Outdoing Jesus: Seven Ways to Live Out the Promise of

Outdoing Jesus: Seven Ways to Live Out the Promise of "Greater Than"

by Doug Pagitt


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Is it sacrilegious to claim that ordinary people can do greater works than Jesus?

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these” (John 14:12). 

Taking these words of Jesus seriously, Outdoing Jesus shows how the seven actions of Jesus that the Gospel of John singles out as special “signs” challenge us to live into a greater future. When Jesus asserts that his followers “will do even greater things than these,” he is calling for us to extend his miracles for the benefit of all of humanity. Only a master teacher wants students to do greater than their master!

Doug Pagitt uses the works and teachings of Jesus as lenses through which we see what the kingdom of God would look like if it were “at hand.” We see how developments in humanities, medicine, science, technology, philanthropy, structural design, and social justice are bringing about the agenda of God for the world; and how we can participate. Outdoing Jesus is not only insightful biblical theology but a robust call to dare great things in pursuit of human flourishing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802874405
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Doug Pagitt is pastor of Solomon's Porch, a congregation in Minneapolis that focuses on addressing human needs in the neighboring community and facilitating a more personal encounter with God. He is also host of Doug Pagitt Radio and the author of several books, including Flipped and A Christianity Worth Believing. Pagitt and his wife, Shelley, live in Minneapolis.

Table of Contents

1 Outdoing Jesus? Really? 1

The Centerpiece of Jesus's Message

2 Not Better Than, Greater Than 7

Entering the Jesus Path

3 One of These Is Not Like the Others 19

The Special Invitation of the Gospel of John

4 Celebration 29

That Time the Wine Ran Out

5 Empathy 41

That Time Things Broke Good

6 Empowerment 57

That Time at the Pool

7 Abundance 75

That Time the Kid Showed There Was Enough

8 Fearlessness 95

That Time on the Lake

9 Participation 121

That Time with the Spit and the Mud

10 Liberation 143

That Time the Dead Guy Didn't Stay That Way

Notes 177

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