Jesus + Nothing = Everything

In the fall of 2011 my next book entitled Jesus + Nothing = Everything will be released by Crossway. I’m almost finished with it and would greatly appreciate your prayers as I wrap it up. Right now I’m enslaved to it (hence, the infrequent blog posts).

My hope and prayer is that it will serve the church a probing and practical theology of the gospel. It is autobiographically illustrated–using the most difficult year of my life (2009) to show how God revealed to me my own idols and helped me rediscover the emboldening, liberating power of the gospel.

Here’s Crossway’s description of the book:

Jesus + Nothing = Everything is the equation that Tullian Tchividjian took away from a year of great trial and turmoil. In his new book he describes the bitter divisions that soured the beginning of his pastorate at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, and the personal anchor that he found in the overwhelming power of the gospel. The book of Colossians, in particular, forms the basis of Tchividjian’s call for Christians to rediscover the gospel and continually reorient our lives around Jesus.

Tchividjian insists that many who assume they understand the gospel fail to actually apply its riches to their lives. He takes particular aim at self-righteousness, which motivates moral behavior by fear and guilt. In contrast, the gospel of grace, with the radical freedom that it brings, provides the only sustainable motivation for Christians. This book delves into the profound theological truths of the gospel, yet the message is intensely practical—Tchividjian sounds the call for believers to lean hard on Christ in every area of every day.

Stay tuned…

  • Susan says:

    That sermon series was absolutely life-changing for me and I cannot wait to read the book! I intend to give many copies to others, as Christians really need this message. I will be praying for you as you finish the manuscript. God is going to use this work in a mighty way!
    Blessings to you,

  • Don Sartain says:

    I loved the sermon that you preached at The Resurgence conference this year! I totally yanked that and put it on my own blog for my readers to see.

    Thank you so much for being open and authentic in your preaching and writing.

  • Tricky Daye says:

    Will the names be changes to protect the guilty?

  • Pastor Tullian… I remember a few months back where you and I has a brief email exchange. I was enriched by the connection. I am also in the final stages of a book entitled GRACEWORKS. It is being reviewed by my 6th editorial reader/proofer/endorser. Once I receive the edited manuscript I will have a few more changes to make and then it will hit sometime around mid to late Summer. I would love to talk to you sometime. Please contact me via Twitter at tonycsutherland. I would also be honored by the follow. I also hope you received the my CD I sent to you several weeks back. You gave me your home address and I hope it arrived and that you had a chance to listen. I am avidly following you on Twitter and have retweeted you numerous times. I am so grateful for your blogs, audio sermons and especially tweets. In fact, I am reading this blog because of your tweet. Grace & Peace!

  • paul st jean says:

    Pastor Tullian
    good news about your newest endeavor, and I will be in prayer.
    I like what Jerry Bridges wrote in “the Discipline of Grace”
    Preaching the gospel to ourselves every day addresses both the self-righteous Pharisee and the guilt laden sinner that dwell in our hearts. Since the gospel is for sinners, preaching it to ourselves every day reminds us that we are indeed sinners in need of God’s grace. it helps us to consciously renounce any confidence in our own goodness as a means of meriting God’s blessings on our lives.

  • Chris Land says:

    I have enjoyed your last three books and know I will enjoy this one. I got to listen to almost the entire series you did on Colossians and God spoke to me through you. I have even used the “Jesus+Nothing=Everything” equation when I preached on Romans 3:19-28 because when you read Romans 3:28, it is Jesus + Nothing = Everything.

    Looking forward to the book. Keep preaching and pointing people to the gospel.

  • Jerrod says:

    I am salivating for this book to come out given the refreshing insights from your blog posts concerning the gospel. Praying that the Lord will give you clarity in both thought and words and that your family will be understanding as you seek to wrap up this much anticipated book. May God be glorified!

  • Peter says:

    I posted this late last night. I didn’t see it today, so I wanted to post it again. Must have been a computer glitch.


    I’m looking forward to your book as well. I remember reading about “the bitter divisions that soured the beginning of your pastorate at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church” in a newspaper article from your local area. Can’t remember the name of the writer or publication. Sun times or Sun–something maybe? I thought, according to what I was reading, it was difficult for a number of people.

    In the publisher’s summary it says,”Using the most difficult year of my life (2009).” Do you talk about the struggles you had with others or struggles you witnessed others having also and how the Gospel helped in the repair of it all? Is it just a personal perspective or are there stories fused in by your friends and such? Definitely sounds like there is a lot there. Interested to hear more about it all, seems weighty.

    I remember a series that John MacArthur did in late 2000 by the same title, crazy. It was December 02, 2007. I found his series incredibly helpful for studying Colossians. Is that why the publisher writes, “Jesus + Nothing = Everything is the equation that Tullian Tchividjian took away from a year of great trial and turmoil?” Did you borrow the idea from him? If so, do you talk about how his series influenced you in the book? The similarities seem fascinating. Your publisher even writes,”The book of Colossians, in particular, forms the basis of Tchividjian’s call.” What are the chances two different pastors would be preaching from the same book and get the same title? That’s kind of cool I guess. Well anyway…

    Here is the link to MacArthur’s series if you have not seen it and if anyone else wants to check it out…

    Sounds like your pretty busy writing, but I hope it goes well!

    Get back to me when you can.

    Thanks again Peter

  • Tullian Tchividjian says:

    Hi Peter,

    The difficulty I describe in the book are the painful circumstances surrounding the merging of two churches and the way God used that difficulty to expose my idols and help me rediscover the now-power of the gospel.

    As far as Macarthur’s sermon title, I’d never seen it before but it doesn’t surprise me because the clear teaching of Colossians is Jesus + Nothing = Everything. I love the way God teaches his church the same thing through different voices. It’s a reminder that the gospel isn’t original with us; it comes from God.

    God bless you!

  • paul says:

    will be praying for the book and yourself

  • Donna says:

    Recently I have been reading a collection of Henri Nouwen excerpts edited for use as devotions during Lent. Yesterday I read this passage that reminds me of your book theme, perhaps you’ve already read this, “The most important thing you can say about God’s love is that God loves us not because of anything we’ve done to earn that love, but because God, in total freedom, has decided to love us. . . We’re inclined to see our whole existence in terms of quid pro quo. We assume that people will be nice to us if we are nice to them; that they will help us if we help them;. . . that they will love us if we love them. And so the conviction is deeply rooted in us that being is loved is something you have to earn. . . We can scarcely conceive of getting something for nothing.”

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  • Praying for you Pastor Tullian, and looking forward with delight and expectation to see what the Lord does with this book.

  • Philip Ryan says:

    Hey Pastor Tully,

    I attended Coral Ridge for almost a year while working in Fort Lauderdale. I was able to hear most of this sermon series and am really excited to hear that you are turning it into a book. God bless you as you finish it up.

    Philip Ryan
    Covenant Theological Seminary

  • Ken Marino says:

    Dear Tullian,

    I am grateful to God for you and the way God has been unearthing the precious treasures of the Gospel to you. He has gifted you to explain and expound it in life giving ways! I came across your message “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” back in December when you preached at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. I am not a member there but part of Sovereign Grace in Ashburn, Virginia. As Colossians has become the most life transforming book in the Bible for me, I was eager to listen to that message. I then found the Coral Ridge website and had the refreshing experience of listening to your 22-part series. Since then I have been blessed by Job and James too.

    While listening to your series, I felt the Lord lay a burden on my heart to put down in words what I have been studying about Colossians over the past 4 to 5 years. It took me 3 months to get it all worked out (I’m not a full time writer so I had to fit it around work, a family with 3 young kids, and everything else). I trusted God in the composition in it. The burden is about the book of Colossians as a whole. I have read many commentaries and have no clue how many different teachers I have listened to on Colossians. The “book” comprises well over a hundred hours writing and perhaps thousands of hours of study, meditation, and dependence upon God’s Holy Spirit to reveal Christ.

    One thing that gets overlooked is that the Colossians were discouraged. As such, Paul counteracted that heart condition of his audience to the preeeminence of Christ, hope of the Gospel, and the willingness of the Father to make Christ preeminent. I get a little sad how Col 3:4 is exclusively applied to Christ’s second coming and not taken in connectivity to the major themes of the epistle in light of the discouragement of his readers about their sanctification. I truly believe motives are important to God, just not what Paul had in mind there. The present principle of Christ my life being revealed of that future truth has made all the world in my Christian enjoyment of the Gospel these past couple of years.

    Anyway, I would love to send you what I put together. I’m not looking to publish any book out of it. I would simply appeal to you to give it your consideration. I believe that, as you have expressed, it will get the Gospel “down deep”. I pray that it might refresh you in this busy season. If you would be interested in me sending it to you, please e-mail me (

    I am grateful to hear you are making progress of putting “Christ + Nothing = Everything” into a book. I know the Lord will use it to bless many to enjoy their Savior in better and brighter ways. I pray for you as the Lord puts you to remembrance.

    May you grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ ~

    Ken Marino

  • Lars Reeh says:

    Dear Tullian,

    Thank you for all these posts about the gospel!

    I also found your talk “Giving Thought to Gospel Math” very helpful!

    You are preciously adressing all the points and issues a Christian is (or should be) concerned with!

    Thanks again and much greetings from Germany,


  • John Standart says:

    God Bless you as you lead the flock, it is an exciting journey to be on. Loved the sermons and I am sure the book will bless many. I pray that I can only live a more grace filled life.
    Peace to you my brother

  • Emma Strong says:

    Tullian, I enjoy reading your blogs, and I’m excited about this upcoming book. 2009 was my roughest year, too. Though for much different reasons. But no matter our struggles, shouldn’t we always be looking to one place [person] : JESUS!
    Blessings to you my friend,

  • Steve Martin says:

    I love it!

    But we must remember, + nothing means NOTHING!

    No decisions for Jesus. No Popes. No inerrant Bibles. No “3rd use” of any Law. No seriousness for Jesus.



  • Will definitely pray for you as you finish the book and it looks very interesting, very timely too.

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