said that visions are some extraordinary event, which I do not agree with. I think any Christ follower can have visions and be o
Andie Taylor
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was just what I needed. It's primary focus is on the gospel. Most people think we must DO something for approval from God, when in reality we must BELIEVE in the gospel and everything else will follow.
J D Greear has a quote in this book that I really held on to...

"You might never really know Jesus is all that you need until He is all that you have."

And one by Charles Spurgeon...

"How could those of us who have known Jesus and failed to take Him to those who have not heard, p
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The Gospel' is a timely reminder of how to choose to let Christ's sacrificial love take up His residence in me, so that I love others with that same love. I gave the book three stars because at places I felt as though J.D. Greear was speaking condescendingly and self-righteously to me. Also there was quite a-bit of redundancy with the use of the 'highlight boxes.' The gem of good news of the book? The (para-)phrase, ' There is nothing you can screw-up on that will cause God to love you less; not ...more
Princess Ventures
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. It's simple yet so helpful for Christian living. This is an amazing book on the transforming power of the Gospel. He gets transparent at times in this one. This book helps those that fight against legalism and that inner strive for perfection. He helps remind us that we don't have to earn God's favor. He reminds us that what Jesus did on the cross was enough to bring us in right relationship with God. That God's grace is a gift. Tand that this gospel message is one we will have t ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How should the gospel of Jesus Christ impact your life, family, church, and community? Greear uses accurate biblical exegesis to give the answer. Practical, applicable, easy to read, and useful, this book is motivated by Greear's live for Christ's gospel. Greear uses a brief prayer as a model to teach how Christians are to biblically manifest the gospel in their lives. I will use the information I learned in this book in my personal life, home, work, church, and community.
Rebekah Laughbaum
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Leading up to Chapter 12 of this book, about 75% of the way in, I thought “eh, I’ll give this book three stars. Good truths, but nothing that I haven’t heard in other gospel-centered novels.” BUT THEN Chapter 12 hit. I cannot emphasize enough how good the last 75 pages were. So good that I cannot write about it in a review. If you want more info, talk to me in real life, and I’ll rave about it to ya ;)
Robert Prather
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’re comfortable in your Christianity, don’t read this book... better yet, if you’re comfortable in your Christianity, this should be the NEXT BOOK ON YOUR LIST! Without bashing or pulpit whipping, JD lays out the truth of the Gospel and the impact it should have in our lives. Not only that, but he shares what that should look like in our lives, the life of the church, and the life of our community.
Kristi Spencer
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book clearly explains why Christianity isn’t about doing more or being a better person. It is about God and His love and power shown in the gospel message. The more you saturate your mind with the gospel, the more Christ will transform your heart. Reading this book can open your eyes to what God’s role is and what yours is in regards to salvation and service; hint, God has all the power and we have the ability to respond!
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: devotionals
I reread this book as part of my quiet time. It is an easy, excellent read about the nature of Christianity. In a time when Christians appear to be tearing each other apart to the amusement of the world, it's an excellent reminder that the Gospel is the center--not doctrine or theology or any of the things we argue so vehemently about. In the end, Christ died for us--all of us--and made it possible for us to have a relationship with the Father. Good news, indeed.
C.J. Moore
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the book that helped me with my own gospel reawakening as I lived in China, sharing the gospel with agnostics and atheists on a daily basis. The goodness of the gospel's power takes the weight off of my shoulders when it comes to evangelism. The gospel has the power to save; I don't. In the era of gospel-centeredness, I think Greear's book will be appreciated as one of the best.
Roddy Aguirre
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Over the last few months, I felt that I needed to see the gospel with fresh eyes. This book helped me see that it’s not about going past the gospel, but going deeper into it. Truly a phenomenal book that I’d recommend to anyone who is exploring Christianity or needs to see the gospel with fresh eyes. 9.5/10
Brian Thorson
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The Gospel is everything. The more we understand it and believe it, the more it transforms us. What better message is there? Greear does a great job building the case for Gospel centrality for unbelievers and believers alike as well as for churches. This is a refreshing read that will help all who it read it refocus on what’s important.
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was written by my pastor in North Carolina, so I am somewhat biased. I am grateful to be led by someone who prizes the gospel above all else. The book’s highlight is a daily gospel prayer; it is worth reading the entire book. The writing style is somewhat verbose and could have been edited further.
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-life
This is an excellent exploration of the TRUE gospel as not just a transaction but a source of all real life for all of life. This is a great book for discipleship or helping an individual (maybe you?) move from a religious life to a life of freedom in the gospel.
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J.D. Greear, Ph.D., did his degree work in Christian and Islamic theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He is Lead Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The Summit’s vision is to plant 1,000 churches in by the year 2040. Currently, they have planted 11 and have several church planting teams stationed around the world.

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