A book to be on the lookout for is The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler (Crossway, April 2012). In the introduction to The Explicit Gospel, Matt recounts how he became concerned several years ago during a “Celebration Weekend” at The Village Church. There were a number of testimonies and baptisms taking place and several of the testimonies sounded very much alike. These men and women shared that they had grown up in the church, walked away from the church, and recently had heard the gospel for the first time, which brought them back. The fact that these and many other people have grown up in the church, but seem to have missed the gospel bothered Matt for some time. As Matt began to dig deeper into this problem, he came to understand that what many of these twenty and thirty-somethings were taught was not the gospel, but rather moralistic, therapeutic deism. It’s a shame that this seems to be such a common experience within the church of our day. In response to this problem, Matt calls his readers to remember that the gospel is of first importance, noting that the explicit gospel will transform our lives, increase our joy, and change how we see the world around us.
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