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Five Books Every Christian Should Read on the Gospel

There are many books I would recommend reading to gain a better understanding, appreciation and depth for the gospel, but these five rise to the top.

>> JESUS + NOTHING = EVERYTHING BY TULLIAN TCHIVIDJIAN

“William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal.”

>> THE GOSPEL FOR REAL LIFE: TURNING TO THE LIBERATING POWER OF THE CROSS… EVERYDAY BY JERRY BRIDGES

“Jerry Bridges is a longtime staff member of the Navigators and currently serves with their collegiate ministry. In addition to his international speaking ministry, he has authored ten books and three devotionals; among them The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold well over a million copies, and the award-winning The Discipline of Grace.”

>> THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL BY MATT CHANDLER

“Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas Fort Worth area. He has served in that role since December 2002 and describes his tenure at The Village as a re-planting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 people to over 11,000 with campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas and Denton. Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships.”

>> THE CROSS-CENTERED LIFE BY C.J. MAHANEY

“C.J. Mahaney leads Sovereign Grace Ministries in its mission to establish and support local churches. After 27 years of pastoring Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, C.J. handed the senior pastor role to Joshua Harris on September 18, 2004, allowing C.J. to devote his full attention to Sovereign Grace. He serves on the Council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and on the board of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He is author of The Cross Centered Life; Christ Our Mediator; Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know; Humility: True Greatness; Living the Cross Centered Life and Don’t Waste Your Sports.”

>> GOSPEL WAKEFULNESS BY JARED C. WILSON

“Jared C. Wilson is a pastor and an award-winning writer whose articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous publications. A minister for over a decade, he has become known for his passionate gospel-centered teaching and strong calls for missional Christianity. Encounter his passion for the ongoing reformation of the evangelical church almost daily at www.gospeldrivenchurch.com.”

Shawn Kennedy is a part of the Lead Pastoral Team at Existence Church and is the Director of Kingdom Come Discipleship. He is the co-author of  Kingdom Come: A Gospel-Centered Guide to Discipleship. Shawn has a passion for helping others become gospel-centered, Kingdom-driven, disciple-making followers of Jesus.