The Connection Between the Gospel and Discipleship

27 Aug

Book Review: Eternity is Now in Session: A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught About Salvation, Eternity, and Getting to the Good Place, by John Ortberg

“Salvation isn’t about getting you into heaven; it’s about getting heaven into you.” This is one of the statements made by pastor and author John Ortberg in his latest offering, Eternity is Now in Session: A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught About Salvation, Eternity, and Getting to the Good Place.

As the quote implies, Ortberg wants people to see that salvation is about more than just going to heaven. He explains in the acknowledgements,

I fondly hope this little book can help stimulate a fresh conversation about the glorious nature of salvation. I hope it can help people inside the church and out to see the indissoluble connection between the gospel Jesus preached and the discipleship he offered and to encourage people to “sell all they have in great joy” in order to follow him.

The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 focuses on “Rethinking Salvation.” Far too often, we emphasize the importance of believing in Jesus in order to get to heaven. It is sort of the minimum entrance requirements. The author wants us to understand that salvation also involves a daily relationship with Christ. Part 2 describes “Walking with Jesus.” It provides insight into the nature of discipleship. It begins with seeing God everywhere, leaving baggage behind, forming a new mental map, and abiding with Christ.

The book is a typical Ortberg book. The author incorporates truth with humor, teaching what Scripture says and illustrating it with philosophers, movies, history, quotes from Dallas Willard, and personal stories. While perhaps not one of his best books, it will challenge the reader to reexamine what they believe about salvation and encourage them to experience a growing relationship with Christ today rather simply waiting until they arrive at heaven’s door.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on August 27, 2018 in Books, Discipleship, Heaven, Quotes


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