12/13/2011

The World-Tilting Gospel

12/13/2011 Posted by Sheldon Clowdus
The World Tilting-Gospel was written by Dan Phillips.  Phillips is the writer of the Biblical Christianity blog and also writes at Pyromaniacs (I recommend you read and follow both of those blogs if at all possible.)  The idea behind The World Tilting Gospel (or TWTG) was born when Dan heard a sermon by David Wells in 2007. The though that sparked TWTG was later expressed by Wells in his book Courage to Be Protestant.
Christianity is not just an experience, we need to remember, it is about truth. The experience of being reconciled to the Father, through the Son, by the work of the Holy Spirit all happens within a worldview. This worldview is the way God has taught us in his Word to view the world. That is why the Bible begins with Genesis 1:1 and not John 3:16. (Wells, Courage to Be Protestant, 45)
The World Tilting Gospel is at its core a book about the full truth of the gospel in its purpose, its content, and its implications. Through the course of TWTG Phillips shines a biblical light on:

  • who we really are
  • what kind of world we are really living in
  • how the world really operates and where it is really going
  • who God really is
  • what His eternal plan really was
  • why we really needed Him and His plan so desperately
  • what His terms - the Gospel - really were
  • what difference the Gospel will really make on every day of our lives
Without getting into too much detail and spoiling the read for you, let me just say this: You need to read this book.
It will either introduce you to the true biblical gospel and the God who designed it or it will reconfirm for you the beauty, wonder, and majesty of the gospel and the God who designed it.  Either way, you win.

I believe TWTG addresses the single biggest need in evangelicalism today. Most major ills of the church (rampant pragmatism, shallow worship, seeker sensitive gatherings, emergent/ing/etc. nonsense) can be traced back to a lack of faith in the biblical God of the bible and of the gospel He designed. This book will show you that God and His gospel clearly, sufficiently, and eloquently.  

You will encounter through thorough biblical exegesis and engaging writing a holy, awesome, merciful God who hates sin and makes a way to love and redeem His church.  

You will see that the true gospel of the scriptures needs no help from man, but is wholly sufficient in its own power to redeem the souls of sinful people.

You will learn that the gospel was never intended to do anything less than turn the world upside down for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ.

Go buy or borrow the book, read it, share it, use it for a bible study. Study the scriptures that Phillips lays out in the book.  Discover (or rediscover) the world-tilting nature of our God and His gospel for yourself.