The Explicit Gospel
Too few people attending church today, even those in evangelical churches, are exposed to the gospel explicitly. Sure, many will hear about Jesus, and about being good and avoiding bad, but the gospel message simply isn't there--at least not in its specificity and its fullness. Inspired by the needs of both the overchurched and the unchurched, and bolstered by the commo
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Quite frankly, I expected to be bored by this book. It’s about the gospel, and I’ve been in church for decades. I’ve taught dozens of Bible studies and preached a few sermons, so the gospel is not unfamiliar to me. What surprised me was how much I personally benefited from reading this book....more
This is not just a book for new believers. This is not a longer version of a gospel tract. It’s not something you hand off to someone while praying, “God, please
The Big Idea of The Explicit Gospel
The book claims that too often, the gospel is assumed, not explicit. The explicit gospel obliterates man-centered ...more
His first book "The Explicit Gospel" expounds on the primary message he has been lauding from the pulpit and the iTunes library for years. The unadultered, explicit gospel. He shows this by two different scopes: the "systematic" approach (God, Man, Christ, Response) and the "biblical theological" approach (Creat ...more
Pastor Chandler ministers in an area of the country where many people understand Christianity ...more
It took so long for me to read because it is a thick book in the sense of ideas. Not necessarily in pages. I digested it and believe that I always came back to it at the right times.
I’d highly recommend it and the only thing I would say is that at times it was ...more
The strength of this book is in the gospel content. Chandler uses both a “God, Man, Christ, Response” model of explaining the gospel as well as a “Creation, Fall, Reconciliation, Consummation” model. It is a good thing ...more
A well written and persuasive book about the need to make sure the Gospel preached is the actual Gospel contained in the Bible.
I’d listened to a couple of sermon’s by Matt Chandler and other pastors at his church, but this was the first book of his that I’ve read. And it was a good one, I’ll likely take a look at some of his other books now.
The premise of the book is pretty simple. The Christian Gospel, presented in its full form, is a radical message that generates a strong response in ...more
Matt Chandler writes a hit-and-miss work on the Gospel, full of sharped barbs that are occasionally convicting but are mostly mean-spirited and glitzy.
I really, really, really wanted to like this book. And indeed, I found parts of it absolutely brilliant. But we get a version of Matt Chandler here that hardly sounds like himself.
So the good: The best parts of the book are Chapter 6, Fall, and Chapter 7, Reconciliation. You g ...more
The book does not attempt to say anything new really, which, when it comes the gospel, is exactly as it should be. Instead, the book takes another look at the truths that have been proclaimed by the Church for over ...more
"Oftentimes where the gospel is assumed it is quickly lost."
Listened to the audio
2020 A book by or about a pastor ...more
The last few years have seen a great many books (explicitly) about the gospel written by guys from the "young, restless, Reformed" movement, including noteworthy examples by Greg Gilbert, J.D. Greear, Jared Wilson, and Trevin Wax (all of which are in my personal library). So this begs the questions: Do we really need another book about the gospel? And if so, what does THIS book bring to the table that makes it special?
With regard to the first question, of ...more
Though Matt has a wide preaching ministry this I believe is his first book. For some reason I was under the impression at some point that it would focus on telling readers how to be explicit about the gospel in their various ministries. Instead it is just what ...more
Don't get me wrong, this is a good book and worth the price of admission. However (as a subscriber to Matt's sermon podc ...more
I really loved how Chandler broke up the book: part one had to do with the gospel on the ground—how it affects the individual—while part two had to do with a cosmic overview of the gospel in the air—how it affects the world. The first part dealt with God, Man, Christ, and our Response to the gospel message. The second part had to do with the overarching story of Creation, Fall, R ...more
Matt Chandler is the lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas metroplex of over 10,000 people. His sermons are among the topselling (free) podcasts on itunes and he speaks at conferences worldwide. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministr ...more