What Jesus Expects of Us
by Scott Engle
What does it mean to lead a worthy life? The apostle Paul once wrote a letter to circulate among the earliest house churches in western Asia Minor, imploring them “to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1). This book offers a set of Bible studies to help us answer the question, “What does Jesus expect of us?” It assumes that Jesus is more than a divine vending machine—that with faith comes responsibility. Every chapter has a single purpose in mind: to open up the pages of Scripture so that you, the reader, might “have the power to comprehend, with all the saints [i.e., believers], what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:18-19).
Publish Date: September 25, 2021
Editions: Hardcover | Paperback | eBook
ISBN-13 Hardcover: 978-1-953495-10-5
ISBN-13 Paperback: 978-1-953495-09-9
Language : English
What does it mean to lead a worthy life?
Much of Christian teaching today focuses on the benefits of following Jesus. We seek Jesus to heal our wounds, cure our sicknesses, and strengthen our marriages. We want Jesus to be our therapist and our life coach.
Indeed, Jesus promises that we are blessed when we follow him. But he also charged us with doing more. What if we could pray not just to receive blessings, but to understand what Jesus expects of us, and for the power to hear and to act?
The apostle Paul once wrote a letter to circulate among the earliest house churches in western Asia Minor, imploring them “to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1).
This book offers a set of Bible studies to help us answer the question, “What does Jesus expect of us?” It assumes that Jesus is more than a divine vending machine—that with faith comes responsibility. Every chapter has a single purpose in mind: to open up the pages of Scripture so that you, the reader, might “have the power to comprehend, with all the saints [i.e., believers], what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18-19).
The latest work from biblical teacher Dr. Scott Engle looks at the responsibilities of Christians who are serious about following Jesus. Engle brings fresh perspectives and life applications to well-known stories of Scripture.
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Director, Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center, United Theological Seminary
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Founder, Fossores Chapter House and Pastor, Westwinds Church
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Pastor, Assistant Director of Congregational Vitality for the New Mexico Conference, United Methodist Church
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Pastor, Providence Church, Mt. Juliet, TN
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DR. RICK BARTLETT
Program Director, Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tabor College
"In Greater Things, Len shares so much wisdom on Christian innovation and what it truly means for Christians to be the work of the new creation. Len’s passion and creativity is so evident on every page, it’s motivating me to continue to think outside the box, take risks, and bring my ideas into community like never before. Let’s make 2021 and beyond a new era of Christian innovation and growth. Reading this is the perfect place to start.”
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Lead Pastor, Embrace Church, author, Love Has A Name
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pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte, NC, and author of six books with Abingdon Press
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Author, pastor, professor, and cultivator of movements, Director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Theological Seminary, Director of Re-missioning Fresh Expressions US, and Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida UMC
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DR. LEONARD SWEET
Best-selling author of over 60 books, distinguished visiting professor at five colleges and universities, and founder/president of SpiritVenture Ministries, PreathTheStory.com, and The Salish Sea Press.
"Greater Things gets to the heart of innovation from a deep, holistic biblical perspective. This is really great, theological writing. Truly a much needed reading for connecting to God's next!”
REV. MICHAEL SLAUGHTER
Pastor Emeritus, Ginghamsburg Church, Founder and Chief Strategist, Passionate Churches, LLC
"In this groundbreaking new book, Len Wilson - author, innovator, entrepreneur, and follower of Jesus - takes the reader on a much-needed journey exploring Christian innovation in the church. If there has ever been a need for church leaders to think creatively and with imagination, that moment and the opportunity is now. Len helps the reader see that innovation and tradition are not at odds, but that innovation actually builds on tradition. This trailblazing book explores the promise of Jesus that if we believe in Him, we will do even greater works than he did. I highly recommend this challenging and thought-provoking book!”
Consultant, Author, Senior Vice President, Horizons Stewardship
"Len Wilson's Greater Things offers a compelling vision and theology for Christ-centered innovation. In a sea of disruptive and evolutionary theories, Len offers a faithful perspective that embeds God's creative and redemptive character at the center of innovative work. This book is an excellent read for any Christian leader who desires to see God's kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven."