Book Review: Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

Jesus Christ is not a cause to get behind or a rallying point for political parties. He is the creator of the universe. He is God in flesh. He allows us to stand before a holy God without fear of condemnation. Many have lost sight of this and have focused on lesser pursuits.

I found this book engaging.  Intellectually I understand many of the topics but I do not put them into action.  I try to imitate Jesus without allowing his power to work through me.  Then I become frustrated when I fail to be more like Christ.  The chapter on narcissism struck a chord as well.  So often I treat Jesus like my own personal genie. I want him to make me happy and comfortable.  But his desire is to display his glory through me and use me to bring others into the same fellowship.  The chapter on community also resonated with me. I do not want to rely on others or need help.  However, as the authors point out, the church is how Christ expresses himself.  Submission to Christ includes giving up my desire to be self-sufficient. I would highly recommend this book but it will probably take several readings for all of it to sink in.

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