Gos•pel means “good news”, derived from Anglo-Saxon “god-spell” meaning “good story”, derived from ‘evangelium’ (Latin) and ‘euangelion’ (Greek), meaning ‘good news’ or ‘good telling’. It’s also a shorthand term for the record of Jesus’ life and teaching in the first four books of the New Testament.
Have you ever wondered how to explain the gospel? Or how to “boil” the story of the Bible and the life of Jesus down into just one conversation?
Ever wondered how his virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death, and miraculous resurrection all brought us into reconciliation with God? Or have questions about all of these?
Here are four entry-level, accessible books to help prime you for conversations about Jesus and the meaning of the Bible’s narratives and accounts:
📖 Basic Christianity – John Stott – this book clearly defines both the fundamental claims of Christianity and the proper out-workings of those basic beliefs in the daily lives of believers.
📖 Jesus: the Only Way to God – John Piper @desiringgod – offers a timely plea for the evangelical church to consider what is at stake in surrendering the unique, universal place of Jesus in salvation.
📖 Saved from What? – R. C. Sproul @ligonier – Many Christians use this question as an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus. But a common response to that question might catch us off guard: “Saved from what?” Until this essential question can be answered, we won’t be able to make sense of Christ’s sacrifice or explain it to others.
📖 Prodigal God – Timothy Keller @timkellernyc – Within the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.
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