I bought a copy of this book from the author’s own hand (which wasn’t too difficult since I’ve been attending the church he pastors for about a year and a half now). Jeremy’s book covers the basics of God’s grace, and how radical that grace truly is. Here’s the opening from Chapter One:
Ironically, the God who identifies himself as love has entrusted His people with the most offensive message in the world. That message is not deny yourself or take up your cross or die to self or sell all you have or live your faith radically … .
The most offensive message in the world is simply grace. No matter how gently, lovingly or patiently one presents it, grace offends the legalist in everyone.
Jeremy carefully presents the teachings of Jesus, Paul, John and others in the Bible to show that life in the New Covenant is nothing less than life in Jesus, and argues that in him all is grace: there’s no room for our efforts to supplement anything Jesus has already done completely for us. (He also carefully refutes any charges of antinomianism, relying principally on Paul’s own defense of the gospel of grace in Romans 6.)
Jeremy takes positions on a few side issues that I might disagree with doctrinally, but none of them detract from the importance of his thesis that free means free, and there is nothing anyone who belongs to Jesus needs to do to earn God’s favor: Jesus truly has done it all, and has done it for us for all eternity.
God is for us, never against us, and his grace is more amazing than we know. The Bible is clear about that:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus …
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. (Romans 8:1, 31-34.)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. (Galatians 5:1.)
Free means free.
For those who like to listen rather than read, Jeremy just started a sermon series based on the book. The first video is available here.