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The Kingdom and the Cross

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We believe a lot of false narratives about the nature of God, things like "God helps those who help themselves"; "God blesses the righteous"; "God might not be out for your good, and you might be missing something." But pastor and professor James Bryan Smith points us to the truth of who God is, revealed by Jesus: A God who loves to help the helpless. A God who doesn't play favorites, whether righteous or unrighteous. A God who is, in his essence, self-sacrificing--even to ...
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Overview

We believe a lot of false narratives about the nature of God, things like "God helps those who help themselves"; "God blesses the righteous"; "God might not be out for your good, and you might be missing something." But pastor and professor James Bryan Smith points us to the truth of who God is, revealed by Jesus: A God who loves to help the helpless. A God who doesn't play favorites, whether righteous or unrighteous. A God who is, in his essence, self-sacrificing--even to death--to save a people he loves.

In six short chapters, The Kingdom and the Cross zooms in on Christ's work on the cross and what it all means about who God is and how we're to live as his people. A soul training exercise is included for each chapter to help the new true narrative take root in our hearts. And a discussion guide at the end makes this complement to The Apprentice Series perfect for groups to work through together, especially during the season of Lent.

Understanding Christ's work on the cross is crucial for any apprentice of Jesus. Here is a resource to help you see--and believe--more fully, that you might live more faithfully in his kingdom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830835492
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 11/24/2010
  • Series: Apprentice Resources
  • Pages: 59
  • Sales rank: 1,410,418
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University.

A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovaré Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the editor of A Spiritual Formation Workbook, Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven and Room of Marvels.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 The Economy of the Kingdom: Soul Training: Gazing on the Trinity Icon 11

2 A God Who Seeks Our Good: Soul Training: Looking Out for the Good of Others 18

3 The Grace of the Incarnation: Soul Training: Gazing on the Cheek-to-Cheek Icon 23

4 God Emptied Himself: Soul Training: Watching The Passion of the Christ 29

5 No Greater Love: Soul Training: Gazing on the Pieta 36

6 The Deeper Magic: Soul Training: Watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 42

Appendix: Small Group Discussion Guide 47

Notes 56

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