Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Gospel For Real Life

We know that the gospel provides the news we share with others about salvation, but is that all there is to it? Do we need to read it on a daily basis, or is that part complete once we pray to accept Jesus as our Savior? Navigator author, Jerry Bridges, explores this issue in his book, The Gospel For Real Life. The gospel is to be used to transform you daily into the image of Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:18 is the verse that came to my mind, and is used in the Study Guide provided in the book. The best way to learn the character of anyone is to study them, and Mr. Bridges reinforces this throughout the pages of this book.

Although this book is not meant strictly for new believers, it is a good source for for those who are at the, "I'm now a Christian. What next?" phase. It is an excellent overview and explanation on such topics as assurance of salvation, Jesus as the scapegoat for our sins, and other things that may confuse those who were not raised in the church environment. I wish I had had a better understanding of many of these things when I first became a Christian. So, while I did not think the book truly covered the "liberating power of the cross", I would not hesitate to recommend it to others who want a deeper understanding of a daily walk with Christ. The Study Guide included is also a great benefit whether studying alone or with others.

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