Why did folks who seemed far from God become devoted followers of Christ? Maybe it's because Jesus saw precious works of art beneath the mud of sin, anxiety, and fear! Exploring Jesus' encounters with "messy" people, Burke shows how to restore others to God through speaking the truth in love, respecting freedom, sharing pain, and more. 304 pages, hardcover from Baker.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 304 Vendor: Baker Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches) ISBN: 0801015251 ISBN-13: 9780801015250 Availability: In Stock
The reason "sinners" ran from the religious, yet ran to Jesus had everything to do with his heart's attitude toward people. They could sense Jesus was for them--not against them. Unlike the Pharisees, who could only see the mud of sin, Jesus saw a masterpiece under the mud that was so valuable, he was willing to give his life to restore messy people to the original work of art he created them to be.
Combining an engaging study of Jesus's encounters with imperfect people with inspiring stories of ordinary Christians having Christlike impact, this insightful book encourages readers to see the masterpiece beneath the mud in everyone. It shows how to align our hearts with the heart of God and our actions with the interactions of Jesus in order to show God's love to a hurting, broken world.
John Burke is the author of No Perfect People Allowed and Soul Revolution, and the founder with his wife, Kathy, of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas. Since 1998, Gateway has grown to over 4,500 members, made up mostly of unchurched people who began actively following Christ at Gateway. John is also the President of Emerging Leadership Initiative (ELI), a non-profit organization, working to help church planting pastors and ordinary Christians "raise the church out of the culture." John has spoken in fifteen countries to over 200,000 church leaders and Christians about reaching a postmodern, post-Christian culture. He and Kathy have been married twenty-one years and currently reside in Austin, Texas, with their two teenagers, Ashley and Justin.