If I had to pick my favorite book this year, it would be Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt, which I reviewed recently. Here are just a few quotes from the book:
A life of true living is a life of faith in Jesus, a life of believing in Jesus in the everyday stuff of life (Pg. 21).
It is God's intent that every person who comes into a relationship with him through Jesus Christ eventually will grow up into maturity. And maturity looks like Jesus. He is the perfect human, providing an example of what we are meant to be (Pg. 28).
Gospel fluent people think, feel, and perceive everything in light of what has been accomplished in the person and work of Jesus Christ (Pgs. 41-42).
We are to blame for our sin. We are guilty, and because we are, we need someone else to pay for our sin (Pg. 56).
The wages of sin is death-spiritual, relational, and physical. Sinful rebellion produces brokenness, suffering, and death. This is because rebellion against God is rebellion against the giver of life. And this rebellion began and continues to go on because of unbelief in the truthfulness of God's word and sufficiency of his work (Pg. 57).
The true and better ruler had come and the kingdom of God was being expressed and experienced in and with Jesus. The good news has a King and a kingdom (Pg. 70).
At the cross, Jesus atoned for our sins-he paid the debt we couldn't pay and suffered the death we should have experienced (Pg. 71).
The gospel doesn't just bring about forgiveness of sins and save us from hell. The gospel of Jesus Christ empowers us to live a whole new life today by the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead (Pg. 73).
True faith produces works. And your works reveal what your faith is in (Pg. 78).
The gospel tells us that the new creation includes a new you, a new heaven and earth, and a new King at the center of it all-Jesus Christ...The gospel is not just about what has happened. It's also good news about what is happening right now and will happen in the future. We will be saved! (Pg. 166)
We are called to live lives that demand gospel explanations and, when we have the opportunities, to give people Jesus as the answer for our hope (Pg. 194).