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J.D. Greear: How To Explain the Gospel to 21st Century Americans

J.D. Greear
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J.D. Greear is pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Under his leadership, The Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to a congregation of more than 12,000. J.D. is the founder of J.D. Greear Ministries and hosts Summit Life, a daily, 30-minute radio broadcast and weekly TV program. He is also the author of several books, including his latest, “Essential Christianity: The Heart of the Gospel in Ten Words.”

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Key Questions for J.D. Greear

-Why did you feel the need to write this book and why did you choose to base it on Romans?

-What do you think the evangelical church in the United States is missing about being a Christian? 

-What are the biggest obstacles preventing people today from considering and embracing the Christian faith?

-How can we come alongside those who are used to Christian culture and are turned off by it, but they haven’t really engaged Christian content?

Key Quotes From J.D. Greear

“What is the most classic book ever written on the gospel? It’s obviously the book of Romans.”

“Paul was actually writing Romans as part of a deconstruction project in one sense, because he’s rebelling against some of the established religious hierarchies—you know, in his case, rabbinic Judaism, also the way the Romans thought about religion.”

“Here’s a question I’ve never seen addressed or at least I haven’t seen addressed in a lot of apologetic type books: If there really is a God, why don’t more people believe in him? Paul answers that question right there in [Romans] chapters one and two.”

“We recognize that, while deconstruction we would say is a mostly unhealthy movement, it starts with some really necessary healthy questions.”

“We’ve taken artificial constructs that go along with Christianity…and we’ve conflated those with the essential message of the gospel so that minor things become central things and [major] things are not important.”