This newest addition to the IXMarks series presents a clear, straightforward statement of the gospel, the third mark of a healthy church.
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? Beginning with Paul's systematic presentation of the gospel in Romans and moving through the sermons in Acts, Gilbert argues that the central structure of the gospel consists of four main subjects: God, man, Christ, and a response. The book carefully examines each and then explores the effects the gospel can have in individuals, churches, and the world. Both Christian and non-Christian readers will gain a clearer understanding of the gospel in this valuable resource.
"Greg Gilbert is one of the brightest and most
faithful young men called to serve the church today. Here he offers us a
penetrating, faithful, and fully biblical understanding of the gospel of Jesus
Christ. There is no greater need than to know the true gospel, to recognize the
counterfeits, and to set loose a generation of gospel-centered Christians. This
very important book arrives at just the right moment."
?R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Two realities make this a critically important
book: the centrality of the gospel in all generations and the confusion about
the gospel in our own generation. What Is the
Gospel? provides a biblically faithful explanation of the gospel and
equips Christians to discern deviations from that glorious message. How I wish I
could place this book in the hands of every pastor and church
?C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries
"Greg Gilbert contends that the current
evangelical understanding of the gospel is lost in a fog of confusion. He burns
away that fog by shining fresh light on an old subject. Gilbert writes in a
clear, concise, and colloquial style that will especially appeal to young
adults. What Is the Gospel? will sharpen your thinking about
the gospel, etching it more deeply on your heart so you can share the good news
of Jesus Christ with boldness. It will leave you pondering the extent to which
the gospel has impacted your own life. It will cause you to cry out with
thankfulness to God for what Christ has accomplished."
?James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Chicagoland Area; radio teacher, Walk in the Word
"A wonderful telling of the old, old story in fresh
words?and with sound warnings against subtle misrepresentations. As the old
gospel song attests, and as is true of Greg Gilbert’s fine book, those who know
the old, old story best will find themselves hungering and thirsting to hear
this story like the rest."
?Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary
"Greg Gilbert is someone I have had the honor and
privilege of teaching and who is now teaching me. This little book on the gospel
is one of the clearest and most important books I’ve read in recent
?Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
"For good reason, Christians love the word
gospel. Tragically, however, multitudes of Christians fail to grasp what the
gospel fully is. In doctrinally sound and down-to-earth ways, my good friend
Greg Gilbert shows just how important it is to understand both the theological
nature and the functional necessity of the gospel. We can only hope and pray
that this is the first of many books from Greg."
?Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; author, Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different
"What is the gospel? This short but powerful book
answers that question with a clear and concise presentation. It is a superb
treatment of the good news. Read it and then pass it on."
?Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Greg Gilbert, with a sharp mind and a pastor’s
heart, has written a book that will be helpful for seekers, new Christians, and
anyone who wants to understand the gospel with greater clarity. I’ve been
waiting for a book like this! As a sure-footed guide to a surprisingly
controversial subject, it clears up misconceptions about the gospel, the
kingdom, and the meaning of the cross."
?Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan.
"What Is the Gospel? demonstrates in
a sensitive and intriguing way that the gospel is indescribably profound as well
as eminently describable?clear enough for anyone to
?Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"There is no greater challenge in an age of doubt
and pragmatism than making the glorious gospel clear. This is the greatest need
for the seasoned Christian and skeptic alike. In this thoughtful but accessible
work, Greg Gilbert clearly answers the most important question ever
?Darrin Patrick, Founding Pastor of The Journey Church, St Louis, MO
"Greg Gilbert cuts through the confusion by
searching Scripture to answer the most important question anyone can ask. Even
if you think you know the good news of what God has done in Christ, Gilbert will
sharpen your focus on this glorious gospel."
?Collin Hansen, editor at large, Christianity Today
"This book will help you better understand,
treasure, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. And if you think you know enough
about the gospel already, you might need it more than you
?Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland
"Amidst a contemporary Christian culture
characterized by rampant confusion regarding the central tenets of our faith,
Greg Gilbert has given us a portrait of the gospel that is clear for those who
have believed and compelling for those who have yet to believe. Word-saturated,
cross-centered, and God-exalting, What Is the Gospel? will
capture your mind’s attention and ignite your heart’s affection for the God who
saves us by his grace through his gospel for his glory."
?David Platt, Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama
"Greg Gilbert has called the church back to the
source of her revelation. In a simple and straightforward manner, he has laid
bare what the Bible has shown the gospel to mean."
?Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion
"Clarity on the gospel brings both confidence in
the gospel and conviction concerning core gospel truths. This excellent book is
wonderfully clear and biblically faithful, and will repay reading with renewed
?William Taylor, Rector, St. Helen Bishopsgate, London
"When I think of the centerpiece of my Bible, my
heart immediately embraces the gospel. I know many people who love the gospel,
but I’m always open to loving it more and understanding it better. Greg Gilbert
has written this book to help us to know and love the gospel
?Johnny Hunt, President, The Southern Baptist Convention
"What makes this book profound is its simplicity.
Perhaps the greatest danger in Christianity is making assumptions about what the
gospel is without hearing the Bible’s clear and definitive voice. It is not an
overstatement to say this may be the most important book you’ll read about the
?Rick Holland, Executive Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; Director, Resolved Conference
"'Gospel-centeredness' has become the new, vogue
term for pastors and churches. Greg Gilbert does a masterful job in this book
explaining what that gospel actually is. He shows us that many well-meaning
churches have distorted the gospel through false teaching, and others have
abandoned the gospel because of embarrassment or simply neglect. This is a
profound analysis of the gospel, expressed in a poignant, relevant way. I am
very grateful for Greg’s prophetic call to return to the straightforward message
of the cross."
?J. D. Greear, Senior Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina