Called : the crisis and promise of following Jesus today / Mark Labberton.Material type: TextPublisher: Downers Grove : IVP Books/an imprint InterVarsity Press, Description: 174 pages ; 19 cmISBN: 9780830836833; 0830836837Subject(s): Christian life | Christian lifeLOC classification: BV4501.3 | .L327 2014
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A life abundant -- Called to flourish -- A lost church in a lost world -- The primary call -- Relocating: where are we called? -- Reorienting: how are we called? -- Refocusing: to whom and to what are we called? -- The way of the beloved -- The way of wisdom -- The way of suffering -- So, what does God call me to do? -- First things, light and salt.
The most urgent call upon God's people is to live as followers of Jesus. The most indicting critique against the church is as simple: its failure to do so. As the leader of an evangelical theological seminary that trains men and women as leaders for the church and society, Mark Labberton writes: "People ask many questions about how their lives relate to the world. What are our lives in this world about? What are we to make of being human? Why are we here? Is there a reason we are alive, and, if so, how would we know what that is? These questions are brought on at times by beauty and joy, but also by the daunting facts of our own lives or of the world around us. We look around in doubt, in pain, in suffering. These are human questions asked throughout history by those inside and outside the church." We long to renew our hope for a world broken and hurting. And it is we, God's people living in the power of the Holy Spirit, who are called to become this hope. Here is the crisis: we are made and redeemed for this calling, but it slides through our fingers. Here is the promise: living and practicing who and why we are is our Christian vocation whenever and wherever we may be. Will you answer the call?