Thursday, October 1, 2015

Gospel Formed by J.A. Medders

A call to Christians to be caught up in the powerful whirlwind that is the gospel of grace.

Christianity is based on the foundation of the good news of the gospel. Yet how many Christians truly find their identity there? How many are thriving in a community clinging to the gospel? How many forget about the wondrous glory of Jesus? J. A. Medders is on a mission to help Christians remember that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is also the power for our everyday life in Christ.

Yet living a gospel-centered life does not always come easily. The biblical meditations in Gospel Formed help to kindle, or rekindle, the passion to live a grace-addicted, truth-filled, Jesus-exalting life by constantly driving the reader back to the power of the cross and the empty tomb. Funny, punchy, and theologically accessible, readers will be encouraged, challenged, and ultimately reoriented to the true North of Christianity―Christ Himself.

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J. A. Medders is the lead pastor at Redeemer Church (Acts 29) in Tomball, Texas. He has written for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Church Leaders, and more. To read more from J.A. Medders, visit

I received this book from publisher and in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Thoughts:
Do you know Jesus? Do you live in the light of the gospel? It is so easy to get started on the right track but then veer off course and feel discouraged because all you do is work, work, work to be good, achieve God's acceptance, stop participating in that particular sin or just keep your head above water. 

Medder's book is about living life in the context of the gospel. It's about falling in love with Jesus all over again. It's about realizing that it is in Him and because of Him that we live and breathe and have our being.  He expounds on the gospel and how living every day with the gospel at the forefront and a Christ centered life will bring us the joy and peace we long for. It's about grace!

This book isn't very long, and is written in short chapters that can be used as daily devotions. I would get interested in it and usually read more than one or two a day. I think to really retain all the information it could be read multiple times. Medder stresses the importance of getting into God's Word and really getting to know Jesus. Knowing Him, Falling in love with Him, and keeping Him and the gospel the center of our lives is life changing. It happens naturally.  I definitely recommend this book. From what I can tell, his Jesus gospel theology is right on!

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