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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.

Matt Chandler’s excellent book will help Christians avoid common errors that occur when we make assumptions about the meaning of the word gospel. The Explicit Gospel brings extraordinary clarity and creativity to what all assume is understood―but quickly realize has been forgotten. 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.

Matt Chandler (born June 20, 1974) is the lead pastor of teaching at the Village Church, a Southern Baptist church in. .Chandler's first book, co-authored with Jared Wilson, The Explicit Gospel, was released in 2012.

Matt Chandler (born June 20, 1974) is the lead pastor of teaching at the Village Church, a Southern Baptist church in Flower Mound, Texas, and the President of the Acts 29 Network. In it he explains what the gospel is and how it has been misunderstood.

311 quotes from Matt Chandler: 'Love says: I’ve seen the ugly parts of you, and I’m staying. It is still idolatry to want God for his benefits but not for himself. Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel. 'Without a heart transformed by the grace of Christ, we just continue to manage external and internal darkness. and 'The marker of those who understand the gospel of Jesus Christ is that, when they stumble and fall, when they screw up, they run to God and not from him, because they clearly understand that their acceptance before God is not predicated upon their behavior but on the righteous life of Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death.

Title: The Explicit Gospel By: Matt Chandler, Jared C. Wilson Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 240 Vendor: Crossway Dimensions: . 0 X . 0 (inches). Weight: 10 ounces ISBN: 1433542110 ISBN-13: 9781433542114 Series: RE:LIT Stock No: WW542114. 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. Author Bio. ▼▲. April 2012) World MagazineWorld Magazine

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.

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The Explicit Gospel (Hardcover). Chandler, Matt; Wilson, Jared

The Explicit Gospel (Hardcover). Chandler, Matt; Wilson, Jared. 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. Executive Director, Catalyst.

Matt Chandler’s goal in The Explicit Gospel is to make clear what has been implied in churches for too long, and he corrects many common misunderstandings of the gospel along the way. Chandler (pastor of The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area) structures his book in a very helpful way. The book has three parts: 1) The gospel on the ground, 2) the gospel in the air, and 3) gospel applications. If you have not read this book, you have probably never heard of the gospel on the ground and the gospel in the air.

Just because you go to church doesn't mean that you are 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 overchurched and the unchurched, and bolstered by the common neglect of the explicit gospel within Christianity, popular pastor Matt Chandler writes this punchy treatise to remind us what is of first and utmost importance--the gospel.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 Jesus!ANNOUNCEMENT Matt Chandler is going on tour with Shane & Shane from April 16th - 21st to share the explicit gospel. Learn more at: The Explicit Gospel Tour

This book is in your face which can do one of two things: put you on the defensive or blow your mind.

Let me warn you, if you find yourself becoming defensive over his ideas in this book before you get upset and throw it across the room, ask yourself what it is that has brought out that emotion in you and analyze yourself a bit. Most likely, you will learn something about yourself that you didn't even realize was there. Had you thrown the book across the room, you will probably have missed something that could transform you in bigger ways than you could ever imagine. Read it, you will know what I mean.

Now that I started with that, let me tell you what I liked about the book:

-Occasionally when he tell stories, they are vivid stories that serve as poignant illustrations for what he is trying to teach. Not only does it entertain the reader, but you can definitely relate to where he is coming from.

-He is so honest about his own sin. He doesn't preach at you, he is completely authentic in who he is and where he has come from and where he struggles currently. I think often times preachers who write books avoid talking about themselves because they fear it will look bad or hypocritical or that they have to maintain a "perfect" image to teach what they are trying to teach so people believe them. Not Matt. He is real and honest and that is effective.

-Chandler has a way of understanding human behavior and pointing out, not just the massive ways we fall short, but the minute tiny things that we do on a daily basis that hurt us and we don't even realize it. We have so much to gain from that understanding in our sanctification.

-This book as blown my mind, not surprisingly, and given me new realms of understanding that I want to pursue in my relationship with Jesus. I can't speak for everyone but I know that I know, in theory, what Christ did on the cross and I know that I know, in theory, who God is, but I really want to fully grasp the reality of what all that means, not just for me but for those I share the gospel with. I think this is a fantastic jumping off point for me to really pursue that.

Constructive Criticism:

Matt writes like he preaches, which can be really effective when you are listening to him, but I found it a bit more challenging when reading it. It helps that I have heard him speak so I can imagine what vocal emphasis he might use here or there. I could sort of hear him in my head. As another reviewer said, he does go off on tangents. I plan to reread this book, hopefully in a study of some sort so I can really talk it out with folks to help me wrap my mind around a lot of it. He has quite the vocabulary which honestly shouldn't deter you at all from reading the book, but I had to stop and think a lot in context if I didn't know what a word was, or look it up. Frankly, that adds to my own learning and understanding so it isn't really a bad thing. Just takes a couple more seconds and it isn't often enough to make me not read it. It's not THAT far above my head.

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I think it's important to realize his goal in this book, which should be obvious to you as you read what he is really trying to accomplish by writing it. I have to give him 4 stars only because of the writing style and it being hard to follow AT TIMES, but this is a game changing book.

Many reviewers dinged him a star or two because it wasn't what they expected. I don't think that tells you anything about the book itself. So that's not so helpful. Some folks disagreed with the title of the book and expected the book to exegetically go through the gospel and explain it in detail. It's semantics really. Matt Chandler wants us to be explicit about what the gospel means in our lives and when we share the gospel with others. He explains the dangers of omitting things because they aren't popular to the unchurched or churches trying to hard to attract people by watering down theology to attract more people, etc. Thus encouraging us as Christians to not only be explicit in sharing it but in living it.

He does explain the love of Christ, he does explain the cross, etc. Maybe not the way other reviewers wanted him to, but unfortunately for them, Matt Chandler wrote the book, they didn't. His title is not a misnomer.

I disagree with the claim that he makes nonessentials essentials. A few said this. I think those readers either misunderstood those pieces in context to the point he was making, didn't want to see it or were finding something to be nit-picky about. Read it and decide for yourselves. Hopefully you will have enough foresight not to get stuck in that.

It will change your perspective on "religion," on how you see God, the cross, Christians, yourself, etc. It's a must read.
This book by pastor Matt Chandler was no disappointment for anyone familiar with his sometimes caustic and sometimes outrageous wit. It is perhaps a bit of a surprise to find oneself roaring in laughter while reading a book of Christian philosophy and exposition....but that is exactly what I found myself doing on numerous occasions. Granted, Matt had me trembling in knee-knocking terror at the understanding of the immensity of our God and about the tiny role we play in the grand scheme of things. At a number of places as he pulled the rug out from under any Moralistic tendencies that I had, I found myself relieved that what I had perceived about God, just wasn't true.-- My heart has fairly frequently withdrawn from God rather than run to his arms as I should have, when I've fallen short and failed him. I've felt unworthy at such times and like I needed to work harder to keep this demanding God happy.

Pastor Chandler was clear about the fallacy of such lines of thought. And he also revealed the opposite danger, which was to weaken the gospel message and to pursue a social improvement type of faith, as so many mainstream Protestant churches are guilty of doing: creating a social gospel that eradicates the cross and our need for salvation..

And he did not have a weak conclusion as some books do, wandering into repetition of their points or into a mass of generalities.Rather Pastor Chandler pulled a hard punch about our need to be EXPLICIT with people when presenting the gospel. As a mother and wife to unbelievers, it has been all too easy to presume that they understand and grasp the gospel....and when they have expressed thoughts about God that are completely off base --a hatred for a punitive God who should demand perfect actions in order to win his approval--I see that my assumptions that they are "getting it" were also radically off base. It is critical that we verbally and with our lives demonstrate with clarity the Gospel of God's grace and the completeness of his work done on the cross on our behalf. Otherwise, they just wont' "get it" and will rather listen to the misconceptions and lies propagated by a misunderstanding society.