Saturday, January 28, 2012
The craziest thing about Christianity, is that it all centers on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, yet it is the Gospel that so many people get wrong. Shouldn't this be the one thing all Christians agree on? The sad fact is that many who claim to believe the Good News, know very little about what that Good News actually is.
It is because of this sad reality that Dan Phillips book, "The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight," is of such a necessity.
How did the first century Christians turn the whole world upside down, while we accomplish nothing more than arguing with atheists on the Internet? They had, knew, and lived the Gospel. Not some watered down, culturally acceptable imitation, but the glorious truth of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This Good News put the world in a spin. Dan Phillips sets out to explain the Gospel in all of its World-Tilting power for everyone.
In part one, he explores who were created to be and what we became on account of the Fall. The Good News never appears all that good unless you first encounter the bad in all of its hopeless, condemning terror. Dan painfully lays out our desperate condition, destroying any hope of finding salvation in ourselves.
Part two describes God's Eternal and Sovereign plan for the redemption of mankind. Here we discover how that God in Christ has done everything needed to save his people.(To God alone be the Glory.) Dan lays out the predicament of our dead-ness in sin and our complete dependence upon God for our regeneration and salvation. This section details the nuts and bolts of God's plan of Salvation, which is truly an area that many have settled for nothing more than a romantic, Hallmark card understanding.
Part Three thoroughly explains how we are brought into this Salvation, through repentance and faith, and shares the definition and application for each. Again, these are terms that suffer from many conflicting and erroneous definitions. Phillip's speaks with clarity and accuracy as he navigates past the errors, and leads us straight towards biblical truth.
In part four, we learn how to live with, and apply this biblical world view. Here Dan shares some of the common obstacles to Christian growth, many of which he has personally experienced. We have a habit of making things more difficult than they need to be, and this is one of those areas. He shows from scripture that our biggest need is to simply hear the truth and to obey the truth. Mystical, higher-plane nonsense has no place in the Christian life. Our duty is to hear and obey.
The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight is an excellent book for curious sinners and new believers, as they explore what the Gospel of Jesus Christ truly is. It is written in a mostly positive tone, seeking to portray the truth, yet he doesn't neglect to issue important warnings of potential dangers and distractions that unfortunately can be met with along the way. I greatly appreciate the depth to which he delves into all that the Gospel is. I can confidently recommend and share this book with others knowing that within its pages they will encounter the truth.
You can learn more about Dan Phillips, and read more of his writings at his blog Biblical Christianity and Pyromaniacs where he blogs along with Phil Johnson and Frank Turk.