A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God's Love

by Milton Vincent

Paperback, 2008

Status

Available

Call number

242.5

Publication

Focus Publishing (MN) (2008), Edition: 1.2.2008, 97 pages

Description

To the Christian's in Rome, the Apostle Paul says "I am eager to preach the gospel to you who are at Rome" (Romans 1:15). Evidently, Christians need to hear the gospel even after conversion: and A Gospel Primer for Christians is designed to help you do just that. By showing how you can preach the gospel to yourself each day, this book will help you savor the glories of God's love and experience the life-transforming power of the gospel in all areas of life. Use this book to preach the gospel to yourself on a daily basis, and be amazed at teh differences it can make in your life.

User reviews

LibraryThing member brianghedges
I just read it this week and found it very helpful. This short book (97 pages) is divided into four parts.

Part 1 is a series of thirty-one meditations on "Reasons to Rehearse the Gospel Daily." These Scripture-laden reflections will nourish your soul and thrill your heart with the wonders of God's
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grace.

Part 2 is "A Gospel Narrative: Prose Version." This is a short summary of the message of the gospel, broken down into four parts (The Glory of God; My Sin Against God; God's Work on My Behalf; My Salvation) and forty-one "verses."

Part 3,"A Gospel Narrative: Poetic Version," is the summary of the gospel in the form of poetry.

Part 4, "Surprised by the Gospel" explains the story behind the book - how a performance-driven pastor discovered the freedom and joy of justification by faith alone.

Here's an excerpt from Part 1 of the book. This is one of the thirty-one reasons to rehearse the gospel daily.

"The gospel encourages me to rest in my righteous standing with God, a standing which Christ Himself has accomplished and always maintains for me. I never have to do a moment's labor to gain or maintain my justified status before God! Freed from the burden of such a task, I now can put my energies into enjoying God, pursuing holiness, and ministering God's amazing grace to others.

"The gospel also reminds me that my righteous standing with God always holds firm regardless of my performance, because my standing is based solely on the work of Jesus and not mine. On my worst days of sin and failure, the gospel encourages me with God's unrelenting grace toward me. On my best days of victory and usefulness, the gospel keeps me relating to God solely on the basis of Jesus' righteousness and not mine."

Each of these meditations are written in the first person like this. Just reading them really is an exercise in preaching the gospel to oneself.

How did I come across this book? I read Andy Naselli's review in Themelios. It was so positive that I ordered it immediately. I'm glad I did. Take it and read.
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LibraryThing member dcinaglia
This book wrecked me, in a good way. It is among the top 5 books I would recommend that every Christian read. We all need to be reminded daily of the gospel, which is not just for our initial salvation, but for our daily sanctification as well. Other reviewers offer good summaries of what the book
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includes. I will just say that this is a book intended to be read once, and then referenced as a daily devotional. It is outstanding.
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Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2008

Physical description

8.4 inches

ISBN

1885904673 / 9781885904676
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