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About the Book
Christians have long engaged in the kind of spiritual activity described in the Bible with varying success. But why do followers of Jesus do the peculiar things we do? Why practice things like baptism, prayer, worship, and works of mercy?
Rather than settling for duty-based answers, Timothy Tennent reminds us that the purpose of the means of grace is to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. We pray because, in praying, we become more like Jesus. We worship and we do works of mercy because Jesus modeled this consistently and perfectly. Seeking Jesus through the means of grace helps us fulﬁll our vocation to become the image of God in our world—not by self-striving but by allowing Christ to be formed in us.
The means of grace therefore enable us to fully claim our inheritance in Christ, through which we are sharers in the full rights as God’s children. They move us from being alienated from God to being reconciled to God and one another. This book develops all the particular ways that God has instituted for Jesus to both give us life and be the goal of life itself.
About the Author
Timothy C. Tennent (PhD) is the President of Asbury Theological Seminary and a Professor of Global Christianity. His works include Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-first Century and Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology. He blogs at timothytennent.com and can be followed on twitter @TimTennent.
- Length: 10 chapters
- Pages: 186
- Trim size: 5×7
Preview the first chapter here.
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