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Is faith in Jesus enough for salvation? Perhaps, says Matthew Bates, but we're missing pieces of the gospel. The biblical gospel can never change. Yet our understanding of the gospel must change. The church needs an allegiance shift. 

Popular pastoral resources on the gospel are causing widespread confusion. Bates shows that the biblical gospel is different, fuller, and more beautiful than we have been led to believe. He explains that saving faith doesn't come through trust in Jesus' death on the cross alone but through allegiance to Christ the king. There is only one true gospel and one required response: allegiance. 

Bates ignited conversation with his successful and influential book Salvation by Allegiance Alone. Here, he goes deeper while making his acclaimed teaching on salvation more accessible and experiential for believers who want to better understand and share the gospel. Gospel Allegiance includes a guide for further conversation, making it ideal for church groups, pastors, leaders, and students.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Matthew W. Bates (P)2019 Baker Publishing Group

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  • Christopher B Samuel
  • 12-10-20

Best book on King Jesus Gospel that I have read

It addresses the scholarship issues without becoming overly technical. It addresses popular critiques and highlights where other popular works on the gospel miss the mark. It presents clearly the compelling case for the King Jesus Gospel.

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  • James Lucas Brown
  • 24-02-21

Worth reading, even if you don't agree 100%.

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Jesus Christ is the Saving King! I agree 100%. The kingship of Christ is excluded from the Gospel message in too many circles, often to the detriment of true evangelism and discipleship.
However: the final chapters made my eyebrows dance constantly. There comes a point where Bates is unabashedly all in on his definition of the Gospel, to the exclusion of any scriptures that portray The Trinity as anything other than a Kingship structure. So while I wholeheartedly agree that Christ is the King, Eternally Enthroned because if the Gospel, He is also our Brother because of the Gospel. We also cry out "Abba, Father!" through the Spirit.
I think if Christians finish this book with a *both/and* perspective on person and work of The Trinity, it is extremely beneficial. If we miss the Kingship of Christ, we are not preaching the full Gospel or what it actually means to be a Christian. But to say that Christ is ONLY King because of the Gospel may miss the mark in the other direction or lead to works based salvation theology as well if we aren't careful.

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  • william d warner
  • 24-08-20

excellent in subject,

we are in need of this gospel today! with this gospel we can bring in discipleship to the king

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  • Jeff Crosby
  • 05-05-20

Same Path. Different Destination

I will start by saying I did not agree with a lot of the book's content. With that being said it is very thorough... More so even than his last book. It was a very honest and genuine take from a great theologian. We did not arrive to the same conclusions, but the book is great. He does an amazing job of laying out his point of view. I am a firm believer that you don't have to agree with an author to read and consider their material. I recommend reading this book and even if you disagree with him I guarantee you will learn something and walk away with more knowledge and understanding on this vital topic than you'd know.

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  • Thomas morse
  • 28-12-19

What Do New Testament Authors Mean by "Gospel"

Dr. Bates provides an excellent and in-depth look at why we need to better understand the Good News that Jesus and his disciples are so intent on telling everyone about. Jesus is King and we need to give our allegiance to him!

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  • David Graieg
  • 29-05-20

An interesting discussion on the gospel and faith

This book is part of a discussion on what is the gospel and how the Greek word pistis should be translated (traditionally translated 'faith' or 'truth,' but Bates argues for 'allegiance').
Bates expanded gospel summary is that "The gospel is the true story of how Jesus the Son was sent by God the Father to become the saving king who now rules forever at his right hand through the sending of the Holy Spirit, fulfilling God's promises in Scripture."

It would be nice if audible could add names to the chapters in the app rather than just stating chap 1, chap 2... The chapters should be:
1) Intro
2) Getting the Gospel Right
3) Not Faith but Allegiance
4) The Full Gospel of the King
5) Bridge
6) Grace in Six Dimensions
7) Faith Is Body Out
8) How Works Are Saving
9) Taking the Allegiance Challenge
10) Appendix: summary

I find Bates is intentionally provocative at times, and I think this detracts from some otherwise good points (not that I entirely agree with Bates).

Sometimes the audiobook lists several references which isn't well suited to an audiobook. That being said, the accompanying pdf is useful.

McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel; and Wright, Simply Good News (both available on audible); take a similar position to Bates.