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Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ
Thomas Nelson / 2010 / Hardcover
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Should believers follow Christianity . . . or Christ? Should we point others to core values . . . or the cross? Charging that today's church has mistakenly framed conversion as a change of direction rather than a change in connection, Sweet and Viola offer a corrective "manifesto" featuring 10 crucial ways to restore the supremacy of Jesus himself. 176 pages, hardcover from Nelson.
So that in everything He might have the supremacy.
Christians have made the gospel about so many thingsthings other than Christ. Religious concepts, ideas, doctrines, strategies, methods, techniques, formulas, "its" and "things" have all eclipsed the beauty, the glory, and the reality of the Lord Jesus Himself. On the whole, Christians today are starved for a real experience of the living Christ. We know a lot about our Lord, but we don't know Him very well. We know a lot about trying to be like Jesus, but very little about living by His indwelling life.
JESUS MANIFESTO presents a fresh unveiling of Jesus as not only Savior and Lord, but as so much more. It is a prophetic call to restore the supremacy and sovereignty of Christ in a worldand a churchthat has lost sight of Him.
Every revival and restoration in the church has been a rediscovery of some aspect of Christ in the process of answering the ultimate question that Jesus put to His disciples: "Who do you say that I am?"
Read this book and see your Lord like you've never seen Him before.
This is a really exhilarating reintroduction to a Jesus who seems sometimes to have become a stranger to the Church; a passionate and joyful celebration of God with us, which cuts right through churchy quarrelling and brings us back to wonder, love and praise - and the urgent desire to make Him known to all. --Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
There cannot be enough books written about the majesties and excellencies of Christ. To see Jesus as He is will transform us from one degree or glory to the next. Everything is about Him, for Him and to Him. I am grateful that Frank and Leonard did the work and are putting this in the lap of so many. --Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church
Jesus Manifesto is the most powerful work on Christ I have read in recent years. I was hushed by its welcome authority. I found a lump in my throat as I read through page after page of Biblical witness to the one and only, incomparable Christ in whom alone is our Salvation. You must read this book. --Calvin Miller, professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama; Author, Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition and The Singer
Brilliant, refreshing, soaring and that's just the first chapter! This book is destined to be a classic devotional volume that will inspire generations of Jesus-followers. The line from the song goes, "you can have all this world, but give me Jesus." This book does just that. --Reggie McNeal, Missional Leadership Specialist, Leadership Network; Author, The Present Future and Missional Renaissance
Viola and Sweet create a harmony here that invites you to give the world a Christianity worth believing in. After all, they will know we are Christians, not by our bumper stickers and t-shirts, but by our love. --Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and recovering sinner, thesimpleway.org
Whether you are a seminary professor or someone seeking answers about Christ for the first time, Jesus Manifesto promises to illuminate the truth about the greatest personality to ever walk the earth. And along the way you will rediscover, or experience for the first time, the power, prestige and primacy of Jesus Christ. --Ed Young, Pastor, Fellowship Church; Author, Outrageous, Contagious Joy
In Jesus Manifesto, Sweet and Viola ask us to step away out of the "Youniverse" (their word) of narcissistic religion and away from the pop-culture Jesus who is just a nice man. Throughout the book, they exalt Jesus as the divine Savior and ask the church to do the same. I believe this book will spark a renewed love for Christ by pointing us to the deep mystery of His person. You will be motivated to love and serve more deeply as your life is focused on Jesus the Messiah. --Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research
Jesus Manifesto calls us to Jesus Person and position as Lord of the Church, to hear Him call us to truths clarity, powers purity and obediences reward, to restore that saltness that will keep His Church alive and penetrating in its impact. --Jack W. Hayford, Founding Pastor, The Church On The Way, Chancellor, The Kings Seminary
From beginning to end, authentic Christianity is all about Jesus and, ultimately, nothing but Jesus. No one has proclaimed this more clearly and persuasively than Viola and Sweet. Jesus Manifesto is an important and powerful prophetic call for the Martha-like Church to get back to doing "the one thing that is needful." --Dr. Gregory A. Boyd, Senior Pastor, Woodland Hills Church, Maplewood, MN. Author, Present Perfect, The Myth of a Christian Nation, and The Jesus Legend.
The Christian church is falling apart and in desperate need of a revival. According to professor Sweet (The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives) and bestselling author Viola (From Eternity to Here), what is lacking is a groundbreaking revelation of Christ that boggles the mind and enraptures the heart. Expanding on the authors 2009 online manifesto, this insistent, impassioned essay condemns as pharisaic those preachers who forgo a Christ-centered theology in favor of a cute, singular slogan or mission. The authors urge churches to focus on the man who embodies the entire religion. To do so, readers must learn the subtle distinction between following Christ and realizing Christ already lives within them. Some may find this message controversial, even pantheistic. Yet the biblical passages show the message is rooted in Scripture. The authors provide a lot to digest, but quotations from poets and philosophers break up the text and help readers grasp abstract concepts. Though most applicable to pastors and seminarians, all Christian readers will discover a new perspective and deeper purpose. (June) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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