The Explicit Gospel

The Explicit Gospel


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This best-selling treatise by popular pastor Matt Chandler reminds the church of what is of first and utmost importance—the gospel—and calls people to take a fresh look at the good news about Jesus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433542114
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 06/30/2014
Series: Re:Lit
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 197,479
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Matt Chandler (BA, Hardin-Simmons University) serves as lead pastor of teaching at the Village Church in Dallas, Texas, and president of the Acts 29 Network. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.

Jared C. Wilson is assistant professor of pastoral ministry at Spurgeon College, author in residence at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, andgeneral editor of For the Church. He is a popular author and conference speaker, and also blogs regularly at Gospel Driven Church, hosted by the Gospel Coalition. His books include Gospel Wakefulness;Gospel Deeps;The Pastor’s Justification;The Storytelling God;and The Wonder-Working God.

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“If you only read one book this year, make it this one. It’s that important.”
Rick Warren,Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California

“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, Pastor-Teacher, McLean Bible Church; author,Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

“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,Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition

“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,Billy Graham Distinguished Chair ofChurch, Mission, and Evangelism, Wheaton College

“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 MagazineWorld Magazine

"The Explicit Gospel brings extraordinary clarity and creativity to what all assume is understood—but quickly realize has been forgotten.” (May 2012)
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The Explicit Gospel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JoshKing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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"
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
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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hjvanderklis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Matt Chandler (1974), lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas metroplex of over 10,000 people. draws his readers to the full gospel. In The Explicit Gospel he makes clear that even if you go to church, it doesn¿t mean that you are being exposed (or exposing others) to the gospel explicitly. Chandler distinguishes between the gospel on the ground (men¿s downfall and God¿s redemptive work through His Son Jesus Christ to save mankind from sin. The ground under your personal salvation) and the gospel in the air (God¿s plan to restore His creation, make all things new). The Scripture¿s complementary perspectives of the gospel on the ground and the gospel in the air help us comprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth of God¿s love. Neither perspective dilutes the other but rather shapes our vision of God¿s saving purposes to the epic scope of biblical revelation. We are after a gospel that is resolutely centered on the atoning work of Christ and scaled to the glory of God.And so, there¿s explicit content on heaven and hell, sin, grace and atonement, faith and living faithfully. When we don¿t hold the viewpoints (ground and air) together, either by over-affirming one or dismissing (or outright rejecting) the other, we create an imbalance that leads to all sorts of biblical error. Several dangers lead to a slippery slope and loosing ground: missing God¿s grand mission, a rationalized faith, a self-centered gospel, syncretism, a Christless gospel, culture as idol, abdandoning evangelism.The Explicit Gospel is a serious threat to the moralistic, therapeutic deism that cripples the lives of so many. Matt Chandler presents the gospel in a way that is balanced, hope-filled, and very, very serious, yet adding humor.
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A good book that describes the gospel
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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.
preachingman81 More than 1 year ago
This book creates a true thirst for the Gospel. Life altering!
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Bulwurth1 More than 1 year ago
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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This book was fantastic