Chris Seay’s newest book, The Gospel According to Jesus: A Faith that Restores All Things, adds a voice to the call for a deep, clear, and holistic gospel message. Seay’s work on The Voice translation of the Scriptures led him to one of the foundational premises of the book: American Christians do not understand some of the basic premises of the faith they call their own. Specifically, Christians do not understand righteousness; while most equate righteousness with morality, Seay argues throughout the book that central to the gospel message of Jesus is an understanding of righteousness as God’s “restorative justice” which is at work in the world.
I resonate with Seay’s concern that the church is largely unaware of some of the more basic teachings of Jesus and am grateful for resources that speak clearly to the gaps in our understanding of the Christian faith and the gospel message. Instead of a “4 simple steps” approach to the gospel, the book connects some great theological dots (image of God, the life and death of Jesus, righteousness, spiritual formation, etc.) to paint a broad picture of the gospel of God’s restorative work. Overall, The Gospel According to Jesus is an appreciated contribution to better understanding a gospel message affecting both our lives and our world.
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