For many years J.D. Greear looked like the model Christian. In high school, he avoided rock music, dancing, and movies because he thought they would make him worldly. In college he learned that international missions was important, and went to 25 countries in 10 years to serve God and the poorest of the poor with his time and resources. And as a pastor he leads a large, growing church. But somewhere along the way, he actually began to hate God. His thoughts were filled with negative emotions, like jealousy and anger, and he saw God as demanding more and more, and never satisfied. Greear finally realized he had never allowed the truth of the Gospel to impact his heart.
Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary is Greear's manifesto to the world and the church exploring the beauty and power of grace-filled living. Greear also shares what he calls "The Gospel Prayer" a powerful way to saturate oneself daily with the core truths of the Gospel. Learn how to lay down your desire for a works-driven righteousness that always leaves you feeling empty, and embrace the full story of God's love and purpose for you.
Could the gospel be lost in evangelical churches? In this book, J.D. Greear shows how moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative churches. Gospel cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints you with the revolutionary truth of God's gracious acceptance of us in Christ. The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in us what religion never could: a heart that desires God.
The books core is a "gospel prayer" by which you can saturate yourself in the gospel daily. Dwelling on the gospel will release in you new depths of passion for God and take you to new heights of obedience to Him. Gospel gives you an applicable, exciting vision of how God will use you to bring His healing to the world.
J. D. Greear is lead pastor of The Summit Church, a multi-site congregation in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He holds an M.Div. in International Church Planting and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Greear also lived and worked among Muslims in Southeast Asia for two years and wrote Breaking the Islam Code
. He and his wife have four children.