As I’ve said before, I once assumed (along with the vast majority of professing Christians) that the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, while afterward we advance to deeper theological waters. But I’ve come to realize that once God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to steer them beyond the gospel, but to move them more deeply into it. The gospel, in other words, isn’t just the power of God to save you, it’s the power of God to grow you once you’re saved. After all, the only antidote to sin is the gospel—and since Christians remain sinners even after they’re converted, the gospel must be the medicine a Christian takes every day.
Tchividjian provides a list of fifteen books that he has found useful in expanding his own understanding of the Gospel’s impact on Christian life.
1. Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
2. The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
3. The Gospel-Driven Life by Micheal Horton
4. In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson
5. Scandalous Freedom by Steve Brown
6. When Being Good Isn’t Good Enough by Steve Brown
7. Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
8. Christ Formed In You by Brian Hedges
9. Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller
10. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
11. The Reign of Grace by Scotty Smith
12. Holiness by Grace by Bryan Chapell
13. From Fear to Freedom by Rose Marie Miller
14. Counsel From the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson
15. The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall
I’ve read about ten of these.
Tchividjian asks for further suggestions. A popular one was C.J. Mahaney’s ‘Cross Centered Life’.
I suggested the following titles:
Objects Of His Affection by Scotty Smith
The Glory Of God’s Grace by James Montgomery Boice
When Grace Comes Home by Terry Johnson
I also found these helpful in understanding aspects of living by grace:
What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
The Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindoll.