Book Review

 

I recently finished reading One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow by Scot McKnight.  I had previously read another book of his, The Jesus Creed.  One.Life challenged my life and thinking, as I consistently considered: How will I use my one and only life to build God’s kingdom?  What does it look like to follow Christ in every area of my life?

McKnight is a professor yet writes in a readable manner.  I appreciated the historical insights into Jewish culture, some that were new to me.  The book effectively bridges the gap between history and current times.

Here are the top 7 things I learned:

1) The Christian life is not simply about fervently pursuing personal piety.  Instead of being known for what I abstain from, I should be known for positively putting my faith into action.

2) When Jesus talked about the kingdom of God, contemporary Jews looked for a king, land, and citizens.  Today when I hear the phrase “kingdom of God,” I usually think of an internal experience.  The literal anticipation of the establishment of God’s kingdom gives renewed hope for today and ultimately the future.

3) I am to become a person who loves God and others.  Jesus’ kingdom vision is for the world to be filled with people who are noted by one word: love.  I thus need to treat everyone as my neighbor and see each person as someone loved by God.

4) As a fallen person, my natural default is to pursue the “iLife,” not the kingdom life. Instead of living the defeat of the cross, I live for constant triumph (70). 

5) A good question to ask for every decision I make is “What is the wise thing to do?”

6) I need the Holy Spirit because no matter how hard I try, I’m unloving, unjust, and unpeaceful.  It’s too easy to wrongly think I can just stop sinning

7) The mundane matters to God, including things that are every day and routine. 

I definitely recommend One.Life to challenge your walk with God.  Perhaps we can have a discussion or study group of this title at ACC in the near future!

Guest Blogger,

Allison Bies

2 thoughts on “Book Review

  1. Lacy

    Hey Allison! Thanks for the review. I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a while. It is on my must read list this year. Even more so now!

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