- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1512035513
- ISBN-13: 978-1512035513
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Church with Jesus as the Hero Paperback – June 3, 2015
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About the Author
David E. Prince (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church (ashlandlex.org) in Lexington, Kentucky, and Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (sbts.edu). He is married to Judi and they have 8 children. He writes for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (erlc.com) and blogs at Prince on Preaching (davidprince.com).
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Top customer reviews
It would make sense that Christ, being the centerpiece of Scripture, would also take his place of preeminence in our leadership and administration of his Church. Enter this volume. From staffing to preaching, from counselling to announcements, Jesus is to be King. The slender book is helpfully laid out: concise chapters mean that busy pastors will actually read them, and the topics are skillfully and faithful handled in an interesting style which keeps your attention. You could easily read it through in one sitting, but you'll want to read and revisit for the maximum help.
Note also that Dr. Prince is no mere pragmatist nor modernist in his work here; he has drunk deeply from the wisdom of our forebears, most notably Andrew Fuller. (It was helpful enough to push me to pick up a copy of Fuller's collected Works from Banner of Truth!)
All in all, Church with Jesus as Hero is an excellent and helpful volume which should be read by pastors, elders, deacons, and seminarians (at the very least). It will repay your time with clear thinking and biblical help. Warmly recommended.
In accordance with federal law: I was provided a free copy for review purposes and was not obligated to provide positive feedback.
Dr. David Prince and members of his church staff have written an excellent work on seeing Christ as the Hero of Scripture and of the church herself. This short book is worth far more than the time taken to read it, as it simply explains the significance and methods of seeing Jesus as the fulfillment and Hero of every Bible story.
“The church,” argues Prince, “must comprehensively reorient its vision of reality in light of the person and work of Jesus Christ and the eschatological (ultimate) triumph of His kingdom. Every text of Scripture, Old Testament and New, is about Jesus, because in reality, everything is ultimately about Jesus.” After detailing the mandate for viewing Scripture with this Gospel lens, the authors demonstrate how we can read and apply Scripture with Jesus as its Hero by exploring several well-known Biblical narratives, such as David & Goliath and Queen Esther, including a chapter on teaching Jesus’s miracles to children. Finally, they study the effects of this Christocentric worldview on various aspects of the church—not only preaching, but singing, counseling, missions, adoption culture, ethnicity, and even announcements.
Pastors, missionaries, and laypeople alike should read this little book in order to better see, follow, and treasure Christ in every page of Scripture and every part of Christian living. As the preface explains, “While it contains many stories, God is telling one grand story…[which] begins in Genesis, ends in Revelation, and pivots on one weekend outside of Jerusalem.” Prince and his staff beautifully show the need for an understanding of the entire Bible as the Gospel story of Jesus, and many ways to acquire and apply that Gospel as His church. And ultimately, they lead us to worship Jesus more.