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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,144 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Chandler Narrator: David Cochran Heath Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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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 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Gately | 2/13/2014

    " This book was like a punch to the gut. Got it on audio now so I can go through it when in the car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 2/11/2014

    " Loved it. A. It's a "book about the gospel", one of my favourite (and most desperately needed) reading categories -- I was encouraged and challenged, B. Matt Chandler has a great combination of being winsome and relaxed, but then getting out the sledgehammer/scalpel when the time comes, C. He addresses firstly "the gospel on the ground" (classic evangelical explanation from the point of view of an individual) and secondly "the gospel in the air" (biblical theology explanation from the point of view of all history) -- the two viewpoints complement each other really well, and the section at the back on dangers of ever emphasis either way is fantastic, D. Because it's his first book, it's a bit of a tour of all the things he's passionate about, so every now and then he invests a few pages in an unexpected topic, mostly stuff that's culturally relevant right now -- very helpful, and E. It has an awesome cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Clay | 1/19/2014

    " Good book. Compares the Gospel from man's view (the author calls this the Gospel on the Ground) and then examines the Gospel from Gods view (the Gospel in the air). Book was good, had a greta opening section a weak middle section and a great conclusion. Examined what happens when we do not have a broad enough look at the gospel and what it means to live it out. (sharing it and showing it) Makes great points about certain heresies, particularly antinomianism. Overall a good read just not the book I was expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 1/9/2014

    " Matt Chandler is easily my favorite preacher, an I listen to a lot of them. I pre-ordered this book four months before it came out, and was not disappointed. I have always appreciated Chandler's willingness to step back and evaluate things from a variety of perspectives before narrowing back in on a precise truth. This book articulated more thoroughly many of the life and ministry topics I have heard him touch on in his preaching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herb Hunter | 1/8/2014

    " I personally enjoyed this book. Chandler makes some statements that left me a little puzzled (like his statement about God not turning his back on the Son when he was on the cross), but that is to be expected in a book on theology. It is a great read, I would recommend it. His writing style is frank and he uses modern vernacular in some cases, which I think adds to the punch the book delivers. I have talked to others who felt that approach detracted from the book. You should get this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 1/1/2014

    " Absolutely amazing. I thought this book was going to be "another" book about the Bible that was going to be good, but not necessarily anything I hadn't heard before. Wrong. This book blew my mind away as it portrayed the Gospel in ways I had never thought of, nor considered before. It convicted me with its powerful truths and crushed my toes with its doctrinally sound exhortations. At the same time, it filled me with abounding joy and had me crying tears of happiness at how big and great and wonderful our God is. The Lord has gifted Matt Chandler with a way with words that made a huge impact on this often-times-a-cynic's heart. Chandler painted so many pictures with this book, and put every day things in a Christ exalting perspective that caused me to face palm myself for never realizing before. One example that has stuck with me is that all of creation is groaning. As awe-inspiring as the mountains are, as magnificent as the northern lights shine, and as beautiful a sunset may be, they are tainted by sin and not as majestic as God created them to be. But one day, Christ will renew this world and restore the natural order as He created it--not destroy it as is a popular belief. Chandler explained this by parsing the Greek translations of certain words in different Bible verses (I believe he was referencing Acts 3: 21...I listened to it on audio and didn't get to take many notes due to listening while driving). Additionally, Chandler weighed in on different beliefs from pantheism to moralistic therapeutic deism. I appreciated the depth he went into, and his way of explaining things that didn't talk down to the reader or oversimplify his message. One another thing that really challenged me in The Explicit Gospel is that we can't add anything to the Gospel by trying to make it cool to certain people, or attempting to tie the Gospel to social or economic issues in our culture. In Biblical times, people heard the Gospel and responded--be that by seeking justification and sanctification through Christ or by being hardened to the word of God. The Bible doesn't say to spin the words in a way that makes the Gospel appeal to certain groups of people. Nor does it say to take up a cause (ex. a social injustice) and somehow intermarry the cause and the Gospel in a way to reach people. We are not to add nor take anything away from the Bible. Period. End of story. This convicted me deeply as I often times think I should meet non-Christians at their level and try to make the Bible appeal to them somehow. Go and tell, yes. Spin and water down, no. I think this book will really speak to Christian layman looking for a deeper and richer look at the Gospel and/or those Christians who think they've heard the Gospel enough to be "experts." I fully intend to read this book again. And again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Zimmerman | 12/18/2013

    " such a great book, but not really a book, kinda more like a help...putting insights into our lives... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Warner | 12/16/2013

    " An important read for every believer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cortney Hood | 12/5/2013

    " Some very good points. Some fluff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 11/30/2013

    " Good book, but it was a difficult read for me. There were a few great points, but a lot of it was stuff I had heard before a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 11/13/2013

    " By far one the best books I have read. Amazing understanding of what the Gospel is and isn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 10/31/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and got a fresh take on some issues. There were some parts that Matt Chandler lost me on, but overall I liked this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Kjergaard | 10/18/2013

    " Matt Chandler is an outstanding preacher/writer. I don't buy-in to Calvinism, but this is still an excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Moulden | 10/4/2013

    " Will make a great study for small groups. Pastor Chandler hits the nail on the head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Kitchens | 8/7/2013

    " Amazing amazing book. So far my favorite book about Christ and how important it is to be up front and proclaim the gospel and how it relates to and is central to everything in our lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Balogh | 4/12/2013

    " Fantastic read! My favorite book from last year, very challenging and thought provoking, as well as a great reminder of what the gospel really is. I highly recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 3/16/2013

    " After listening to Chandler's podcasts for years, I was excited to read something of his in print. He is as direct and no-nonsense in his writing as he is in the pulpit. Many times I had to stop reading just to sit and chew on a point for a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Landry | 1/25/2013

    " refreshing and funny yet relentlessly biblical. Matt Chandler is a gift from God to the modern day evangelical church. "

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