2013 Top posts #4 – My 10 top take-aways from Matt Chandler

1

28/12/2013 by Chris Green

matt-chandler1We had a really encouraging and enthusiastic afternoon with Matt Chandler. Here are my top takeaways:-

  • Parents – We need to keep articulating the gospel, otherwise our kids will believe that either legalism or licence is the way to go. The gospel must NOT be assumed
  • Otherwise we, and they, will continually want to get past the gospel into the other stuff. But the Bible does not get beyond the gospel. Hence Paul preaches the gospel to those who already know it. Because it’s the gospel that explains all the other stuff.
  • A generation has been inoculated by Sunday School – given just enough Jesus not to need any more.
  • The elder brother in Luke 15 heard music and dancing – and that’s what made him angry and sulk. Now, do I ever find myself in a position where I resent someone else’s joy? Hmm…
  • God doesn’t just have a problem with us at our worst – he has a problem with us at our best. All our righteousness is filthy rags.
  • Only someone who has got the gospel right will confess, rather than try to clean up first.
  • We need to plant church-planting churches (I’ve been saying this for years, but if Matt Chandler says it, it must be true. Amen, people!)
  • MC takes a monthly day to do nothing but read God’s word and pray. Does that seem a lot? Only if you consider the awful price of the alternative.
  • Discipleship in churches requires both mechanical and organic patterns, both structured and relational. Intentional small groups but also deliberate and time-rich friendships.

And finally,

  • Here’s a positive, enthusiastic, engaged and hard working Christian, full of joy and passion – and he knows heading back home for an MRI scan for a brain tumour. That’s what the fruit of the Spirit look like, right there.

Resources

If you don’t know Matt, the church where he is teaching pastor, in Dallas, can be found here: http://www.thevillagechurch.net/

And his books are good. I recommend his latest, ‘Creature of the Word: the Jesus-Centred Church’ (Broadman and Holman, 2012)

Click HERE for occasional updates from me, and you’ll be entered for the giveaway AND receive a free e-book, ‘The Power of God’s Words.’ I won’t share your email with anyone else.

Advertisements

One thought on “2013 Top posts #4 – My 10 top take-aways from Matt Chandler

  1. […] from Matt’s talks below. Others have shared their take-aways on Matt’s 2013 visit here. The talks from Acts 29 Western Europe’s Explicit 2013 church-planting conference, where […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Join my email list, and get my free eBook Bible studies on 1 Thessalonians ‘PURITY: Living to please God in an impure world’

God, Suffering and Joy

A conversation between me (with cancer) and Michael (with Multiple Sclerosis)

Preview and buy ‘Finishing the Race’

You can buy the new edition of 'Finishing the Race' from 10ofthose , or see a preview HERE .

Terms and conditions

This blog does not share personal information with third parties nor do I store any information about your visit to this blog other than to analyse and optimise your content and reading experience. I am not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without my permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice.

I welcome your participation on the Ministrynutsandbolts site, and invite you to share ideas elsewhere on what you learn and read here. At the same time, I ask that you respect my intellectual property rights in the process.

You are welcome to link to my site or any specific post on my site, extract and re-post less than 200 words on any other site, provided you link back to my original post, or print my posts in any non-commercial publication (e.g., company newsletter, class syllabus, church newsletter, etc.), provided you include this copyright notice: “© 2016 Chris Green. All rights reserved. Originally published at www.ministrynutsandbolts.com.”

Please do not do the following without written consent: Re-post one of my posts in its entirety anywhere else on the Internet, use this content in for commercial purposes, including selling or licensing printed or digital versions of my content, or alter, transform, or build upon this work.

If you have some use for my content that is not covered here, please contact me. If you would like me to do a guest post on your blog, email me at ministrynutsandbolts@gmail.com

Copyright does not apply to the titles of books, but transparency means I should own that the title of the blog is taken from the excellent 'Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What They Don't Teach Pastors in Seminary ' by Aubrey Malphurs (Kregel: 2nd edn. 2009)

© 2016 Chris Green