The book helps me to understand where Evangelicalism is today and where it can improve. The church has a "join the now saved club" attitude but is very lazy in building disciples.
I had a hard time with the download, I didn't want to use the e-reader they offered through Adobe but ended up with it, now I have another reader I don't need. I can't transfer the book to another reader.
Working in the mission field, I was able to reflect the gospel which American Christianity has been exporting to the world. It was Conversionistic Gospel, emphasizing on making a person to be a convert. Jesus never commanded to make converts of all nations, but to make disciples. The biblical gospel is Disciplistic Gospel. Dr. McKnight is right on target that the biblical gospel is different from the popular gospel in America which emphasizes the salvation.
In this new book from Scot McKnight he tackles his belief that the modern church has gone on to loose the Gospel Message by going off 'mission' and just focusing on "Personal Salvation." He has a good point. For many people the idea of the Gospel is to lead people to salvation. But then what? They often times just stop there, excited that another soul has been added to The Kingdom. But where is the follow up? Where does discipleship come in to play? What really is the Great Commission? Is it to lead people to personal salvation or is it to teach people to obey 'all' that I have commanded?
I think that McKnight does a good job of hitting on the point that he is trying to drive home. His chart on page 30 sums it up well;
The Members The Decided The Discipled
Where do you fit? What do you think the Gospel pushes? Is the church only about community / membership or does it go beyond that to include leading people to Christ, personal salvation, in other words The Decided. It is McKnights contention that the modern church gets people to be part of the Decided group but then doesn't bother with helping them to become The Discipled.
The Gospel is about the story of Jesus Christ! It is about why the Son of God had to come to earth and take on the form of man and die on a cross and then be resurrected from the dead. It is about atonement, sacrifice, obedience, etc. etc. etc.
Don't let your Gospel message just be, "Everyone needs to hear about Salvation." Make sure your Gospel message is the true message of the Bible, God's word, God's desire. Make sure it includes 'teaching them to obey all that I have commanded.'
There is quite a bit more that McKnight touches on, but this is the basic premise. Be sure the Gospel Message you preach goes beyond Personal Salvation to include discipleship.
Author starts with a solid premise, however, repeating that premise over and over and over and over makes for many boring moments. Book takes way too long to actually prove his point, too much time spent trying to demonstrate what others think and why it is wrong.
This book is a very thought provoking book on the gospel. Many churches today do not have a grasp on the gospel because we have a very narrow-minded view of the gospel. McKnight thinks that the gospel has been hijacked, which is partially true because the Prosperity Gospel and Liberal Christianity.
As I am reading this book, it seems that McKnight takes a swing at Calvinists, John Piper for example, to show who would disagree with his views. Also he seem to have a tendency to separate salvation from the gospel, which is did not make sense because Romans 1:16 tells us the gospel is the power of salvation for all who believe. Granted the gospel is not a plan of salvation, but it if you try to separate salvation from the gospel, all you get is a motivational story.
This book sounded great when I agreed to review it, but it can lead to confusion. I do not think McKnight was intending to be confusing, but that is the way the book turned out. He does have some good points, but somewhere in the middle, I felt he was chasing rabbits more than writing a book about the gospel.