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Gospel Formed by J.A. Medders November 17, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:48 pm
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A call to Christians to be caught up in the powerful whirlwind that is the gospel of grace.

Christianity is based on the foundation of the good news of the gospel. Yet how many Christians truly find their identity there? How many are thriving in a community clinging to the gospel? How many forget about the wondrous glory of Jesus? J. A. Medders is on a mission to help Christians remember that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is also the power for our everyday life in Christ.

Yet living a gospel-centered life does not always come easily. The biblical meditations inGospel Formed help to kindle, or rekindle, the passion to live a grace-addicted, truth-filled, Jesus-exalting life by constantly driving the reader back to the power of the cross and the empty tomb. Funny, punchy, and theologically accessible, readers will be encouraged, challenged, and ultimately reoriented to the true North of Christianity―Christ Himself.



J. A. Medders is the lead pastor at Redeemer Church (Acts 29) in Tomball, Texas. He has written for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Church Leaders, and more. To read more from J.A. Medders, visit

My thoughts:

This book is a wake up to what we already know but the author gives you many new ways to think about the Gospel or be reminded about the Gospel

I love the energy you can hear in the writing, he is excited about Jesus, as we all should be.

By far my favorite chapter was “Worship is War.” I’m sure because I am a worship leader this chapter had a great impact on me. If I could read the whole chapter to my congregation I would. For now I will share a paragraph with you from p. 60-61:

“When you sing at your church, are you actually singing or just moseying along? If you stand on Sundays dull-eyed and dragging your vocal cords on the floor, then wake up to the realness of Christ, his blood, your enemy, and victory in Jesus. This is why I advocate for loud singing (Zeph. 3:14-15). War isn’t quiet. No soldier mumbles on the battlefield — and especially not at the victory party. Belt out the glory of Christ. And know that our Champion sings loudly over us (Zeph. 3:17)”

Love that and our churches need to hear that, be reminded of that.

If you liked that then you will love this book, it is full of powerfully stirring words that will remind you of the greatness of God.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million, Deeper Shopping or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 



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