One.Life (2)

Chapter 1 of Scot McKnight’s new book One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow sketches his overall challenge – what is your life for and how are you going to use it?

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.

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4 thoughts on “One.Life (2)

  1. Quite a task for all us sinners. Quite a task and yet a truly amazing challenge ! Lets all try to meet the challenge. (Must get the book)

  2. Love the Stott quote.

    As a college instructor, the greatest difficulty I have found is not a lack of interest in faith, but the inability to connect faith with one’s dreams and gifts. I believe that we “old timers” need to break out of our paradigm so that we can help this next generation find their place in this adventure of faith.

    They desperately need us to articulate the significance of their unique contribution to the Body. They need the blessing and support of those of us who are perceived as leadership. When we value their dream we are valuing the truest part of who they are, something they seldom receive.

  3. Like your thoughts Emily – I was deeply impacted by one or two older Christians who encouraged me when I did not feel I had much of anything to contribute. I’ve never forgotten that and try to encourage younger brothers and sisters whenever possible – its a huge and ‘unseen’ part of training. Relationalism caps pure academic ability in importance every time.

  4. Paul – I got an advance copy from Scot, is probably just becoming available now. You could always drop hints for a Christmas present!

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