The Formation of Christian Character. Why does merely understanding and trying hard to follow the example of Jesus often yield little progress--and even less joy and peace?
Deriving insights from the life of Jesus in the Gospels, Klaus Issler uncovers the dynamics involved in truly becoming more Christlike. He shows how you can forge much deeper connections with Jesus so that his life permeates your own character. The result is a closer alignment between what you want to do as a follower of Jesus, what you actually do and who you are becoming in your relationship with him. Learn to be transformed from the inside out.
"Klaus Issler has identified the key to authentic Christian living: It is a matter of both the heart and discipline. Get ready to drink from a fire hose emanating from the well of truth, the Bible. This book will put you to work and on the road to a deeper relationship with the Lord. The work is worth the investment. Issler combines theology, Scripture, real-life experience and assignments, all designed to sharpen your understanding and Christian walk." â€”Ken Eldred, businessman/philanthropist, author of The Integrated Life
"The formation of good character is the standing human problem, generation to generation, and it is the arena of perpetual human failure throughout history, up to today. The formation of Christian character in companionship with Christ is the verifiable solution to the standing problem and the constant failure. For many decades, Christian sources have not done well with character formation, if they have addressed it at all. Klaus Issler has carefully worked his way through the details of how Christian character formation reliably proceeds. He knows from personal experience and scholarly research how it works. He guides you in the path and enables you to extend what you have gained to others in desperate need around you. Living into the Life of Jesus is a vital resource for any individual or group looking for ways to realize the powerful outcomes of spiritual transformation manifestly presented in the pages of the New Testament." â€”Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy and The Spirit of the Disciplines
Part One: A Process for Christian Character Formation
1. Form Your Heart, Not Just Your Behavior
2. Wake up to Five Formation Gaps
3. Adapt Formation Practices for your journey
Part Two: Essential Divine Resources of Formation Grace
4. Love: Divine Relational Support in Jesus' Life and Ours
5. Holy Spirit: Divine Mentoring in Jesus' Life and Ours
6. Scripture: Divine Revelation of Reality and a "Jesus" Lifestyle
Part Three: Following Jesus in Our Gaps
7. Three Exemplary Jesus Practices About Relationships
8. Three Exemplary Jesus Practices About Money and Work
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