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Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ

, 2019
ISBN: 9781493425990



Is faith in Jesus enough for salvation? Perhaps, says Matthew Bates, but we’re missing pieces of the gospel. The biblical gospel can never change. Yet our understanding of the gospel must change. The church needs an allegiance shift.

Popular pastoral resources on the gospel are causing widespread confusion. Bates shows that the biblical gospel is different, fuller, and more beautiful than we have been led to believe. He explains that saving faith doesn’t come through trust in Jesus’s death on the cross alone but through allegiance to Christ the king. There is only one true gospel and one required response: allegiance.

Bates ignited conversation with his successful and influential book Salvation by Allegiance Alone. Here he goes deeper while making his acclaimed teaching on salvation more accessible and experiential for believers who want to better understand and share the gospel. Gospel Allegiance includes a guide for further conversation, making it ideal for church groups, pastors, leaders, and students.

  • Describes the gospel and saving faith with clarity and precision
  • Deepens the understanding of salvation by allegiance alone in individuals and churhces
  • Includes a guide for further conversation

Part 1: Discovering Gospel Allegiance

  • Getting the Gospel Right
  • Not Faith but Allegiance
  • The Full Gospel of the King
  • Bridge: Gospel Clarified--Gospel Mobilized

Part 2: Advancing Gospel Allegiance

  • Grace in Six Dimensions
  • Faith Is Body Out
  • How Works Are Saving
  • Taking the Allegiance Challenge
  • Appendix 1: Gospel-Allegiance Summary Chart
  • Appendix 2: Guide for Further Conversation
We in the Protestant tradition believe the church is always reforming, but this reforming must retain a focused eye on Scripture. Matthew Bates’s Gospel Allegiance reforms the gospel of evangelicalism by undertaking an adventurous journey through gospel texts in the New Testament. He challenges major pastor-theologians to give a more accurate gospel by adding his own strong voice—one of many highlights. Never strident, never exceeding the clarity of Scripture, but always relentless in its conviction that the true gospel deserves to be given its fullness--Gospel Allegiance is a must-read for the church.

—Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament, Northern Seminary; author of The King Jesus Gospel

Dallas Willard’s dictum articulated by discipleship expert Bill Hull should guide our thoughts about discipleship: ‘The Jesus we preach and the gospel we uphold will determine the disciple we get.’ Gospel Allegiance responds on point, showing us that the biblical gospel is a comprehensive gospel, rooted in Jesus’s kingdom and the Old Testament. Faith as allegiance to King Jesus responds with baptism as an embodied commitment and it leads to a life of embodied obedience. Renew.org pursued a partnership with Bates on this book because I am convinced it will help fuel future disciple-making movements in North America and beyond.

—Bobby Harrington, founder and lead servant of Renew.org and Discipleship.org

Arresting and provocative, with the aim of cultivating faithfulness, Bates’s newest book zeroes in on the questions Christians are asking, or should be. His approachable prose invites readers to deep and challenging reflection that results in action. I am eager to give my students and my parishioners this tool so that we can all engage with the glory of the gospel afresh.

—Amy Peeler, associate professor of New Testament, Wheaton College

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Matthew W. Bates (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is assistant professor of theology at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois. He is the author of The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation and The Birth of the Trinity.


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