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To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain

To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain

(Hardcover)

by Matt Chandler

Language: English

SKU: 2944874

     
 

Publisher:David C. Cook

ISBN-13: 9781434706850



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Description of To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler

We all know Paul's iconic words from the book of Philippians: "To live is Christ, to die is gain..." They are taught to us as children, reiterated in our youth, expounded upon in our adulthood, perhaps even memorized and quoted frequently in our personal lives. But are we really getting it?

Using Paul's radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity. The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith.

In this disruptively inspiring book, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus. Because if we clean up our lives but don't get Jesus, we've lost. So let the goal be Him. To live is Christ, to die is gain - this is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him - everything should be about Jesus.

Product: To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain
Author: Matt Chandler
Author: Jared C. Wilson
Binding Type: Hardcover
Media Type: Book
Number of Pages: 240
Weight: 0.77 pounds
Length: 8.58 inches
Width: 5.89 inches
Height: 0.83 inches
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: September 2013
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5 StarsGreat Resource for Spiritual Growth
To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain Matt Chandler with Jared C. Wilson In his book, "To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain," Matt Chandler (with Jared C. Wilson) takes readers on a journey through Paul's letter to the Philippians to discover what spiritual maturity looks like. While Chandler doesn't completely cover the book of Philippians verse by verse (let's face it, that would take volumes), he does a good job of covering all of Paul's major themes: living a worthy life, what the humble seek, rejoicing, worry, and contentment. Chandler's down-to-earth, conversational, non-academic tone make this book great for those new to the Bible, but those who are not new to the Bible will still find the book interesting and likely learn something new. Throughout the book, Chandler ties together the various themes with a common thread, also the title of the book--"To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain." He talks about dying to self, pursuing Jesus, and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform you. I appreciated Chandler's many personal stories, helping me see ways I can apply the principles to my own life a grow spiritually. For me, taking every thought captive and dwelling on things that are noble, pure, honorable and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8) is a constant challenge. In chapter 10, "No Worries," Chandler tells of a fantasy of his--seeing himself and his wife Lauren at 70 or 80, waking up to coffee together, listening to her tell of her crazy dreams, spending time in God's Word together, and then talking about and praying for their children and grandchildren. He says, "When in the normal flow of life I see an attractive woman, and that attractive woman is flirtacious; when I am tempted to be lazy when it comes to going after my children's hearts; when I am tempted to dwell on all kinds of dishonorable things, I go back to that fantasy. . . something honorable and worth dwelling on." Now that's something practical and useful -- a way of applying Philippians 4:8 that I've never thought about. My goal over the next week is to create some "honorable fantasies" to which I can turn when tempted to dwell on things that are not noble, honorable, pure, excellent, and praiseworthy. All in all, this was a great book. Some things weren't new to me, but some applications, like the one above, are revolutionary to me. And I certainly have a better idea of what it means so say, "To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain." I'd highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to take a closer look at the book of Philippians. I think it would also be great for a small group to work through together, reading through a chapter of Philippians each week along with the corresponding chapters from Chandler's book. *Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.
Published 13 months ago by DiscipleMom Laura
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