Standing in grace : a relational overview of Christian life
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This project is designed to provide average readers with a relational overview of Christian life. it reflects a Reformation perspective or the centrality of grace and is presented with the hope of increasing the reader's clarity in understanding and living a complete Christian life. The Context is described by means of a summary of selected aspects of the research done by the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries and the Search institute. The contents were used in the adult education program of the Surprise Valley Parish, United Church of Christ, in rural, northeastern California.
The introduction is intended as an invitation, to pull the reader into considering a comprehensive view of their faith. The Conclusion provides the reader with a summary along with a sense of commission that suggests directions for further exploration and implementation.
The four Chapters describe standing in grace with ourselves, others, the world, and God. The approach begins with the reflexive relatlonship and moves continuously outward until it culminates with one's ultimate relationship. Throughout, God's grace in Jesus of Nazareth is the point of reference for understanding the nature of these relationships. This is done with a view toward describing how a maturing Christian faith might manifest itself in these relationships in the ever-changing temporal context. Also, basic resources for growth are suggested along with questions for reflection and discussion.
Appendix A is a Scripture song/folk hymn that was written as an earlier part of the Doctor of Ministry program. This resource may enable readers to utilize their imaginations by singing the theme of the book. Appendix B is a selected list of books for further study, since the intended audience is average readers. The works cited and a curriculum vitae conclude the paper.
This little book may be used as a tool to promote a growing understanding and living of one's faith. It organizes the contents of Christian religion in terms of everyday relationships. These are the arenas where a Christian faith must ultimately be llved. Thus, this approach may be profitably used in a variety of contexts, with individuals and groups that are in very different places, stages, and orientations in their Christian life.