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But then again, maybe you don't.
Even if you go to church, it doesn't mean that you are being exposed (or exposing others) 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 this best-selling treatise to remind us what is of first and utmost importance - the gospel.
Number of Pages: 240
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.60 (inches)
Recovering Redemption: A Gospel-Saturated Perspective on How to ChangeMatt Chandler, Michael SnetzerB&H Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something MoreJ.R. Vassar, Matt ChandlerCrossway / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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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 the director of content strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and managing editor of the seminary's website for gospel-centered resources, 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 Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, The Pastors Justification, The Storytelling God, and The Wonder-Working God.
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!
Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama
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.
Founding Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle Washington
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.
Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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,
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.
Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
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.
President, LifeWay Research
David Smith3 Stars Out Of 5The Gospel Assumed or Explicit?May 6, 2015David SmithQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3How often within church life we assume everybody understands the Good News of Christ, or we use language that assumes we all know what were talking about. But words have meaning, and the loss of certain words can diffuse clear meaning and keep people from experiencing the gospels transforming power. Words like creation and the fall, sin and atonement, reconciliation and consummation. How much better to be clear and, yes, explicit about the gospel on both individual and cosmic levels. After all, The gospel . . . is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).
JimmyLittle Rock, ARAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Every Christian needs to read this book.July 22, 2013JimmyLittle Rock, ARAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The heart and soul must absorb the truthes evident in this book. His simplicity combined with truth makes it a joy to read. In a time where Chritianity is attacked, this book is a new weapon as a counter!
jv104 Stars Out Of 5June 18, 2013jv10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is a very good book. I gave it a four out of five only because I have listened to about 300 of Matt Chandlers sermons and have heard most of what is in there through his years of pastoring. He is so gifted by the Lord and He has used Matt as a key tool in sanctifying me to Himself. God bless you Matt.
TiffAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing, Amazing Amazing...December 25, 2012TiffAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A must read... Everyone should read this book at least once. I am now buying this book for numerous people in my family... Thank you God for Matt Chandler and the wisdom you have given him...
Plus FaithSidney, OHAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5LifechangingJune 29, 2012Plus FaithSidney, OHAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book really puts God into perspective. Very hard to put the book down. I have been so blessed reading this book.