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Posted July 8, 2012
Convicting, inspiring, uplifting...may all who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity beware the slippery slopes on either side of the narrow way and resolve to know and publicly proclaim Jesus Christ and Him crucified...let us hold firm to "the explicit gospel"
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Posted May 25, 2012
I think Chandler did a good job.
Matt Chandler serves as lead pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. He describes his time at The Village as a re-planting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus.
I was drawn to Matt’s new book, because it was another book that wrestled with the idea of “what is the gospel.” It’s been a subject of mine as of late and so I wanted to glean what Chandler’s ideas were about the subject.
The purpose of Explicit Gospel is “to know the gospel explicitly, and to unite the church on the amazing grounds of the good news of Jesus!” The premise of the book stems from the idea that both the over-churched and the un-churched may not have a clear understanding of the importance of the gospel.
The book certainly reads with “Matt’s voice,” noted that Jared Wilson is the co-author of the book, Explicit Gospel may very well have been written from sermon transcripts from some of Matt’s best sermons on the topic. This book is filled with Matt’s stories and humor and that makes for an enjoyable read.
Chandlers book is broken into two sections the gospel on the ground, and the gospel in the air. The “ground” gospel is our own personal relationship with God and the importance we place on our daily worship. The “air” gospel is about the cosmic relationship with Christ and how the cross is our ultimate salvation.
Chandler certainly writes as a Calvinist, so much of the book centers on our depravity and Christ’s full saving grace of the cross. But even if you don’t share the Calvinistic view, I think Chandler did a good job with this book and it is a worthwhile read.
I received this book from Crossway for a fair and honest review.
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Posted November 1, 2012
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