Should we imitate Jesus?
Some Christians answer with a cheerful "Yes," seeing it as the sum of the Christian life. Others believe we should rely on the work of Christ alone, throwing off any hint of the moralism or "works righteousness" they associate with imitating Jesus.
Jason Hood takes us on a tour of what the Bible has to say about imitating Jesus. He draws our attention to what Paul told the Corinthians he taught "everywhere in every church." And after following the theme throughout the New Testament, he looks at it from a historical and contemporary perspective.
The result is the recovery of a biblical pattern for lifeone that challenges the assumptions of those who excessively fear moralism as much as it challenges the assumptions of those who embrace it. Here is a reliable theological foundation for imitating Jesus today, a crucial first step toward the renewal of biblical discipleship.
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About the Author
Jason B. Hood (Ph.D., Highland Theological College and University of Aberdeen) is currently an adjunct faculty member at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He teaches biblical theology of mission in correlation with the Memphis Fellows Initiative. Hood is also the Scholar-in-Residence at Christ United Methodist Church and director of Christ College Residency Program, an intensive discipleship training program for college students. He and his wife and three children reside in Memphis.
Table of Contents
Part I: What Paul Taught Everywhere
1. Idols of God
2. Imitators of God
3. Priests of God
4. Participating in the Work of God
Part II: Imitating Jesus
5. The True Human, the Gospel, and the Gospels
6. Ambassadors, Apprentices, and Agents
7. Family Resemblance and Paternity Tests
8. Resurrection and Imitation
9. The Holy Spirit
10. The Apostle of Imitation
11. The Jesus Mirrors
Part III: Imitating the Saints
12. A Community of Imitation
13. Objections, Obstacles, and Presuppositions for Imitation
Part IV: Imitation Yesterday and Today
14. Imitation for Today's Left, Right, and Center
15. A History of Imitation