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Overview

It’s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is all about. We struggle so much, work so hard, and fail so often that we frequently sense something in the equation of life must be missing.

Tullian Tchividjian argues that what we are missing is the gospel—a fuller, more powerful understanding of Jesus and what his finished work means for everyday life.

During a year of great turmoil, Pastor Tchividjian discovered the power of the gospel in his own life. Sharing his story of how Jesus became more real to him, Tchividjian delves deeply into the fundamentals of the faith, explaining the implications of Christ’s sufficiency—a revelation that sets us free and keeps us anchored through life’s storms.

Ultimately, Tchividjian reminds us that Jesus is the whole of the equation as he boldly proclaims that Jesus plus nothing really is everything.

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“In an evangelical culture where so many of us are unaware that the gospel isn’t just what we believe to save us but also what sustains us and carries us into maturity, this book hammers home the gospel’s power for the believer. Whether you have been in church your whole life or recently converted, this book will fuel your affections for our great God and King.”
Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

“There’s loads of talk about the gospel these days. Some people think that talking about the gospel is ‘trendy’ and that after a while we’ll all calm down and get over it. Oh, I hope not. I hope that the gospel and the desire to move further into the gospel will grow and grow until it transforms our sin-wearied, unbelieving, moralistic, forgetful hearts and sets us aflame for Jesus. Jesus + Nothing = Everything will remind you of the ancient yet ever-fresh truth that everything we need is found in the perfections of Christ—not in ourselves, not in our reputation, our relationships or wealth or accomplishments—in Christ alone. If you’ve never rested in the finished work of Christ this book is for you. If you’ve rested in it for decades like I have, this book is for you, too. Why? Because we forget; And, although we love Jesus, we’re blind to the ways in which his work connects to our daily lives and we wonder why joy and zeal are foreign concepts to us. Buy this book. Read it. It will help you push deeper into the gospel and push the gospel message more deeply into every corner of your life. Tullian Tchividjian understands like few others how the gospel shines like a beacon of hope in times of despair. Listen to him, he’ll help you love the Savior more.”
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Found in Him

“Tullian Tchividjian writes like he preaches, as a man consumed with Jesus and the life-giving power of God’s grace. The message of the gospel changes everything and everyone who embraces it. This book reminds us that Jesus is not only all we need—He is all we want!”
Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church; former President, Southern Baptist Convention

“It’s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is about. We too often tell and believe religious lies that drive us to despair. I visit that dark place often because I’ve been doing this religious thing for so long, have struggled so much, worked so hard, and failed so often that I fear I’m becoming a cynical old preacher. Jesus + Nothing = Everything is cold, clear, refreshing water to a thirsty preacher and a dry church. If you read only one book this year, read this book. If you give a book to anybody this year, give this book. If you yearn for awakening in the church, underline this book and share what you’ve learned. Then, with me, you’ll ‘rise up and call its author blessed.’ But more than that, you’ll glorify the God who loves us this much.”
Steve Brown, Host, Key Life Radio Program; author, Three Free Sins: God Isn't Mad At You

“Many Christians today assume that the gospel just has to do with conversion, for way back when they first came to faith. They have lost the sense, well known to Christians of the past, that the gospel is for every moment of their lives. As a result, they often fall into a moralism that can be, as this book shows, just as idolatrous, self-focused, and godless as immorality. This book shows how the good news of free forgiveness in the cross of Jesus Christ is the driving energy that makes the Christian life possible. Pastor Tchividjian tells about how he himself discovered the full magnitude of God’s grace in the midst of difficult times in his own ministry. He does so in a way that will bring relief, exhilaration, and freedom to struggling Christians.”
Gene Edward Veith Jr., Provost and Professor of Literature, Patrick Henry College; Director, Cranach Institute, Concordia Theological Seminary

“Tullian Tchividjian knows, by biblical study and personal experience, that the greatest dangers to the church exist inside the church not outside and the greatest of these dangers is the subtle, deceptive, and seductive self-reliance and self-sufficiency of legalism. Perhaps the greatest contribution of this book is its page after page plea to the church not to be afraid of the glorious provisions and freedoms of the grace of Jesus.”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

“In a powerful, concise, and popular style, Tchividjian announces, explicates, defends, and contrasts the gratuitous gospel of Christ’s person and work with the oft-misheld conviction of us sinners that, if we are somehow to be justified, it will have to be a matter of ‘making up for’ our offenses and of inward improvement. Chapter-by-chapter he argues that God’s saving plan is one of grace and not one of improvement. Filled with illustrations from his life as a pastor, this is no unapproachable, academic tome. But neither, thank God, is it today’s ‘Evangelical silly!’ Tchividjian wrestles openly with demons and their central lie in order that we truly ‘get’ what the Bible is really about. From every point on the compass, he contrasts ‘moral renovation’ with a free, one-sided rescue drenched in the blood of Jesus. Good news for everyone—but especially for Christians who are worn out by trying the other way, believing the lie, somehow knowing renovation isn’t working but knowing nowhere else to turn. Tchividjian is out to convince his reader that justification before God really is pure gift, is free, is by grace and through faith in Christ. . . sola!”
Rod Rosenbladt, Professor of Theology, Concordia University

“I had the privilege of watching this book be written well before the ink kissed the first page. That’s why Tullian’s title, Jesus + Nothing = Everything, couldn’t be farther from cliché or formula to me. Providentially, my brother was called into an ecclesiastical whirlwind that soon became a gospel birthing room. The result hasn’t been just a faithful and fresh exposition of Colossians, but a pastor and church daring to take the gospel of God’s grace as seriously as possible. This is a great read, but an even greater story.”
Scotty Smith, Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“In Jesus + Nothing = Everything we get more than the gospel—the joyful gospel. Tullian not only apprehends aright the goodness of the good news, but also communicates it with a passion that is infectious.”
Mark Galli, Editor, Christianity Today

“My friend Tullian is a loser. So am I. If we’re honest, all of us fit that description, but the good news is that Christ came for people like us. We qualify! Under the rubric of ‘Jesus plus nothing equals everything,’ this accessible yet astonishingly profound book rearranges the furniture. If you’re looking for hope instead of hype, please read this book.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Calvin on the Christian Life

“There is no one who better articulates the absolute distinctiveness of the gospel from religion than Tullian Tchvidjian. This book is filled with new insight and fresh inspiration on the oldest and most central doctrine of the church.”
J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved

“The goal of my life is to enjoy Jesus above all else. This book has helped me to do that! Deeply theological and yet profoundly personal, Tullian takes us right into the depths of the gospel of Christ alone and causes us to wonder in amazement once again at what has been done for us because of God’s great love. Read this. You’ll never want or need anything more than Christ again.”
Britt Merrick, founder, the Reality family of churches; pastor, Reality Santa Barbara

“Brace yourself for a gospel tornado! Tullian speaks from the heart to the heart, reclaiming the ‘good’ part of the good news in a bold and liberating fashion. To those suffering under the gravitational pull of internal as well as external legalism (a/k/a everyone), Jesus Plus Nothing Equals Everything represents the only lifeline there is—the mind-blowing, present-tense freedom of God’s justifying grace. No ‘if’s, ‘and’s or ‘but’s here, just the enlivening and relieving Word in all its profundity, with powerful illustrations to spare. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll read it over and over and over again (of course, you don’t have to)!"
David Zahl, editor, The Mockingbird Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433507786
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 96,549
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tullian Tchividjian (MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a contributing editor to Leadership Journal, and a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including the popular title Jesus + Nothing = Everything.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

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    Gospel Clarity

    In 2009 when Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale was looking for a pastor, I heard they were going to combine with New City Church and Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) was going to be the pastor. I had read things about Tchividjian, knew he was Billy Graham's grandson and I had read things from his mother. I was excited for him. Soon after the merger however, there was dissension in the ranks. This caused Tchividjian to come to a greater understanding of the gospel and see the dangers of moralism that Christians so often get caught up in. At first I thought the book was simplistic but as a continued to read, I realized that yes, there is simplicity to the gospel and that is what often causes us to think we need more. We try to add our works to it. Tchividjian starts with Jesus and then explains how we need nothing more. Not the moralism, the legalism or the performancism( his word). They cause us to trust in ourselves and lead so slavery. "It's all law (what we must do) and no gospel (what Jesus has done)." Tchividjian has a casual writing style but I think his writing became stronger as the book progressed. He uses Scripture, particularly the book of Colossians and quotes Christians from the past and present that bring depth to his writing. I have not read some of the modern books from Reformed writers on the gospel, though Tchividjian quotes them, but I think this book is helpful for the new Christian to understand the gospel or for those who want to learn what the gospel is. "The gospel isn't the first step in a stairway of truths but more like the hub in a hub of truth". This book is also for those who are older in their faith and who need to remember "Christian growth does not happen by working hard to get something we don't have. Rather, Christian growth happens by working hard to daily swim n the reality of what we do have." Tchividjian has written a book that is readable and will make clear what the gospel is in a society that often confuses the gospel with moralism. As his title says, it is Jesus + Nothing that equals Everything. Not our good works, not our trying to live up to a standard. It is Jesus.

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    Life changing!

    I think its time to set the record straight. The reason this book has been poorly reviewed is because the author goes beyond your comfort zone and shows you what true christianity is. I think this is a must read for any christian. By the way true christianity is nothing but Jesus. Enjoy the book!

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