Joel Edwards's An Agenda for Change: A Global Call for Spiritual and Social PDF

By Joel Edwards

ISBN-10: 0310314755

ISBN-13: 9780310314752

This can be a compelling tract for our occasions (manifesto) addressed to evangelicals round the English-speaking international from the final director of the Evangelical Alliance. This umbrella staff represents evangelical Christians within the uk and is a part of the bigger global Evangelical Alliance of 128 nationwide and 7 nearby alliances together with the nationwide organization of Evangelicals within the united states. Written in an obtainable type this brief and readable manifesto matters a prophetic name to aid set the time table for evangelicals to: * current Christ credibly the twenty first century * Rehabilitate time period 'evangelical' pretty much as good information * have interaction in non secular and social transformation The booklet comprises dialogue inquiries to let sessions, teams, and groups to learn and speak about the contents of the ebook. because the church faces demanding situations and possibilities, this e-book can function a catalyst to maneuver the evangelical church ahead to make a distinction on this planet via fostering non secular and social transformation.

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His answer, quite simply, is happiness. And what, he wondered, is the route to a recovery of happiness, hope or Shalom? It is, he said, the rumour of angels: an awareness that God is supernaturally at work in our world. Miracles may come with a lot of baggage but we still need them on the journey. Evangelical Christians believe that the O 38 AN AGENDA FOR CHANGE miracles of the Old and New Testaments are historically reliable. But any casual study of the Christian church, from the early Fathers through to the Montanists, Celtic Christians and the revivals under the Wesleys or Jonathan Edwards, will recognise that there was an inseparable link between the proclamation of good news and the inexplicable wonders of God.

These agendas are important, but our ability to defend them is declining. So what people are likely to hear is a Jesus solely concerned with sex, abortion, marriage, gambling and the like. Ask any discerning member of the public, and this is likely to be the Christian agenda they best recognise. But if Jesus was allowed to speak for himself, this would not necessarily be the agenda on which he would hang his credibility. Whether we like it or not, he did not have a great deal to say about homosexuality and was quite selective about sextalk.

None of the above is to say that evangelical identity lacks some defining points. Whatever we may make of the word AN AGENDA FOR CHANGE 62 “evangelical”, we simply cannot escape its biblical underpinning. From its New Testament “gospel” roots to the Reformation and into the twenty-first ublic policy stances century, the evangel – good news – is do not define our central to evangelical identity. faith. We should be preAs far as the World Evangelipared to die together for cal Alliance (WEA) is concerned, Jesus – but we should being evangelical begins with a pernever crucify each other sonal relationship with Christ and on the basis of our vote.

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