The Explicit Gospel

The Explicit Gospel 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

  • Title: The Explicit Gospel
  • Author: MattChandler Jared C. Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781433530036
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 commonToo 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 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, Matt Chandler has written this punchy treatise He begins with the specifics of the gospel outlining what it is and what it is not 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 side 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 Jesus

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  • MattChandler Jared C. Wilson

    Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.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.


  • You can read my full review at Quieted Waters.Quite frankly, I expected to be bored by this book. It’s about the gospel, and I’ve been in church for decades. I’ve taught dozens of Bible studies and preached a few sermons, so the gospel is not unfamiliar to me. What surprised me was how much I personally benefited from reading this book.This is not just a book for new believers. This is not a longer version of a gospel tract. It’s not something you hand off to someone while praying, “Go [...]

  • So, we have another book on the gospel. The Explicit Gospel is authored by Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church in Dallas, TX. The book is scheduled to be released on April 30, 2012. Is this just "another book on the gospel" — basic theology retweaked by a megachurch pastor — or is this something worth reading and pondering? Let's take a look.The Big Idea of The Explicit GospelThe book claims that too often, the gospel is assumed, not explicit. The explicit gospel obliterates man-cen [...]

  • It's amazing, when you look back on the story of your life and examine the people you admired and how short a season that can be. For a long time, I ate up anything that came from Matt Chandler. He was edgy, he utilized questioning voices of the Bible. He was on the cutting edge of doubting evangelicals. And something has shifted in Chandler to make him colder, sharper in a unsettling way. Comments about the poor, women, homosexuals all share a tint of wealth promotion, misogyny, and homophobia. [...]

  • Matt Chandler is a gift to the church. Not only is he a wonderful communicator, but he is also astute theologically and in some ways is a "voice of a generation" to younger evangelicals. His first book "The Explicit Gospel" expounds on the primary message he has been lauding from the pulpit and the iTunes library for years. The unadultered, explicit gospel. He shows this by two different scopes: the "systematic" approach (God, Man, Christ, Response) and the "biblical theological" approach (Creat [...]

  • The past few years have seen an influx of books from writers thinking through what the Gospel is and what it demands. Some of these books significantly advance the conversation on the Gospel, while others do not. The Explicit Gospel by Pastor Matt Chandler with Pastor Jared Wilson significantly advances and re-orients the current Gospel conversation by focusing on the Gospel in the air and on the ground.Pastor Chandler ministers in an area of the country where many people understand Christianity [...]

  • Matt Chandler’s The Explicit Gospel is a sweet look at the good news of Jesus Christ from more than one angle. Chandler challenges his readers to look at the gospel from both an individual (what he calls on the ground) and global (what he calls in the air) perspective. Positives The strength of this book is in the gospel content. Chandler uses both a “God, Man, Christ, Response” model of explaining the gospel as well as a “Creation, Fall, Reconciliation, Consummation” model. It is a g [...]

  • As to be expected, Chandler is coming from the hardcore neo-calvinist/young-restless-reformed theological perspective. In fact, I find it ironic that in a book that is supposed to be about the explicit Gospel, he doesn't see or acknowledge that his interpretation via Calvinism is an additional layer that he is putting on top of the Gospel, which can surely obscure it for many people. If you are already in that "camp" then I'm sure you'll enjoy this book. But if you're not, go read some books by [...]

  • Original review here. The following is an excerpt.Summary:Matt Chandler writes a hit-and-miss work on the Gospel, full of sharped barbs that are occasionally convicting but are mostly mean-spirited and glitzy.Strengths:I really, really, really wanted to like this book. And indeed, I found parts of it absolutely brilliant. But we get a version of Matt Chandler here that hardly sounds like himself.So the good: The best parts of the book are Chapter 6, Fall, and Chapter 7, Reconciliation. You get a [...]

  • Matt Chandler's first book makes much of Jesus and the holiness and love of God the Father. That is what I like about it most. Jared Wilson, who helped author the book, does a great job in retaining Chandler's preaching style in writing. It is a style marked with boldness and passion.The book does not attempt to say anything new really, which, when it comes the gospel, is exactly as it should be. Instead, the book takes another look at the truths that have been proclaimed by the Church for over [...]

  • Clearly one of the best Christian books I have read. The progression of the Gospel starting with who God is to the cross to building the Kingdom for the glory of God. If you ask yourself what is the Gospel would you say, that it is Jesus died for me, to be a better spouse, parent, person, to feed the poor, to live morally. You will find that the Gospel is way more than any of the above. Our first mistake with the Gospel is to make it about ourselves. This is very easy to do and I think we deceiv [...]

  • Great Book. For those that are trying to find their way through the many misconceptions modern Christians have, this helps clear up a lot. Chandler has a great sense of humor and wonderful wisdom to share in this book. Even if your a non-believer, or a person who just doesn't get or agree with the church anymore, check this book out. You may be surprised by what you learn. And finish it, you may think from the beginning "Oh here we go. C'mon." But stick with it, it explains as it progresses. And [...]

  • I read this book when I was in high school, and it opened my eyes to who Jesus was and what he demanded of my life. I'm not sure that I would be as passionate or committed to following Jesus if it were not for this man and this book. If you're unsure about who Jesus is and what we demands, pick this up.

  • Originally posted at Honey and Locusts. The last few years have seen a great many books (explicitly) about the gospel written by guys from the "young, restless, Reformed" movement, including noteworthy examples by Greg Gilbert, J.D. Greear, Jared Wilson, and Trevin Wax (all of which are in my personal library). So this begs the questions: Do we really need another book about the gospel? And if so, what does THIS book bring to the table that makes it special?With regard to the first question, [...]

  • Por fin encuentro un reformado más „Wrightiano“. Por fin un reformado que afirma categóricamente la sustitución penal (el evangelio en el suelo, como él lo llama), pero que no se queda ahí. El evangelio es mucho más. Trata de la restauración de todas las cosas, no solamente de relaciones humanas con Dios (el evangelio en el aire). Necesitamos tener una equilibrada comprensión y práctica de ambos aspectos del evangelio. Sin embargo hay mucha repetición. Cuando una idea te es tan nov [...]

  • Chandler is more "hip" than I typically prefer but there is no denying that he is a good communicator and gets his point across, and his points are usually good ones. Definitely a challenge to be explicit in our faith and not to simply think that we can "be the gospel" without preaching it.

  • So so so good. Lays out the importance of the gospel and understanding the truth behind it, not what we want it to mean. Great read that makes you think after each chapter.

  • Loved it! Great book! Chandler really gives a clear understanding of the importance and power of the gospel.

  • Yeah, this is one of those books. One of those "I'm a pastor of the best church on earth, so I'm qualified to write a book on how everyone should do Christianity my way" sorts of books. I knew I would be in trouble when the friend who loaned it to me said I wouldn't like it - and she was right. I also knew I would be in trouble when I opened the cover and the first three recommendation names jumped out at me (in an aggressive, virulent way): the Mark Driscoll, the David Platt, and the Rick Warre [...]

  • I was really looking forward to reading this book and was really grateful to receive it as one of the giveaways at T4G this year. I have benefited tremendously from Matt Chandler's ministry and honestly love him. He is a wonderful preacher.Though Matt has a wide preaching ministry this I believe is his first book. For some reason I was under the impression at some point that it would focus on telling readers how to be explicit about the gospel in their various ministries. Instead it is just what [...]

  • The Explicit Gospel is vintage Matt Chandler all the way. I really wanted to love this book. It had everything going for it: a dynamic pastor in his debut print offering, a trusted publisher, and the hottest topic in Christian literature right now. Alas, the book I hold in my hands is not the book I had dreamed up in my head, and thus I had to settle for merely liking the book.Don't get me wrong, this is a good book and worth the price of admission. However (as a subscriber to Matt's sermon podc [...]

  • Worth the read. Definitely some interesting and some great points. However, I'm not too sure how I feel about the second part of the book, and this might just be that he wasn't as clear as he could have been (or maybe I just didn't understand it fully?). Also, I feel as though he diverted his attention away from his "thesis" and often started about unnecessary things. One chapter he starts talking about science, then goes on to talk about Young Earth Creationism and Old Earth Creationism. It was [...]

  • I just finished reading this book, though I started it back in April when it first came out. It was very good indeed. I really loved how Chandler broke up the book: part one had to do with the gospel on the ground—how it affects the individual—while part two had to do with a cosmic overview of the gospel in the air—how it affects the world. The first part dealt with God, Man, Christ, and our Response to the gospel message. The second part had to do with the overarching story of Creation, F [...]

  • This is the first book I've read from the over twenty books I received at Together for the Gospel. It was a good read, seeking to draw together what Chandler calls the gospel 'in the air' and the gospel 'on the ground'. 'In the air' means a large-view picture of God's redemption of all things, while 'on the ground' is the work He is doing in individual lives. I appreciate Chandler's exhortation to balance the two so we are accurately presenting the gospel AND living it out. Chandler is a young m [...]

  • Matt Chandler, Pastor of the Village Church in Flower Mount Texas, has written a simple but profound book on the Gospel. Chandler explains that the context of the Gospel is the supremacy of Christ and the glory of God. "If you add to or subtract from the cross, even if it is to factor in biblically mandated religious practices like prayer and evangelism, you rob God of his glory and Christ of his sufficiency." The book is separated into two sections: The Gospel on the ground and the Gospel in th [...]

  • So much wisdom in this book, I can't say enough! It takes a bit to get yourself onto the same page as Matt, because the perspective with which he breaks down the Gospel is one contemporary Christianity is definitely not used to. But after reading it, really, I don't know why I didn't view it this way before. The book is named quite appropriately as the Gospel is made as explicit as one can possibly make it while delivering its implications with wisdom and characteristic Matt Chandler wit. The on [...]

  • Christians can never, ever hear the gospel too many times. This book reminded me of the fact by highlighting topics I'd never really given much thought to. The gospel isn't just about our salvation. It's also about the eventual restoration of creation, the eventual promise of eternal fellowship with God and His name glorified! Never has one man's death accomplished so much.We need to remember what it did each and every day. I would definitely recommend this book. Easy to read and very challengin [...]

  • This is a wonderful bookI especially liked the chapters on creation redeemed and on grace. I listened to this book and THAT is why I gave I struggled and almost gave it a 4 - for the mode of delivery. This book screams to be read with margins and underlining. I will be doing. Buy the book - audio was free this month so started listening and was hooked. Buy the book! Buy two and give one to a friend.

  • There were elements of this book that I agreed with but its presentation of the gospel is exclusive and in many ways subjective. If you read one book this year, aside from the fact you should be reading more books, don't let it be Matt Chandler's Explicit Gospel! Go with Scot McKnight's King Jesus Gospel!

  • Bad. Bad. Bad.Chandler is guilty of so many different writing and theological problems. There is clear plagiarism, and a poor understanding of Scripture and the Gospel.My more complete thoughts are available here: centrestreetbaptist.wordpress.

  • Particularly liked the chapters on reconciliation and consummation. Chandler adds humor throughout the book to help keep you going. The reading is easy and understandable and he gives application throughout the entire book. Felt he could have gone into a little more detail on a few parts, but overall covered his topics well.

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