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The Christian church world-wide is growing significantly in size and influence. However, John Stott has commented that the greatest problem it faces is "growth without maturity." Expansion can be accompanied by lack of depth. Teaching and discipleship are still needed, perhaps as never before. Josh Moody's conviction is that the American minister and theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) provides us with a model for Christian faithfulness in today's world. Edwards is still regarded by many as America's most profound theological and philosophical thinker. With freshness and accessibility, Josh Moody introduces us to Edwards' life, ministry and writings, engages with him on a range of important subjects, and demonstrates his continuing relevance through helpful and challenging applications for contemporary Christians and churches.
Are we looking mostly to please God or ourselves? The myth of Narcissus describes a young man who dies because he falls in love with his own reflection. When surrounded by the Narcissistic messages of contemporary society you ve got to believe in yourself we need to listen to a Bible teacher from a past age who can drag us back to reflecting less on ourselves and more on God. Jonathan Edwards, perhaps the greatest of all American Bible teachers, was so God-centered. In The God-Centered Life, Dr. Josh Moody calls us to listen to Edwards in order that we might stop living for ourselves and start living the God-centered life. How to do church, teach the Bible, have a healthy family, deal with failure, engage postmodernism, assess spiritual experiences and more are envisioned through the eyes of Jonathan Edwards with freshness and accessibility. A study guide is included and further resources can be found at . Josh Moody (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, New Haven, Connecticut, serving the Yale community and surrounding New England region. He is also the author of Authentic Spirituality and Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment. The God-Centered Life is a graced prescription for truly engaging today s culture.... R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church in Wheaton Tremendous. Extremely well-written. It will be a blessing for many.... I heartily commend this work as a timely and valuable resource.... David S. Dockery, President, Union University Josh Moody is uniquely qualified to bring the reader along the path of a greater joy of knowing God and loving God through a person whose life was ablaze for this Triune God of glory and grace. Paul Lim, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, Vanderbilt University Potent, thoughtful, and constructive.... R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary At last, someone who stands in the tradition of Edwards as a pastor-scholar, interpreting and applying the lessons from Jonathan Edwards for today.... E. David Cook, Holmes Professor, Wheaton College, Fellow, Green College, Oxford I recommend this book most highly, praying that Josh Moody s labors will encourage the kinds of Edwards influenced lives and congregations that our world so desperately needs.... Douglas A. Sweeney, Associate Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Josh Moody (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, New Haven, Connecticut, serving the Yale community and surrounding New England region. He is also the author of Authentic Spirituality and Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment.
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