Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – September 2011
In this and every age, the church desperately needs prophecy. It needs the bold proclamation of God?'s transforming vision to challenge its very human tendency toward expediency and self-interest to jolt it into new insight and energy. For Luke Timothy Johnson, the New Testament books Luke and Acts provide that much-needed jolt to conventional norms. To read Luke-Acts as a literary unit, he says, is to uncover a startling prophetic vision of Jesus and the church and an ongoing call for today?'s church to embody and proclaim God?'s vision for the world.
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ISBN-13: 9780802803900
ISBN-10: 0802803903
Pagini: 198
Dimensiuni: 152 x 226 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Editura: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company


I wish every church leader, lay and ordained, would use this book as the spine for a year-long study of the prophetic church. Why? Because Johnson supplies ample exegesis that is rich and resonant, solid and serious, and extremely well organized, making this book an ideal basis for sermons and Bible studies. Yet Johnson also shows us, with consummate clarity, how Luke-Acts 'speaks to the church in every age' by challenging Christians to embrace and embody four characteristics of a prophetic church prayer, itinerancy, servant leadership, and voluntary poverty. . . . An indispensable read for churches that want to intensify their prophetic character and for Christians who are eager to sharpen their prophetic edge. John R. Levisonauthor of Filled with the Spirit "Johnson reflects theologically with the evangelist on the nature of the church and its message, then and now, with the result that we find ourselves confronted with the radical nature of the gospel. Through these p