Small Faith--Great God

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In the midst of life's challenges, so often our faith feels small and weak. In this book one of the world's premier Bible teachers, N. T. Wright, reminds us that what matters is not so much our faith itself as Who our faith is in.

Faith, says Wright, is like a window. The point is not for part of the wall to be made of glass. The point of a window is to allow us to see through it—and let light into the room! Faith allows us to see our situation...

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In the midst of life's challenges, so often our faith feels small and weak. In this book one of the world's premier Bible teachers, N. T. Wright, reminds us that what matters is not so much our faith itself as Who our faith is in.

Faith, says Wright, is like a window. The point is not for part of the wall to be made of glass. The point of a window is to allow us to see through it—and let light into the room! Faith allows us to see our situation and our own weakness in light of God who is powerful, holy and loving.

Wright also looks at the character of the faith God calls us to. He unfolds how dependence, humility and mystery all have a role to play. God beckons us to lean on him as we seek to be constructive citizens of the world, to speak truth in love without hypocrisy and to risk submitting to one another in love.

Wright doesn't ignore the messiness and difficulties of life, when hard times come and the unexpected knocks us down. He opens to us what faith means in times of trial and even in the face of death.

Through it all he reminds us, it's not great faith we need: it is faith in a great God.

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Editorial Reviews

Trevin Wax
"N. T. Wright reminds us that Christian faith is neither a mere assent to certain facts nor a sentimental embrace of religious identity. Instead, Christian faith is always determined by its object. The size of our faith is not what matters, but the greatness of the God who has accepted us because of Christ's work on our behalf. This reissue of one of Wright's early works contains a message that may be more timely today than when it was first released in 1978."
David Mundt
"Anchored solidly in Scripture, Wright's book is easy to read, using helpful illustrations and analogies to support his explanations. This will make fantastic small-group material . . . Recommend this book to everyone, but especially to group leaders, class teachers, and pastors."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830838332
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 867,138
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

A prolific writer of both scholarly and popular books, N. T. Wright has written over thirty books, including Simply Christian, The Original Jesus: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary, What Saint Paul Really Said, The Challenge of Jesus and The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions. His magisterial work, Jesus and the Victory of God, is widely regarded as one of the most significant contributions to contemporary New Testament studies. His N. T. Wright For Everyone Series includes commentaries covering the entire New Testament.

Formerly bishop of Durham in England, Wright is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Gregorian University in Rome and many other institutions around the world.

In addition to his many books, Wright reaches a broad audience through his frequent media appearances. A sought-after commentator, Wright writes frequently for newspapers in England, including the Times, the Independent and the Guardian. He has been interviewed numerous times by radio and television broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic, including ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS and NPR.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Part 1 Faith in a Great God

1 Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor 15

2 Power to the Faint 25

3 Not by Sight 33

4 The Burning Bush 41

5 Holy Is the Lord 45

6 Breakfast by the Shore 59

7 To Die for the People 65

8 God's Foolish Gospel 75

Part 2 Faith To Live And Love

9 Citizens of Jerusalem 83

10 Christian Hypocrites" 89

11 The Runaway Slave 103

12 When Friends Fall Out 113

13 The Mothers' Meeting 121

14 Faith for a Wedding 127

15 The Heart of the Matter 131

Part 3 Faith To Walk in the Dark

16 Bethlehem and the Barley Harvest 141

17 The Rainbow and the Promise 149

18 Faith Before the Tomb 153

19 Though Painful at Present 157

20 Pie in the Sky" 167

Scripture Index 173

Other Resource 174

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    Our Hope is in God, Not in Our Faith

    Small Faith, Great God by N.T. Wright is comprised of 20 short chapters that he had presented as sermons, but which have been compiled to create this book. The overall theme of the book is that it is less important how great our faith is than it is what our faith is in - the great God of the Bible.

    While I found every chapter to have at least some nugget of truth worth contemplating, the two chapters that impacted me the most and which I shall take away were the chapters on the story of Ruth and on Christian hypocrisy. The first reminding us to place our security solely on God and not on external factors, including how we like to have security in the way we do "church" with our familiar patterns of worship and our conformity to certain standards. The latter, on hypocrisy, pointed out that it is not at all certain that it is better to be sincere than hypocritical if by being sincere one means only doing what one feels like doing. This will just lead to unstable and unreliable people, whereas a certain amount of hypocrisy in the believer's life is necessary if we are to follow the example of Christ even when we may not "feel" like it. However, the author does examine some genuine hypocrisy in the church that is reminiscent of the way the Pharisees are in Matthew 5 and 6.

    Also, as I am not necessarily an advocate of the New Perspective on Paul (I say "not necessarily" as I am not that well versed enough in the debate to say whether I would endorse it or not) I can say that one does not need to agree with N.T. Wright on the matter to profit spiritually from this book. Indeed, after reading several chapters, I found it beneficial to begin my day with a chapter from the book.

    Finally, a prior reviewer gave the book a poor review because the book is not available on the Nook, but please note that the publisher has since made it available on that format - I should know as I recently finished reading it on the Nook. But here's hoping we see many more books by InterVarsity Press on the Nook!

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