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by Tullian Tchividjian

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Tullian Tchividjian
Crossway Books; Second Printing edition (2011)
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In this book Tullian Tchividjian explains his own struggles when he was asked to become senior pastor of the renowned Coral Ridge Presbyterian . Jesus + Nothing Everything is one of very few books that explains it well.

In this book Tullian Tchividjian explains his own struggles when he was asked to become senior pastor of the renowned Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church while still pastor of New City Church, a church he had started previously. The two churches merged. If you are a serious Bible student, and really want to understand the why and wherefore for God's point of view, this book will bring you a long way to that point where life begins to make sense. It isn't magic, it isn't religious, it isn't about you getting your way by some special prayer or practice. It is about God's way.

Whether it's a Christian or a non-Christian, there's nothing like suffering to show us how small, needy, and not in control we are. Suffering has a way of sobering us up to the realization that we can't make it on our own, that we need help, that we're broken. Tullian Tchividjian. tags: dependency, glory-of-god, suffering. God is not interested in what you think you should be or feel.

Jesus + Nothing Everything (Tullian Tchvidjian). I’ve said this before but let me say it again: there is nothing in the gospel or about the gospel that encourages me to focus on me. Nothing! It’s never honoring to God when we take our eyes off of Christ the author and finisher of our faith and center our eyes on ourselves. Never! In fact, the whole point of the gospel is to get us out of ourselves and to fix our eyes on Christ (Hebrews 12:2). The truest measure of Christian growth, therefore, is when we stop spiritually rationalizing the reasons why we’re taking our eyes off of Jesus to focus on ourselves.

Jesus plus nothing really is everything, and Tullian has given a powerful tool to the church. It was on that day that Jesus plus nothing equals everything became for me more than a preachable tagline. Today and tomorrow I will release a 3-part discussion with Tullian Tchividjian about his new book. It became my functional lifeline! It was rediscovering the gospel that enabled me to see that

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Read Jesus + Nothing Everything by Tullian Tchividjian and more Christian blog posts on Christianity. In his new book he describes the bitter divisions that soured the beginning of his pastorate at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, and the personal anchor that he found in the overwhelming power of the gospel. The book of Colossians, in particular, forms the basis of Tchividjian’s call for Christians to rediscover the gospel and continually reorient our lives around Jesus.

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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 gospelâ?”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 sufficiencyâ?”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.

  • Depending on your spiritual heritage, this book has the potential to change your life. It seems impossible to believe, but despite growing up and living within a believing family and spiritual community, somehow, some way, I never heard (or perhaps, never understood) the dual nature of the gospel of God's grace as presented in Tullian's book. I was the classic case he describes of someone who clearly understood that the gospel of God's grace alone was what saves/converts us, but never equated that same gospel as the only/best source to sustain us in our daily walk with God toward spiritual maturity (i.e. sanctification). Not only was this news to me, but the further description of the scandalous nature of God's unconditional love for me and extravagant grace released to me has set me free! I marvel at the contradiction: I thought the 'freedom' promised by extravagant grace would lead to license ("then why not sin?"); but in reality, God's love constrains me and I am experiencing far more practical holiness than ever before. I can confidently recommend this book to ANYONE. Moreover, I truly hope and pray it benefits you in the manner that it has benefited me.

  • His foundational theme is really good...Jesus + Nothing = Everything. I had to read this and "Suprised By Grace" (by the same author) for school, and back-to-back was just too much of T.T. at one time. There was some overlap and I was pretty saturated already. So read one or the other and then wait a few months before reading the second one. I liked "Suprised" better. It held my interest more and didn't sound so "Type A personality-ish," if you know what I mean. I don't care for bland and boring but over-exuberance (over-convincing) is what it felt like to me in many places, but read it for yourself and don't mind me. :-)

  • In this book Tullian Tchividjian explains his own struggles when he was asked to become senior pastor of the renowned Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church while still pastor of New City Church, a church he had started previously. The two churches merged. The result of this merger plus the change brought about by his becoming the pastor of a church that had been pastored for decades by the late D. James Kennedy led to great tensions and difficulties for Tchividjian. As I read this in the first chapter and before continuing, I said to myself, "Tullian, you are moving into an amazingly difficult situation."

    And it was. The result of all the stress and a group in the Coral Ridge Church that opposed him was that "Some people began lamenting the huge mistake they'd made in agreeing to the merger, and they grumbled that the whole thing had turned into a `hostile takeover'" (21). Then Tchividjian dug into Paul's letter to the Colossians and this book is the result of that encounter.

    The author began to see that he only needed Christ for his sustenance and approbation. The resultant "Jesus + Nothing = Everything" thesis is fully developed in this book in five parts starting with everything moving to nothing , then to Jesus, then again to nothing and terminating in part five with everything.

    The main idea of the book is epitomized in Tchividjian's quote of theologian G. C. Berkouwer, "The heart of sanctification is the life which feeds on justification" (173). This comes out again and again as a kind of leitmotif of his study of Colossians.

    The book prompted two reactions on my part. The first was a rejoicing and affirmation of what the author was getting at as well as a fuller understanding of the gospel of grace. My heart was strangely warmed. The second was a question about how the question of spiritual disciplines is to be understood in the light of Tchividjian's thoughts. Perhaps he needs to answer this question in another book that reflects his balance of grace and spiritual disciplines.

    However, I strongly recommend this book in order to more fully understand that the gospel is not just for conversion but needs to be lived out every day as well as providing the basis for that life.

  • Tullian Tchividjian's inspirational book Jesus + Nothing = Everything could very well play a pivotal role in a spiritual paradigm shift in your life. I could not recommend this book more.

    Tullian shares his story of how in the midst of his greatest time of brokenness and pain as a Pastor recently transitioning to a new ministry, God revealed a deep penetrating truth to him as he was studying the book of Philippians. Tullian describes his personal brokenness in this way, "He had stripped me down--wrecked me afresh! And when he does that to a person--when you actually feel like you have nothing--Jesus becomes more to you than you ever could have hoped or imagined." Have you been there? Have seen your true emptiness apart from Christ? Tullian goes on to say, "When we're captured and captivated by who Jesus is, we'll be empowered and equipped to resist the constant temptations to settle for anything less." The rest of this book puts forth the unique formula Jesus + Nothing = Everything. In other words Christ is fully sufficient for all joy, all satisfaction, and all truth. More than that, all of Christ's sufficiency is found in the gospel.

    Tullian goes on to argue that the gospel is not just for non-Christians, it is for Christians too. The gospels transformative power does not end at our conversion/justification. The gospel has a powerful outworking in our daily spiritual living. There is not a day that passes that we do not need to cling to the treasurable truth of the gospel. How did Tullian make this personal discovery? He was studying in the book of Philippians. Here he describes how this truth took full bearing in his life, "Early in this letter, Paul mentions 'the word of the truth, the gospel,' and he then adds this: 'which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing--as it also does among you' (1:6). He's speaking to Christians, and he tells them the gospel is not only fruitful and growing around the world, but in them as well. It was these verses, specifically, that first convinced me long ago that the gospel is not just for non-Christians. It's bigger than that; it's for Christians, too. The gospel represents both the nature of Christian growth and the basis for it." In other words, our personal holiness is found in resting in Christ, not adhering to a law through works.

    Coming to terms with our great need of the gospel depends on us fully understanding our depravity, our rebellion against God, that is completely helpless because of our identity in Adam. Tullian succinctly communicates this present truth, "You and I will never know Christ to be a great Savior unless we first understand ourselves to be great sinners. We'll never really feel deliverance if we don't first feel desperation. We'll never experience the glory of real freedom if we don't first experience the grief of our own slavery." Whether pre-conversion or post-conversion, each of us should be driven to the cross and broken over our struggle against the flesh. We deceive ourselves when we think that we have some hidden power to resist sin apart from Christ. Tullian writes, "Since the heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart, rules and regulations are never the solution. Jesus is. Behavior modification cannot change the human heart. You and I need this reminder all the time, and that's why we turn to the gospel." This is precisely why Tullian earlier says, "Jesus is everything, and, therefore, for mankind the gospel is everything."/

    The gospel is built not just upon Jesus death but also His resurrection. Christ did not come to bring us merely a moral example to follow but to take the dead and give them life. "We have to keep remembering that the reason Christ came was first of all not to make bad people good but to make dead people alive. If we forget that, our Christianity will turn out to be Christless." Tullian refreshes our minds with the message of the gospel and encourages us to constantly look outward from ourselves and look to Christ. "The more I look into my own heart for peace, the less I find. On the other hand, the more I look to Christ and his promises for peace, the more I find," he remarks.

    I will close this review with on of the most startling and beautiful statements that Tullian writes, "Because Jesus was someone, we're free to be no one. Because Jesus was extraordinary, we're free to be ordinary. Real slavery is self-reliance, self-dependence. Real slavery is a life spent trying to become someone. But the gospel comes in and says we already have in Christ all that we crave, so we're free to live a life of sacrifice, courageously and boldly." Tullian's writing will startle you into some deep reflection. You will be compelled to examine not merely how you apply and live the gospel but also how you communicate the gospel. If the gospel is for us daily, then are we satisfied with hearing it daily? Do we tire of hearing the gospel? Does it ever become used up like an old t-shirt that needs to be retired from our dresser drawer? Surely not, the gospel ought to be like the whitest, purest, t-shirt that comes out clean, fresh, and new to be don and worn joyfully every day.

    This book comes heartily recommended. You will have trouble putting it down!Jesus + Nothing = Everything