I sure appreciate Greear's reminder to live a gospel-saturated life. He “rediscovered” the gospel and it gave him a joy he had never known in all his years of religion. He wants us to experience that too.
reacquaints us with the gospel and encourages us to experience grace
as the driving force behind every moment of our lives. He wants us to
see how the gospel makes us passionate for God, frees us from the
captivity of sin and moves us to sacrifice for others.
first part of his book is about the gospel. Then he gives us the
tool, a four-part prayer, to saturate our lives with the gospel. The
first two parts help renew our minds to God's acceptance of us and
its value. The third part of the prayer helps us understand what
responding to the gospel looks like. The fourth part helps us see the
world through the gospel and moves us to “audacious” faith.
has great insights. Want the approval of others? The gospel shows us
God's approval is more valuable than anyone else's. Forget who you
are in Christ? “Preach the gospel to yourself.” (54) Need to
change? The power comes from the gospel. He also helps us understand
what a gospel-centered church looks like.
“gospel-centered” is not moving beyond the gospel, but
continually going deeper into it. “It's about realizing that the
gospel is the final answer to every issue and problem in life and
about seeing the whole world through the lens of the cross.” (191)
matter the diagnosis, Greear writes,”Faith in the gospel is the
prognosis.” (245) “Make the gospel the center of your life.”
(247) I am looking forward to using Greear's prayer. It's an
D. Greear is lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham,
North Carolina. He has a Ph.D. In Systematic Theology from the
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also lived and worked
among Muslins in Southeast Asia for two years. He and his wife have
four children. See more at www.jdgreeargospel.com.
& H Publishing Group, 272 pages.