Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Recommended: "JESUS + NOTHING = EVERYTHING" by Tullian Tchividjian


Author:         Tullian Tchividjian
Paperback:    224 pages (hard cover)
Publisher:     Crossway (October 14, 2011)
Language:     English
ISBN:           978-1433507786
Price:            RM 48.65 (Limited stock. Please order in advance)

It’s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is all about. We struggle so much, work so hard, and fail so often that we frequently sense something in the equation of life must be missing.

Tullian Tchividjian argues that what we are missing is the gospel—a fuller, more powerful understanding of Jesus and what his finished work means for everyday life.

During a year of great turmoil, Pastor Tchividjian discovered the power of the gospel in his own life. Sharing his story of how Jesus became more real to him, Tchividjian delves deeply into the fundamentals of the faith, explaining the implications of Christ’s sufficiency—a revelation that sets us free and keeps us anchored through life’s storms.

Ultimately, Tchividjian reminds us that Jesus is the whole of the equation as he boldly proclaims that Jesus plus nothing really is everything.

About the author: 
Tullian Tchividjian (cha-vi-jin) is senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and a grandson of Billy Graham. Tullian earned his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary and is the author of The Kingdom of God, Do I Know God?, Unfashionable, and Surprised by Grace. When he's not reading, studying, preaching, or writing, he enjoys being with people, surfing, and relaxing with his wife of 17 years, Kim, and their three children, Gabe, Nate, and Genna.

Other Resources:

Brief videos with Tullian coincide with each chapter of Jesus+Nothing = Everything. Each video is under five minutes long and designed to supplement group discussion or individual reflection.

Giving Thought to Gospel 'Math': Why Jesus + Nothing = Everything
October 2, 2010 by Tullian Tchividjian.
Series: 2010 National Conference

In an evangelical culture where so many of us are unaware that the gospel isn t just what we believe to save us but also what sustains us and carries us into maturity, this book hammers home the gospel s power for the believer. Whether you have been in church your whole life or recently converted, this book will fuel your affections for our great God and King.
- Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Highland Village, Texas; author, The Explicit Gospel

There s loads of talk about the gospel these days. Some people think that talking about the gospel is trendy and that after a while we ll all calm down and get over it. Oh, I hope not. I hope that the gospel and the desire to move further into the gospel will grow and grow until it transforms our sin-wearied, unbelieving, moralistic, forgetful hearts and sets us aflame for Jesus. Jesus + Nothing = Everything will remind you of the ancient yet ever-fresh truth that everything we need is found in the perfections of Christ not in ourselves, not in our reputation, our relationships or wealth or accomplishments in Christ alone. If you ve never rested in the finished work of Christ this book is for you. If you ve rested in it for decades like I have, this book is for you, too. Why? Because we forget; And, although we love Jesus, we re blind to the ways in which his work connects to our daily lives and we wonder why joy and zeal are foreign concepts to us. Buy this book. Read it. It will help you push deeper into the gospel and push the gospel message more deeply into every corner of your life. Tullian Tchividjian understands like few others how the gospel shines like a beacon of hope in times of despair. Listen to him, he ll help you love the Savior more.
- Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Because He Loves Me and Comforts from the Cross

Tullian Tchividjian writes like he preaches, as a man consumed with Jesus and the life-giving power of God s grace. The message of the gospel changes everything and everyone who embraces it. This book reminds us that Jesus is not only all we need He is all we want!
- Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church; former President, Southern Baptist Convention

It s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is about. We too often tell and believe religious lies that drive us to despair. I visit that dark place often because I ve been doing this religious thing for so long, have struggled so much, worked so hard, and failed so often that I fear I m becoming a cynical old preacher. Jesus + Nothing = Everything is cold, clear, refreshing water to a thirsty preacher and a dry church. If you read only one book this year, read this book. If you give a book to anybody this year, give this book. If you yearn for awakening in the church, underline this book and share what you ve learned. Then, with me, you ll rise up and call its author blessed. But more than that, you ll glorify the God who loves us this much.
- Steve Brown, Professor of Practical Theology Emeritus, Reformed Seminary, Orlando; radio teacher, Key Life --Editorial Reviews

'Many Christians today assume that the gospel just has to do with conversion, for way back when they first came to faith. They have lost the sense, well known to Christians of the past, that the gospel is for every moment of their lives. As a result, they often fall into a moralism that can be, as this book shows, just as idolatrous, self-focused, and godless as immorality. This book shows how the good news of free forgiveness in the cross of Jesus Christ is the driving energy that makes the Christian life possible. Pastor Tchividjian tells about how he himself discovered the full magnitude of God's grace in the midst of difficult times in his own ministry. He does so in a way that will bring relief, exhilaration, and freedom to struggling Christians.'
- Gene Edward Veith Jr., provost, professor of Literature, Patrick Henry College; director, Cranach Institute, Concordia Theological Seminary; columnist; author

'Tullian Tchividjian knows, by biblical study and personal experience, that the greatest dangers to the church exist inside the church not outside and the greatest of these dangers is the subtle, deceptive, and seductive self-reliance and self-sufficiency of legalism. Perhaps the greatest contribution of this book is its page after page plea to the church not to be afraid of the glorious provisions and freedoms of the grace of Jesus.'
- Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

'In a powerful, concise, and popular style, Tchividjian announces, explicates, defends, and contrasts the gratuitous gospel of Christ's person and work with the oft-misheld conviction of us sinners that, if we are somehow to be justified, it will have to be a matter of 'making up for' our offenses and of inward improvement. Chapter-by-chapter he argues that God s saving plan is one of grace and not one of improvement. Filled with illustrations from his life as a pastor, this is no unapproachable, academic tome. But neither, thank God, is it today's 'Evangelical silly!' Tchividjian wrestles openly with demons and their central lie in order that we truly 'get' what the Bible is really about. From every point on the compass, he contrasts 'moral renovation' with a free, one-sided rescue drenched in the blood of Jesus. Good news for everyone but especially for Christians who are worn out by trying the other way, believing the lie, somehow knowing renovation isn t working but knowing nowhere else to turn. Tchividjian is out to convince his reader that justification before God really is pure gift, is free, is by grace and through faith in Christ. . . sola'
- Rod Rosenbladt, professor of theology, Concordia University

'I had the privilege of watching this book be written well before the ink kissed the first page. That's why Tullian's title, Jesus + Nothing = Everything, couldn t be farther from cliché or formula to me. Providentially, my brother was called into an ecclesiastical whirlwind that soon became a gospel birthing room. The result hasn't been just a faithful and fresh exposition of Colossians, but a pastor and church daring to take the gospel of God s grace as seriously as possible. This is a great read, but an even greater story.'
- Scotty Smith, Pastor for Preaching, Teaching, and Worship, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee --More Editorial Reviews

'In Jesus + Nothing = Everything we get more than the gospel - the joyful gospel. Tullian not only apprehends aright the goodness of the good news, but also communicates it with a passion that is infectious.'
- Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor, Christianity Today

'My friend Tullian is a loser. So am I. If we re honest, all of us fit that description, but the good news is that Christ came for people like us. We qualify! Under the rubric of 'Jesus plus nothing equals everything,' this accessible yet astonishingly profound book rearranges the furniture. If you re looking for hope instead of hype, please read this book.'
- Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

'There is no one who better articulates the absolute distinctiveness of the gospel from religion than Tullian Tchvidjian. This book is filled with new insight and fresh inspiration on the oldest and most central doctrine of the church.'
- J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina

'The goal of my life is to enjoy Jesus above all else. This book has helped me to do that! Deeply theological and yet profoundly personal, Tullian takes us right into the depths of the gospel of Christ alone and causes us to wonder in amazement once again at what has been done for us because of God's great love. Read this. You'll never want or need anything more than Christ again.'
- Britt Merrick, founder, the Reality family of churches; pastor, Reality Santa Barbara

'Brace yourself for a gospel tornado! Tullian speaks from the heart to the heart, reclaiming the 'good' part of the good news in a bold and liberating fashion. To those suffering under the gravitational pull of internal as well as external legalism (a.k.a everyone), Jesus + Nothing = Everything represents the only lifeline there is - the mind-blowing, present-tense freedom of Gods justifying grace. No 'if's, 'and's or 'but's here, just the enlivening and relieving Word in all its profundity, with powerful illustrations to spare. If you know what s good for you, you'll read it over and over and over again (of course, you don t have to)!'
- David Zahl, Director, Mockingbird Ministries; editor of The Mockingbird Blog --More Editorial Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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