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ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church

By 2 authors ,
/ 2 publishers Hendrickson,
Strand Publishing
/ 2009

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Print: $20.00

Overview

ReJesus asks the following questions:

  • What ongoing role does Jesus the Messiah play in shaping the ethos and self-understanding of the movement that originated in him?
  • How is the Christian religion informed and shaped by the Jesus that we meet in the Gospels?
  • How do we assess the continuity required between the life and example of Jesus and the subsequent religion called Christianity?
  • In how many ways do we domesticate the radical revolutionary in order to sustain our religion and religiosity?
  • How can a rediscovery of Jesus renew our discipleship, the Christian community, and the ongoing mission of the church?

These questions take us to the core of what the church is all about. Rather than reformation, the authors call their task re-founding the church because it raises the issue of the church’s true founder or foundation. This theme is of particular importance at the dawn of the twenty-first century as many attempt to address Christianity’s endemic and long trended decline in the West. The authors feel that a spiritual, theological, missional, and existential crisis looms in the West.

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Key Features

  • Highlights the Jesus of the Gospels as a model to follow for an effective Christian life
  • Discusses missional living both theologically and practically
  • Tears away false characterizations of Jesus to reveal a radical revolutionary

Contents

  • How Jesus Changes Everything
  • ReJesus and Personal ReNewal
  • ReJesus for the Church and the Organization
  • I’ve Got a Picture of Jesus
  • The Shema Schema (One God, One Love)
  • Three . . . Two . . . One . . . Engage
  • The Church That Jesus Built

Praise for the Print Edition

Frost and Hirsch challenge us to reinstate Jesus as the central focus of our spiritual lives—both as individual disciples and as communities of his people. The Jesus they present is not the domesticated Jesus that we learned about in Sunday school, but the ‘loving, wildly passionate, dangerous, radically merciful and always surprising’ Jesus portrayed in the Gospels. An encounter with this Jesus transforms us from the inside out and radically changes our approach to mission.

—Felicity Dale, cofounder, Christians in the Caring Professions

Frost and Hirsch have done it again! In their characteristic way (heart-pounding in a spiritual sense) they invite us to a journey with God. Don’t miss this trip!

—Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network

For anyone in the missional conversation in even the slightest way, this book addresses what is by far the most important thing about it theologically and practically.

—Dan Kimball, pastor, author, and Emerging Church movement leader

Frost and Hirsch tear away false characterizations about Jesus and reveal a wild and radical revolutionary . . . anything but boring. This book is a huge leap in the right direction.

Neil Cole, founder and executive director, Church Multiplication Associates

ReJesus will rock your world—and cause you to reJesus your life, reJesus your church, and reJesus your Bible. Expect ‘reJesus’ to become a mantra and a mobilization in the revitalization of Christianity in the twenty-first century.

—Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Drew University

ReJesus invites us to pare back layers of tradition, recognize distortion and misrepresentation, read the Gospels afresh, and learn to imitate and follow the wild and radical Jesus. An engaging and challenging example of applied Christology.

Stuart Murray, chair, Anabaptist Network

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About the Authors

Michael Frost is the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of more than a dozen books including Exiles and The Road to Missional. He lives in Sydney.

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps mega churches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways, and coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.