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Publication Date: 2014
Christianity is based on the foundation of the good news of the gospel. Yet how many Christians truly find their identity there? How many are part of a community clinging to the gospel? How many forget about the power of the glory of Jesus? J.A. Medders is on a mission to help Christians remember that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is also a power for our everyday lives.
Medders has penned 27 brief but powerful devotions, each around seven hundred words. These small meditations kindle a passion to worship Jesus, constantly driving the reader back to the power of the cross and the empty tomb. Readers hoping to live a spiritual life without Jesus will not find refuge here. The will instead be confronted, challenged and ultimately reoriented to the true North of Christianity--Christ Himself.
Christie5 Stars Out Of 5Good DevotionalJuly 23, 2016ChristieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gospel Formed, by J.A.
Refreshing, devotions to keep Jesus at the for front of our minds and heart.
I loved reading this book, seeking and pursuing the gospel of Christ through the word.
I highly recommend it.
I received a copy of this book from the Book Club Network for my honest review.
Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Live in Christ, Him in YouJune 28, 2016Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review Title: Live in Christ, Him in You (review of Gospel Formed by J. A. Medders)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars
This book does an important service by explaining how to do life as the subtitle indicates: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life. The author uses easy to understand expressions and infuses his writing with his American cultural awareness to engage the reader. Most chapters are short and designed for reading one per day.
As I read, I had a number of aha! moments. My eyes opened to a more positive and joyful understanding of some Scriptures. The pure focus on Jesus in the book gives great refreshment for those who may have gotten off on other tangents in their faith life.
The author relates how he went about busyness in the church for a number of years without really having it all centered on Jesus. He does not want others to be losing out on the main thing by getting sidelined on other things. This section will be helpful for those needing to reset their focus.
As an example of one aha! moment I experienced in my reading, the author explains how communion is a celebration and needs not be treated as a dreary event in church. Those receiving the bread and wine should be joyful for the new life in Christ. Remember Him in joy!
I also appreciated the author's writing about being missional in our own communities. We who have Christ in us are all evangelists. He explains that we need to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to boldly share the gospel that we are reluctant to share in our own weakness.
This book contains so much more. I am thankful to the author, publisher, and bookfun.org for giving me the book in exchange for an honest review. I believe all Christians will be affected in a positive way by reading this book.
Kathy Schemmel4 Stars Out Of 5Who are Christians?March 10, 2016Kathy SchemmelQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In this book J. A. Medders inspires Christians to actually live the Christian life as God intended us to.
I love this quote from page 38, "The Bible is a holistic ecosystem; all of its verses live one off of another." We need to be "Bible-devouring" Christians if we really appreciate God's gift of grace and want to share it with others. God's Gospel IS joy and it can be contagious.
The short, easy to read chapters lend themselves well to reading one each day as a devotional. There are lots of great ideas shared here and I would recommend it.
I received a free copy from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Live out the GospelNovember 27, 2015MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book's subtitle describes its contents well: "Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life."This powerful text is not a dry theology tome but a treatise written by a fresh voice. It definitely presents truth and calls believers to act upon this knowledge. Using the Bible as its foundation, Pastor Medders presents sound principles and God-guided methods for living the Christian life. I recommend Gospel Formed as a tool for Christ-followers to keep handy for future guidance.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Lots of good stuffNovember 17, 2015MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is a wake up to what we already know but the author gives you many new ways to think about the Gospel or be reminded about the Gospel
I love the energy you can hear in the writing, he is excited about Jesus, as we all should be.
By far my favorite chapter was Worship is War. Im sure because I am a worship leader this chapter had a great impact on me. If I could read the whole chapter to my congregation I would. For now I will share a paragraph with you from p. 60-61:
When you sing at your church, are you actually singing or just moseying along? If you stand on Sundays dull-eyed and dragging your vocal cords on the floor, then wake up to the realness of Christ, his blood, your enemy, and victory in Jesus. This is why I advocate for loud singing (Zeph. 3:14-15). War isnt quiet. No soldier mumbles on the battlefield and especially not at the victory party. Belt out the glory of Christ. And know that our Champion sings loudly over us (Zeph. 3:17)
Love that and our churches need to hear that, be reminded of that.
If you liked that then you will love this book, it is full of powerfully stirring words that will remind you of the greatness of God.
A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review.