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In his book the Explicit Gospel Matt Chandler explains the dangers of the Gospel this way:

The heart of the hearer of the gospel must move, either towards Christ or away from Him.  Pastor Chan Kilgore puts it this way: “True gospel preaching changes the heart.  It either awakens it or hardens it.” (pg. 63)

This is what the gospel does.  This is the why the gospel is Jesus is dangerous.  When we hear the gospel word, we are opened up the the Word of God.  We’re subjected to God’s Word reading us.  We sit underneath it, and for the moment of our hearing, it rules us.  It does not save all, but all who hear it are put in their place.  This is dangerous, because the proclamation of God’s Word goes only one way or another in the soul of a man, and one of those ways is the hardening of the man toward the grace of God. (pg. 70)

The proclamation of God’s Word can’t do nothing. It always has an effect.  It never returns empty. Therefore, preach and teach it plainly, boldly and faithfully. Leave the results up to God.

Just started reading Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard.  Great read so far, I’ll have a full review when I’m finished with it.  Had to stop to stop and share this quote:

To be a man is to be entrusted with enormous privilege and responsibility.  To be a man it to be a cultivator and guardian.  To be an man is to know God put you on this planet to cause life to flourish.  God created Adam and God created you to cultivate and guard.  And Adam screwed it all up.  And so have we.  God gave Adam a job before he gave him a wife.

To date your wife is to cultivate and guard her.  Dating your wife means to cultivate and guard your wife and your marriage. Cultivate it and guard it.  You haven’t do it.  One way or another, you and I are just like Adam.  We’ve failed to be the man that God created and commissioned us to be.” (emphasis added) Chapter 3 –  Where Marriages Go Wrong, part I: The Husband (Kindle Edition)

The problems that marriages face is that of men not being men.  Forgetting to do what God called them to do.

So I just finished reading Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividijan.  It’s a book I asked for and received for Christmas (… no I’m not a slow reader, I was finishing other books first … and I “misplaced” this one for a while).  For me chapter 11 In the now, was the best part of this book. I needed to hear what this chapter was saying.  Let me show you what impacted me so much.

The only way we come to a fuller experience in understanding God’s will, and in pleasing God, and in bearing fruit in good works, and in knowing God, and in joyful and patient endurance – the only way those things become an increasing reality for us – is through our fuller understanding and embrace of the gospel, the greater realization that we’ve already be qualified, delivered, transferred, redeemed, and forgiven. (pg. 170)

Christian growth happens by working hard to daily swim in the reality of what we do have.  Believing again and again the God’s free justifying grace every day – and resting in his verdict – is the hard work we called to do. (pg. 172)

… the hard work of Christian growth consists primarily in being daily grasped by the fact that God’s love for us isn’t conditioned by anything  we do or don’t do.  Sanctification is the hard work of giving up our efforts at self-justification. (pg. 172)

The key to Christian growth, then, is not first behaving better; it’s believing better – believing more deeply what Jesus has already accomplished (pg. 172 – 173)

Growth always happens “in grace”.  In other words, the truest measure of our growth is not our behavior (otherwise the Pharisees would have been the godliest people on the planet); in our grasp of grace – a grasp which involves coming to deeper and deeper terms with the unconditionality of God’s love. (pg. 173)

Our main problem in the Christian life is not that we don’t try hard enough to be good, but that we haven’t believed the gospel and received its finished reality into all parts of our life. (pg. 173)

… the more I look to Christ and his promises for peace, the more I find.  Christian growth is forgetting about yourself. (pg. 175)

Progress in obedience happen when your hearts realize that God’s love for us does not depend on our progress in obedience.  Martin Luther had a point when he said, “It is not imitation that makes us sons; it is sonship that makes imitators.” (pg. 175)

Lasting behavioral change happens as you grow in your understanding of the gospel, and then as you learn to receive and rest in – at your point of deepest need – everything Jesus secured for you. (pg. 179)

Real Christian growth, according to the seventeenth-century Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs, “comes not so much from our struggling and endeavors and resolutions, as it comes from flowing to us from our union with Him.” (pg. 181)

The gospel’s secret to maturity is this: we become more spiritually mature when we focus less on what we need to do for God and focus more on all that God has already done for us. (pg. 185)

Gospel-driven change is rooted in remembrance.  The way God grows us, develops us, and matures us is by reminding us of what he has already done for us in Christ. (pg. 186)

Finally, one of the indicators that we’re firmly on the path of Christian growth – one of the marks of a truly maturing Christian – is that we begin to love the things God loves, and to what the things God wants, and to hate the things God hates. (pg. 188)

Jesus + Nothing = Everything by: Tullian Tchividjian published by Crossway copyright 2011.

If your mind sees the Gospel only as a source of pardon from sin, and not also as the source of deliverance from the power of sin, you will be more easily attracted by the pleasures of sin, convinced that any threat of danger have been carried away in Christ.

The Enemy Within

by: Kris Lundgaard

In Their Own Words

Posted: 05/07/2012 in In their own words

Yes, I’m still reading Jesus + Nothing = Everything.  Here is a recent quote that stopped me in my tracks, made me put the book down, and meditate on.

We fail in our doing because we fail to grasp first what Chris has already done.  …  Only when we realize that the gospel has nothing to do with our obedience but with Christ’s obedience for you, will you start to obey.

Jesus + Nothing = Everything
by: Tullian Tchividjian
pg. 156

It’s been a while since I posted one of these. I haven’t been reading as much as I need to. Still the same book even, Tullian Tchividjian‘s Jesus + Nothing = Everything :

Here’s the bottom line. As we allow the Spirit’s inner renewing to have is further effect within us, opening ourselves to the fullness of Christ in every way, we realize something extraordinary, something stunning in its freshness and liberation: because of Christ’s all-emcompassing accomplishment on our behalf through the gospel, we no longer have even the slightest need for any idol. (pg. 91)

This weeks quote is from Tullian Tchividjian from His book Jesus + Nothing = Everything.

The gospel announces that everything “in Christ” is already accepted by God because of Jesus’ work for them. Therefore, no improvement, good behavior, or performance is necessary in order to experience the deep acceptance we long for and in fact strive for on a daily basis. (pg. 62)