Life in Christ: The Core of Intentional Spirituality

Life in Christ: The Core of Intentional Spirituality

by Steve Harper


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E. Stanley Jones observed that people “know everything about life except how to live it.” We humans have acquired immense knowledge and achieved great things. We are enlightened, Jones said, but not necessarily enlivened. Steve Harper has been mulling over this human situation for a few decades and offers his profoundly inspiring conclusions in Life In Christ.

Harper helps us recognize our tendency to search for life through rules and dogmas rather than in relationships with other people and with God. By living in relationship, we live as enlivened Christians, the abundant life God intends for us and the life we long for. He encourages us to see the spiritual life as a movement, where we are always on the way, taking steps forward to continually align our lives with Christ. He shows us how Christ can be the goal and pattern for our lives, motivating us to live as God’s beloved and as instruments of God’s love.

Harper provides a wealth of helps, including a set of questions for reflecting on each chapter, a discussion guide for conversing about the book in a group, and extensive reading lists for further enrichment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781791004705
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Steve Harper is a retired United Methodist Elder in the Florida Annual Conference, and a retired seminary Professor who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. He is the author of 22 books, the co-author of 19 others, numerous articles, and a frequent speaker in churches, conferences, and retreats. Harper’s ministries have included youth minister, evangelist, pastor, professor and seminary administrator. He and his wife Jeannie oversaw A Foundation for Theological Education, and they co-founded Shepherd’s Care, a ministry to ministers. Steve also served as Dean of the Chapel and Director of the Pathways Initiative at The Upper Room in Nashville. He lives in Winter Springs, Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction xv

Using This Book xix

Chapter 1 The Vision 1

Chapter 2 The Movement 13

Chapter 3 The Atmosphere 35

Chapter 4 The Struggle 45

Chapter 5 The Design 61

Chapter 6 The Process 73

Chapter 7 The Environment 85

Chapter 8 The Aim 103

Chapter 9 The Mission 113

Chapter 10 The Culmination 129

Conclusion 139

Appendices 143

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