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Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ Hardcover – May 30, 2010
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The Christian church is falling apart and in desperate need of a revival. According to professor Sweet (The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives) and bestselling author Viola (From Eternity to Here), £what is lacking is a groundbreaking revelation of Christ that boggles the mind and enraptures the heart.¥ Expanding on the authorsÖ 2009 online manifesto, this insistent, impassioned essay condemns as pharisaic those preachers who forgo a Christ-centered theology in favor of a cute, singular slogan or mission. The authors urge churches to focus on the man who embodies the entire religion. To do so, readers must learn the subtle distinction between following Christ and realizing Christ already lives within them. Some may find this message controversial, even pantheistic. Yet the biblical passages show the message is rooted in Scripture. The authors provide a lot to digest, but quotations from poets and philosophers break up the text and help readers grasp abstract concepts. Though most applicable to pastors and seminarians, all Christian readers will discover a new perspective and deeper purpose.
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"Jesus Manifesto" is a milestone in Christian literature - a spiritual masterpiece. It is both timeless and timely. The book contains a breathtaking unveiling of the beauty, glory, and wonder of Christ that speaks to both the head and the heart (something that few books combine today). The style of writing blends poetry with prose and is brilliantly sprinkled with metaphor. The content is illuminating, compelling, and even prophetic. Epic, true to Scripture, faithful to the testimony of the historic church, filled with seminal insights and written with exceptional prose, this little volume is a clarion call to return to the supremacy of Jesus Christ. For all of these reasons, "Jesus Manifesto" has come along "for such a time as this." -- Searching Together/Baptist Reformation Review
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Behold the Ancient of Days, He who holds all things together, the Alpha and the Omega, the One who causes the stars to shine, the seas to rise and fall, the vast, trackless, never-ending, all encompassing, all fulfilling person of our Lord. This is the God whom we serve, love, and hold dearer than all. Such is the portrait this book attempts to paint.
While such an accomplishment is beyond human capability, the authors have created a work of stunning beauty that every follower of Jesus will benefit from tasting, savoring, and feasting on. Not that we feast on mere words of men, but on the portion of Christ they have received from the Holy Spirit and are offering as a sweet, nourishing honeycomb to share with us as their brothers and sisters in Him.
This book was different. For, perhaps the first time, I came away thinking: This is exactly what every Christian needs at this point.
Chapter 8 was a revelation!
To stop striving to act like Christ but rather let Him BE in us and do HIS works through us!
Liberating but sobering at the same time. Only Christ will and can change the world. He has chosen to do it through His body, which is the church.
I believe every leader in the church, leaders of the denominations, and every Christian needs to read this book and seriously ask "what are we doing in the Church that we need to stop doing," and "what are we not doing that we need to start doing." And most importantly, "how do we put Christ back at the head of the church and not relegate him only to personal quiet times, or worse the classroom where he is dissected as subject matter. Christ is too big to be contained in theology or a private devotion at home. He is the mover and shaker of our Church, of our entire world(!) and we need to invite him back in where we have replaced him with watered down versions of himself. Where we have replaced him with commissioned and accredited teams to study the effectiveness of church and denominational programs, and 3-5 year financial planning, and leadership conferences... the focus is entirely too much on the storm raging outside the boat when we have forgotten Jesus is also on board. Let's go wake him and see what he wants to do!!!
The church was designed to be the messenger, the vehicle, through which Jesus - His Life, our true Light - is seen and read and experienced. He is the Head of the church, His `body'. Sadly, the church has been running around for centuries with its `Head' cut off. However `usefully' active, a `headless' body is always a `dead' body. The church has gotten the proverbial cart before the horse. It has `used' Jesus to promote itself. Yet, apart from Him it is only a secular institution masquerading as His `beloved'. The church, as the authors wrote, seems to like itself more than it likes Jesus.
So, how do we get our Head screwed on right again? The authors, in this book, lead the way. First acknowledge the problem as real. Second, let Jesus' life be the core of who you are - not for merely a slice of your life on Sunday, but 24/7. Third, this does not mean knowing more 'about' Jesus, but knowing Him personally, inwardly.
Need coaching on how to really make this work? Get their book. Read their book. Share this book in groups. Ask the Lord to give you the courage to take seriously the high calling we have in Christ.
Don't get distracted by pseudo-Christianity. Genuine Christianity is, and will always be, all about Jesus. Present your whole existence as a living sacrifice to Him. Let Christ be seen through the uniqueness of who you are.
"He died to take Himself out of heaven and deposit Himself in you." (p. 170). Let it be so
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Great book, hope many people that read this book will get nearer to the one Lord Christ Jesus.Read more