Posted by: jtflegaspi | January 23, 2008

The Secret Message of JESUS by Brian D. Mclaren

brian.jpeg1. What is the Christian background of the author?

He is the pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland. In 1986, he left academia to become the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, a nondenominational church in Baltimore, Washington region. In 2004, he was awarded as honorary Doctor of Divinity from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. He has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since mid 80’s. He was criticized by the evangelical leaders.

2. What are author’s 3 points or main ideas?

a. The true meaning of eternal life is knowing GOD and JESUS (John 17:3), not “life after death” or “life after you die”.

b. According to John’s gospel, the “Kingdom of God” that JESUS meant was: *a life that is radically different from the way other people are living these days. *a life that is full and overflowing. *higher life that is centered in an interactive relationship with GOD and with JESUS.

c. An extraordinary life to the full centered in a relationship with GOD. What is the meaning of hiddeness of CHRIST’s message? Upang ilihim sa mga marurunong at matatalino (Mateo 11:25). Sapagkat noong si JESUS ay nagtuturo sa mga templo o sinagoga, may mga Pariseong nandoon at nakikinig. Sapagkat hindi tinatanggap o pinapaniwalaan ang mga pahayag ni JESUS (Juan 3:10-12) kung hayag na ang mga salita, wala nang hahanapin o ie-expect ang mga tao mula kay JESUS. Ngunit kung ito ay hindi pa hayag, maghahanap, susunod, sasama at mage-expect pa ng maraming bagay ang mga tao mula kay JESUS.

3. What are the changes that brought you in your current thinking?

Noon akala ko ang tunay na kahulugan ng “buhay na walang hanggan” ay ang “pagkabuhay o mabubuhay akong muli matapos kong mamatay”. Ngunit, noong nabasa ko ang (Juan 17:3) at mabasa ko ang librong ito, nagbago ang aking pananaw. Ngayon, nalaman ko na ang tunay na kahulugan ng “buhay na walang hanggan” ay kilalanin ang nag-iisa at tunay na DIYOS at si JESU-CRISTO na kanyang sinugo (Juan 17:3). Ang kaharian ng DIYOS ay pamumuhay na kaiba sa pamumuhay ng mundong ito. Isang hindi pangkaraniwang buhay ay nasesentro sa pakikipagrelasyon sa DIYOS.


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