Sight Magazine – Books: A Simple Explanation of the Gospel

Tony Payne
Learn the Gospel: Deepen Your Understanding and Trust the Message About Jesus
Matthias Media, Sydney, Australia, 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1925424782

“A useful resource for churches, groups of friends or families to gain a basic understanding of key concepts in the Christian faith. A counterpart to come – to be named Share the Gospel – will focus on how to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.”

Designed to be read in a small group setting – whether it’s a family, a group of friends, or a church-related gathering, Learn the Gospel joins the ranks of many resources that have emerged over the past two decades explaining the gospel in simple terms.

Written by Tony Payne, an Australian writer, speaker and chairman of book publisher Matthias Media, this short book (170 pages) begins with a chapter explaining why it is important to learn the gospel, then presents a series of chapters on the main concepts.

Described as an “upgrade” to the “Two Ways of Living” training (“Two Ways of Living” was originally developed some 40 years ago as a simple tool for sharing the gospel with others), concepts covered include ‘Creation’, ‘Sin’, ‘Judgment’, ‘Death of Jesus’ and ‘Resurrection of Jesus’.

The book then ends with a chapter examining our response to this “Good News” and another on “Building the Foundation” which examines the next steps and what life in the form of the Gospel looks like.

Learn the Gospel, which assumes a very basic level of biblical literacy, is designed to be interactive and, in addition to question and answer (yes, activity) sections, includes space for readers to record their thoughts and answers. . It is also accompanied by a series of short films to see on the Matthias Media website (designed to be watched and discussed in groups). And there’s also a hands-on eight-week program for how to perform the sections and the Two Ways to Live Gospel presentation chart at the end.

A useful resource for churches, groups of friends or families to gain a basic understanding of key concepts in the Christian faith. A counterpart to come – to be named Share the Gospel – will focus on how to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.

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