The Explicit Gospel

by Matt Chandler

Other authorsJared C. Wilson (Primary Contributor)
Hardcover, 2014



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Crossway (2014), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages


Religion & Spirituality. Nonfiction. HTML: 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 thereâ??at least not in its specificity and its fullness. Inspired by the needs of both the overchurched and the unchurched, and bolstered by the common neglect of the explicit gospel within Christianity, Matt Chandler has written this punchy treatise. He begins with the specifics of the gospelâ??outlining what it is and what it is notâ??and then switches gears to focus on the fullness of the gospel and its massive implications on both personal and cosmic levels. Recognizing our tendency to fixate on either the micro or macro aspects of the gospel, Chandler also warns us of the dangers on either sideâ??of becoming overly individualistic or syncretistic. Here is a call to true Christianity, to know the gospel explicitly, and to unite the church on the amazing grounds of the good news of… (more)

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LibraryThing member hjvanderklis
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)
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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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LibraryThing member gdill
This book is an example of why I don't care much for pop-Christian authors. They don't do anything for me. Their material is not enlightening nor is there anything new and fresh to offer. This book is very elementary and is perhaps good for new or young Christians. But, as a 20+ year Christian,
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this book produced the same repetitive diatribe as many other mainstream authors. I was a bit surprised by Chandler's overt references to the Westminster Confession and quotes from various neo-Reformed teachers and authors. Sad to hear Chandler fell into this young, restless, and reformed group. Might I add arrogant and know-it-all. I was immediately turned off by Chandler's claim on the truth in his introduction: "I want to make sure we are all on the same page here, which is to say, God's page, and talking about what He is talking about when the gospel is mentioned in the Scriptures." (page 15)... REALLY?! Chandler knows exactly what God says? This, not to mention an overemphasis on God's sovereignty, election, and right behavior throughout this book... all attributes of John Calvin's god.

I don't recommend this book if theology is important to you, namely of the Arminian variety. Nor do I recommend this book if you are looking for something new, fresh, and informative. Moving on.
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240 p.; 8.5 inches


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