You get a sense here that the book is engaging with and written out of discussions a younger audience, familiar and engaged with Christian faith, but dissatisfied with the status quo of pre-packaged neat theology and conventional answers.
In other words, college students.
McKnight comes at this by talking about dreams, especially dreams of what we hope to accomplish in life. And how a dream can captivate us, motivate us and inspire us to commit our lives to its fulfilment.
Scot’s dream was to teach the Bible to college students and see lives transformed. He was inspired by the words of John Stott,
“Here’s how to determine God’s will for your life. Go wherever your gifts will be exploited the most’
And Scot argues that the only thing that will ever be worth it is giving your life to following Jesus – and that means living his kingdom life.
Kingdom life is where life is found – nothing else is enough.
The only thing that is enough is Jesus, and the only way to get to Jesus is to follow him, and that means only one thing: giving your One.Life to him and to his dream.
So following chapters unpack what Jesus meant by the kingdom of God. And how this is much grander and deeper and better than the rather shallow and self-centered and legalist forms of popular evangelicalism.