Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing a Biblical Pattern
Should we imitate Jesus? Some Christians answer with a cheerful "Yes," seeing it as the sum of the Christian life. Others believe we should rely on the work of Christ alone, throwing off any hint of the moralism or "works...
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Should we imitate Jesus? Some Christians answer with a cheerful "Yes," seeing it as the sum of the Christian life. Others believe we should rely on the work of Christ alone, throwing off any hint of the moralism or "works righteousness" they associate with imitating Jesus. Jason Hood takes us on a tour of what the Bible has to say about imitating Jesus. He draws our attention to what Paul told the Corinthians he taught "everywhere in every church." And after following the theme throughout the New Testament, he looks at it from a historical and contemporary perspective. The result is the recovery of a biblical pattern, and a challenge and corrective to embracing moralism on one side and fearing moralism on the other. Here is a reliable theological foundation for imitating Jesus today, one that reshapes our thinking and challenges us in our discipleship.
- Part I: What Paul Taught Everywhere
- 1. Idols Of God
- 2. Imitators Of God
- 3. Priests Of God
- 4. Participating In The Work Of God
- Part Ii: Imitating Jesus
- 5. The True Human, The Gospel, And The Gospels
- 6. Ambassadors, Apprentices, And Agents
- 7. Family Resemblance And Paternity Tests
- 8. Resurrection And Imitation
- 9. The Holy Spirit
- 10. The Apostle Of Imitation
- 11. The Jesus Mirrors
- Part Iii: Imitating The Saints
- 12. A Community Of Imitation
- 13. Objections, Obstacles, And Presuppositions For Imitation
- Part Iv: Imitation Yesterday And Today
- 14. Imitation For Today's Left, Right, And Center
- 15. A History Of Imitation