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The Green Ladder: Paradigm Shifts Toward A Kingdom Lifestyle Paperback – June 13, 2011
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Have you ever experienced a powerful touch from God at a conference only to return home to struggle with how to articulate that encounter to your friends and family?
After spending 4 years at Bethel Church in Redding, CA, I moved on to finish college where I noticed that my theology and core values had changed deeply. I often struggled to explain why my convictions were different than those I attended church with. Beyond believing in signs, wonders, and miracles, my sense of who God is and how He interacts with us, who I am to Him and to the world, and what my role as a believer is has drastically changed. Steve gave me language to articulate three distinct theological shifts that accompany the current Charismatic revival movement that has swept the world.
This book is a must read for anyone struggling to share what they've experienced in revival culture, or for those who have experienced it but have never had any biblical teaching to support it. It would also work well as a study book or as part of a school curriculum. Steve's heart is evident throughout, as he seeks to serve and father a generation of people hungry for the things and ways of God.
1) A move from the gospel of salvation to the more Biblical and Jesus emphasized gospel of the Kingdom.
2) Shifting from identities as sinners to sons and daughters/saints.
3) Moving from working for God to co-labor in with Him
These are the three main issues to consider when moving from an "I just want to make it to heaven when I die because I am a sinner and can only do what God wills" mindset to seeing ourselves, the message and our role as something more wonderful, rich and amazing than we ever realized.
Buy the book (you'll need more than one because you'll give it to your friends), get the kindle edition and go explore!
Pursuit of "signs and wonders" as was promised to disciples of Christ can often devolve into pursuit of personal comfort and power in the name of Jesus. We seek healings as if we do not believe in mortality and suffering in this life even though scriptures clearly reveal that suffering is part of the Christian path. Picking up our crosses is not the easy way! We are encouraged pursue speaking in tongues as if there are no warnings against praying in tongues if there is not order and interpretations. These things are encouraged in the scriptures but the some of the most notable miracles that began happening after Pentecost are not worthy of mention in the Green Ladder.
The dramatic shifts in world view that is expressed by the early disciples selling all they had, living together in community, taking care of the widows and orphans, sharing life fully, teaching one another, working together is a far greater sign and wonder of the church of Christ, but is not encouraged in the Green Ladder or even mentioned.
What is mentioned is Shaw's belief that Jesus set aside his divinity to live as fully human, but not fully God during his sojourn on earth. Yet we hear scriptural assertions that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born miraculously of a virgin, aware that the Temple was his Father's house at the age of 12. Of course it is possible that Jesus set aside his divinity at birth, but I far more trust the theology that he lived fully human and fully God and that we too are invited into the divine life of Christ.Read more ›
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This is an awesome book on living a life of Kingdom living. It is awesome to be reminded that Jesus brought the kingdom of God to earth and we are to live in His kingdom and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steven A Mauldin
VERY HELPFUL READ. EASY TO UNDERSTAND, READ IT IN ONE AFTERNOON. ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE INSIGHTS THAT THE AUTHOR SHARED. WANT TO PASS THIS ONE ON. INSPIRATIONAL!Published 20 months ago by Timothy Borg
Excellent book about shifting your paradigm. Consider your church's priority to preach the kingdom of salvation, or taking it to the next level and preaching the kingdom of God.Published 21 months ago by Andrew Leighton
Excellant! A must read for those seeking a deeper understanding of Christ and His church. The missing link in our relationships today.Published on March 11, 2014 by Pamela Ashby
I chose this book for the specific reason to get around the "Kingdom paradigm".I love the book and can 'digest' every bit of it.Published on July 4, 2013 by Mnr P. W. Theron
Good stuff. Read it. Pastor Shaw is an excellent teach with a great deal of valuable insights to share with the world.Published on May 30, 2013 by Sally
Great book, with important information. It's a super simple book, but I believe it catches hold of something that God is doing in the church and that people who haven't even read... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Godssnail
Steve Shaw offers a fresh look at living out the kingdom lifestyle from a grace based identity in the poer and love of the Holy Spirit. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Dale Alter