This is Book 1 in the Recovering the Gospel Series
We are very happy to recommmend this title, The Gospel's Power and Message by Paul Washer, which should prove to be one of the more important books on our website. As stated on our Featured Ministers section of our website, "Paul Washer has been used of God in our time for a widespread recovery of (1) the true Gospel and a biblical basis for Christian assurance, (2) an evangelistic approach and presentation that maintains biblical integrity..."
This book is meant to be for every believer, and especially for those who regularly share the gospel to others, whether from the pulpit, on the streets, or in the workplace and neighborhood. Every Christian needs to go deeper and to be more versed in the Gospel of Christ. It is the Gospel of Christ that is of first importance. The goal of this book is not just to fill your head, but to make your understanding of the Gospel more robust and healthy, thus transforming your life (Rom. 12:1-2).
Part 1: An Apostolic Introduction 1. A Gospel to Know and Make Known 2. A Gospel to be Received 3. A Gospel by Which We Are Saved 4. A Gospel of First Importance 5. A Gosepl Handed Down and Delivered
Part 2: The Power of God for Salvation 6. "The" Gospel 7. A Scandalous Gospel 8. A Powerful Gospel 9. A Gospel for All Who Believe
Part 3: The Acropolis of the Christian Faith 10. Making Much of Sin 11. Making Much of God 12. Sinners One and All 13. Sinners Falling Short 14. Sinners Through and Through 15. Righteous Indignation 16. Holy War 17. A Most Costly Gift 18. The Divine Dilemma 19. A Qualified Redeemer 20. The Cross of Jesus Christ 21. The Vindication of God 22. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ 23. The Foundation of Faith in the Resurrection 24. Christ's Ascension as the High Priest of His People 25. Christ's Ascension as the Lord of All 26. Christ's Ascension as the Judge of All
One of the greatest crimes of this generation of Christians is its neglect of the gospel, and it is from this neglect that all our other maladies spring forth. Absent from too many pulpits are the essential themes which make up the very core of the gospel—the justice of God, the radical depravity of man, the blood atonement. In The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer addresses these essential elements of Christ’s good news and provides a guide to help us rediscover the gospel in all its beauty, scandal, and saving power. May such a rediscovery transform your life, strengthen your proclamation, and bring the greatest glory to God.
"In these days of insipid, man-centered, ear-tickling preaching, we need Sons of Thunder who fear God and faithfully preach His Word without fear of consequences. My friend Paul Washer is one such man. May God use this book to reach the lost and to glorify His Name." - Ray Comfort, author of Hell's Best Kept Secret and The Way of the Master
“Style-conscious evangelicals have done a lot of tinkering in recent decades to try to make the gospel seem more appealing or more palatable. All the sharp corners have been carefully sanded off and the message made as small as possible. It has then been wrapped in thick layers of foam so that no one can ever be hurt or offended by it. “In The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer unwraps the gospel and displays its various facets in all their vivid glory. This book is a thoughtful, poignant reminder that the message Christ commissioned us to proclaim is neither spongy nor trivial. Nor can it be improved by human revision. The gospel may be a stumbling block to some and seem like foolishness to others—but to those who are called, it is the power and the wisdom of God.” — Phil Johnson, executive director of Grace to You
“I am profoundly thankful for the courageous clarity of The Gospel’s Power and Message by Paul Washer. Christians today seem to have the false impression that the gospel is all about us—a wonderful plan for our lives; a means of finding peace, joy, or personal fulfillment; the way to get to heaven. Those blessings (and many more) are aspects of every true gospel-believer’s birthright, of course. But they are not the point or the main objective of the message. The gospel is about God and His eternal glory. That is where it starts, and that is where it takes us in the end. Preached rightly, the gospel convicts and humbles every human heart. It underscores the exceeding sinfulness of our sin. It rebukes even our most laudable works of righteousness. The gospel is simple enough for a child to grasp, but its truths are inexhaustible. “In short, the gospel is the best of all good news and the most important message anyone has ever proclaimed. Paul Washer strikes all the right notes in this powerful, biblical study.” — John MacArthur, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and author of The Gospel According to Jesus