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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433673827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433673825
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Stetzer is vice president of research and ministry development at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds two masters and two doctoral degrees and has written dozens of articles and acclaimed books including Planting Missional Churches, Breaking the Missional Code, Comeback Churches, and Lost and Found. Ed and his wife, Donna, have three daughters and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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I HIGHLY recommend this book to every believer!
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We must rebel against the rebellion through subverting their world by showing Christ's love where they live.
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In his book, "Subversive Kingdom," Ed Stetzer lays all of this out in more detail.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christy on April 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ed Stetzer's latest book, Subversive Kingdom. The title created an irresistible curiosity in me from the start - who are we going to talk about subverting here!?

Stetzer lays the groundwork for subversion nicely:

"Think of Christ, the conquering King, appearing as a humble baby in a Bethlehem manger, born in obscurity to humble parents, raised as the son of a poor carpenter in the backwaters of the Roman Empire. Think of his first thirty years spent without unusual notice or public attention, with only one or two events recorded from his early life. Think of forty days spent fasting and praying in a darkened wilderness, quietly and carefully setting the stage for his ministry to begin. Think of his riding into Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey rather than on a royal steed with a phalanx of soldiers by his side.

This is not open warfare. Jesus did not march on Rome. He never called together a zealot army. He never wrote a political manifesto. He simply announced that because he had come, the kingdom had come - and it would move out from Jerusalem in surprising ways. Not by might, but by the subterfuge of lives lived for King Jesus."

This book really does as it claims, and that is, to turn what has sadly become known as "conventional Christianity" on its head. It revives again the hope in the everyday Joe (or Jo) that, they too, can be effective, powerful, and full of the kingdom without altering their individual, small operations called their daily lives. No mega-churches or power-house ministries need be formed, no credentials need be claimed, no permission need be granted. Sigh... it's relieving to remember things like that in our over-structured, ultra-complicated hierarchical society.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jared H. Moore on August 24, 2012
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Chapter 1: "Rebelling Against the Rebellion"

Humans are in rebellion against God, against the New Jerusalem, but Christians are citizens of the New Jerusalem. We must rebel against the rebellion through subverting their world by showing Christ's love where they live. Just as Christ subverted the Devil's kingdom through serving, Christians must serve others to draw people to the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ into a genuine saving relationship with Him.

Chapter 2: "Secrets of the Kingdom"

Christ came preaching the Kingdom, identifying the Word of God as the Seed of the Kingdom. The Word of God produces growth in us and through us as well. Unfortunately, there are weeds that seek to squelch the growth of this seed, but God's sovereignty will usher in His final and completed Kingdom, nevertheless. Until He comes, we must subvert the communities God has placed us in with the gospel of Christ and acts of mercy. The joy of Christ is found in this subversive activity.

Chapter 3: "Already, but Not Yet"

While living between the time of the King's departure and arrival, Christians are considered subversive agents of the Kingdom. We have three objectives: 1) We must share Jesus with a broken world. 2) We must alleviate the needs of our neighbors. 3) We must reach our communities, even to the ends of the Earth. As we wait for God's inaugurated Kingdom to become God's consummated Kingdom, we must renovate this Kingdom toward the likeness of the coming Kingdom.

Chapter 4: "Becoming Your Kingdom Self"

If we're going to be useful agents of gospel change, there are three things we must strive to embrace: 1) Belong to Jesus. He possesses the talents, and gives them to us as stewards. 2) Be different.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on June 20, 2012
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Are you (and your family and/or church) ready to begin living a marvelous, stirring, daring, and transforming life? If not, go read the typical self-help book. If you are ready to engage, this book is just what you need! It will challenge you and possibly make you weep. This book will help change the life of those who read it and apply its biblical truths. God has used Ed Stetzer (VP of research LifeWay) to put words to the yearning of many American Christians; pastors and lay-people alike. You will find yourself shouting halleluiah as you read it. Every day will become a new kingdom endeavor as you seek to live God's agenda and not your own while applying the truths from the parables of Jesus.

Stetzer outlines what the church should be doing and how we can start fulfilling the call that Christ has on all our individual lives as well as corporately. It is an overall view of how we, as the people in the Kingdom, can change our world one person, family or church at a time. We are not to be bored in our selfish tiresome lives until Jesus comes back. We need to be about kingdom work. The author reveals exactly what that means in ways all believers can comprehend. Too many Christians are waiting for the sky-kingdom with our bags packed waiting for Jesus to come back; instead, we need to live in the kingdom of Jesus now--as we follow Jesus today. Yes, we yearn for our heavenly hope and the blessed return of Jesus, but we have ministry to do here and now.

Stetzer passionately observes: "The ... Gospel of Jesus Christ, living and operating and generously shared through His church, is not just what we've been sent here to offer whenever people bother to show up. It's what we've been sent out from here to give.
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