Review: The Gospel for Real Life

The Gospel for Real Life (with Study Guide)The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perhaps one of the saddest misconceptions about the Christian faith is that all that is required is repeating the words of a prayer and then waiting until death or Christ’s return.  The Bible teaches that a person, once coming to belief, is indwelled by the Holy Spirit; how then can life ever be the same?

The incredible breadth of the gospel of Jesus Christ with its far-reaching impact here-and-now is the subject of Jerry Bridges’ book, The Gospel for Real Life. The good news of Christ is not just a ticket to heaven, but has lasting and profound meaning to our lives today. 

Bridges talks about the freedom we have from sin, the full and complete acceptance we have from God and how striving to please God on our own can eat away at us like acid.  It is only in the power of Jesus and his sacrifice that we can be set right with God; it is only by his righteous life that we can be called righteous.  “I am accepted by God, not on the basis of my personal performance, but on the basis of the infinitely perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.”

If fact, without the gospel’s power in our lives, our exsistence is utterly meaningless.  “The empty way of life is the life we lived without Christ,” says Bridges.  Every good deed really means nothing if it is not done with God’s power and to his glory.  In fact relying on our own works is sin because it sets our effort above God’s work on our behalf.  “Trusting in Christ necessarily involves renouncing any trust in our own good works, whatever form they might take.”

The most helpful sections for me were how Bridges explains the real impact that Christ has had on our daily lives in terms of sin and guilt.  He points to passages that talk about Christ being our propetiation and how confessing our sin allows us to see that sin on the cross, paid in full by Christ.

The gospel does not stop with us.  Bridges impores us to “always keep focused on the gospel,” to preach the gospel to ourselves every day, and to find opportunities to preach it to our fellow believers as well as people who do not yet believe.  Christ’s legacy is always relevant, and this book does an excellent job at showing how.

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I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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About Aaron Gardner

Aaron is a counselor and student of the Bible, passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He lives in central Indiana with his wife, one-year-old son and their two dogs. View all posts by Aaron Gardner

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