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Reflections on "Jesus Manifesto," pt. 3

CHAPTER 2


"You have been invited to share life with your Maker and Creator.

"And to top it all off, you have been made utterly, totally, fully complete in Him--here and now.

"Why, then, would you chase anything else? How can you be consumed with anything other than your Lord, Jesus Christ? And how can you graduate beyond Him?

"He is enough, even more than enough.

"Jesus Christ is like a vast ocean. He is too immense to fully explore, and too rich to fathom. You are like a bottle.

"The wonder of the gospel is that the bottle is in the ocean, and the ocean is in the bottle."

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Imagine, the power and magnitude of the entire ocean contained inside a little glass bottle adrift in that very ocean. This chapter of Jesus Manifesto explores the letter to the Colossians. Paul explains to the church that the great mystery of the gospel is that we are in Christ and Christ is in us! His life is our life. It is too small a thing to offer a part of ourselv…

Reflections on "Jesus Manifesto," pt. 2

Chapter 1: The Occupation of All Things


Read over this passage slowly.

15He is the image of the invisible God,
    the firstborn over ALL creation; 16 because by Him EVERYTHING was created,     in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible,     whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— ALL THINGS have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before ALL THINGS, and by Him ALL THINGS hold together. 18 He is also the head of the body, the church;     He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,     so that He might come to have first place in EVERYTHING. 19 For God was pleased [to have] ALL His fullness dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile EVERYTHING to Himself     by making peace through the blood of His cross —     whether things on earth or things in heaven. Colossians 1:15-20, HCSB (emphasis added)
Notice a theme? These are some BOLD claims Paul is making. Everything we see, taste, touch, hear, and smell, AND everything we can't see, taste, touch, hear, a…

Reflections on "Jesus Manifesto"

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I recently finished reading an excellent book coauthored by Len Sweet (The Gospel According to Starbucks, Soul Tsunami) and Frank Viola (Pagan Christianity, Reimagining the Church). There have been throughout the centuries many pendulum swings of Christological thought. It seems that many theologians and scholars are content to take up arms in the debate between the "Jesus of History" and the "Christ of Faith." Leaning too much to any one extreme, however, misses the richness and beauty of the God-Man that we worship. Sweet and Viola have done an outstanding job of refocusing the reader's mind and heart onto the true awesomeness of Jesus the Christ. At the same time, they tackle the tough questions about living as the body of Christ on the earth. I thought I'd start back writing again with some reflections on various parts of the book.

Introduction:
I think this paragraph helps to set the stage for the rest of the book:
"So what is Christianity? It is Chr…