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See for yourself how the gospel is more than eternal salvation--it sets you free from sin's defeat and empowers you to experience God's abundant life.
The gospel provides for our eternal salvation, but how does it benefit us day to day?
Find out from Navigator author Jerry Bridges how the gospel transforms you daily into Christlikeness. Learn more about the character of God and the character of Jesus as you explore this book on your own or with a discipleship partner.
• Includes study guide with discussion questions
The Gospel for Real Life
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Great for New and Experienced Believers!
The subtitle to this book is “turn to the liberating power of the cross…every day.” Jerry’s book describes the gospel in a detailed way, and reminds Christians that it is only through the eloquence of Calvary and the resurrection that the promises of Christ are fulfilled in our day to day existence. From describing the cup of God’s wrath as “exhausted on Jesus” to delineating the assurances we have of salvation, this book is a great tool for new and long term believers.
This would be an excellent Sunday School study (and there is a good study guide in the back of the book) – one that would challenge new believers to live their faith to the fullest and remind long term believers that the Truth of the gospel continues to be relevant to them. I have already used the “exhausted on Jesus” term in conversations with other believers – reminding them (as this book reminded me) that we have no condemnation, that we can choose only to be exhausted for Him as He was for us or to be limited in our life of faith by the fleeting moments of living in a sinful, broken world.
From the first page to the last, this book had relevance and impact for me. I needed the reminders that I am forgiven, that Jesus won’t ever leave me, that the Holy Spirit is available to empower me to live in a state of grace, and that I can’t earn my salvation through the things I do or don’t do to further the Kingdom. If you have spent any time at all wondering how the gospel could be true for you even after you’ve done this or that – read this book, and go back to the Bible and see how Jerry clearly brings the truth home. If you have spent your life in a religious setting, and your salvation feels forced – read this book, and go back to the Bible and see how Jerry clearly brings the truth home. After reading this book, I am going back to the Word on a daily basis, and remembering the Gospel that permeates every page, is for me, for every day. The cross is liberating – the chains of sin are gone, the power of the Holy Spirit is upon us, and we are united with the victorious. Praise the Lord!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
5/28/2011 11:32:54 AM
The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges
This book is an investigation into the full impact of the gospel on our daily lives. Bridges looks at a series of different angles to ask what was achieved at Jesus' cross, looking at its already completed effects, the day-to-day impact of living in light of the gospel, and the eternal consequences for us and for others.
There are similar books to this out there, such as The Cross of Christ by John Stott, but I don't think that takes anything away from this book. Jerry Bridges has a good way of communicating, and he uses it to full effect in this book. The content is foundational from a Christian perspective but not presented in a childish way, so I'd certainly recommend this book to all new Christians, as well as anyone who has been a Christian for a while but doesn't feel that they have every basic nailed (i.e. all of us). It's very easy to read; Bridges doesn't shy away from the challenging long words like propitiation, but he's good at explaining exactly what he means.
The only potential problem with this book is one which I think is unavoidable - a lot of the concepts presented here aren't that practically applicable due to them being about spiritual attitude, faith, and so on. So although there is a good chapter on sanctification if you're looking for practical tips on how to pursue purity I don't think this is the place to find them.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
5/27/2011 2:35:30 AM
This is the perfect book for getting a clear understanding of the Gospel. It explains in great detail the meaning of what Jesus did on the cross... why He died, what He accomplished, and why we need to accept what He did for us. The author states "We cannot begin to understand the true significance of the cross unless we understand something of the holiness of God and the depth of our sin." After reading this book, you will have a greater knowledge of God and His holiness along with the realization that "We bring nothing to our salvation except our sin that made it necessary."
Only one chapter I had a trouble with... the chapter on Faith. And he even points out that you may disagree. He says faith is a GIFT from God and that God makes us spiritually 'alive'... so that we may then believe. Sounds like predestination to me... not free will. He explains his belief of this in great detail and yet I still don't agree. I'm sure I will look into it further. That being said, it is only one chapter that I take issue with and it by no means takes away from the mass of great information in this book. You may agree with his view on the subject.
This book was very well written. I began to underline the parts that I wanted to remember or even quote in my review... but there were so many good points, I would have underlined or shared most of the book!
Jesus said to go and preach the Gospel. But how many of us have a full understanding of the Gospel ourselves? I thought I knew until the question was put directly to me and I realized how difficult it was to share with someone else. I began to ask myself "What is the Gospel? What do I tell people when they ask?" Then I set out on a quest to find out. I'm so glad I had the chance to read this book for review. If you want to share more than "Jesus, loves you", then you need to read this book! Plain and simple.
Mary Ann DiLoreto
5/23/2011 3:05:33 PM
If You Want to Learn the Big Words
"The Gospel for Real Life" is the third Jerry Bridges book I’ve read. I wasn't disappointed in this one either! In it, Bridges explains all the big, scary words of theology (propitiation, expiation, redemption, sanctification, and so on) in the order they take place along the Christian journey and in terms the average reader can easily understand. He explains that these aren’t words we have to know and understand in order to be Christians. (All you need to know is that God loves you, but your sin separates you from Him. He sent Jesus to die on the cross for your sins, so He could restore relationship with you. If you tell God you are sorry for your sins and receive Jesus as Your Savior, you are a Christian. Welcome to the family of God!) Understanding the big words, however, helps us know and appreciate more fully all that Christ has done and is doing for us every day. Bridges goal is to help his readers appreciate and experience “The unsearchable riches of Christ” that come from knowing the Gospel (a big word that means, "Good News").
Bridges uses both Scripture and personal experience stories to help readers understand and apply the concepts of each chapter. There are sixteen in all, with an 8-week study guide at the back of the book. "The Gospel for Real Life" would be an excellent text for a small group or a growing Christians’ Sunday school class. I enjoyed reading it on my own as well. I’m happy to recommend this book.
5/20/2011 12:39:38 PM
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What Does the Gospel Mean to You?
As Christians, we all claim to know about the gospel. That is what when learn in church and when we read our Bibles, right? According to Jerry Bridges in this book, most Christians know very little about the gospel or understand its actual implications for their daily lives. He breaks the gospel down into the basics and explains each thoroughly in a way that I have not read before. He brings the practical into the picture. The gospel is something we must live by every day of our lives and Bridges shares with us what that would mean in the life of a believer. I liked his explanations and his use of modern stories to make his points. It gave me a more in depth understanding of the meaning of the cross and the gospel. Jerry Bridges challenges Christians in his thought provoking writings. The is one of several books I have read by this author and he does not disappoint you when he promises understanding. This book is true to his writing style and straightforward in its delivery. He bases all his writing on the word of God in the scriptures and gives references throughout his writings. I highly recommend this book for Christians wanting to do some further study on the meaning of the gospel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NavPress for review. I was not obligated to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.
5/16/2011 10:37:46 AM