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Matt Chandler on How to Preach the Explicit Gospel

To transform lives, the gospel needs to be clear in every sermon, on every text, on every subject.

Editor's note: Don't expect subtlety from Matt Chandler. Listening to him preach, you don't get the sense that's his personality, and the challenges he has faced in recent years with cancer don't lead someone to be less intense about what matters in life. What matters to Matt is the gospel, and in his new book The Explicit Gospel he lets us know how to preach it straight up. Okay, Chandler, don't mince words; how should we proclaim the good news in a way that changes lives?

PreachingToday.com: What is the difference between preaching the explicit gospel and a non-explicit gospel?

Matt Chandler: If you're preaching the gospel explicitly, then you have at your center the work of Christ, and the work of Christ is what fuels moral transformation. Second Corinthians 3:18 says, "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." How are we transformed? Beholding ...

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