Getting Jesus Wrong: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity

Getting Jesus Wrong: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity

by Matt Johnson

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If you met Jesus today, and he asked, “What do you want from me?” what would you say? When Jesus asked that question long ago, he got a variety of answers. Some wanted a miracle, some a theological debate, some a sign that he was the Messiah, some wanted power, some wanted just to see him, and others wanted to get rid of him. We are much the same aren’t we? We all want something from Jesus. We are just hoping for a little help to get through life—a new direction, a purpose that will get us up in the morning, an exercise plan, a way to get organized. But that approach to Jesus doesn’t result in real faith or love.

The real Jesus doesn’t give us just a little help. He turns our world upside down. Getting Jesus right means a whole new way of thinking (the way up is down) and a whole new way of life (daily dependence on the one who knows the beginning from the end). Instead of a blueprint for living or a new workout plan, we get a rich life where the simple truths of the gospel inform our everyday life with each other. Where we daily remember our deep need for forgiveness, the joy of being forgiven, and gradually become those who receive grace and share grace with those around us.

  • Aimed at a young adult audience who has drifted from the church, by unpacking the ways the author got Jesus wrong, with a strong call to meet the biblical Christ.
  • An easy–to–read introduction to the living God for those who say they have tried Christianity and it doesn’t work.
  • A call to a radical, robust discipleship based on a biblical view of who Christ is and who he calls his people to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942572930
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication date: 02/20/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

The Problem 1

Part I Life Coach Jesus and Other False Gods

Chapter 1 Life Coach Jesus 17

Chapter 2 Checklist Jesus 31

Chapter 3 Movement Leader Jesus 46

Chapter 4 Visionary Jesus 59

Chapter 5 Pride and Despair 66

Part II The Antidote to Pride and Despair

Chapter 6 God's Law 80

Chapter 7 God's Gospel 99

Chapter 8 Humility and Hope 112

Endnotes 133

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Getting Jesus Wrong:: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
The book is set up with the first section sharing some examples that in retrospective the author felt were examples of the wrong approach to consideration of Jesus and the second section some thoughts for moving forward. There were a few that spoke to me...whether I agree or not, they were things that got me thinking. "The advice-oriented teaching I received in churches was meant to be helpful. Nobody was knowingly trying to deceive me or the congregation." He shares about having an uneasy feeling after listening to a sermon on marriage. He shares that the Sunday church service doesn't feel like the right place for this, but rather that time should be focused on sharing Jesus and his forgiveness of sins, sharing Scripture and partaking in communion. "I can get sound marriage advice down the at the local bookstore...on Sunday, I need to hear the message I'm not going to hear anywhere else." The author at one point talked about how to make the stories of the Bible relate-able to current times and situations. I think that is a challenge that many churches are trying to address and one that when they can draw parallels and convey the story in 'modern' times, goes a long way in helping the community hear the message and live the message. The book was okay, but not great. It certainly got me to think about things like what sermons that speak the most to me, what do I look to get from my church experience, and how can I help give relevancy today to the stories in the Bible. In general, I expected it to be more about how people as individuals or part of groups get Jesus wrong, but it felt like it was all about the different churches approaches (that are wrong) and how people are drawn to those approaches and thus get it wrong. It might be an interesting book to use as part of a book club or a good conversation starter for a Bible Study group. A complimentary review copy was provided by Litfuse Publicity. All opinions expressed are my own.