Paul Washer argues that one of the greatest crimes of contemporary Christianity is its neglect of the gospel. Absent from too many pulpits are the essential themes which make up the very core of the gospel—the justice of God, the radical depravity of man, and the atonement of Christ. In The Gospel’s Power and Message, Washer addresses these essential elements of Christ’s good news and provides a guide to help us rediscover the gospel in all its beauty, scandal, and saving power. Recovering the gospel can transform lives, strengthen proclamation, and bring glory to God.
“Fourthly, to receive the gospel is to receive an entirely different view of reality where Christ is the epicenter of all things. It is for this reason that theologians refer to salvation and the Christian life as Christocentric. He becomes the center of our universe, the source, the purpose, the goal, and the motivation of all that we are and do. When a man receives the gospel, his entire life begins to be lived out in a different context, and that context is Christ.” (Pages 11–12)
“The postmodern man, who prefers a bit more humility and openness to other viewpoints, considers a passionate preacher who proclaims the truth boldly and unapologetically to be an obstacle. The majority argument is that we simply must change the way we preach because it just looks foolish to the world.” (Page 7)
“According to the Scriptures, faith is being fully assured that what God has promised, He is also able to perform.” (Page 67)
“We should never present Christ to the unbeliever as the cherry on top of an already wonderful life. The unbeliever must see that he has no life, and that all his personal achievements prior to Christ are monuments to his own vanity: made of sand and quickly passing.” (Page 12)
“Furthermore, he must warn all men that the evidence that a person has truly and savingly tasted of Christ is that he goes on tasting, he goes on finding satisfaction in Christ, and he cannot bear the thought of ever being separated from Him.” (Page 13)
In these days of insipid, man-centered, ear-tickling preaching, we need sons of thunder who fear God and faithfully preach his word without fear of consequences. My friend, Paul Washer, is one such man. May God use this book to reach the lost and to glorify his name.
This book is a thoughtful, poignant reminder that the message Christ commissioned us to proclaim is neither spongy nor trivial. Nor can it be improved by human revision. The gospel may be a stumbling block to some and seem like foolishness to others—but to those who are called, it is the power and the wisdom of God.
—Phil Johnson, executive director, Grace to You
I am profoundly thankful for the courageous clarity of The Gospel’s Power and Message by Paul Washer. . . . [He] strikes all the right notes in this powerful, biblical study.
—John MacArthur, pastor-teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA
In this outstanding volume Paul Washer masterfully opens up from the Bible the heart of the gospel, giving us an invaluable resource for our lives. This book is a wonderful gift to the church and like no other that I have seen on this subject. It should be read by every Christian but especially those who labor in the ministry, for it will greatly assist them in being faithful proclaimers of God’s good news message to a lost and fallen world.
—Rob Ventura, pastor, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, RI
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