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Overview Seek First the Kingdom. God is up to something! And His plans are far greater than we might imagine. Christianity is not merely about isolated individuals going to heaven. It's about God transforming the entire world and making things right. Sickness will be healed, sins will be forgiven, injustice will be eradicated, and all creation will be redeemed. But this is not merely a distant future. It's happening now through what Jesus came to establish--the kingdom of God. Allen Wakabayashi reawakens us to the world-changing reality of the kingdom of God. With clear, biblical insight, he unpacks what Jesus proclaimed about the good news of the kingdom and spells out the implications for us today. Focusing on the kingdom of God will revolutionize how we live out our faith, how we think about our world and how we explain the good news about Jesus. Ultimately, understanding ourselves as citizens of the kingdom will empower us to be God's change agents in the world. God is at work to restore everything to be the way he intended to be, and we can be a part of what he is doing. Get a glimpse of the kingdom coming, and experience His will being done--on earth as it is in heaven.
Publishers Description God is up to something And his plans are far greater than you might imagine. Christianity is not merely about isolated individuals going to heaven. It's about God transforming the entire world and making things right. Sicknesses will be healed, sins will be forgiven, injustice will be eradicated, and all creation will be redeemed. But this is not merely a distant future. It's happening now through what Jesus came to establish--the kingdom of God. Allen Wakabayashi reawakens you to the world-changing reality of the kingdom of God. With clear, biblical insight, he unpacks what Jesus proclaimed about the good news of the kingdom and spells out the implications for you today. Focusing on the kingdom of God will revolutionize how you live out your faith, how you think about your world and how you explain the good news about Jesus. Ultimately, understanding yourself as a citizen of the kingdom will empower you to be one of God's change agents in the world. God is at work to restore everything to be the way he intended it to be, and you can be a part of what he is doing Get a glimpse of the kingdom coming, and experience his will being done--on earth as it is in heaven.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 7, 2003
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830823638 ISBN13 9780830823635
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More About Allen M. Wakabayashi
Allen M. Wakabayashi has an M.A. in missions/intercultural studies from Wheaton College Graduate School and a master's degree in theology/biblical studies from Loyola University (Chicago, Illinois). He has served on various campuses with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1989. Currently, he serves as Great Lakes West Regional Theological Coordinator and Associate Area Director for Northwestern University InterVarsity Fellowship. He is based in Evanston, Illinois.
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Challenges simplistic evangelicalism Feb 18, 2005
Being an evangelical myself, I'm grateful for Allen Wakabayashi's insight and challenge to go beyond a short-sighted, formulaic approach of sharing the faith. Moreover, Allen calls us to consider a broader, more comprehensive view of God's redemptive plan for the earth that is more faithful to Biblical texts. This is a very accessible book, but very potent in pushing the edges of what we evangelicals all too often settle for...a rather simplistic, manageable approach to faith, Scripture, God, and being kingdom agents in the world today.
Good Popular Level Introduction to Kingdom Theology Mar 26, 2004
Wakabayashi has produced a rather unique contribution to the field of Kingdom theology - an introductory, mostly non-technical, reader friendly, and unintimidating look at the coming of the Kingdom. Unlike the important classics in the field by Vos and Ridderbos, this book has the potential of making Kingdom theology accessible and understandable on the average layperson level. I, for one, think this is a good thing and mostly applaud this book's appearance on the market.
Wakabayashi is not a decorated theologian, but he is seminary trained and for the most part, his theological views are sound. He writes this book with a passion to demonstrate that Jesus wants to change the world, and he laments what he rightly believes is the lack of global and personal transformation that has become the hallmark of the Christian church in our day. Wakabayashi believes that a renewed focus on the Christian's place in the Kingdom has the potential to positively address this enormous problem.
Wakabayashi presents the standard 'already/not yet' Kingdom theology that has come to dominate New Testament Biblical theology over the last several decades. But his exposition of Kingdom eschatology is not really the thrust of the book, though it does provide the basis for much of what he says. Instead, Wakabayashi seems intent on showing how this theological understanding manifests itself in the world and in our lives. His contention that Jesus wants to change the world is really an appeal to renewal and transformation on a cosmic scale. For Wakabayashi, this means cultural transformation in terms of Christians becoming involved in politics and policy, as well as articulately advocating Christian ideas in higher education, the media, and every other legitimate secular discipline. This mentality has echoes of Kuyper in it, but unlike Kuyper, Wakabayashi makes very specific appeals that evangelicals are not always comfortable with. His appeal for Christians to make the Kingdom made manifest by working against social injustice and environmental degradation, among other things, is mostly welcome.
I found Wakabayashi's application of Kingdom theology to the topic of evangelism to be quite insightful. In a day where evangelism is chalked up to handing out a tract or inviting someone to a movie, and when conversion is defined as praying a prayer or walking down an aisle, Wakabayashi presents something far more substantive. If the Kingdom of God has come, and if the nature of the Kingdom is for the citizens of the Kingdom to be loyal and obedient to their King, this leaves no room for a lukewarm Christianity that does not exhibit life change or a desire to be obedient. While the imperial language is probably not the greatest evangelistic tool, Wakabayashi should be applauded for insisting that Kingdom evangelism must emphasize loyalty to God and His character in the lives we live. We are not saved by our works, but we are judged by our works. Evangelicals too often bathe in the former and forget the latter, but both are essential. That's what it means to be a Christian - a true citizen of God's Kingdom. If the Kingdom of God was inaugurated by Jesus mainly through obedience and suffering (which it was), Kingdom living for us today should be reflective of our perfect Model - King Jesus. We should joyfully long to be obedient to the One who has saved us, and we should not be surprised when we are called to suffer for His sake, just as He predicted so long ago. Kingdom living will not sell many books, but it will result in a purposeful, substantive, and joyous life in Christ for those willing to embrace it - not to mention that it will make people see the world around them with new eyes in ways that will make the world we live in today more understandable.
I'm giving the book 4 stars because even on an introductory level, Wakabayashi's interaction with Scripture is not the greatest. Introductory works are not designed to present meticulous and rigorous exegesis. Yet too often, in their desire to be overly accessible at an introductory level, these books tend to stress personal testimonies and stories to such a degree that Scripture gets put on the sideline. There is a balance that should be struck in a work like this, but in my opinion, the book is slanted too far to the personal testimony side.
But overall, this is a fine introduction to Kingdom theology, and as previously stated, its accessibility, while not flawless, is a welcome addition to this important field of theology.