I just read a refreshing book by Jefferson Bethke, with a take on the Gospel that seems so in touch with the Gospel as presented by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This is not a presentation of a gospel diluted by political correctness. In It' Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is about So Much More than Going to Heaven When You Die (Thomas Nelson, 2015), Bethke asks the readers to look at some of the ideas about God and Jesus that they may have always taken for granted. He asks us to take a look and then he challenges us to look at them in different ways.
If we're willing to follow him, we open the boxes where we think God has been confined and we get to experience Jesus in what is perhaps a new way. Most people dream about going to heaven after they die, but what if heaven starts when you become a Christian? Is the communion meal just another ritual, or are people really changed when they come to the table?
What if other people aren't what you think? What if there's more to you than even you realize? And get this, God knows your story, and the part you're playing in His story. And by the way, He knows you and loves you anyway.
God knows when you hurt, where you hurt, and why you hurt. If we let Him, He takes our wounds, and turns them into scars. And what are scars but wounds that no longer hurt.
Bethke writes in a manner that engages the reader from the very first page. Enjoy it by yourself, with a small group, or perhaps, if you’re a pastor, as a sermon series.
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