The Explicit Gospel

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You know you know it…
But then again, maybe you don’t.

Even if you go to church, it doesn’t mean that you are being exposed to the gospel explicitly. Sure, most people talk 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 over-churched and the unchurched, and bolstered by the common ...

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Overview

You know you know it…
But then again, maybe you don’t.

Even if you go to church, it doesn’t mean that you are being exposed to the gospel explicitly. Sure, most people talk 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 over-churched and the unchurched, and bolstered by the common neglect of the explicit gospel within Christianity, popular pastor Matt Chandler writes to remind us what is of first and utmost importance—the gospel.

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What People Are Saying

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“If you only read one book this year, make it this one. It’s that important.”
Rick Warren, #1 New York Times best-selling author, The Purpose Driven Life; Pastor, Saddleback Church

“This book, like the gospel itself, is clarifying, convicting, comforting, and compelling all at the same time. I wholeheartedly invite you to read it, to be overwhelmed by the mercy and majesty of God in the gospel, and then to spend your life making this gospel explicit in every facet of your life and to every corner of the earth!”
David Platt, Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama; author, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

“Matt Chandler is one of the best Bible preachers on the earth and one of the godliest men I know. I am thrilled to see this book released. Read it. And buy some extra copies to give away.”
Mark Driscoll, Founding Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle Washington; Founder, Resurgence; Co-founder, Acts 29; author, Death by Love

“People who come face-to-face with death make the best evangelists. I have to believe that’s why my friend Matt Chandler is so passionate about a clear, biblical presentation of the gospel. Life is short. Eternity is long. May this book drive you to greater clarity in preaching the life-saving gospel of Jesus Christ.”
James MacDonald, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church

“That the gospel is not clearly taught in classic liberalism is disheartening but not surprising. That frequently the gospel is not taught in evangelical congregations is both disquieting and surprising. Evangelicals will not deny the gospel, but they may assume it while talking about everything else—and that is tragic. Matt Chandler issues a robust call to make the gospel an explicit and central part of our preaching, and takes pains to show what that looks like. Amen and Amen.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Matt Chandler presents the gospel in a way that is balanced, hope-filled, and very, very serious, all the while presented with Matt’s trademark humor. Even more faithful than funny, Matt insults all of us (including himself) in a strangely edifying way, and in a way that I pray will make you treasure Christ even more.”
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks

The Explicit Gospel is a roadmap and wake-up call to our generation to grasp the full, expansive, and true gospel story. Matt is a leading voice, a great expositor of the Scriptures, passionate about Jesus, and serious about the gospel and making God known. When he speaks, I listen, and when he writes, I read. This book reflects the clear and core message of Matt’s life, leadership, and passion for a generation hungry for truth.”
Brad Lomenick, Executive Director, Catalyst

“Too often the gospel fails to take root when it is assumed. The explicit gospel transforms individuals, churches, and nations as the mission of God is carried forward. Matt Chandler has gifted the church with a powerful tool to combat the assumed gospel. The Explicit Gospel is a serious threat to the moralistic, therapeutic deism that cripples the lives of so many. I highly recommend this book to both believers and unbelievers alike.”
Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research; author, Subversive Kingdom

“Matt Chandler’s excellent book will help Christians avoid common errors that occur when we make assumptions about the meaning of the word gospel.” (April 2012)
World Magazine

"The Explicit Gospel brings extraordinary clarity and creativity to what all assume is understood—but quickly realize has been forgotten.” (May 2012)
RELEVANT Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433542114
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 6/30/2014
  • Series: Re:Lit
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 126,278
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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 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. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children: Audrey, Reid and Norah.

Jared C. Wilson is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont. His articles and short stories have appeared in a number of periodicals, and he has written the popular books Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness and Gospel Deeps, as well as the curriculum Abide. Wilson lives in Vermont with his wife and two daughters, and blogs regularly at The Gospel Driven Church hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    This book is exactly what you would expect on two fronts. If you

    This book is exactly what you would expect on two fronts. If you are at all familiar with Matt Chandler, his speaking style and his personality the approach of this book will be no surprise. The ‘are you tracking with this’ and ‘what you get is…’ explanations litter the text. Chandler has expressed the hardest part of writing was capturing ‘his voice’ in written as opposed to spoken communication however Chandler/Wilson did an excellent job of keeping it.

    On the other hand the title does not leave much to curiosity. Matt does a fantastic job of explaining the Gospel in both an overarching and personal narrative perspective. He is balanced and well defined. There were a few portions that became a bit muddled as he attempted to explain something he would other wise explain easily if you were able to see his facial expressions and of course his hand gestures.

    I appreciate the way in which he allowed the scripture to speak for itself. This is not Chandler’s opinion this is clearly what the Bible teaches in a way that systematically walks you through a challenging topic. While the Gospel is basic to our faith it is not easy to grasp.

    My hope is that this book will help the Church in a two specific ways,

    I feel that the church as a whole, especially in North Texas where we both serve, has completely lost sight of the important issue – the Gospel. With the over crowding of church selection in this community the leadership has settled for competing for sheep as opposed to advancing the work of the Kingdom. Explicit Gospel is a clearly defined battle cry. This is what it is about – anything else may not be wrong but it may not be necessary.
    Secondly, on a personal note I hope this book helps to clarify some of the blatant misconceptions (read – lies) concerning reformed pastors. It is a common drum beat among uneducated clergy to villanize the Reformed/Calvinistic as unevangelistic. While this can not be further from the truth a lie repeated often enough and loud enough is believed. Matt speaks for many of the young and reformed. He does so with a passion to see souls redeemed and much made of the name of Christ. For that I appreciate him, deeply.
    In my opinion the most enjoyable chapter is the eleventh in which his personal story is unfolded and the Gospel is given a real life breath in narrative. Without it the content may feel more like stale theory.

    I would encourage any and everyone to read this book and let the Gospel dictate every heart beat.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

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    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Excellent

    Excellent

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Exellent

    Outsanding.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Recommended

    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"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2012

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    This book creates a true thirst for the Gospel. Life altering!

    This book creates a true thirst for the Gospel. Life altering!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Great Book

    A good book that describes the gospel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great for old and new Christians

    My women's small group is going through this and I love it! There are so many scripture references, so it prompts you to spend a great deal of time in the Word throughout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Wow

    This book was fantastic

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Typical Chandler!!!! - Highly Recommended!!!

    I am about halfway through the book! In typical Chandler fashion, the breakdown is clear, concise and laced with Biblical truth! I have been a fan of Chandler for about three years and this delivery meets my expectation so far. Buy it!

    TimC

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