I had almost no understanding that this is what Jesus wanted from me. I would have whole heartedly affirmed that Jesus wants me to be of very high reputation. If he had done this it would have been a major stumbling block to the poor. It would have prevented so many millions from coming to him. It means to fashion my life in such a way as to make the lowliest comfortable with approaching me. The characteristic that Pastor Gayle called As the Younger was also very impactful for me.
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Erwin, Gayle D. A free copy of this book was sent in the mail to the church where I preach. The main thesis of author Gayle D. Erwin, who has served as a minister, seminary professor, magazine editor, and traveling speaker, and now devotes his time to teaching and writing about the nature of Jesus, is that the modern church has gotten way off track and needs to get back to emphasizing the person and servant lifestyle of Jesus.
First, I found some of his exegesis and explanation of certain passages of Scripture to be questionable. He uses a lot of hyperbole, which is a perfectly fine form of illustration but can be overdone. As one might imagine, the book is filled with typical evangelical denominational concepts and terminology. At the same time, in spite of these specific disagreements that one might have depending on his religious background, The Jesus Style does contain a searing, but certainly deserved, indictment of modern denominationalism and its characteristics which take away from the importance of being simple followers of Jesus.
There are two possible reactions to such teaching. Some might determine to shed all the creeds and catechisms of men and return to the primitive teaching of Christ and His inspired apostles as found in the New Testament.
That is a perfectly desirable and appropriate aim. Preach the Man, not the plan. Reading through the study guide in the back of the book, I might tend to assume that Erwin favors the latter approach, though I do not know for sure. Yet, I do not want to be entirely negative. Erwin offers a lot of good observations and makes many valuable suggestions.
He felt that it was dangerously close to humanism. Humanism recognizes no divine other than mankind. But Jesus was fully God, fully man. If he was fully man, then He was just like I am, a man with the same passions and temptations that I have. This is why He is our example. However, the general tone of the book just did not resonate with me. It is now in its 43rd printing. Apparently, later editions than the one which I have begin with a Foreword by the late Richard C.
Halverson, a Presbyterian minister and former U. Senate Chaplain.
The Jesus Style
Yogor The Jesus Style You see, what does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul? August 7, at 2: Gayle needs better friends. Mar 17, Brett Galye rated it it was amazing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are scores of other books that are far superior exhortations unto holiness than this book. No trivia or quizzes yet. Applying these truths will require a transformati Do we dare to actually model our lives after Jesus?
The Jesus style
Start your review of The Jesus Style Write a review Shelves: nonfiction , philosophy-theology-spirituality Excellent book putting Western leadership styles to rest. Servant leadership, the kind evidenced and taught by Jesus, is absolutely, unequivocally essential to a vital Christian church and a true Christian life. This book deconstructs hurtful and worldly leadership styles, Excellent book putting Western leadership styles to rest. This book deconstructs hurtful and worldly leadership styles, while simultaneously keeping the focus on the alternative rather than deteriorating into a cynical bitch fest about the current state of things. Here is a better question, do we dare not to model ourselves after Jesus? Jesus calls us to follow His example, which is radically different and contrary to what we are used to. Gayle does a masterful job of drawing out deep heart issues and practical life issues to challenge us.