Essential Christianity

The Heart of the Gospel in Ten Words

By J D Greear, afterword by Joe Gibbs
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What is Christianity really all about?

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Drawing on passages from Romans 1 to 12, J.D. Greear unpacks the essential aspects of the Christian message, showing both secular and religious people what the gospel is and how it addresses our most pertinent questions. The gospel, as he explains, is not just about life after death; it’s about reclaiming the life we’ve always yearned to live.

Whether you are exploring the core concepts of Christianity or you are a weary Christian wanting to rediscover the excitement and joy of knowing God, this warm and compelling explanation of the goodness, truth, and power at the heart of the Christian faith is for you.

As J.D. says in his introduction:

“The gospel is not just the diving board off which you jump into Christianity—it’s the swimming pool in which you swim. See this book as your invitation to rediscover the goodness, the excitement, the liberation, and the power of the gospel.”

This resource can be used for outreach or discipleship and is great to read with other people. It can also be used alongside J.D.’s Romans video series on RightNow Media.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Announcement
  • 2. Undeniable
  • 3. Rejection
  • Interlude: What about the Bible's Views on Sex?
  • 4. Counterfeits
  • Interlude: What's So Special about Jesus?
  • 5. Rescue
  • 6. Faith
  • Interlude: How Can Anyone Believe in the Resurrection?
  • 7. Inclusion
  • 8. Struggle
  • 9. Spirit
  • 10. Therefore


Contributors J D Greear, Joe Gibbs
ISBN 9781784988258
Format Paperback
First published February 2023
Dimensions 5.3" x 8.5" x 0.4"
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 192
Publisher The Good Book Company

Rebecca McLaughlin

Author, Confronting Christianity

If you’re wondering what on earth to believe in a confusing and often disappointing world, Essential Christianity could be just the lifeline you need. In it, pastor J.D. Greear peels back the layers that can get piled on top of Christianity and helps us see the 1st-century original, which offers life-changing hope to billions around the world today—including you.

Dan Cathy

Chairman, Chick-fil-A

Every generation needs a voice to present the central tenets of the Christian faith in a way that is both contemporary and timeless. With Essential Christianity, J.D. Greear shares the good news using simple, direct language and explanations first laid out by the apostle Paul. A compelling and helpful guide for anyone exploring their own faith journey.

Ed Stetzer

Executive Director, The Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Illinois

Our questions really matter. Yet our questions should cause us to seek for the truth and not just end the conversation at our query. That’s what J.D. Greear does here. He asks the questions—and proposes clear answers—about key issues of the Christian faith. Essential Christianity will be a key resource for those considering the faith and for their friends who want to share it with them.

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“An apt apologetic work for our time”

Essential Christianity by J.D.Greear helpfully covers some of the basic tenets of Christianity. Each chapter is formulated around a keyword; and answers a common question about the faith. For example, Chapter seven ‘Inclusion’, engages with the suggestion that ‘all religions are basically the same’ – answering that Christianity stands alone as the only true revelation of God through Christ. Greear engages with this and other concepts through the guise of our postmodern culture, formulating an important apologetic work. The work is simple and straightforward. Greer uses accessible language and structure to outline key ideas, which will provoke thought and discussion in Christian circles and beyond.

The author has opted for a clear and straightforward approach. The book is designed to be read by a broad audience, and Greear has crafted a work which can be picked up by just about anyone, no matter their walk of life. Greear’s pastoral heart shines through in the book as he discusses issues sensitively and thoughtfully, looking to pull the reader into the true heart of Christianity. At times, the book introduces some terms that it does not expand on; for example, ‘irreducible complexity’. Whilst this may prompt the reader to further investigation, it can also have the effect of appearing to ‘overreach’ when it is not necessary.
Conclusively, this is an apt work for our cultural milieu, one that can assist newcomers to the faith, be a witness to the outside world, whilst also reminding older Christians about the blessedness of faith in God.

I received a free copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.


“great info”

My husband and I have both been fans of J.D. Greear. He has several books that we have had the privilege of reading and gaining much biblical wisdom. So, nonetheless, I had nothing but great expectations for his newest book.

The book is structured with ten chapters, each addressing an aspect of Christianity that leads us discover what exactly Christianity is. The world and our society have done a great job of mischaracterizing, misinterpreting Christianity as well as spreading incredible lies. Greear does a wonderful job of walking the reader through these and presenting the truth, all straight from Scripture.

Some specific questions he addresses:

- What is Christianity, in a sentence?

- Why do Christians talk about being "saved"?

- Why does the Christian life seem so hard?

He also sneaks in a couple intermissions to address some very side topics:

- Who is Jesus?

- But Is it True?

- What about the Christian view of sexuality?

Greear writes with simplicity, gentleness, but boldness. He's not shy in stating the biblical truth and nothing less. But he expresses grace and mercy with the understanding that we are sinful people in need of a saving Jesus.

This would be a great book for any believer or non-believer to have a better understanding of what Christians should believe and why they should believe it.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

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