Above All by J. D. Greear–Book Review

This book surprised me because I was inspired and challenged by the message.  I expected it to be rather basic — after all, we all accept the centrality of the gospel to our life as Christians.  And yes, the author’s explanation of the gospel is theologically sound and nothing I don’t already know.  However, Greear made me see how far I actually stray from putting the gospel “above all.”  For example,

“When people in our communities think about and talk about us, they should think and talk about the gospel.  It should be both the ultimate point and the basis of every ministry and endeavor of our churches.”

Can I honestly say this about myself and my congregation?  He goes on to say that if we are truly gospel-driven:

“The question we bring to church will not be, What kind of church do I prefer?  but, What type of ministry best reaches the people in this community.”

Above All

Throughout the book, Pastor Greear invites us to place the gospel above our culture, our preferences and our politics.  He paints a beautiful picture of what would change in our lives and our churches if we truly put the gospel’s mission, hope and grace above everything else in our lives.  If you think that’s impossible, then consider that:

“The gospel is the one thing in the New Testament, other than Jesus himself, that is referred to directly as the power of God.”

Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we have that gospel power within us.  It can change our lives and the lives around us when we surrender to it.  I’d like to get our entire congregation to read this book and then wait to see how God works!

VERDICT:  5 stars

If you would like to purchase this book or learn more go to this link:

Above All


The Lutheran Ladies received a free copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review – Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR Part 255


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