A proclamation of Christ’s sufficiency that frees us from self-righteousness and keeps us anchored through storms. Stemming from a year of great turmoil, Tchividjian details the power of the gospel in his 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.
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.
Ultimately, Tchividjian reminds us that Jesus is the whole of the equation as he boldly proclaims that Jesus plus nothing really is everything.
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Hands down one of the best books on the “gospel” I have ever read. Articulate yet easy to read and comprehend, Tullian Tchividjian (the grandson of Billy Graham and pastor in Florida) opens a window to the pages of scripture to help examine the Gospel he personally encountered in the midst of his own life and some trying experiences.
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The main message of this book is Jesus’ sufficiency in all things, taken from the book of Colossians as the basis. Tullian elaborates the equation Jesus nothing = everything in this book. He started off by describing the main theme of the book of Colossians, which is Christ’ sufficiency, and then proceeds to explain our need of an infinite satisfaction that could fill our heart, which is found in Christ only. The last part of the equation, Everything is what we, believers already have in Christ.
What has blessed me is that this book’s focus on Jesus and the gospel, and how, in our pursuit of godliness, we need to focus on what He has done for us rather than our progress, and as we focus more on Christ, we’ll actually progress more. This point is illustrated in the closing of the book, which I thought is a really good closing to the book. One critique I would have for this book is the lack of practicalities on how do we focus more on Him, and less of us in our battle against sin in day to day life. Overall, this is a good book, and I highly recommend it.
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Do you ever feel like you’re just spinning your wheels in terms of your relationship with Christ? You’re trying, trying, trying to “go deeper,” to serve well, to do all the things that we’re supposed to do as Christians—and you’re just stuck? Why does this happen to us? Why do we feel this constant need to do-do-do, as if we’re trying to impress someone? Is it because we are?
Tullian Tchividjian wrestled with this question when he was named the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presybterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, taking over for the late Dr. James Kennedy, the only pastor the church had ever known prior to his death. And the results of his wrestling are at the heart of his latest book, Jesus + Nothing = Everything