Ministry In The Image Of God

Author: Stephen Seamands
Editor: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830876358
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Merit winner in the 2006 Christianity Today Book Awards! "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Those of us called to Christian ministry are commissioned and sent by Jesus, just as he himself was called and sent by the Father. Thus we naturally pattern our ministries after Christ's example. But distinctively Christian service involves the Spirit as well, just as Jesus himself accomplished his ministry in the power of the Spirit. Thus the whole Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--gives shape to truly authentic Christian ministry. Though as Christians we all affirm the doctrine of the Trinity, many of us might struggle to explain how understanding the Trinity could actually shape our ministry. Stephen Seamands demonstrates how a fully orbed theology of the Trinity transforms our perception and practice of vocational ministry. Theological concepts like relationality and perichoresis have direct relevance to pastoral life and work, especially in unfolding a trinitarian approach to relationships, service and mission. A thoroughly trinitarian outlook provides the fuel for our ministry "of Jesus Christ, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, on behalf of the church and the world." Essential reading for pastors, parachurch workers, counselors, missionaries, youth ministers and all who are called to any vocation of Christian ministry.

The Image Of God In An Image Driven Age

Author: Beth Felker Jones
Editor: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830851208
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In this volume, edited by Beth Felker Jones and Jeffrey Barbeau, a dozen evangelical scholars and pastors discuss the nature of the human person in the context of contemporary culture.

Creative In The Image Of God

Author: Katherine M. Douglass
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 153268455X
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The declining religious participation among young adults, or “Rise of the Nones,” has signaled alarms across American Christianity. A closer look into the faith lives of thirty young adults who are, or were at one time, connected with a church, however, shows an articulate and aesthetically embodied faith life that seeks out connection with others, expression of their identity, and an openness to encountering God. Young adults see themselves, and all people in this pluralistic world, as bearing the image of God. They see creativity, in their own lives and in the lives of others, as evidence of this identity. This book is not an appeal to put more art into congregations, but rather an invitation to attend to aesthetic, embodied ways of knowing that exist among all people.

Practicing Ministry In The Presence Of God

Author: John Jefferson Davis
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498202055
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Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God presents a new paradigm for church ministry--one that is based on fundamental truths of the Christian faith such as the Trinity, union with Christ, and the "already" presence of the Holy Spirit in the church. This new paradigm can help busy pastors avoid "burnout" in the ministry and model Trinitarian, New Testament patterns of ministry to their people. Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God reflects the best of recent New Testament scholarship, sensitivity to the contexts of globalized postmodern cultures dominated by digital media, and practical applications for Christian life, discipleship, worship, and mission.

Of Seeds And The People Of God

Author: Michael P. Knowles
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 163087874X
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Preachers mount the pulpit steps terribly burdened by the conviction that they are somehow responsible for the growth and spiritual well-being of their congregants. How, they ask themselves, can mere words communicate the reality of God, bring life to a congregation, or foster spiritual growth? This study argues that effective sermons function much like Jesus' parables--by bearing witness to divine power. Parables and preaching both testify to something beyond themselves: to a life-giving dynamic that far outstrips the force of words alone. Preachers are not go-betweens or gatekeepers for the kingdom of heaven: rather, they imitate Jesus by dying to themselves in the very act of proclamation, relying directly on God for their sermons to bear fruit. As well as offering a novel interpretation of Jesus' agricultural parables, Of Seeds and the People of God presents a Christ-shaped theology of preaching. Beyond exegesis or rhetoric alone, faithful proclamation is a question of spirituality, of preachers and listeners together yielding to God's gift of new life.

The Image Of God And The Perfect Man

Author: Charles L. Hill Jr
Editor: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1434386945
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In her moving bilingual art memoir "Spiritual Healing with Art" Fernandez showed how she was able to heal her spirit with art. With over 80 artworks and bilingual text (English/Spanish) the artist's life story, including early emotional traumas and healing, unfolds in a sequence of magnificent paintings, revealing the process by which the artist emerged as an independent, open and free person. This book is rich with archetypal material--both in images and in words. The author/artist has taken a deep inner journey to find that simply expressing her emotions through art has helped her to heal. The art is filled with shadow and light; the words are profound. It is a fascinating testimony about the power of art as a healing resource. Readers said about this book: "Very moving, powerful work" "I see myself in every page" "It makes my hair stand up" "It will empower many people to honor their inner truth" "It is beautiful and magical" "Every page is symbolic of going from darkness into light" "You have cheated time, you know at 36 what takes 50 year to learn." "A book of great depth and few words" "A tool for meditation" "It is very inspirational and empowering but certainly not a how-to book, the learning that results goes much deeper than a to-do list." See video with part of the artworks here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxwr30

Bringing Home The Message

Author: Robert K. Perkins
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630874213
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Believing that study and application of Scripture in the context of Christian community can greatly enhance the transformative power of the preached message, in Bringing Home the Message Robert Perkins aims to help pastors integrate small group ministry with their preaching. Perkins lays out the biblical, theological, historical, and sociological basis for the importance of hearing God's Word in the context of community, and provides a practical methodology for implementing sermon-based small group Bible studies. This helpful book also includes a sample fourteen-part series of Study Guides and Leader's Notes for the Gospel of Luke. Step-by-step instructions illustrate how to prepare effective inductive Bible study questions for small groups that will challenge members to grow in their faith and discipleship through understanding and applying God's Word together.

Jesus In The Image Of God

Author: Leslie B. Flynn
Editor: Magnus Press
ISBN: 9780965480611
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A great book for Bible study groups! Here is a real antidote to the negative and faithless views of the Jesus Seminar. Let the Jesus of the Gospels challenge you to become more like him -- the Son of God created in God's own image, who overcame despair, sorrow, rejection, and humiliation to bring healing, redemption, hope, and the Good News of God's love to all human beings.

Christ The Image Of God

Author: Andrew Preston Peabody
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Paul S Message And Ministry In Covenant Perspective

Author: Scott J. Hafemann
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630878332
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The essays presented here represent over twenty-five years of thinking about the theology and life of the Apostle Paul who, as a "slave of Jesus Christ" (Rom 1:1), was a "servant of the new covenant" with a "ministry of the Spirit" (2 Cor 3:6, 8). Taking the questions raised by the history of scholarship since F. C. Baur as their starting point, Hafemann's exegetical studies focus on how Paul's self-understanding shaped his message, the motivations of his ministry, and his consequent call to suffer for the sake of his churches. Hafemann's work reveals that Paul's views of redemption, of his own redemptive mission, and of the life of the redeemed derived from his eschatological conviction that the purpose of the new covenant realities inaugurated by the Christ is to prepare for their promised consummation when Christ returns to judge the world.