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, MDiv, 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.
"Jeff Dodge is one of the most respected, faithful pastors I know. He has led countless people to Christ, discipling them in the way of Jesus. This book will equip the church to carry out our mission by taking us through a clear, easy-to-understand layout of the language of the gospel. By the end of this book you will feel less scared and more confident to share the gospel with those around you, including those who seem really hostile to the faith. The Great Commission starts with getting the gospel right, and this book gets the gospel right. Read and go do likewise."
Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
"Gospel 101 is a primer on the gospel. It covers the theological and biblical basics, but always with an eye toward evangelism and how to share the message that changes our lives. Jeff Dodge brings simplicity, clarity, and passion to the central message of the Bible and showcases Jesus as the Hero of the story."
Trevin Wax, Director for Bibles and Reference at LifeWay Christian Resources; author of This Is Our Time and Eschatological Discipleship
"I first came across Jeff Dodge's gospel training course more than a decade ago when a college student passed a copy along to me. I've referred to it often since then—in fact, it's sitting in a binder on my bookshelf right now! I'm thrilled to see this excellent resource published. It will help you understand the gospel more fully and communicate it to others more effectively."
Bob Thune, Founding Pastor, Coram Deo Church, Omaha, NE; author of Gospel Eldership and coauthor of The Gospel-Centered Life
"For over a decade Gospel 101 has deeply impacted college students and leaders planting churches in university connects. It has given emerging leaders enormous clarity in understanding Christ, his work, his mission and his call for Christ followers to make disciples. Dodge's simple, transferable insights drive to the heart of mission, giving readers a clear pathway for advancing God's Kingdom through how they think, how they live, and how they articulate the gospel to the lost. I recommend this book because I like it, but even more because I see the fruit of its impact."
Brian N. Frye, National Collegiate Strategist, North American Mission Board
"Jeff Dodge is one of the most vibrant followers of Christ and one of the most committed Christian ministers I know. He also serves one of the most compelling college ministries I've ever observed. He is a man worth listening to, and Gospel 101 is a book I highly recommend reading."
Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Of all the messages competing for our attention today, none is more needed than the gospel. With more than 267 million people in North America headed to an eternity separated from God, we need men and women who can confidently share the gospel with the people God is bringing into their lives. My friend Jeff Dodge's book, Gospel 101, will help you dive deep into how the Bible explains the gospel so you can share it in a simple yet powerful way. I pray as men and women gather to study God's Word through this book, God will use it to begin a gospel movement across North America and the world."
Kevin Ezell, President, North American Mission Board, SBC
"Jeff is a thought leader as it relates to gospel-centered ministry in the context of the local church. I'm so thankful that he has written this rich and accessible introduction to the gospel and the implications of the gospel. It will undoubtedly serve the church for years to come."
J. T. English, Pastor of the Village Church Institute
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