This book addresses six key ideas that have shaped the Christian and Missionary Alliance throughout its history: Jesus as our savior, sanctifier, healer, and coming king, which are known as the ""fourfold gospel,"" as well as the concepts of ""Jesus only"" and world mission. These ideas are at the heart of the C&MA identity. However, there has long been a sense within C&MA circles that these core ideas are not always given the kind of attention that they deserve so that they can dynamically shape the movement as it faces the challenges of being the church in the twenty-first century. This volume is a resource for Alliance churches that will help them re-engage with the central tenets of Alliance theology and spirituality in a way that will ultimately inspire greater passion for the cause of Christ in the world as it is uniquely expressed through the movement known as the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
""I am reading this manuscript sitting a few blocks away from the grave marker for A. B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. I found myself wondering, 'If Simpson were alive today and was attending a local Alliance church, would he still recognize the original DNA of the Alliance movement within the leaders and congregation?' My sense is that he might be somewhat bewildered by a lack of passion for the deeper life and world evangelization. Dr. Pyles and Dr. Beach have done a masterful job in bringing the historic DNA of the Christian and Missionary Alliance into a modern-day context. The style of the book is very accessible and invitational. The authors use a narrative approach which immediately engages the readers in the story and invites them to grow in both their knowledge and experience of the truths being communicated. On Simpson's grave marker you find the words, 'Not I, but Christ.' This was the desire and passion of his life. He experienced the presence of Jesus and was transformed forever. The authors write, 'As we begin to understand our Alliance heritage as a spirituality that centres us in Jesus rather than a series of doctrinal affirmations, it opens us to receive all that Christ has for us as a result of His life, death and resurrection on our behalf.' This is a must-read for any believer who desires to walk in a deeper place with Jesus. It is Christ in you the hope of glory!""
--David Hearn, President of the C&MA in Canada
""The main benefit of this book is that the more you read, the more you get excited about Christ. Quite an accomplishment for a book about denominational distinctives. The authors provide a presentation of the Christian and Missionary Alliance as relevant for our times. Although written by two scholars, the text is crystal clear and appealing, easy to read but not cheap in its reasoning. In the footsteps of Albert Simpson, they too sound like spiritual seekers 'whose greatest desire is to offer a way into a full experience of Christ himself.' For any church member, but especially pastors and elders, it provides very practical information and advice on how to live a Christocentric life. Discuss it in small groups, use it for sermon preparation, and let it be an inspiration to live a healthy, balanced Christian life that is passionate about Jesus.""
--Arie M. Verduijn, President of the Alliance World Fellowship
Dr. Franklin Pyles (PhD) is a former president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (2000-2012). He has pastored Alliance churches in Canada and the United States for more than thirty year
About the Author
Dr. Franklin Pyles (PhD) is a former president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (20002012). He has pastored Alliance churches in Canada and the United States for more than thirty years and has served for several years as Professor of Theology at the Canadian Theological Seminary. He is currently an adjunct professor at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Lee Beach (PhD) is Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry and Director of Ministry Formation at McMaster Divinity College. He was involved in pastoral ministry with the Christian and Missionary Alliance for more than twenty years and is currently a ministeratlarge with the denomination. He is the author of The Church in Exile: Living in Hope after Christendom (2015).
Table of Contents
Back Story 1
Chapter 1 Jesus Our Savior 8
Chapter 2 Jesus Only 25
Chapter 3 Jesus Our Sanctifier 43
Chapter 4 Jesus Our Healer 61
Chapter 5 Jesus Our Coming King 79
Chapter 6 The Mission of the C&MA 96
Appendix: Healing Seminar 115