“Longing for something fresh, for something no one else has said often leads to bad exegesis.”

About the Book

The Reformers viewed the gospel as not merely one thing among many in the life of a church but rather the means by which the church exists. When the gospel is rightly declared and applied to God’s people, the church becomes “a creature of the Word.” She understands, embraces, and lives out the reality of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection in more than her doctrinal statement. The gospel impacts all the church is and does.

Creature of the Word lays out this concept in full, first examining the rich, scripture-based beauty of a Jesus-centered church, then clearly providing practical steps toward forming a Jesus-centered church. Authors Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, and Josh Patterson write what will become a centering discussion piece for those whose goal is to be part of a church that has its theology, culture, and practice completely saturated in the gospel.

Endorsements

Our homes, communities, cities, and nations need churches that are immersed in the gospel and fueled by the gospel. Why? Because the good news of Jesus Christ changes everything! I am encouraged and excited by the strong gospel challenge found in Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church. Matt, Josh, and Eric provide a clarion call for our churches to recapture their awe for Jesus and His perfect work accomplished on our behalf. They help us see how the beautiful bride of Christ can be possessed by both a doctrine and a culture centered on Jesus. This is the kind of book the Church has needed for a long time.

Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina

Creature of the Word is a crystal clear call to the Church to recenter around Jesus and the gospel. Practical yet theological, I recommend this book as essential reading for anyone who would lead or plant a church.

Matt Carter, pastor, Preaching and Vision at The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas

Too often Jesus Christ is central to our theology but not to the way we do church. This book serves as a needed reminder and a powerful corrective for those of us who must continually recalibrate our ministry for Jesus with the person and work of Jesus.

Larry Osborne, pastor, North Coast Church, Vista, California, and author of Sticky Church

When a church goes vertical, it’s the small adjustment that leads to a major renovation. It’s an active, hard-hats-only construction zone where every decision has just one goal: to honor God. When we get that right, God Himself shows up and builds. My friend Matt

Chandler and his colaborers Josh and Eric are calling us to make church about Jesus, again.

Dr. James MacDonald, senior pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Chicago, Illinois, and author of Vertical Church

Be careful if you read this book. Creature of the Word will make you rethink much of what you think you know about the Church, its message, and its mission. Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Geiger have conspired to write a book that will make you think more faithfully about the church and what it means for Christ’s people to be formed by the gospel. I welcome the conversations this book will spark.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Lately many books are coming out with a title that has “gospel” in it. As you begin to read the philosophical and allegorical talk about the gospel, there is a disconnect from the Word of God. However, what is phenomenal about Creature of the Word is that it is gospel-centered and rooted in the Word of God with uncanny readability. I hope that thiswork will devotionally impact the whole people of God and increase our intimacy with our God.

Eric Mason, lead pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Godly leaders from my generation have prayed and deeply desired for a new generation of church leaders to lead His bride well. Works like Creature of the Word are an answer to our prayers. I am excited and hopeful for the local church after reading the encouragement and challenges Matt, Josh, and Eric offer. What an incredible book by three incredible leaders!

Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee