The Gospel’s Power and Message

The Gospel

The Gospel’s Power and Message
Paul David Washer
One of the greatest crimes of this generation of Christians is its neglect of the gospel, and it is from this
neglect that all our other maladies spring forth. Absent from too many pulpits are the essential themes
which make up the very core of the gospel—the justice of God, the radical depravity of man, the blood
atonement. In The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer addresses these essential elements of
Christ’s good news and provides a guide to help us rediscover the gospel in all its beauty, scandal, and
saving power. May such a rediscovery transform your life, strengthen your proclamation, and bring the
greatest glory to God.
Table of Contents:
Preface
PART ONE: An Apostolic Introduction
 1. A Gospel to Know and Make Known
 2. A Gospel to be Received
 3. A Gospel by which We Are Saved
 4. A Gospel of First Importance
 5. A Gospel Handed Down and Delivered
PART TWO: The Power of God for Salvation
 1. “The” Gospel
 2. A Scandalous Gospel
 3. A Powerful Gospel
 4. A Gospel for all Who Believe
PART THREE: The Acropolis of the Christian Faith
 1. Making Much of Sin
 2. Making Much of God
 3. Sinners One and All
 4. Sinners Falling Short
 5. Sinners Through and Through
 6. Righteous Indignation
 7. Holy War
 8. A Most Costly Gift
 9. The Divine Dilemma
 10. A Qualified Redeemer
 11. The Cross of Jesus Christ
 12. The Vindication of God
 13. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
 14. The Foundation of Faith in the Resurrection
 15. Christ’s Ascension as the High Priest of His People
 16. Christ’s Ascension as the Lord of All
 17. Christ’s Ascension as the Judge of All
Endorsement “In these days of insipid, man-centered, ear-tickling preaching, we need Sons of
Thunder who fear God and faithfully preach His Word without fear of consequences. My friend Paul
Washer is one such man. May God use this book to reach the lost and to glorify His Name.” — Ray
Comfort, author of Hell’s Best Kept Secret and The Way of the Master


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One of the greatest crimes of this generation of Christians is its neglect of the gospel,
and it is from this neglect that all our other maladies spring forth. Absent from too many
pulpits are the essential themes which make up the very core of the gospel—the justice
of God, the radical depravity of man, the blood atonement. In The Gospel’s Power and
Message, Paul Washer addresses these essential elements of Christ’s good news and
provides a guide to help us rediscover the gospel in all its beauty, scandal, and saving
power. May such a rediscovery transform your life, strengthen your proclamation, and
bring the greatest glory to God.
Series Descriptions Although the Recovering the Gospel Series does not represent an
entirely systematic presentation of the gospel, it does address most of the essential
elements, especially those that are most neglected in contemporary Christianity. It is the
hope of the author that these words might be a guide to help you rediscover the gospel
in all its beauty, scandal, and saving power. It is his prayer that such a rediscovery
might transform your life, strengthen your proclamation, and bring the greatest glory to
God.
Author Paul Washer ministered as a missionary in Peru for 10 years, during which time
he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society to support Peruvian church planters. Paul
now serves as one of the laborers with the HeartCry Missionary Society
(www.heartcrymissionary.com). He and his wife Charo have three children: Ian, Evan,
and Rowan.
Endorsement “In these days of insipid, man-centered, ear-tickling preaching, we need
Sons of Thunder who fear God and faithfully preach His word without fear of
consequences. My friend, Paul Washer, is one such man. May God use this book to reach
the lost and to glorify His name.” — Ray Comfort, author of Hell’s Best Kept
Secret and The Way of the Master
“Style-conscious evangelicals have done a lot of tinkering in recent decades to try to
make the gospel seem more appealing or more palatable. All the sharp corners have
been carefully sanded off and the message made as small as possible. It has then been
wrapped in thick layers of foam so that no one can ever be hurt or offended by it.
“In The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer unwraps the gospel and displays
its various facets in all their vivid glory. This book is a thoughtful, poignant reminder that
the message Christ commissioned us to proclaim is neither spongy nor trivial. Nor can it
be improved by human revision. The gospel may be a stumbling block to some and seem
like foolishness to others—but to those who are called, it is the power and the wisdom of
God.” — Phil Johnson, executive director of Grace to You
“I am profoundly thankful for the courageous clarity of The Gospel’s Power and
Message by Paul Washer. Christians today seem to have the false impression that the
gospel is all about us—a wonderful plan for our lives; a means of finding peace, joy, or
personal fulfillment; the way to get to heaven. Those blessings (and many more) are
aspects of every true gospel-believer’s birthright, of course. But they are not the point or
the main objective of the message. The gospel is about God and His eternal glory. That
is where it starts, and that is where it takes us in the end. Preached rightly, the gospel
convicts and humbles every human heart. It underscores the exceeding sinfulness of our
sin. It rebukes even our most laudable works of righteousness. The gospel is simple
enough for a child to grasp, but its truths are inexhaustible. “In short, the gospel is the
best of all good news and the most important message anyone has ever proclaimed.
Paul Washer strikes all the right notes in this powerful, biblical study.” — John
MacArthur, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and
author of The Gospel According to Jesus
"The word gospel is on the lips of many these days, but few truly understand its
essential content, depth and nature. In this outstanding volume Paul Washer masterfully
opens up from the Bible the heart of the gospel, giving us an invaluable resource for our
lives. This book is a wonderful gift to the church and like no other that I have seen on
this subject. It should be read by every Christian but especially those who labor in the
ministry, for it will greatly assist them in being faithful proclaimers of God's good news
message to a lost and fallen world." — Rob Ventura, Pastor, Grace Community Baptist
Church, North Providence, Rhode Island, co-author of A Portrait of Paul