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The gospel of Jesus Christ is the door to eternal life, but what difference does it make once we're inside God's kingdom? Jerry Bridges says the gospel is the very lifeblood of our walk with God. It is the key to our salvation, for sure, but it is also the power for our daily progress in holiness. This new paperback edition includes a study guide to help you experience every day "the unsearchable riches of Christ" that are available to us in the gospel.
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Review 1 for The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross...Every Day
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another good read from Jerry Bridges

Date:January 16, 2012
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I found this book to be more than just a book about "The Gospel." I have been reading several books on "The Gospel" for a discussion group and found that most were striving to explain the Gospel in very concrete terms and doing good exegesis of Biblical Passages that explain the Gospel message.
Then I read Bridges book. While he does give a working definition of what "The Gospel" message is his book goes well beyond that. He delves into our walk with Christ and how the Gospel effects so many areas of our Christian life. The text starts with why the cross was necessary, why Christ was the perfect sacrifice, why obedience was important and how what Christ did for us on the cross was the perfect sacrifice to satisfy the judgement that God required.
I think the best part of this book was the explanation that Bridges gave about what the difference is between Propitiation and Expiation. He gave a very readable definition for both and why they are complimentary and why we need to be sure an understand the difference between the two and realize why we need them both.
From here Bridges goes on to subjects such as why we need to be ransomed, what reconciliation is, what sanctification is, what it means to have confidence in the sacrificial work of Christ and how we as children of God should be grateful for the gift that Yahweh gave us in the presence of his Son taking on human form and becoming the perfect sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sins.
Of all the books I have read I would say that Bridges is the easiest read and thus probably would be a favorite of lay people who want a good communicator to explain to them the many different subjects he touches on. Scholar's, pastors and seminary students might feel the book is a bit to simplistic for their taste, but frankly I would remind them to not be snooty, but realize the great gift that Bridges gives to the church through his readable books that touch the hearts and lives of Christians everywhere.
If you purchase this book you will enjoy the read, learn the importance of the Gospel for your life and find many practical applications of this material for how you live, or at least how you should live.
Enjoy!
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Review 2 for The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross...Every Day
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For New and Experienced Believers

Date:May 28, 2011
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The subtitle to this book is “turn to the liberating power of the cross…every day.” Jerry’s book describes the gospel in a detailed way, and reminds Christians that it is only through the eloquence of Calvary and the resurrection that the promises of Christ are fulfilled in our day to day existence. From describing the cup of God’s wrath as “exhausted on Jesus” to delineating the assurances we have of salvation, this book is a great tool for new and long term believers.
This would be an excellent Sunday School study (and there is a good study guide in the back of the book) – one that would challenge new believers to live their faith to the fullest and remind long term believers that the Truth of the gospel continues to be relevant to them. I have already used the “exhausted on Jesus” term in conversations with other believers – reminding them (as this book reminded me) that we have no condemnation, that we can choose only to be exhausted for Him as He was for us or to be limited in our life of faith by the fleeting moments of living in a sinful, broken world.
From the first page to the last, this book had relevance and impact for me. I needed the reminders that I am forgiven, that Jesus won’t ever leave me, that the Holy Spirit is available to empower me to live in a state of grace, and that I can’t earn my salvation through the things I do or don’t do to further the Kingdom. If you have spent any time at all wondering how the gospel could be true for you even after you’ve done this or that – read this book, and go back to the Bible and see how Jerry clearly brings the truth home. If you have spent your life in a religious setting, and your salvation feels forced – read this book, and go back to the Bible and see how Jerry clearly brings the truth home. After reading this book, I am going back to the Word on a daily basis, and remembering the Gospel that permeates every page, is for me, for every day. The cross is liberating – the chains of sin are gone, the power of the Holy Spirit is upon us, and we are united with the victorious. Praise the Lord!
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Review 3 for The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross...Every Day
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Excellent!

Date:May 23, 2011
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This is the perfect book for getting a clear understanding of the Gospel. It explains in great detail the meaning of what Jesus did on the cross... why He died, what He accomplished, and why we need to accept what He did for us. The author states "We cannot begin to understand the true significance of the cross unless we understand something of the holiness of God and the depth of our sin." After reading this book, you will have a greater knowledge of God and His holiness along with the realization that "We bring nothing to our salvation except our sin that made it necessary."
Only one chapter I had a trouble with... the chapter on Faith. And he even points out that you may disagree. He says faith is a GIFT from God and that God makes us spiritually 'alive'... so that we may then believe. Sounds like predestination to me... not free will. He explains his belief of this in great detail and yet I still don't agree. I'm sure I will look into it further. That being said, it is only one chapter that I take issue with and it by no means takes away from the mass of great information in this book. You may agree with his view on the subject.
This book was very well written. I began to underline the parts that I wanted to remember or even quote in my review... but there were so many good points, I would have underlined or shared most of the book!
Jesus said to go and preach the Gospel. But how many of us have a full understanding of the Gospel ourselves? I thought I knew until the question was put directly to me and I realized how difficult it was to share with someone else. I began to ask myself "What is the Gospel? What do I tell people when they ask?" Then I set out on a quest to find out. I'm so glad I had the chance to read this book for review. If you want to share more than "Jesus, loves you", then you need to read this book! Plain and simple.
*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. ~Thanks NavPress! :)
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Review 4 for The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross...Every Day
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If You Want to Learn the Big Words

Date:May 20, 2011
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The Gospel for Real Life is the third Jerry Bridges book I’ve read. I wasn't disappointed in this one either! In it, Bridges explains all the big, scary words of theology (propitiation, expiation, redemption, sanctification, and so on) in the order they take place along the Christian journey and in terms the average reader can easily understand. He explains that these aren’t words we have to know and understand in order to be Christians. (All you need to know is that God loves you, but your sin separates you from Him. He sent Jesus to die on the cross for your sins, so He could restore relationship with you. If you tell God you are sorry for your sins and receive Jesus as Your Savior, you are a Christian. Welcome to the family of God!) Understanding the big words, however, helps us know and appreciate more fully all that Christ has done and is doing for us every day. Bridges goal is to help his readers appreciate and experience “The unsearchable riches of Christ” that come from knowing the Gospel (a big word that means, "Good News").
Bridges uses both Scripture and personal experience stories to help readers understand and apply the concepts of each chapter. There are sixteen in all, with an 8-week study guide at the back of the book. The Gospel for Real Life would be an excellent text for a small group or a growing Christians’ Sunday school class. I enjoyed reading it on my own as well. I’m happy to recommend this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: 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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Review 5 for The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross...Every Day
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Commendable Reading

Date:May 16, 2011
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Jerry Bridges is an author and Bible teacher; his book The Pursuit of Holiness has sold over 1 million copies. The Gospel in Real Life is one of his lesser-known works which was published in 2002.
The thesis of Bridges book is that the Gospel is the “very lifeblood of our walk with God,” that it is not just the “key to our salvation,” but also “the power for our daily progress in holiness” (blurb). Bridges argues in his first chapter that “between the challenges of discipleship on one hand and the utilitarian view of the gospel on the other, we fail to see the gospel as the solution to our greatest problem – our guilt, condemnation, and alienation from God” (15). This is a shrewd insight on the part of Bridges, and exposes the inherent tendency in man to substitute something else for the glorious efficacy of the gospel, whether in salvation or in service. In the same chapter, Bridges also declares that “most professing Christians actually know very little of the gospel, let alone understand its implications for their day-to-day lives” (17). This is a true statement, and strikes at the heart of the deficiency that underlies all of the problems that both individual Christians and the church as a whole face today. It is in answer to this deficiency that Bridges pens the pages of The Gospel in Real Life.
The bulk of Bridges book is an examination of what the Gospel is. Bridges approach is exclusively scriptural; in other words, he examines the doctrine of the Gospel from a purely Scriptural basis, rather than an intellectual or historical basis. As a result, the book devotes whole chapters (chapter no. in parentheses) to the following topics: propitiation (5), expiation (6), redemption (7), reconciliation (8), adoption (12) and justification (9). This is a much needed approach, and Bridges attempt to avoid a “theological treatise” (12) make his writing accessible to every reader. Bridges ends each chapter with practical application, thus bringing the gospel to bear on the ‘real life’ of the reader.
In comparison to Timothy J. Keller’s The Prodigal God, a more recent work which dealt with the same topic, Bridges is a more overtly theological work. Keller’s work exegeted just one chapter, Luke 15, and emphasised the heart of the Gospel; Bridges work exegetes passage after passage from all over the Bible and emphasises the different facets of the Gospel and why the Scripture presents each one. The books have much in common, with Bridges providing the wider scriptural foundation for many of Keller’s priceless assertions. Keller’s work is simpler and more direct; Bridges’ work requires more concentration and reflection (the included study guide will be useful here). In short, Bridges’ work would make a good sequel to Keller’s.
Below are some great quotes from Bridges’ work which indicate its quality:
• “Without some heartfelt conviction of our sin, we can have no serious feeling of personal interest in the gospel.” (20)
• “We will never understand the cross until we begin to understand something of the nature and depth of our sin.” (23)
• “If we think about it, we realize that obedience that is not delighted in is not perfect obedience.” (33)
• “Regarding this absolute connection between the redemption from the guilt and consequent curse of sin and the release from the dominion or reign of sin in our lives, noted New Testament scholar Leon Morris wrote, ‘It is wrong to separate the legal status, gained by the complete discharge of the law against us, from the resultant life. The only redemption Paul knew was one in which they lived as those who had been adopted into the family of God.’” (79)
• “Any confidence in one’s own religion attainments in the issue of salvation is not only useless, but downright dangerous.” (107)
• “I believe that human morality, rather than flagrant sin, is the greatest obstacle to the gospel today.” (110)
• “Indwelling sin is like a disease that we can’t begin to deal with until we acknowledge its presence.” (161)
While Bridges work sometimes lacks clarity and forthrightness (hence the four stars), its strong scriptural exegesis makes it highly commendable reading.
Disclosure of Material Connection: 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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Review 6 for The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross...Every Day
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Great for Personal and Group Study

Date:May 10, 2011
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If the gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t making a difference in your life every day, then you need to read “The Gospel For Real Life” by Jerry Bridges. Have you forgotten how to experience true freedom? Do you want to discover how to walk away from legalism and enjoy the liberty the cross affords you?
Bridges is one of the best Bible teachers in America today. He has written books about grace, godliness, and holiness with depth and clarity. “The Gospel for Real Life,” another blessing from his storehouse of wisdom, also includes a study guide to help you in your own personal study or small group.
Bridges defines in clear, concise words topics such as justification, propitiation, transformation, redemption. He brings you into an understanding of scripture that will help you in your Christian walk and Bible study. I am grateful for the wisdom and guidance Bridges puts into his books. He reminds us that the gospel should be a part of our lives daily. We must turn to the cross every day to live effectively for Christ.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Review 7 for The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross...Every Day
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Excellent book

Date:April 29, 2011
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The Gospel For Real Life
by Jerry Bridges
In this book, Mr. Jerry Bridges seeks to offer assurance of forgiveness to believers, while also explaining the wonderful gospel message of salvation to underwrite his points.
Bringing out various promises and praises from the Bible, he writes with a balance of both gentleness and a no nonsense, matter of fact, this-is-how-it-is style.
I really, really, recommend this book. It is very encouraging and filled with scripture. I did not notice any errors or anything objectionable.
It is well written with an easy to read, conversational style of bringing out points and showing the how and why of the gospel.
The gospel for real life receives 10 out of 10 stars. ★★★★★★★★★★
Disclosure of Material Connection: 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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