If you’re a church person and not a Jesus person, my heart hurts for you. It’s like being engaged and never getting married. It’s miserable.— Matt Chandler
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I've discovered most Christians don't know what to do with difficult situations because they have bought into the lie that God owes us (for our good behaviour). The reality of life is that if you live long enough you are going to bleed, cry and hurt. AND God is still God IN that.
God is not in love with some future version of you.
It’s not you tomorrow that He loves and delights in. It’s not you when you get your act together....If you believe that Christ’s love for you is a future love for you, then you dismiss the cross of Christ.
The more you make this world about you, the more miserable you will be.
Comfort is the god of our generation, so suffering is seen as a problem to be solved, and not a providence from God.
No change of job, no increased income, no new home, no new electronic device, or no new spouse is going to make things better inside of you.
God is at work in the mess. That's the message of the Bible. That's why the Bible is not pretty. That's why it's grimy, because God is working in the mess. He's working in the tears.
Faith doesn’t mean an absence of fear.
It means facing fear and trusting that God’s goodness is greater.
The reality is that all God has to do is reveal himself to you,and you'll gladly join the mission in service to his kingdom. He doesn't force the issue; he just has to reveal himself as is: mighty,wondrous, gracious, loving, and radically saving. No man goes back to saltine crackers when he's had fillet mignon.
This avoidance of the difficult things of Scripture — of sinfulness and hell and God’s notable severity — is idolatrous and cowardly. If a man or a woman who teaches the Scriptures is afraid to explain to you the severity of God, they have betrayed you, and they love their ego more than they love you.
Trying to make the Gospel relevant is like trying to make water wet.
Your approval before God is woven into the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, not what other men and women think about you.
The single most loving act we can do is share the good news of Jesus Christ, that God saves sinners.
You're exhausted in the faith because you're looking at you.
The more you look at yourself and the less you look at God, the more you get frustrated at yourself.
The marker of those who understand the gospel of Jesus Christ is that, when they stumble and fall, when they screw up, they run to God and not from him, because they clearly understand that their acceptance before God is not predicated upon their behavior but on the righteous life of Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death.
If you want to grow in true wisdom, grow in a knowledge of the God of the Bible.
Could it not be, that God loves me too deeply, by having people challenge me so that I know I'm not perfect.
Thanksgiving is worry's kryptonite.
A Church worshipping as a Creature of the Word doesn't show up to perform or be entertained; she comes desperate and needy, thirsty for grace, receiving from The Lord and the body of Christ, and then gratefully receiving what she needs as she offers her praise- the only proper response to the God who saves us.
The idolatry the exists in a man's heart always wants to lead him away from his Savior and back to self-reliance no matter how pitiful that self-reliance is or how many times it has betrayed him.
While we lament the apparent injustice of pain and suffering, how often do we forget that every good thing in a fallen world is wholly a gift of God's mercy and grace.
Men of God are those who walk in the fear of the Lord.
If you are in Christ, you are fully and completely forgiven for all your sin-past, present and future.
Truth is to be used as a scalpel, not a club.
More often than not, we want him to have fairy wings and spread fairy dust and shine like a precious little star, dispensing nothing but good times on everyone, like some kind of hybrid of Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie. But the God of the Bible, this God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, is a pillar of fire and a column of smoke.
If you add to or subtract from the cross, even if it is to factor in biblically mandated religious practices like prayer and evangelism, you rob God of His glory and Christ of His sufficiency.
Godliness is sexy in a way that physical attraction can never be.
God is more interested in declaring than explaining.
We carry an insidious prosperity gospel around in our dark, little, entitled hearts.
Because a God who is ultimately most focused on his own glory will be about the business of restoring us, who are all broken images of him. His glory demands it. So we should be thankful for a self-sufficient God whose self-regard is glorious.
The context of the gospel message is not our benefit or our salvation;
the context of the gospel is the supremacy of Christ and the glory of God.
Church of Jesus, let us please be men and women who understand the difference between moralism and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s be careful to preach the dos and don’ts of Scripture in the shadow of the cross’s ‘Done!’
Trying to figure out God is like trying to catch a fish in the Pacific Ocean with an inch of dental floss.
There's a strong victim mentality in my generation.
I think it's spiritual laziness. They will agree that God is sovereign over all, but then they will say, "Well, I wish he would sovereignly take away my lust issue." There's just not a lot of fortitude, not a lot of fight in them.
The drug of choice in the modern age is levity.
We want everything to be light and bubbly. We just want to feel good.
What drives me mad in evangelical circles, including some young Reformed circles, is that there is often a sit-on-the-couch-and-wait-for-God-to-do-something mentality that is unbiblical and wicked. It's probably been true of every generation, but I can see it most clearly in the younger crowd. There seems to be so little war when it comes to sin.
God doesn't need to have emergency meetings.
He's never gathered the Trinity and asked 'What happened there'.
We spend so much time trying to put send to death that we don't spend enough time striving to know God deeply, trying to gaze upon the wonder of Jesus Christ and have that transform our affections to the point where our love and hope are steadfastly on Christ.
If someone doesn't have much use for praising Him now, it's foolish to think they're ready for heaven.
We can never grasp the extent of our depravity until we recognize the excellencies of our created dignity
Worship is the way of life for those entranced by and passionate for the glory of God.
The spiritual power in the gospel is denied when we augment or adjusting gospel into no gospel at all. When we doubt the message alone is the power of God for salvation we start adding or subtracting, trusting our own powers of persuasion or presentation.
The general confusion is that our moral behavior is what justifies us before God. Most of us would never say that with our mouths but we feel that lie in our heart and believe it in our minds. You can be morally upright and not be a worshipper of Christ at all.
Apart from worshiping God, everything becomes superficial.
But when you understand the driving force behind everything, all of a sudden there's an eternal amount of joy at our disposal, because everything we do is enlightened and enlivened by the endless glory of the eternal God.
No one can out-sin the cross of Christ.
If you're a beast in the pulpit but a coward in your neighborhood, something has gone wrong.
We’ve been given the covenant community because we need each other, and together we’ll be more mature, experience more life, and know more joy than we ever would apart from one another.
The depth, width, ferocity, and immensity of God is seen most spectacularly in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The cross of Christ is the response of God to men for belittling His name.
I have always deeply desired to be an honest man who said it when I struggled, stumbled and worried. I longed to be a man with real friends - friends who knew me at my worst and loved me.