Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review: The Gospel According to Jesus

The Gospel According to Jesus
by Chris Seay

Copyright 2010
Thomas Nelson Book Publishers

Chris Seay is a pastor and a church planter who presents a book that teaches the gospel message in a contemporary manner. He posits that Christians today are missing something, that we are off the mark of the truth of the gospel. He presents survey data that shows that many Christians don't have a proper understanding of what true righteousness is. With our flawed understanding of righteousness, he suggests, we cannot truly understand the gospel according to Jesus.

And so the book unfolds, looking at what the gospel truly is and how it should impact our lives. The book includes written prayers to aid the reader with meditation and application of the material. In addition, after each chapter, there are interviews with other pastors and authors offering their perspectives and experiences.

After reading this book, I was pleased with the straightforward nature of Seay's writing. I appreciated his presentation of the gospel, but recognize that this is something that's been done before (i.e. C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity). Therefore, it is not a book that will turn the heads of theologians. However, this would be a great book to remind the stagnant or lukewarm Christian of the truth of their faith. This would be a great book for the contemporary seeker. Many thanks to Seay for his heart for the church and for calling us to examine the gospel with fresh eyes.