4.5 out of 5 Stars
Author: Matt Chandler
Publisher: David C. Cook
Buy To Live is Christ To Die is Gain
Reading Level: Easy
Douglas Kofi Adu-Boahen hails from London, England where he recently completed a BA in Journalism and currently teaches both Sunday School and Foundations of the Faith classes at GraceLife London, a church plant in central London. He blogs at Fiery Logic.
More often than not, when Christians think of “spiritual maturity,” the idea goes something like this: I got the Gospel when I was saved and now I’ve moved on to the “deeper” stuff of Christian living. The Gospel is the thing that gets you in and then once you’re in, it’s time to pull up your bootstraps and get to work.
Thankfully, in recent times, the church has become more conscious of the reality that the Gospel is not just the “way in,” but it’s the “way along” as well – true spiritual maturity stems from our continual return to the Gospel message. It is in that vein, Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and president of the Acts 29 church planting network, writes To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain.
As he sets out, Chandler doesn’t deny Christians grow and mature and that such growth and maturity being absent from the believer is a cause for concern. However, he does challenge the conventional wisdom on how and why we pursue maturity. As he notes, you lose out if you seem to clean your life up and never struggle yet fail to be captivated by Jesus (91).
Carefully working through Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Chandler demonstrates how the Gospel is lived out in the crucible of everyday life and how it provides the stimulus for maturity in the Christian’s life. Ultimately the goal of the Christian life is not one of mere self-improvement for self-improvement’s sake but one of radically pursuing Christ in all things. With that in the crosshairs of our lives, Chandler argues, in Philippians we find what true spiritual maturity like, as well as, the power to pursue it.
With an easy to read style and lashings of wit, Chandler’s walk through the book of Philippians will encourage, challenge and reignite your passion for the Gospel, not just, as the way into the Christian life, but as the crucial life-source for the Christian life.
I would highly recommend To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain.
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