Looking for a quick, easy, but important read? May I recommend “What is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert? I’ve been reading it the last few days, about 10 minutes at a time, and have found it to be succinct, easy to read and helpful in my own articulation of my faith.
By way of recommendation, I’ll share one excerpt I found very important.
“Many Christians struggle hard with this idea of repentance because they somehow expect that if they genuinely repent, sin will go away and temptation will stop. When that doesn’t happen, they fall into despair, questioning whether their faith in Jesus is real. It’s true that when God regenerates us, he gives us the power to fight against and overcome sin (I Cor 10:13). But because we will continue to struggle with sin until we are glorified, we have to remember that genuine repentance is more fundamentally a matter of the heart’s attitude toward sin than it is a mere change of behavior. Do we hate sin and war against it, or do we cherish it and defend it?
One writer put this truth beautifully:
‘The difference between an unconverted and a converted man is not that the one has sins and the other has none; but that the one takes part with his cherished sins against a dreaded God, and the other takes part with a reconciled God against his hated sins.‘”
Buy it HERE.