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What is the "Christian life" all about? Studying the Bible, attending church, cultivating a prayer life, witnessing to othersthose are all good. But is that really what Jesus has in mind? The answer, says Scot McKnight in One.Life, lies in Jesus words, "Follow me." What does it look like to follow Jesus, and how will doing so change the way we live our lifeour love.life, our justice.life, our peace.life, our community.life, our sex.lifeeverything about our life. One.Life will open your eyes to the full, compelling immensity of what it means to be a Christian. "Jesus offers to us a kingdom dream that transforms us to the very core of our being," says Scot McKnight. "His vision is so big we are called to give our entire life to it. His vision is so big it swallows up our dreams." Discover exactly what Jesus meant when he announced the arrival of Gods kingdom. Equipping you with a new understanding of that kingdoms radical nature, One.Life shares profound, challenging, and practical insights on how to demonstrate its reality in your life. In many ways, what The Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer challenged Christians to do in earlier generations, One.Life will do for a new generation. One.Life will call you beyond the flatlands of religiosity toward a kingdom vision that will shape everything you do.
Scot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed as well as The King Jesus Gospel, A Fellowship of Differents, One.Life, The Blue Parakeet, and Kingdom Conspiracy.
Step by step, McKnight builds a working definition of a Christian. Each piece of the definition is carefully stated, referenced, and supported. To give the full definition would be a bit overwhelming; McKnight does his audience a huge favor by introducing his answer piece by piece.
Taking clues from the Old Testament, Jewish history, and first-century culture, the modern understanding of the term "kingdom" is shown to be grossly inadequate. McKnight carefully constructs his definition to remain faithful to the words and intentions of Jesus. The reader comes away with a fuller understanding of what it means to not only know Jesus, but how He intends to be followed.
The reader is then challenged to be a follower of Christ in every area of life. From work to family to love to society, McKnight demonstrates that the true follower of Christ will be totally transformed from the rest of the world.
The term One.Life is not really fleshed out in any specific place, but the book gives plenty of room for the definition to flourish. The One.Life that McKnight refers to is a life that is totally unified and devoted to Christ. The believer in and follower of Christ should devote their One.Life to developing that relationship. An interesting title becomes a catchy phrase that ties the book together nicely.
This book would be very helpful for not only the new believer, but also to the seasoned saint looking for a review of their faith. Pastor Charles Eldred, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Good biblical primer of the Christian lifeAugust 25, 2012mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Scot McKnight is an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, speaker, author and blogger who has written widely on the historical Jesus, early Christianity, the emerging church and missional church movements, spiritual formation and Christian living. He is currently the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University.
Among my favorite books he has written, The King Jesus Gospel, The Blue Parakeet, and The Jesus Creed to name a few.
His most recent book; One Life, Jesus Calls, We Follow is a Christian primer that seeks to answer the question; What is the Ã¢â¬ËChristian life' all about?
Is it studying the Bible, attending church, cultivating a prayer life, or witnessing to others? I mean, those are all good, but is that really what Jesus has in mind?
McKnight would argue that the Christian life boils down to two words; Ã¢â¬ËFollow me.' But McKnight doesn't just stop there, he takes Jesus' great command and applies it to all manner of life, it could be your job, your ministry, your family, social justice and even your sex life. I mean, we all "think" we know what it means to follow Jesus, but more importantly_ what did Jesus think it meant?
Bear in mind that this book is a primer, an over view if you will and I would argue that Scott's target audience is perhaps his students that he sees each day. The book reads like something you would hear in a college bible study. But don't mistake that for being a simple or easy read - Scott is still a professor and he writes like one, but if you have a few of these "what is the Christian life all about" books already - you might find this to be similar.
However, if you don't own those types of books, or you are looking for one - I would argue that this is one of the best. Well worth the read. Read this book to discover what it means to embrace the vision of God's Kingdom in a way that awakens your passions and shapes your entire life.
Thank you to Zondervan for providing me with a review copy and allowing me to share my thoughts.
Pastor Ng Kee ChuanMalaysiaAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Read to be challenged to change paradigm!March 14, 2011Pastor Ng Kee ChuanMalaysiaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book is refreshing in its perspective of the Kingdom of God. It helps us balance our Christian life from an individualistic perspective to a more societal and community-based one. But we must not swing to that other end so much so that we diminish the personal part of faith before God. That is also a valid aspect of our faith. But certainly a good read!
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