Hear Matt Chandler’s talk from session four of Passion 2019 as he teaches us that they way to experience the grace and mercy of God is through our deepest wounds. It is in those dark places that we wish to hide from the world that grace desperately wants to invade.
Matt serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over 10 years where he spoke to thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid and Norah.
Matt walks us through John 4, where Jesus offers the woman at the well streams of water welling up to eternal life. It was an offer she desperately wanted and knew she needed. But Jesus then follows with a direct address of the hardest, most painful part of this woman’s past. He knew that the way to true healing, lasting freedom, and eternal satisfaction was through the wound. The same is true for us. The offer of living water is so profound because the struggle to find peace on our own comes up dry every time. We try so hard to cover up the sin, hurt, and brokenness in our lives. We crave the living water but are afraid of opening up our wounds to the Healer.