In his book, To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain, Pastor Matt Chandler takes a verse-by-verse look at Paul’s letter to the Philippians. This accessible commentary begins by looking at the historical record and the roots of the church to which the letter was written before Chandler expounds and explains what it means to pursue holiness and maturity in the Christian life. The author contends that an important ingredient to understanding this powerful epistle is to examine the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul so that readers may get the full picture of this biblical book in its contest and application.
There is no question that Matt Chandler has been equipped to teach the Word of God. His humor and down-to-earth style make To Live Is Christ much more than a dry exposition of solid spiritual truth. The scriptural concepts conveyed are communicated with passion, clarity, and warmth. Chandler opens up about his personal life as well, sharing some of his own struggles as he pursues sanctification as a man and a pastor. He gives helpful advice and application to those who want a closer walk with Jesus.
To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain is most likely geared to Christian men, but anyone who wants a fuller understanding of Paul’s powerful letter and the process of sanctification in the believer’s life, will benefit from this book. I, for one, will be reading Matt Chandler again.
I was given a free copy by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.