Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Gospel Primer, my new Obsession




Shortly before Christmas,
 some dear friends gave us a copy of The Gospel Primer, by Milton Vincent.
This is my new obsession. 
 It is perhaps the greatest resource I have ever come across. 
 In 41 prose, Vincent lays out the gospel clearly, completely, and concisely.




We just ordered our second boxful and are quickly emptying it,
 giving the primer out to nearly everyone we know or encounter. 
 It is that good. 

            CJ Mahaney said,
 "If there is anything we should be passionate about, 
it is the gospel...
 passionate about thinking on it, 
dwelling on it, 
rejoicing in it, 
allowing it to color the way we look at the world."


We need the gospel every day
 to keep us from falling into a performance relationship with God.
 This little book has not only helped us to know the gospel,
but also to love the gospel and see how it applies to every area of our lives. 
We have been reading it aloud to our family nearly every morning after breakfast,
thereby preaching the gospel to ourselves daily.
 This means that daily we are reminded of essential things that are easy for us to forget, like:


25.  In saving me, God has also freed me from slavery to any and all sins. (Romans 6 ;6,7,14)
35.  When I sin, God feels no wrath in his heart against me. (1 Thessalonians 5:9,10) (1 John 2:2)
36.  His heart is filled with nothing but love for me, and He longs for me to repent and confess my sins to Him, so that He might show me the gracious and forgiving love that has been in His heart all along. (1 John 1:9)
37.  God does not require my confession before He desires to forgive me. (Luke 15:20-24)
38.  In His heart He already has forgiven me; and when I come to Him to confess my sins to Him, He runs to me and is repeatedly embracing and dissing me even before I get the words of confession out of my mouth! ((Luke 15:20-24)

 No one asked  me to do a review on it, instead,
 my husband asked the publisher if we could blog about it, and they  gave us a hearty yes. 
It takes about 4 minutes to read it through. 
 The children are learning it by heart.  
 I wish I could convey to you how excited I am about this,
and how essential this material is. 
 It is not readily available anywhere that I know of,
except the publisher..
and soon, our church bookstore. 
 I will warn you to order more than one, though, because as you begin to read it,
 hopefully everyday,
 and  you see how it is changing, transforming your mind,
 you will  probably want to give one to someone, and then, another, and another,
 and we could start an epidemic, 
which would be most wonderful.
An epidemic of people who understand the Truth of the gospel.
How awesome would that be!



"The more I embrace and experience the gospel, 
the more I delight in the worship of God, 
the more expressive my joy in Him becomes,
 and the more I yearn to glorify Him in all I say and do."
-Milton Vincent

4 comments:

Sherry said...

Julianne,

It is also available at www.graceandtruthbooks.com

I agree it is a little treasure!

Gregory said...

This looks excellent. I found a free pdf file of it and this site: http://dcbiblestudy.com/gospel-primer
Thanks,
Amanda

Melissa said...

A treasure of a book, indeed! It has been such an encouragement to me!

William Dudding said...

thanks for the link...i was told this is a great book. I like the leather cover, just bought mine!