The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler

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 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 writte...

Details The Explicit Gospel

TitleThe Explicit Gospel
Release DateApr 30th, 2012
GenreReligion, Theology, Christian, Nonfiction, Christianity, Christian Living

Reviews The Explicit Gospel

  • Josh L
    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 some...
  • Daniel Threlfall
    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...
  • Scott
    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, Respon...
  • Will Waller
    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 t...
  • Dave Jenkins
    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...
  • Emilie Hendryx
    I’ve been reading this book for a LONG time. This is not to say it was bad - in fact, the opposite. It is a excellent look at the gospel and how it applies to everyone and why it’s so important to have it central in your life at all times. It took so long for me to read because it is a thick book in the sense of ideas. Not necessarily in pages. I digested it and believe that I always came back to it at the right times.I’d highly recommend i...
  • Travis
    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,...
  • Rosalyne Arceneaux
    Hands-down the best book I’ve read about God. So thankful for the way this book has challenged me, convicted me, & inspired me to stop making the gospel about ME. Sooo many in the church today focus on how self-centered following jesus is (aka he loves you, has a perfect plan for you, saved you, enjoy him, he blesses you, etc with of course the knowledge that there will be trials and it involves sacrifice which is all true BUT not the entire st...
  • Joseph McBee
    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...
  • Jennifer
    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 th...
  • J.S. Park
    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 Chapt...
  • Dalton Scott
    Incredible book, occasionally had me wondering how we got here, but the content was so good I didn’t mind.
  • Phillip
    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." Bu...
  • Nathan Farley
    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.
  • John Gardner
    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 ma...
  • Norman Falk
    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 ha...
  • Ashley
    For some reason I had a hard time getting into the first couple chapters. But once I got to chapter 4 it was a really good read. The way that chandler describes two different but necessary aspects of the gospel is really clarifying & pushes the believer to live the gospel explicitly rather than assumed. Loved it!
  • Logan
    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.
  • Chris Collier
    A very good, fast read. I spent a good amount of time finishing it, but didn’t spend a lot of time reading it. I would recommend this to all Christians, it gives a fully orbed view of the Gospel. One of the best I’ve read in a while.
  • Owen Hughes
    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.
  • Steven Miller
    Loved it! Great book! Chandler really gives a clear understanding of the importance and power of the gospel.
  • Christopher Rush
    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 ...
  • Chase Ward
    Wow. Just read it!
  • Matt Pitts
    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...
  • Jared Totten
    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 admissi...
  • Michael Krauszer
    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 E...
  • Ryan
    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 h...
  • Sally Ewan
    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 t...
  • Jeanie
    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 oursel...
  • Tyler Cox
    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 secti...