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Jesus Manifesto [Hardcover]

Leonard V Sweet
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June 1 2010

“So that in everything He might have the supremacy.”

—Colossians 1:18

Christians have made the gospel about so many things—things other than Christ. Religious concepts, ideas, doctrines, strategies, methods, techniques, formulas, "its" and "things" have all eclipsed the beauty, the glory, and the reality of the Lord Jesus Himself. On the whole, Christians today are starved for a real experience of the living Christ. We know a lot about our Lord, but we don't know Him very well. We know a lot about trying to be like Jesus, but very little about living by His indwelling life.

JESUS MANIFESTO presents a fresh unveiling of Jesus as not only Savior and Lord, but as so much more. It is a prophetic call to restore the supremacy and sovereignty of Christ in a world—and a church—that has lost sight of Him.

Every revival and restoration in the church has been a rediscovery of some aspect of Christ in the process of answering the ultimate question that Jesus put to His disciples: "Who do you say that I am?"

Read this book and see your Lord like you've never seen Him before.

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Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University (NJ), a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University (OR), and a weekly contributor to and the podcast Napkin Scribbles. A pioneer in online learning with some of the highest "influence" rankings of any religious figure in the world of social media (Twitter, Facebook), he has authored numerous articles, sermons, and more than fifty books.

Frank Viola is a popular conference speaker and the best-selling author of numerous books on the deeper Christian life, including Epic Jesus, Revise Us Again, From Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (coauthored with Leonard Sweet). His blog Beyond Evangelical is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm Shift: YOU ARE NOT THE POINT! June 2 2010
I want to begin this review with a quote taken from the last chapter:

We live in a day when what sells best in the Christian world are books, sermons, and television programs that are aimed directly at you ' This Is Your Day, You Are the Reason for the Season, Become a Better You, It's Your Time, The Me I Want to Be, The Life You've Always Wanted, and similar titles orbiting around the Youniverse. We would now like to take all the arrows that point to you and bend them back to our Lord. ' p.166, italics original, bold mine.

Thus the purpose for the Jesus Manifesto!

It is a book which seeks to restore the 'Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ', and with great passion, these authors pull no punches! I don't know any Christians who would intentionally deny the Supremacy of Jesus, but we don't always operate as intentionally as we should. So here's a few questions adopted from the book to see if Christ is Supreme in you:
Question: Do You Preach Missional?

Why do we preach and teach all sorts of other things [besides Jesus]? As we write these words, there's a lot of talk about being 'missional.' But to be truly missional means constructing one's life and ministry on Christ' God's grand mission is what the New Testament calls 'the eternal purpose.' And in the dead center of that purpose is the living Christ. ' p.57

Question: Do You Strive to Live Like Christ?

If Christ is in you, then the Christian life is not about striving to be something you are not. It is about becoming what you already are' "As He is, so are we in this world." [1 John 4:17] ' p.58

Question: Is Conversion About You?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Christianity Jan. 1 2011
By Bart Breen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Christianity seems at this time more than most to be going through something of an identity crisis within the United States. Institutional mainline denominations have been decreasing in membership while the demographics of them are waxing older. Evangelical churches have been closing on a large scale and consolidating into larger "mega-churches" that appear to have a greater presence and role in many communities. However, when pollsters, such as George Barna, examine the responses from members of these larger more "relevant" churches the findings are that there actually isn't much difference in the lifestyles and value systems inside those churches than there is outside.

So what is happening? What is at the core of many of these trends?

Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola believe they have some insight into what is taking place. So these two friends coming as they do from different contexts (Leonard is closely associated with the Emergent Church movement and Frank is a strong influence in the Organic Church movement) unite to present their joint conviction that it is Jesus who is the core of Christianity and it is the core that must be re-established.

The Jesus Manifesto as a book, is an extension of a document prepared by Sweet and Viola and dissseminated through their blogs and social network connections. The brief document (brief realtive to the book) provides an outline of the issues that are fleshed out here.

It's hard to imagine this book being controversial in the sense that anyone would take issue as Christians that Christ needs to be central to everything we are and do. Yet, for some, surprisingly it has been controversial. Some attempt through the use of guilt by association tactics to write off what Sweet and Viola have to say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Jesus Manifesto July 2 2010
Today's world is becoming ever more secular. It is hard to make time for church or for any spiritual practices. Sometimes it is easier to ask ourselves why should I go to church, what has God done for me lately? The Jesus Manifesto is a book for that person. It also a good book for the regular church goer. Sweet and Viola work together to create a book that asks the question, Who is Jesus? They work hard to make the reader try to find that answer for themselves.

At times the book can sound a little evangelical, but the writers work to help the reader look at Christ through a new lens. The Jesus Manifesto is easy to read, although at times it can be a hard read for a couple pages. I liked the fact that the book was well organized, it was broken up into short chapters, each discussing something slightly different. This made it easier to read when I had a few minutes here and there. I felt as if I was having a discussion with the book as I read. The author's ask questions to help the reader think. The book also has some humor to it. I appreciated reading some of the chapters, an example is one chapter the authors have wrote tries to answer the question, how would God write your biography.

The Jesus Manifesto offers a nice balance between scripture and theologians. I found the book well balanced and tried to get at the reader to come to their own conclusions. The authors draw on some of the top theologians throughout the book and this works well. I would rate this book a 4/5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JESUS MANIFESTO June 15 2010
"But what about you?" he asked.
"Who do you say I am?"
Simon Peter answered,
"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah,
for this was not revealed to you by man,
but by my Father in heaven.
Matth. 16: 15-17

Every generation since then has had to answer this for itself! To help us know the person of Christ in all His glory, Authors Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola 'hope to bring vision and understanding of Jesus into sharper focus' for the reader. 'You and I are meant to be living epistles ' that is, 'Jesus Manifestos' ' in our world. Cities set on a hill. Salt and light. That's why we wrote this book.' This book is for everyone who wants a deeper relationship with our Lord!

Jesus Manifesto comes highly acclaimed by more than a dozen leaders, such as Rowan Williams, Calvin Miller, Ed Young, Jack Hayford, Shane Claiborne, Ed Stetzer, Anne Jackson and many more, whose endorsements lead off the book prior to the Introduction.

The book is less than 200 pages, easy to read but thought provoking. It is a devotional book meant to appeal to the Christian who has not truly experienced Christ, or to the Christian who may have need to rediscover Jesus ' who is truly Son of Man and Son of God, or even to someone who is not yet a follower of Christ! Have your Bible close by and be sure to check all things! I appreciated reading this book. The authors ask us to step out of the 'YOUNIVERSE' of narcissistic religion and to exalt Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, as portrayed throughout the whole Bible. There is no greater calling than to let Him increase, all the while we decrease as it should be and will be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Beware of Chapter 3.
Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola do a great job at restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ. Read more
Published on May 31 2011 by Kolby Milton
4.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
In a day where Christianity seems to look a bit different everywhere we look, Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola challenge us to focus on the essentials - namely, Jesus Christ. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2010 by Daniel Im
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, great finish
The first 1/3 of this book SHOULD be a review to Christians, but given how popular churches in the US have replaced JEsus with, say, the Bible, their CEO-like Pastor, the fight for... Read more
Published on June 13 2010 by Pomo
3.0 out of 5 stars Jesus in the real world
"So what is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology or a philosophy. Read more
Published on June 8 2010 by David Warkentin
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It is difficult to take a book in which one chapter begins "Someone who is part of our Twitter... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Manifesto
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the description, saying on a whole Christians are starved for a real experience of the living Christ. Read more
Published on May 31 2010 by Lauren Oleary
5.0 out of 5 stars back to the center
this book was a challenge from start to finish. not in the sense that it was difficult or hard to read, but that it pushed me to examine my life as a follower of Christ. Read more
Published on May 31 2010 by Blair Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Question
Matthew 16:15 (New International Version)
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am? Read more
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