The Gospel for Real Life

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross... Every Day
By Jerry Bridges


There are so many people who have heard the Gospel message, can even repeat the message, and yet that Truth hasn't penetrated their life. Do you know what I'm saying? These people are good people, yet when strangers come across them, they think, "That's a nice person" instead of "That person must be a Christian". Do you know these people? Are you one of these people?

I am thinking I probably fall into that group. Don't get me wrong, I try hard to make sure my faith shows. Yet it is so easy to be part this world. I mean the day to day stuff usually is all that I can focus on. What about you? I mean I need some practical points to go off of.

This book, The Gospel for Real Life, really helped me to focus my efforts a little more. Now don't get me wrong, I would still put myself into that second group of people, but I am thinking that I might not be lost in that group anymore - I might be able to start to separate myself from that group eventually.

Bridges does a great job with this book to make the Gospel relevant for us - 2,000+ years after the fact. He breaks down some of the fancy vocabulary of religion (propitiation for example). However, the biggest plus to this book, is that Bridges makes sure you, the reader, realize that the Gospel is a gift that saves all people. More specifically, it is something that we, as people, cannot earn through actions, but a gift we receive simply because.
"The same christian activity can be either an expression
of our own righteousness that we think earns favor
with God, or it can be an expression of love and gratitude
because we already have his favor through the righteousness of Christ."

So this means that during my day to day, I don't have to focus on earning anything from God. I can just focus on being grateful for all that I have, because he has gifted me. Make sense on a practical level? It did for me. This book is a great reminder of how the world works to take our minds away from being grateful and focus all our energy on earning, when it should be the other way around.

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Another point that stuck with me was near the end of the book. Bridges reminds us, as Christians, that we are to pray that the Gospel will reach all people. Our actions also need to help this point, right? Maybe we won't all be missionaries, but we can all pray. An action that needs to be in our lives daily, prayer, a conversation with God. Here is a practical step: pray for those that haven't heard the Gospel, and for those that are actively spreading it. Bridges goes as far as to say "plead" for this goal to be accomplished. For me that word "plead" had more action associated with it than just "pray".

There is a ton in this quick read. Bridges write in a way that is easy to understand and then internalize so that you are able to make sure the Gospel is in your daily life. There are also study guide questions in the newer versions of the book, so this could be a nice summer study for a group that is looking for a challenge to their daily Christian lives. If you decide to read this book, or use it as a study, let me know! I'd love to hear your opinions and thoughts.






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13 comments

  1. Good morning! I am visiting from GMG's Women in the Word Wednesday! Wonderful post :)

    http://lawyergirlruns86.blogspot.com/2012/05/women-in-word-wednesday.html

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  2. I get what your saying, I've always been a 'good' person, but I don't think that I necessarily let people know I was a Christian, they just thought, she's a nice person. I now try to not only be a nice person, but also let it be clear in how I live my life it's because of Christ that I do the things that I do. This sounds like a book I need to read :)

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    1. Alecia- isn't it funny how being that nice person is enough for most of the world? And that we as Christians want to be more yet? This book is more intense than most of the reviews have on here, but it's a worthwhile read that is for sure.

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  3. Thanks for the excellent review! We are not all called to go to a foreign mission field, but as one missionary to a foreign field explained in a missions conference, "Everyone is either a missionary or a mission field." All believers are called to share the Gospel, by letting others see Christ in their lives, by witnessing, and spreading the Word one-on-one, online, and/or giving out tracts. We can all pray for world evangelization and some can support it financially. And those who are unsaved represent a mission field, which could be as close as the person sitting next to you in the pew on Sunday.
    Thanks so much for following Saved by Grace! I'm following you back!
    Laurie
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful book! I appreciate the encouragement to pray for others across the world to hear the Gospel-like you said, we may not all be missionaries, but I can pray :)

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  5. I always appreciate honest reviews of books. Thank you for taking the time to share this one with us. Jerry Bridges is one of my favorite authors. I'm visiting from B&BB :)

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  6. Hi Marissa, I’ve really enjoyed Bridges perspective in some of the other books he’s written, and this sounds great too, especially if it’s a quick read. I like the concepts you talked about and also fail to be all I can be in prayer and sharing the Gospel. Thanks for this review. I think I’ll get the book. Thanks also for linking to B&BB. I pray you’ll have an excellent week! I’m writing this on a train from Budapest, Hungary to Zagreb, Croatia. I don’t have internet, but I opened up your blog post before the trip so I could read it while traveling. And I’ll paste my comment into a comment box when we arrive. So I’m reading your blog and thinking of you across the globe!

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  7. Marissa, Am visiting from B&BB this week. Thank you for your review of this book. The call for daily prayer for others that have never heard of the Gospel is especially needed and can be done anywhere you are. I like to use the time "waiting" in lines, in traffic, to sent out quick prayers. They may be quick, but always from my heart to Him. May your week be blessed.

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    1. Lynn - I agree, those few moments while waiting are great opportunities to say much needed prayers - I've been told over and over from different people how God is mostly interested in our hearts, so short is great as long as it is heartfelt

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  8. I have this book on my Kindle but haven't got to it yet. I am reading his devotional this year Holiness Day by Day.

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    1. How is Holiness Day by Day? I've seen it but haven't picked it up yet...

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  9. Sounds like a really good book, Marissa. I'm glad you shared it with us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  10. Thanks for sharing on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back again this week.
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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