Living in relationships with other people and with God gives us the life God intends for us and the life we long for.
Some of us are rule followers. Big time. We rely on rules and dogmas to help us search for the life best lived...especially in the spiritual aspect of our lives. Steve Harper, author of Life in Christ, encourages us instead to see the spiritual life as a movement, where we are always on the way, taking steps forward to continually align our lives with Christ. He shows us how Christ can be the goal and pattern for our lives, and by living in relationship, we can live the life we long for—the abundant life God intends for us. Although Harper’s book can be used for individual study, his wealth of helps, including questions for reflection on each chapter and a discussion guide, makes it a meaningful resource for group study as well.
E. Stanley Jones observed that people “know everything about life except how to live it.” We humans have acquired immense knowledge and achieved great things. We are enlightened, Jones said, but not necessarily enlivened. Steve Harper has been mulling over this human situation for a few decades and offers his profoundly inspiring conclusions in Life In Christ.
Harper helps us recognize our tendency to search for life through rules and dogmas rather than in relationships with other people and with God. By living in relationship, we live as enlivened Christians, the abundant life God intends for us and the life we long for. He encourages us to see the spiritual life as a movement, where we are always on the way, taking steps forward to continually align our lives with Christ. He shows us how Christ can be the goal and pattern for our lives, motivating us to live as God’s beloved and as instruments of God’s love.
Harper provides a wealth of helps, including a set of questions for reflecting on each chapter, a discussion guide for conversing about the book in a group, and extensive reading lists for further enrichment.