Book Review: A Gospel Primer for Christians (Milton Vincent)

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I love being handed books and knowing they are great.  This one was no different.  I had heard of Vincent’s book before I received a copy of it, but didn’t know the layout, premise, etc. 

Vincent, a pastor in California, lays out a good understanding for the book in the introduction and writes part of his personal journey with the material in the afterward (which I found helpful, so don’t skip it). 

The first part is written in short (3/4 page) paragraphed writings.  The second section is in numbered statements (easy to memorize and focus on during the day).  Third section is poetry, which I found most difficult (just because I fly through poety and don’t take as much time to ponder it because I am usually listening for the rhyme in my head). 

Here are some of the underlined quotes in my book:

“God tells me to be steadfastly entrenched in the gospel at all times and never to allow myself to be moved from there.” (19)

“Hence, the more I comprehend the full scope of the gospel, the more I value the church for which Christ died, the more I value the role that I play in the lives of my fellow Christians, and the more I appreciate the role that they must be allowed to play in mine.” (24)

“God deliberately designed the gospel in such a way so as to strip me of pride and leave me without any grounds for boasting in myself whatsoever.  This is actually a wonderful mercy from God, for pride is at the root of all my sin.” (27)

“Also, knowing of the future love that God will show me in glory enables me to love my fellow saints with a heaven-inspired love even now.  I love others out of the fullness already given to me in Christ, and also out of the greater fullness that will be given to me in glory.” (44)

Things I love about this book:

1.  The verses are footnoted.  Vincent not only provides the reference, but he provides the actual Scriptures on the bottom.  Very helpful.

2.  The readability of this book (short segments).

3.  The attitude of grace and the need to preach the gospel to yourself every day.