My wife and I have the privilege of meeting with a group of people in our home every six weeks or so to discuss a book. The most recent book we discussed was “What is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.
The book excellently describes the core of the Gospel in a concise and clear manner which is helpful for me because I need simple concepts to wrap my brain around.
Gilbert uses the four core themes of God — Creator and Righteous, Man — by nature a sinner and in violation of God’s law, Christ, Jesus’ death on the cross substituted our penalty, and Response, man’s repentance and faith is required.
The book helped me have a more accurate and Biblical understanding of the Gospel. It is often easy to for me to say something is Gospel just because it is in the Bible or because it sounds good. The book certainly broke me of that habit. It will probably be a good book for me to revisit every few years.
The book also identifies many false gospels. The prosperity gospel, cultural transformation, and “Jesus is Lord” (but not a savior) are a few of the false gospels Gilbert mentions.
I like a short concise book that tackles a truth effectively and this book does just that.
UPDATE: I found this video of the author talking about the book. It’s less than 3 minutes long.