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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Gospel Is For Christians by Mitchell Chase

The Gospel Is For Christians
by Mitchell Chase
Product Details
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Lucid Books
Date Published: 2010

Point: The Gospel is the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on behalf of sinners in order to appease the wrath of a righteous God. This truth has an incredible impact on every aspect of the life of the believer.
Path: Chase divides his book into two sections: The Glorious Good News, and Growing in the Gospel. The first details the Gospel and the second deals with its practical ramifications.
Sources: Primarily current evangelical leaders. The quotes and thoughts are taken from men such as Piper, Bridges, Carson, Dever, Mohler, etc.
Agreement: The Gospel is the believer’s only hope in salvation and spiritual living. Without the work of Christ on the cross there is no hope for the justification of sin nor the freedom from sin’s rule.
Disagreement: I agree with the majority of the ideas presented by the author, however there were some statements which I am not sure have been properly thought out. The author begins by stating that the redemptive story is “the story.” I agree that redemption is a center piece of all that has happened, but was that the complete idea. Was the only purpose for God’s creation to have Christ die? It seems that Christ death, while key to the plan of God, was done for something greater, to demonstrate his rule over all things on earth as it is in heaven.
Another side statement made was “This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t schedule a revivalist who preaches the gospel, or bring a Christian band to your Disciple Now event” (pg 192). It seems as though those two things completely go against all which he was trying to say in that chapter.
I felt reading through this that I was reading a sermon from Piper, Dever, or any number of evangelical leaders. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as they are excellent leaders, but it seemed awkward. 
Personal App: The Gospel is my hope for today and eternity. I am never over the Gospel.
Favorite Quote: “The fall was worse than a bad stumble...” (pg 42)
Stars: 3.5 out of 5
It would be worth lending to a new believer.

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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)