The apostle Paul gave the gospel the first place in his preaching, endeavored with all his might to proclaim it clearly, and even went so far as to pronounce a curse upon all those who would pervert its truth. Yet how sad it is that many, even among those considering themselves evangelicals, have reduced the gospel message to a few trite statements to be repeated, and view conversion as a mere human decision. In The Gospel Call and True Conversion, Paul Washer challenges such easy believism as he examines the real meaning of things like faith, repentance, and receiving Christ. He also deals extensively with the effects of saving grace that God promises in the new covenant; namely, the creation of new hearts and new people.
There was a time when I would not have found this extremely interesting. However, when a close family member became interested in a Hebrew Roots movement that cast doubt on the new covenant (calling it the 'renewed covenant' and holding on to selected works of the old) I became more intentional and diligent in my own study. I wanted to fully understand and be able to articulate what the scripture truly had to say in this matter as well as all basic doctrine. I now listen to this teaching with a whole new outlook, and get excited about Gods abundant grace and all the believer has been blessed with through the new covenant. The author also deals with easy believism and why the church is where it is today. The message is very clear, the teaching concise, with much scripture to stand on.
- Not engaging but very scriptural
I suffered through the book because I appreciated the intel on good theology. I could tell it was founded in scripture because 3/4 of it was quoting scripture. I just didn't find it engaging. The reader was fine and I might return to this, but I didn't really enjoy it and don't remember any particular parts either. I ended the book still feeling unclear on what exactly I need to physically do to be a true follower. Not my favorite or one I'd be happy to have bought. Can't tell though if it's the writing or just my personal interests that were the problem. I bought "not a fan" right after this and found the style much more refreshing. More conversational and more good memorable points but less scripture-soaked, yet still scripture led.
- ABSOLUTELY A MUST READ!
Very refreshing to hear the unadulterated truth of the Word. A MUST read! I have listen to it twice in 2 days so far and planned on doing so again and again as I want this word to be stamped on my heart.
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- Meh, not so much.
Typical collection of uninteresting sermons presented in an uninteresting monotone by a disinterested professional reader. Full disclosure: i didn't listen to the whole thing, just the preface and the first three chapters. In the preface, it's asked why add another book to an already glutted subject matter, the author pretty much admits it's because of his own desire, and then sets out to prove it's no different than any of the other thousands of like books on the shelves. It should have been a red flag that this whole collection of sermons was recorded by a professional reader instead of the preacher who preached them in the first place, thus removing any emotion or conviction in the delivery. i was entirely unimpressed with any of it that i listened to. No new thoughts, no earth shattering discoveries, no interesting new theories. Just more of the same ol' same ol'.
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