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The God-Centered Life: Insights From Jonathan Edwards for Today [Kindle Edition]

Josh Moody , David Jackman
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Are we looking mostly to please God or ourselves? The myth of Narcissus describes a young man who dies because he falls in love with his own reflection. When surrounded by the Narcissistic messages of contemporary societyyouve got to believe in yourself!we need to listen to a Bible teacher from a past age who can drag us back to reflecting less on ourselves and more on God. Jonathan Edwards, perhaps the greatest of all American Bible teachers, was so God-centered. In The God-Centered Life, Dr. Josh Moody calls us to listen to Edwards in order that we might stop living for ourselves and start living the God-centered life. How to do church, teach the Bible, have a healthy family, deal with failure, engage postmodernism, assess spiritual experiences and more are envisioned through the eyes of Jonathan Edwards with freshness and accessibility. A study guide is included and further resources can be found at . Josh Moody (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, New Haven, Connecticut, serving the Yale community and surrounding New England region. He is also the author of Authentic Spirituality and Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment. The God-Centered Life is a graced prescription for truly engaging todays culture.... R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church in Wheaton Tremendous. Extremely well-written. It will be a blessing for many.... I heartily commend this work as a timely and valuable resource.... David S. Dockery, President, Union University Josh Moody is uniquely qualified to bring the reader along the path of a greater joy of knowing God and loving God through a person whose life was ablaze for this Triune God of glory and grace.Paul Lim, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, Vanderbilt University Potent, thoughtful, and constructive.... R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary At last, someone who stands in the tradition of Edwards as a pastor-scholar, interpreting and applying the lessons from Jonathan Edwards for today.... E. David Cook, Holmes Professor, Wheaton College, Fellow, Green College, Oxford I recommend this book most highly, praying that Josh Moodys labors will encourage the kinds of Edwards influenced lives and congregations that our world so desperately needs.... Douglas A. Sweeney, Associate Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Josh Moody (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, New Haven, Connecticut, serving the Yale community and surrounding New England region. He is also the author of Authentic Spirituality and Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment.


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"The God-Centered Life is a graced prescription for truly engaging today's culture...."
-- R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church in Wheaton

"Tremendous. Extremely well-written. It will be a blessing for many.... I heartily commend this work as a timely and valuable resource...."
-- David S. Dockery, President, Union University

"Josh Moody is uniquely qualified to bring the reader along the path of a greater joy of knowing God and loving God through a person whose life was ablaze for this Triune God of glory and grace."
-- Paul Lim, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, Vanderbilt University

"Potent, thoughtful, and constructive...."
-- R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"At last, someone who stands in the tradition of Edwards as a pastor-scholar, interpreting and applying the lessons from Jonathan Edwards for today...."
-- E. David Cook, Holmes Professor, Wheaton College, Fellow, Green College, Oxford

"I recommend this book most highly, praying that Josh Moody's labors will encourage the kinds of `Edwards influenced' lives and congregations that our world so desperately needs...."
-- Douglas A. Sweeney, Associate Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

About the Author

Josh Moody (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, New Haven, Connecticut, serving the Yale community and surrounding New England region. He is also the author of Authentic Spirituality and Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment.

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  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Regent College Publishing (February 1, 2007)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DZ7035C
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Eye opening June 16, 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a book that makes us take a step back. It is not all about us. It is not all about finding our purpose in life. This book is exactly what the title suggests: all about God, and how to use the successful approaches of Jonathan Edwards to relate to a thourghly post-Christian culture.
I recommend this book to Christians who want to learn and grow in their faith. This is by no means a self-help book based on Christianity. It an easy to read collection of thoughts on how we should confront post-modern thinking as it surrounds us and creeps into our churches. This book would make a great gift to pastors and ministry leaders, but even better, it is accessible to all Christians.
Highly recommended. It is something special when a writer can take the approaches of Jonathan Edwards and teach us how to be more effective in the Kingdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truths from yesterday that will revolutionize today November 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
Jonathan Edwards lived his life on fire for God in the 18th century and leaves with us lessons we can apply to our lives. Author and Pastor Josh Moody has compiled in his doctoral research on Edwards parallels comparing the church health of today with that of Edward's day. This is a great resource for pastors and ministers especially.
Edward's, known as America's greatest theologian, pastored, wrote several books, and served as a missionary to Native Americans. Many sermons and books of Edwards focus on revival. Moody's study reveals modern day understanding of revival is more diluted and less effective. If you would encounter Edward's today he would suggest revival begin with strong preaching that is relevant for today and a unified effort on prayer that not only builds the kingdom but reaches those outside the church. Edward's claims our relationship with God is on the fact of His redemption and must be biblically based. It is not an "emotional"experience but incorporates the heart, mind, and will.
Our modern world, though vastly different in wealth than a century ago, has suffered the ills of crime and immoral behavior because God is not at the center. Edward's work, Moody indicates, revolved around seeking God's glory and not our own, and thereby find true freedom. Because Edward's had strong scriptural beliefs and was not after pleasing man, he encountered opposition from his church on the partaking of communion. Only those, he believed with a personal commitment to Christ should partake and this went against members "traditions" ousting him from pastoring but opening new doors to fruitful missionary work.
The questions to pastors today rings loud in this work and screams the following: Is your heart after the will of God or the demands of the people?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating and Inspiring; Realistic January 26, 2009
By Mommyo
Format:Paperback
As a New Year's determination, I began the year by reading Josh Moody's book "The God-Centered Life." I believe it is an outstanding book for several reasons.
One is it's even-handed approach to Christian history. Jonathan Edwards, doubtless, would not be flattered by people forming a neo-Edwards revival. In his analysis of the contributions of the great 18th century preacher and philosopher, Moody steers clear of the jaded, tired tactic of taking up the writings of historical figures as a club against modern Christianity. Instead, he notes both the greatness and the failings of Edwards in such a way that you can appreciate him as a man of God, yet remain Christ-loyal above all. And yes, there are some failings to report.
Moody cautions us not to harp on these, but appreciate the harshness of public ministry, and remember what it means and costs to carry the Scriptures with such brilliance and force as Edwards did. Also very memorable is the emphasis on setting Edwards in his historical context, thus freeing us from the needless pangs of trying to recreate life as it was in the Great Awakening. Moody does a great job showing a great example of a man who, though reputed to spend 13 hours a day in his study, was nonetheless a great father and husband of renown to his beloved Sarah. While accurately portraying Edwards as a cessationist, he shows that that label need not mean he was a preacher who marginalized the supernatural or attempted to squelch true and vibrant worship, provided that true fruit accompanied it. The "Sense of the Heart" is a badly needed concept today, as it explains just how God transforms people into lovers of Himself.
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The Lord used Josh Moody to write an excellent resource for all Christians. It has depth without confusion. I am very glad I read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edwards Dead Yet Still Speaks! March 6, 2009
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There are many saints of the past who need to be reawakened for our churches today. There is much we can glean from in the lives of those who have gone before us. Many of them still speak directly to the issues we are facing today. John Moody, now Senior Pastor of College Church, Wheaton, IL, has provided a helpful volume sharing insights from Jonathan Edwards that address the issues we face today.

Moody, a precise thinker and academic with a pastor's heart, is an expert in Edwards. He completed his PhD at Cambridge University on Edwards and continues to argue that the great American theologian and pastor speaks to us today. That is the intention in this book. He writes,

"Because he preached the historic Christian gospel, and because that gospel is still true today, Edwards' message, like that of any genuine Christian preacher, is relevant throughout the ages. But Edwards' contribution is particularly timely today because his great sparring partners, the Enlightenment and the secularist modernism it bequeathed, have defined the recent progression of our culture. Whereas Edwards' was responding to the Enlightenment at the beginning, our culture has reacted to the Enlightenment modernism at the end. If Edwards formed an effective and biblical response to the Enlightenment, we have lots to learn from him" (p. 21).

Moody addresses a number of issues where we can learn from Edwards. These include revival, analyzing new Christian movements not only by what they teach but by their fruit, the human-centeredness of modernism, leadership must be biblically intelligent, the reality that human leaders fail, and family life and ministry. Edwards informs us on all of these issues.
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Josh Moody (PhD, University of Cambridge) grew up near London, England, and preached his first sermon when he was just 13 at his anglican school chapel. He went on to study history and theology at Cambridge University and did research at Yale University for his PhD on Jonathan Edwards. Josh was active in pioneer evangelism in the former Soviet Union, served as a pastor to college students at Cambridge University, re-planted a thriving church next to Yale University, and is now senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton in the Chicago area, next to Wheaton College. His passions are the gospel, preaching the Word and loving the church. He has preached at churches and universities around the world. "Burning Hearts" and "Journey to Joy" are his latest books (www.thejourneytojoy.org). Other books include "The God-Centered Life" and "No Other Gospel." To learn more, visit GodCenteredLife.org.

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