Other than God’s Word, there has only been a few books that have truly shaken my faith and changed the way I view the Gospel. One of those books is called Gospel Wakefulness that I just finished recently. Because of the impact this book had on me and my believe that it will impact anyone who reads it, I wanted to write a short review of it here on my blog.
One of the things many Christians struggle with is learning how to live in the Gospel. We tend to think of the Gospel, the good news of what Christ did for us, as something we just accept at the moment of salvation and then we move on to “Christian living.” That mentality is wrong and unbiblical! As Christians, the Gospel is everything to us! It is something we accept at salvation because it is the good news of what Christ did for us, but we must realize our whole Christian life is about living within the Gospel! The Gospel is not a starting point for Christians, it is everything for the Christian!
Jared Wilson, the author of Gospel Wakefulness, says that most Christians need to come to a point of “Gospel wakefulness” in their lives. Wilson defines Gospel wakefulness like this: “Gospel wakefulness means treasuring Christ more greatly and savoring his power more sweetly.” Many Christians experience this at the moment of salvation, but somewhere along the way they forget the Gospel and think it just applied to when they got saved. Wilson makes a strong plea through this book for Christians to treasure Christ and His power more and more as they go throughout their life. He also spends many chapters talking about how the Gospel is the foundation and key to brokenness, worship, sanctification, and the church.
I would encourage anyone who embraces the Gospel of Christ to read this book. It will help you fall in love with the Gospel again and help you learn how to live your life in the Gospel. Also, pastors and other church leaders, this is a book that you must read. It will help you be awakened to the Gospel again which will allow you to lead your church with the Gospel as first priority.
Here are some related posts on the book Gospel Wakefulness:
–Sermon-Centric Worship-A blog post I wrote awhile back explaining why I agreed with Wilson when he says preaching should be the center of a churches worship service.
–What Gospel Wakefulness Does-Article written by Jared Wilson himself.
–Jared Wilson on Gospel Wakefulness-Video interview with Wilson giving his story as well as what the book is all about.