Item description for Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living (BridgePoint Books) by Stanley J. Grenz & Leighton Ford...
Overview With a passion for communicating to today's postmodern generation, Grenz uses the resources of the biblical message, the heritage of the church, and the thought forms of our culture as tools to construct a helpful theology that is biblical, historical, and contemporary. With the goal of offering a systematic statement of the faith in a manner that can speak to contemporary culture, he centers his reflections around the concept of community. This focus encapsulates the biblical message, stands at the heart of the church's theological heritage, and speaks to the needs of people in today's world. Features illustrations and sidebars. November '98 publication date.
Publishers Description Makes theology accessible to a wider audience, introducing readers to the care doctrines of the Christian faith and encouraging them to connect belief with everyday life.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.05" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.84" Weight: 1.22 lbs.
Release Date Apr 5, 2012
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series BridgePoint Books
ISBN 0801021839 ISBN13 9780801021831
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More About Stanley J. Grenz & Leighton Ford
Stanley J. Grenz is Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology, and Ethics at Carey Theological College and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. His works include "Revisioning Evangelical Theology" and "Theology for the Community of God."
Stanley J. Grenz was born in 1950 and died in 2005 and has an academic affiliation as follows - North American Baptist Seminary.
Reviews - What do customers think about Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living (BridgePoint Books)?
Created for Community! Feb 27, 2007
Are you struggling to understand how theology is practical to Christian living? Have you had a hard time putting life into perspective? Many authors have a difficult time making theology practical to the common man. Grenz wonderfully accomplishes this task and gives the church a proper understanding of God's purposes for his creation. We were created for community!
Grenz begins by discussing the importance of theology and how it should be more than mere head knowledge. Application must be made and that application ought to change our lives for the better of God's good purposes.
Grenz gives a simple and concise synopsis of the Christian faith. Who is God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? How do we understand and communicate who he is? What does it mean to be created in his image? What did the Fall really do to community? What exactly did God do to restore that community? Why did he do it this way? What does it mean to say that the church mirrors the community of God? Grenz beautifully tells the story of God... the story of his community... the story of our faith.
Why "community"? Grenz writes, "because the focus on community encapsules the biblical message, it stands at the heart of the theological heritage of the church, and it speaks to the aspirations and sensed needs of people in our world today. In short, as we realize that we are created for community, we are in a position to connect Christian belief with Christian living."
This is the second time I have read this book. The first time was in college. This last time through was better than the first! I have really been able to catch Grenz's vision of trinitarian community. Trinitarian unity is the archetype for the church. I believe that being involved in a house church has helped me to better grasp "community". In the institutional church I had a very difficult time envisioning "community." It was actually kind of strange to even talk about community in that setting. It's not a natural setting for human relationships to be bound together in trinitarian love.
Grenz was truly a blessing to Christ's church. His writings will continue to stir the hearts and minds of readers for years to come.
* For a lengthier version of this book... get "Theology for the Community of God" (1994) also by Grenz. I recommend "Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living" to new Christians and all those needing an introduction to theology and the Christian faith. It is perfect for small groups.
Theology for the Everyday Believer Sep 15, 2005
Before reading this book, I thought of theology books as boring, and difficult to understand and not applicable to the everyday believer who was not going to Bible school.
Grenz's "Created for Community" has changed my mind. I am excited about the content as now it gives me some words to help explain my Christian beliefs & a deeper longing to know Christ.
It is a must read for every Christian or those wondering what the Christian faith is all about.
consistent and effective Sep 14, 2005
Stan Grenz was one of the most fluent and also readable writers and theologians of our time. And he "lived it". The topic of community is an easy topic to wax eloquent about, but Grenz makes it practical and real.
Best Book on Theology Feb 17, 2005
This is a wonderful Theological Study Resource. Grenz does an excellent job displaying differing viewpoints, showing which one he believes most correct, and allowing the reader to make a decision based on his own experience. This is an absolute must read for every church member seeking to deepen his/her faith in Jesus and in the Triune God!