The Signature of Jesus challenges the gospel of "cheap grace" and calls the church to radical discipleship. With passion and boldness, author Brennan Manning invites readers to risk living life as Jesus lived—committed to simplicity, purity of heart, and obedience to the gospel.
As a radical alternative this book is offered to Christians who want to live by faith and not by mere “religion,” for those who recognize that many of the burning theological issues in the church today are neither burning nor theological; who see Christianity neither as a moral code or a belief system but as a love affair; who have not forgotten that they are followers of a crucified Christ; who know that following him means living dangerously; who want to live the gospel without compromise; who have no greater desire than to have his signature written on the pages of their lives.
“Behold,” Jesus proclaims, “I stand at the door and knock.” You may have already met him at the door…but do you truly know him? Have you been transformed by His furious, passionate, unexplainable love? Join Brennan Manning, the bestselling author of The Ragamuffin Gospel, on a personal journey to experience Christ’s love and live with His passion.
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|Release Date: 01-05-2011|
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The Signature of Jesus
From Haran to Canaan
As Abram leaves Haran—“your country, your people and your father’s house”—he embarks on a journey
he has never made to a land he never has seen. He sets out, not because he can predict the role he is to play in the history of salvation, but simply because of his personal experience, the spiritual experience of God speaking to him.
There is no program he can detail; no insight into history with which he can support his decision; no model through
which he can obtain a psychological identity. Spiritual experience has become a summons: It is God who directs.
And the future is God’s.
God will, in time, show him the land.
God will have him father a nation.
Only God will make his life into a blessing for all the wretched and blundering children of this earth. What is decisive at this moment for Abram is not a vision of the next twenty years, but a quality of religious experience, a present influence of God. This touches the core of faith: to believe in a personal God who calls me and leads me. Abram obeys that call. For the time being, the call is enough. Had he demanded to know more of the details
and practicalities of the game plan, he would have demonstrated the antithesis of faith, for faith is never based on
In the New Testament, Zechariah, who wanted to be sure, insisted upon some divine guarantee before yielding
to God’s word (see Luke 1:18). That is not faith.
The journey of the man who would become known as Abraham is a paradig...