- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (24 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031049298X
- ISBN-13: 978-0310492986
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 759,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
King Jesus Gospel The HB Hardcover – 24 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Scot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed as well as The King Jesus Gospel, A Fellowship of Differents, One.Life, The Blue Parakeet, and Kingdom Conspiracy.
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Why is He called "Son of Man", "Son of God", "Son of David", "Redeemer", Messiah, .. ? How can he be God? What were the prophesies concerning the Messiah, His person and His Work? What relevance has the year of Jubilees? What is the relevance of the Tabernacle, the Temple, the Law, the sacrifices? Etc., etc., etc.
I not only totally agree with Scot on this matter, I appear to believe it even more strongly that he does as his summary of the OT "Gospel" at the end of the book is in my opinion rather light and misses out many of the key topics necessary to a full understanding of the salvation that Christ accomplished. In any case, I agree with him on the need for an understanding of God's work throughout the OT.
Initially, after reading the introduction and first chapter or so I concluded that "this is THE book I have been looking for which explains everything simply, great!" I put the book down and was going to order, there and then, 4 or 5 copies to send to family and friends.
As you can see from my 2-star rating of the book, however, something then happened to tarnish my glowing view of the book.
A (now) relatively minor point, highlighted by many reviewers, even by those who give it a 4- or 5-star rating, is that the material in the book is very badly presented.Read more ›
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I do find it to be incredibly important that we not consider a person reached and to simply move on to the next person once they pray the sinner's prayer and accept Jesus. It is very important that they understand the larger Bible and how it all comes together. Some of the emails he includes in the book that he has received prove the need for some education as to the framework of the Biblical message and sadly reflect some of the questions I've been asked as well. If your people don't know what Jesus being the Messiah has to do with us being saved, or if they're asking if Jesus preached Paul's message, you would do well to spend more time teaching the actual content of the Bible rather than messages that build upon Biblical concepts your congregation isn't familiar with in the first place.
The author understandably spends quite a bit of time trying to reassure the reader that he is not speaking against personal salvation or the evangelism process, he is simply trying to get us to stop and spend some more time developing an understanding of the actual life and story of Jesus, and the rest of the Bible that is a very important part of the context and why we need a salvation in the first place.
He also spends some time highlighting that we are not done once we are saved and that there is a reason we are still here. Our behavior, actions, motivations, and routes through which we do evangelize and disciple others should be in keeping with what we know about Jesus. We are to live for Him in light of what He showed us. There is a lot more growth as a Christian that takes place after that conversion moment and too often Christians are allowed and even encouraged to sit in stagnation after that moment. If we really understood the Bible, it would not be the everyday car payments and such that take up 99% of our conscious awareness day in and day out.
The above quote from this very important book summarizes for me what Dr. Scot McKnight is trying to emphasize. I read his book twice because I wanted to make certain I had the answer to this this key question. What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is a big deal! We must get it right! This book will make certain we get it right. When we get it right, we are properly equipped to do God's work.
Before reading this book, my idea of the Gospel was way too small. It now is not. The Gospel is a story that first must be properly understood. Once understood, we will be ready to join and continue this story for future generations. This is a must read!
To begin with, I think this book is fine (with some caveats) for the gifted lay person or student. It is too general to be helpful at an upper graduate level, but is a good starter for people who are genuinely "walking in a manner pleasing to God.'"
I am in general agreement with McKnight's argument that we have traded the "gospel" in for a "plan of salvation." Much evangelism is focussed on getting a person to "make a decision" instead of following Jesus as Lord and Messiah. Therefore we have churches filled with people who, at least in regard to the moral life, are not statistically different than the general population. They have been given a "ticket to the show" and show up at church to be entertained.
When I was in the Marine Corps, the "story of the Corps" was drilled into recruits' heads every day of boot camp. Why? Because, slowly and surely, they became part of something much bigger than themselves. They realized that they were part of a long line of men and women who sacrificed to defend this country. When it came their time to go out to the fleet, they were conscious of that heritage. The last thing an honorable jarhead would do would be to let those who had gone before or who were to follow, down. How many "new believers" think they are entering "the way"? How many have a sense that they are part of God's great drama of redemption and reconciliation? How many are willing to stick it out on some lonely beach head until relief comes.
McKnight tries to show how the Church has fallen so low. When we became concerned about "our" salvation, "our" decision, we lost sight of the fact that we are called into God's kingdom and to follow Christ. Over time, "boots" in the Corps are given the privilege of being called United States Marines. Over time, "disciples" are given the privilege of being transformed in the very image of Jesus Christ (both Paul and Peter say so). C.S. Lewis once said there are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done;" and those to whom God says, "Your will be done." Too many today still want what they want - and that certainly is not a ""Long Obedience In The Same Direction".