Matt Chandler’s book The Explicit Gospel is out and is currently half price at ChristianBooks.com. Needless to say my copy should arrive sometime next week, I’m a little excited! As part of the book tour Chandler stopped at Mars Hill in Seattle and gave a fantastic presentation about what the Gospel is and is not (Check it out below or on the Resurgence website – 58 minutes that will change your life). Guess what? It is not about you doing better.

 
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshlybody through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

Colossians 1.13-23

One point Chandler looks at is the fact that we are all hypocrites. This is not just a Christian issue, but an issue with all mankind, we never walk what we talk 100% of the time. That is the beauty of the Gospel, thankfully we are not saved by our own actions. We can’t be saved by our works (Romans 3.23)! If we were to make followers of ourselves this would be a problem, but we are to be followers of Christ who did walk the talk all the way to dying for you and me. He conquered death, He conquered sin, He sets the example. Christ is the head and the church is the body (Colossians 1.18) . The body may be a little deformed, but it is the head holds us all together. The church is not perfect but Christ came to heal the sick.

My heart is a work in progress!