Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Book Review - Gospel 101 by Jeff Dodge


This small group study and practical resource invites readers to develop the biblical literacy needed to share the gospel simply and effectively and without formulas. Designed for Christians who want to put their faith into action and grow in biblical knowledge, Gospel 101 explains the foundational gospel truth with digestible amounts of Scripture without diluting the gospel message.

Christians wondering how to share the gospel effectively will find Scripture-based content on understanding the background of the gospel rather than a one-size-fits-all approach to evangelism. Rather than giving an information overload or too-simplistic view of the gospel, Gospel 101 communicates the good news of Jesus in a clear, understanding, and compelling way, inviting readers to grow in gospel fluency, gospel community, and gospel action. Practical, small group study layout helps readers experience the transforming power of new life in Jesus.

This flexible resource serves as an introductory-level course on the “big picture” message of redemption. It equips church and ministry leaders with the language of the gospel to confidently move past the fear of sharing their faith by living out of gospel community and Scripture knowledge. By defining the gospel and why it matters, readers will learn about God, humanity, Christ, justification, our response, and the implications of the gospel through pointed questions, Scripture reading assignments, and encouraged discussions.

Gospel 101 will provide life-changing biblical truths so readers can speak gospel truth into everyday conversations with friends, family, children, coworkers, neighbors, fellow students, and others.


Jeff Dodge, M.Div, DMin., PhD, is the teaching pastor and director of theological formation at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa. He also directs the Cornerstone School of Theology as part of The Salt Network, a church-planting movement focused on establishing multi-generational churches in major university communities. Jeff and his wife, Teresa, have four children and several grandchildren. He is the author of Gospel 101: Learning, Living, and Sharing the Gospel.


This book gives us the tools to share the Gospel with others. This is not easy for many of us, but I do think this book gives so much good information for doing so.

This book breaks it down into eight lessons - Gospel, God, Humanity, Christ, Justification, Response, Belonging and Culmination.  The introduction to this book gives us the information to use these lessons, which I found helpful, as the author keeps it quite simple.

Each lesson has information on the subject then an application for applying what we've learned. Then the book has a workbook session where we answer questions based on Scripture and what we have read. I really like the survey section where we survey three people. I found this extremely interesting and helpful as asking other's questions helps in understanding how we can better share the Gospel.

I really like this book as it breaks down how we can share the Gospel without fear and with truth. I think it's something that will help others to feel more equipped as they share Jesus with others. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by New Growth Press. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book

Blessings - Julie

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