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Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ [Hardcover]

Leonard Sweet , Viola Frank Viola
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Book Description

June 1 2010

“So that ineverything He might have the supremacy.”

—Colossians 1:18

Christians have made the gospel about so many things—thingsother than Christ. Religious concepts, ideas, doctrines, strategies, methods,techniques, formulas, its and things have all eclipsedthe 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. Weknow a lot about our Lord, but we dont know Him very well. Weknow a lot about trying to be like Jesus, but very little about living by Hisindwelling life.

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

Every revival and restoration in the church has been arediscovery of some aspect of Christ in the process of answering the ultimatequestion that Jesus put to His disciples: Whodo you say that I am?

Read this book and see your Lord like youve neverseen 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 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Beware of Chapter 3. May 31 2011
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. At, times I felt this book lacked a flow from chapter to chapter. It made up for in in Chapter 3 titled, If God Wrote your Biography. For the rest of the book, it felt like I have read this all before. I enjoyed the way it was written and felt that Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola did justice of Jesus' Supremacy and Sovereignty in layman's terms.

If there was any reason to read this book it would be because of chapter 3, titled, If God Wrote your Biography. Leonard Sweet starts by saying, "We open this chapter by making an incredible statement: If God were to write your biography, it would be Jesus Christ." I think that living in a culture where life is all about me, this is such a radical concept. Our life is Christ. We make it about everything else, my possession's, my health, security, ect. Life isn't about that, it really is about Jesus Christ. They the author moves on to ask a question, "How would your biography read if God were to write it?" That is a great question. I think that takes more than a chapter to think about. We are so focused on ourselves. We think that we are inviting God into our stories, but we really God is inviting us into his. It isn't about us. This was a hard chapter to read in a society that I live in. I think that this book is worth it just for this one chapter.

Do you really need another book on the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Christ? Maybe you really love Leonard Sweet? I would recommend this book to a friend in ministry because of chapter 3. I enjoy Leonard Sweet's books in the past, and I enjoyed this one. I give this book 4 out of 5 review.
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