Ever wonder why we're seeing such a concerted effort to define and defend the gospel of Jesus Christ? Listen to J. D. Greear describe why he was baptized four times while growing up. Pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, Greear explains how he eventually came to understand that salvation depends not on his feelings and experience but on the objective work of Christ on the cross 2,000 years ago.
Greear's forthcoming book, Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary, is the latest title aimed at clearing away misconceptions about the gospel and focusing our attention on Jesus' words and work. Other important recent works including Greg Gilbert's What Is the Gospel? and Trevin Wax's Counterfeit Gospels: Recovering the Good News in a World of False Hope. In this video, these three authors discuss how it's possible for churches to believe in the gospel of what God has done for us and still turn Christianity into a list of things we must do for God.
They talk about how the breakdown of cultural Christianity forces young believers to get beyond moralism and dive into the riches of the gospel. And they also explain how love for the God of the gospel overflows into radical generosity, Bible study, missions, and a host of other good works.
Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists, and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, co-edited Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, and co-edits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.