“The core of Christ's message (although often misinterpreted) is clear: The kingdom, the shalom (peace) of God, is now available to all humankind through Jesus. God's kingdom is one of complete inclusion and acceptance, of forgiveness and a new plan for the world. In The Lost Message of Jesus authors Chalke and Mann assert that it is a tragedy that during past centuries the church has failed to communicate, even understand, this revolutionary message. Instead, say the authors, the Jesus that Christians present as 'good news' is often viewed by the public as 'bad news.'
“Chalke, founding director of Oasis Trust and Faithworks, and Mann, a researcher and writer, look at Jesus in His original setting--first century Palestine, with all of its distinctive political, economic, social and religious practices. The authors aim to give readers a picture of Jesus from the perspective of the people He encountered: namely, religious leaders, prostitutes, tax collectors, the powerful, and also the disenfranchised. The authors examine Christ's life from birth to death to show how He radically challenged centuries of Jewish teaching and beliefs about God's character and His plan for humankind. By knitting key events and issues of Christ's life, the authors convey that too often the message Christians preach is influenced more by the culture of the world than by the life-changing message Jesus brought to Earth more than 2,000 years ago.
“This book offers lively and informative accounts of Jesus. Besides the fast-paced prose that is filled with interesting details, there is a great range of history that is shared. Instead of just piecing together colorful anecdotes about Jesus, Chalke and Mann capture the central point of His message and ministry. At times there are problems with the authors' declaration that the church has mishandled Christ's original message. They highlight instances of the church's failure to communicate the message, but they do not always clearly convey the fundamental changes in society and culture that resulted in that disjointed message.
“This book is written to pose fresh questions and create thoughtful debate. Readers who want to develop a deeper understanding of Jesus will enjoy the analysis given by Chalke and Mann. This book is sure to shed light on the message that Christ continues to bring.” -- James C. Hendrix, Ph.D., Christian Book Previews.com
A fresh—and perhaps controversial—look at Jesus by one of Britain’s most respected Christian authors
Who is the real Jesus? Do we remake him in our own image and then wonder why our spirituality is less than life-changing and exciting? Steve Chalke—a high-profile visionary in the United Kingdom and an evangelical recognized not only by Christians but by the general public as well—believes that the real Jesus is deeply challenging. And each new generation must grapple with the question of who he is, because only through a constant study of Jesus are we able to discover God himself.
The Lost Message of Jesus is written to stir thoughtful debate and pose fresh questions that will help create a deeper understanding of Jesus and his message. It is an encounter with the real Jesus of his world—not the Jesus we try to mold to ours. Themes include:
• The Kingdom of God—shalom—is available to everyone now, through Jesus
• The world outside your own church needs to hear of the depth of God’s love and suffering
• Jesus was a radical and a revolutionary!
• Jesus offers immediate forgiveness, without cost, to anyone
• Jesus shows us repentance isn’t a guilt-laden list of dos and don’ts, but an inspirational vision of a new way to live
Focusing on some of the key episodes, events, and issues of Jesus’ life, we will see how too often the message we preach today has been influenced more by the culture we live in than the radical, life-changing, world-shaping message Jesus shared two thousand years ago.