The “gospel” (or good news) is the message of what God has done to save sinners through Jesus. It is the message of salvation, the center of the Christian faith. What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert provides a concise and helpful overview of the gospel message. Whether you aren’t yet a believer and are looking to get introduced to what Christians believe, you’re a new believer seeking greater clarity, or you’re a more mature believer looking for a refresher, this book is a valuable resource.
Lead a group of men in my church through this book. A lot of them found the initial chapters a bit more difficult to weigh through. I would agree that part 1 felt more polemical, and could feel a bit more technical or abstract for those less familiar with this sort of writing or subject matter. However, part 2 seems to take a shift in tone. In these latter chapters especially, one of the things I appreciated about this book was the doxological tone and orientation naturally woven throughout. As I read, I found myself experiencing gratitude to God and standing in awe of Christ. I believe this book originally came out of a series of lectures Murray delivered (?). And it certainly reads like that. It feels a bit different in that way from other systematic treatments of soteriology. Very insightful and well done.