Sunday, August 08, 2010

Highlights from jesus manifesto (the book) - pt. 2

I posted my after-reading summary of Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola's book 'Jesus Manifesto' in a post HERE. Part 1 of my highlights are HERE. This is part 2...
  • p. 45 - "The life that you received at your new birth is known as 'eternal life' and 'everlasting life.' Eternal life does not only point to longevity. It also points to the kind of life I have offered [God]. It is, in fact, divine life - My own, uncreated life. In other words, eternal life is My Son."
  • p. 47 - "Once you were in darkness and you could not see. You were lost, and your spiritual senses were dead. But I [God] brought you to life and carried you into the light, where you could see. Your spiritual senses were awakened, and you became a part of a new creation in My Son."
  • p. 48 - "Growth in the Spirit takes place when more of your old nature dies and Christ gains more ground to live out His life in you."
  • p. 48 - "To put a finger on it, spiritual growth is repeating the journey of Jesus while He was on earth."
  • p. 52 - "You can't start out as a baby and end as a baby. You must grow, mature, develop in My Spirit. Part of your spiritual development is service, which is simply allowing My Son to manifest His life through you as you serve others. The task of all ministry is to increase My Son both in this world and in the church."
  • p. 57 - "...to be truly missional means constructing one's life and ministry on Christ. He is both the heart and bloodstream of God's plan. To miss this is to miss the plot. Indeed, it is to miss everything."
  • p. 57 - *** "If Christ is in you, then the Christian life is not about striving to be something you are not. It is about becoming what you already are."
  • p. 61 - "The Old Testament teaches us that if you seek God, you will find Him. Jesus went one better: He said that God seeks you."
  • p. 63 - "Failure to understand the difference between 'imitation' and 'implantation' belies a failure to understand the nature of 'incarnation.'"
  • p. 63 - "The deformity of Christ forms in you... If [Christ] had not been willing to be deformed, you would not have recovered the form you lost."
  • p. 67 - *** "There are two sides of incarnation. One is 'God sent His Son' and thus 'abased himself.' On the other side, God raised humanity and pulled us into something bigger than we are - a trinitarian vortex that we get to be part of. Incarnation doesn't just apply to Jesus; it applies to every one of us."
  • p. 68 - "There is a vast ocean of difference between trying to compel Christians to imitate Jesus and learning how to impart an implanted Christ. The former only ends up in failure and frustration. The latter is the gateway to life and joy in our day."
  • p. 68 - "'What Would Jesus Do?' is not Christianity. Christianity asks, 'What is Christ doing through me... through us? And how is He doing it?'"
  • p. 69 - "...the point is never the music. It is the dance. The music is often part of the dance. But sometimes the most beautiful dance is the one where you and your partner make up the music as you dance together."
  • p. 72 - "But the 'good news' is that Jesus doesn't want us to be 'like' Him. He wants to share His resurrection life with us. He doesn't want us to imitate Him; instead, Christ, the Unspeakable Gift, wants to live in and through us./ The gospel is not the imitation of Christ; it is the implantation and impartation of Christ."
  • p. 77 - The Chinese parable about the elderly man and his son... (how do you know this is good or bad?).
  • p. 82 - "Jesus cannot be separated from His teachings. Aristotle said to his disciples, 'Follow my teachings.' Socrates likewise said to his disciples, 'Follow my teachings.' Buddha said to his disciples, 'Follow my meditations.' Confucius said to his disciples, 'Follow my sayings.' And Muhammad said to his disciples, 'Follow my noble pillars.'/ But Jesus says to His disciples, 'Follow Me.'"
  • p. 84 - "...the end of existence is not understanding faith. It is living faith - a walk of utter dependence upon and loving attentiveness to Jesus Christ."
  • p. 85 - "Jesus is most beautiful at the ugliest moment of his life: His execution on the cross."