What Is the Gospel? (Ixmarks)
What is the gospel? It seems like a simple question, yet it has been known to incite some heated responses, even in the church. How are we to formulate a clear, biblical understanding of the gospel? Tradition, reason, and experience all leave us ultimately disappointed. If we want answers, we must turn to the Word of God.
Greg Gilbert does so in What Is the Gospel? Beginni...more
I have three main criticisms of the book. First, Gilbert begins the b ...more
On a critical note one thing that really got my attention was his arguments against three "substitute" gospels as follows:
"Jesus is Lord" is not the gospel
Creation-Fall-Redemption-Consummation is not the gospel
Cultural Transformation is not the gospel
First, who is hearing these bei ...more
The latest book I got to review for christianaudio's reviewer program (meaning I received a complimentary copy) was Greg Gilbert's What is the Gospel? This book is actually part of a series from 9marks, going in-depth about what that organization considers to be the nine marks of a healthy church, as argued by Mark Dever.
I actually finished this audiobook over a week ago, but I didn't feel any urge to get a review out quickly because I really d ...more
I read this as a seminary assignment. I found that it not only stimulated my intellect but my heart as well.
Finding the Gospel in the Bible
For a basic explanation of the gospel, we need look no further than the Letter to the Romans:
- First, Paul tells his readers that it is God to whom they are accountable.
- Second, Paul tells his readers that their problem is that they rebelled against God.
- Third, Paul says that God's solution to hum ...more
But, as he demonstrates in the first few pages, people have a variety of ideas about what exactly the gospel is, some odd, some close but not quite accurate. This, above anything else, is essential to know, because if we’re wrong about this, we’re in big trouble.
The first issue is our source of authority. After showing that reason, our o ...more
Mr. Gilbert breaks the Gospel down into 4 major points: God, man, Christ, response.
God - The Righteous Creator
Man - The Sinner - This chapter was among the most impactful for me. Sin is definitely not sugar-coated. The difference between our sins (mistakes we make) and sin ( ...more
Mr. Gilbert’s theology is energetic and insidious. His belief system does not allow him to rely upon the
Gospel of John to find the principles of justification salvation. God doesn’t love the world but only those select few who renounce sin in the name of Christ. Faith is insufficient and Christ is ineffective if providing justification. A person must also turn away from sin. On one hand God is holy and pure and will not ...more
I read it years ago & it has helped me immensely for almost a decade in clearly explaining the gospel whether 1 on 1 or in preaching or writing. I just reread it to help me with preaching a series on the gospel and it wa ...more
This book is a thorough, useful and biblically sound summary of the Gospel doctrine of redemption from sin and sanctification.
It does not deal with predestination or wether the response to the Gospel is a gift or a human decision.
The explanation of the atonement becomes deficient as soon as the author moves away from the text and tries to "explain" it using familiar examples. A lot of non sequiturs when the author adds his reasoning to the flow of scriptu ...more
Read this to be encouraged about your identity in Christ. Read it to be informed regarding how you can summarize the gospel. Read it with other Christians for mutual edification. Read it with an interested nonbeliever so that you can help them understand as you go along.
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?.