Below is a list of resources that will help you share the good news of God’s grace. Whether you’re a preacher, Sunday School teacher, discussion leader, parent, or simply someone with a desire to help others, these resources will equip you to do two things with the gospel of grace: (i) tell people what it is, and (ii) tell people what it isn’t.
What IS the gospel of grace?
Are you looking for a quick introduction to the gospel of grace? Try these;
- Article: How to recognize the hyper-grace gospel
- Article: Is hypergrace biblical?
- Article: Who are the hyper-grace preachers?
- Article: What is the gospel in one word, two words?
- Article: By which gospel are you saved?
- Article: What is the good news?
- Ebook: Out of the Jungle: Why the Good News May be the Best News You Never Heard! (free for subscribers!)
- Ebook: Who’s Your Daddy? (also free!)
- Ebook: What makes the new covenant new? (ditto)
Looking for something more substantial, like a 5-10 week course? I strongly recommend The Gospel in Ten Words. This book has ten chapters covering ten aspects of our identity in Christ. This book has been used in many churches all over the world to establish believers in their Christ-given identity. (A good way to teach it is to focus on one word per week.)
What ISN’T the gospel of grace?
Sometimes a positive is accentuated by a negative. To help people distinguish grace from works, I recommend:
- Article: How to recognize a mixed-grace gospel
- Article: 8 signs that a church does not get grace
- Article: Seven signs you might be under law
- Article: How do we pervert the gospel of grace?
- Table: 20 differences between the mixed- and hyper-grace gospels (pdf)
Are you looking for something more substantial? Then check out Part B of The Hyper-Grace Gospel which covers 12 myths and misperceptions some have about the gospel of grace.
Where can I find good visual aids?
How to teach grace?
Very carefully! As far as possible, live at peace with everyone (Rom. 12:18). For more, check out “How to teach the gospel of grace.”
What if I’m asked a tough question?
I have found that when we are wearing the right lenses, namely, the finished work of the cross, the Word of God comes into sharp focus. Scriptures that used to puzzle you or that you thought needed “balancing” with contrary scriptures, become crystal clear. I strongly encourage you to take all your questions to the Lord and his Word.
If you are looking for a resource that addresses common grace questions, I recommend The Gospel in Twenty Questions. This book covers more than 200 frequently-asked questions about the gospel of grace. You can also find dozens of common questions covered in E2R’s Greatest Hits series.
But how do I share this message with unbelievers?
I’m so glad you asked! If you’re looking for something that’s free of Christianese and deep theological debates, I highly recommend my new book Stuff Jesus Never Said. It’s a book of pictures, and everybody loves pictures, right? And these pictures are funny. I can say that because we have been testing these on FB readers for years. I guarantee they will stimulate discussion about the goodness of God.
“I’ve seen those memes. Sure, they’re funny. But I need more than a picture.” In this book each picture is accompanied by a short chapter. The meme tells you what Jesus didn’t say, while the text tells you what he did say.
I know teachers who have turned these memes into visual aids for their discussion groups and parents who have shared this book with their pre-teen children. It works!
What about copyright?
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How do I know if my message is bearing fruit?