(Review) The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler with Jared Wilson
Genre: Nonfiction, Gospel, grace.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
"soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone)"
I feel The Explicit Gospel is an important book, because it explains what the Gospel is and what it is not. Further, it explains the human heart of idolatry, our need to worship something or someone, it's handicap all humans have in wanting to worship self. The book also explains God's grace and the glory of His name. Chandler explains the search for peace and looking for it in places and in things that are not lasting. God is our peace, our shalom. Sin, the cross, reconciliation, and a changed heart are other points explored in the book.
Over-all, The Explicit Gospel is a top-notch must read book.
The message of the book is direct:
From beginning to end, the Scriptures reveal that the foremost desire of God's heart is not our salvation but rather the glory of his own name. God's glory is what drives the universe; it is why everything exists. The world is not present, spinning and sailing in the universe, so that you and I might be saved or lost but so that God might be glorified in his infinite perfections. Page 33-34.People seek glory for themselves (what they can do to earn and accomplish on their own) in place of God. This is idolatry. The Explicit Gospel begins by clarifying what humanity has sought from the beginning of time: self worship and self glorification.
Idolatry is a battle all of us fight. At every point we want to steer our mind and heart back to ourselves.
Idolatry is the strongest message I received from The Explicit Gospel. God was speaking to me and I'm listening.
"Part 1: The Gospel on the Ground
Part 2: The Gospel in the Air
Part 3: Implications and Applications
9 Dangers in a Gospel on the Ground Too Long
10 Dangers in a Gospel in the Air Too Long
11 Moralism and the Cross"