Today we’re featuring part 2 of our powerful interview with Tullian Tchividjian, senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Billy Graham, Tchividjian is passionate about sharing God’s good news. His new book, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, provides a fresh encounter with God’s unfaltering grace.
1. Who did you write your new book, One Way Love, for?
This book is intended for both Christians and non-Christians—it speaks to the universal problem of exhaustion. I try to describe what makes life so tiring and burdensome—it’s not just that we’re busy raising kids, working, maintaining relationships, and so on. The reason we’re so tired is because, through these things, we are trying to save ourselves. We are desperately trying to secure for ourselves meaning and worth—desperately trying to justify ourselves—in and through all of the things we’re so busy doing. The good news of the gospel announces that everything we need in Christ we already possess, so we no longer have to win, be the best, succeed, raise the perfect kids, and so on, to feel like we matter. This brings huge relief and freedom to our lives and we find ourselves now enjoying our work and our kids and our spouse because we’re no longer relying on these things to “save” us.
2. If readers only take one thing away from your new book, what do you want that to be?
That the gospel of God’s grace relieves us from the burden to make it on our own, to validate our existence, and to secure our own meaning and worth. It is a message for everyone because people both inside and outside the church are weary and heavy-laden due to the pressure they feel—both internally and externally—to “just do it” and to “live strong.”
3. How does the message of your book tie in with the message of The Gospel Tour, which you recently headlined with Matt Chandler?
The outline for my message on The Gospel Tour followed two questions: what’s the cause of our exhaustion, and what’s the cure for our exhaustion? We’re all tired—life is hard. We’re desperately trying to free and save ourselves by being good parents, being successful in the workplace, and having a strong marriage—this is what I mean when I talk about our addiction to self-salvation projects. The gospel is called “good news” because it really is—it relieves us from the pressure to secure our own meaning and worth and significance by doing certain things and becoming a certain way. Everything we need, we already possess in Christ. This is the message I shared on the tour.
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