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Before God - G. Stroup

Paperback Published: April 2004
ISBN: 9780802822147
Number Of Pages: 221

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Many Christians today have experienced a loss of enormous significance -- they no longer understand their daily lives to be lived "before God." This timely work traces the development and implications of this loss and argues for its recovery.

In comparing contemporary Christians with believers of previous eras, author George Stroup sees an "eclipse" of life lived before God. This eclipse is tragic because the Bible presupposes human life as a daily, personal relationship with God. Stroup here offers help by exploring anew the biblical view that Jesus Christ models most clearly what life lived before God and neighbor looks like. He then suggests that describing Christian life as "gratitude naturally evokes a sense of life lived before God. The book concludes by examining whether life before God requires a sense of God's presence -- and whether it is possible to live before God even in those times when he seems to be absent.

Offering thought-provoking analysis of modern faith and sound direction for spiritual renewal, "Before God is perfect for churches, study groups, pastors, and individuals pursuing genuine discipleship.

Beforenessp. 1
Beforeness in the Biblep. 4
Theology before Godp. 9
Beforenessp. 15
The eclipse of beforenessp. 24
Jesus Christ the apple treep. 35
Christ and Adamp. 37
Jesus before Godp. 40
Jesus before neighborp. 52
Dying before Godp. 60
Without sinp. 66
Sinp. 69
Unmentionable sinp. 69
The loss of life before Godp. 75
Sin and the lawp. 80
The forms of sinp. 83
Idolatryp. 89
Self-deceptionp. 92
The paradoxes of sinp. 97
Sin, guilt, and confessionp. 101
Gracep. 105
Sin and gracep. 105
Parables of gracep. 111
The contours of God's gracep. 114
Christian freedomp. 129
Salvationp. 136
Gratitudep. 141
Grace and gratitudep. 141
Ingratitudep. 147
Gratitude as obediencep. 150
Giving thanksp. 155
Grateful worshipp. 162
The ministry of reconciliationp. 168
Presence, absence, and beforenessp. 173
Beforeness, hiddenness, and absencep. 175
Beforeness and presencep. 180
Spiritual presencep. 187
Practicing life before Godp. 192
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ISBN: 9780802822147
ISBN-10: 0802822142
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 221
Published: April 2004
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.95  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.31

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