* Throughout Scripture God has called us his "beloved," but have we really believed him? Offering a vivid understanding of what it means to be cherished by God, Martin reveals how to live life without fear, confident in your identity and purpose. Discover how to accept the freedom, blessings, and love God is giving you! 256 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
Jesus is God and we are not. Most of us get that. But what we dont always understand is that God loves us just as much as He does His son. Many times in the Old Testament, God refers to human beings as His beloved. But when God called Jesus His beloved, Jesus did something truly remarkable: He believed Him. He lived every moment of His life fully convinced of His identity. And unlike every other person in history . . . He never forgot.
In Prototype, Jonathan Martin creates a vivid understanding of what it means to be beloved by God. To completely trust, as Jesus did, that God loves you. To live life without fear, confident in your identity and purpose. To handle lifes wounds as Jesus did, and to wake every day with a deep awareness of Gods presence.
Martin reveals a startling truth at the heart of the gospel: Jesus is our prototype. And as we discover how the knowledge of being Gods beloved changed everything for Jesushow it set Him free to live out his purpose and love God, others, and the worldit will begin to do the same for us.
"Jonathan Martin has discovered that all the good stuff happens in obscurity. But it would be a deep problem if this book remained obscure. Drawing on extraordinary insight from Scripture and pastoral practice, Martin illumines what it means to be human. I cannot recommend this book highly enough." -Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University; named Americas best theologian by TIME magazine
"Jonathan Martin brings a fresh, clear, honest, unbiased approach to ministry that propels you to a new dimension! He has the ability to take all that he has retained in his few years and give us Kingdom food for life. His teachings have encouraged me." -John P. Kee, Pastor and gospel artist
"As I read the manuscript for Prototype, I tried to stay objective. Jonathan Martin has been a trusted friend for so long that I was afraid I couldnt allow his book to stand on its own. But three pages in, I forgot who had written the words because the pictures they created and the emotions they evoked laid my heart wide open. Every page showed me new and fresh perspectives on the love of the Father, the person of Jesus, and the work of the Spirit. When I turned the last page, I knew I loved Christ more than when I started. Please give this book your attention!" -Clayton King, President of Crossroads Ministries; teaching pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina
"...youre about to be plunged into the paradoxical prodigy of Jonathan Martin. Measured and unfiltered. Searing and soothing. Articulate and accessible. Jonathan has written a book designed to body-slam your presuppositions, bear-hug your insecurities, and shake the contents of your heart with a gentle violence...Youve been warned." -From the foreword by Steven Furtick
Jonathan Martin leads the liars, dreamers, and misfits of Renovatus, a Church for People Under Renovation, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Duke University Divinity School. He is married to Amanda, and is unafraid to be seen walking his small dog, Cybil.