The Church Jesus Prayed For Paperback
A Personal Journey intn John 17
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The Church Jesus Prayed For
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This is the fruit of meditation over 35 years on "John 17". For most of his ministry Michael Cassidy has been wracked by the discrepancy between the church Jesus portrays, and the church in daily experience.
Luther wrote of "John 17": "It is so deep, so rich, so wide, no one can fathom it." John Knox had the chapter read to him every day of his last illness. William Temple once reflected that "it is perhaps the most sacred passage even in the four Gospels." John Stott called it "one of the profoundest chapters of the Bible".
Michael Cassidy looks at Jesus' vision and the church's mundane reality with care and prayerful reflection, asking: Where have we gone wrong? What can we do? How should we amend our ways? He studs his text with dozens of luminous and engaging anecdotes. This is an enormously readable and attractive book, permeated with Michael's generous, engaging spirit and shot through with insights into the human condition.
- Includes a for by Eugene H. Peterson
- Guide to use the book in small groups
- Endnotes & Index
The Church Jesus Prayed For by Michael Cassidy was published by Lion Hudson in November 2012 and is our 27210th best seller. The ISBN for The Church Jesus Prayed For is 9780857213303.
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The Church Jesus Prayed ForJohnny Douglas, via The Good Book Stall
This is a substantive and powerful exploration into the multi-faceted aspects of unity in Christ, as seen in the detail of John 17. The mystery and complexity of this prayer is unpacked in this weighty scholarship by Michael Cassidy.
John 17 is arguably the most complete and demanding prayer for the church. Human condition and scriptural faithfulness co-exist powerfully here in a resource book, that reflects a life of faithful ministry. The Church Jesus Prayed For is the fruit of Cassidy's "love affair with this poignant prayer".
In Jesus' prayer, Cassidy sees everything to do with the church's life in the world - "its authority, its characteristics, its lifestyle, its mission, its inner dynamics, plus both its heavenly and its earthly purposes". The heart of this book - what Cassidy labels the "Ten Marks" of the church Jesus prayed for, are identified as Truth, Holiness, Joy, Protection from Evil, Mission, Prayer, Unity, Love, Power and Glory. He writes substantively and in-depth on each of these topics, elaborating Biblically and experientially on them.
The chapters on joy, mission and unity are particularly brilliant. Not an easy canter but a masterful deep book worthy of your time. You'll be fuelled deeply and energised through Cassidy's outstanding effort.
The Church Jesus Prayed For reveals the heart and mind of Jesus for all kinds of readers. Gracious, generous and full of generosity.
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"This is the scholarship of a lifetime. Cassidy is an author you can trust. Read this book! I did, and profited greatly." - Gordon MacDonald, Chancellor, Denver Seminary
“Such moral force and biblical authority … Cassidy brings wisdom and hope for our broken world.” – S. Douglas Birdsall, Excutive Chair, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelisation
"This might end up as a landmark study of John 17 … I warmly commend this terrific book.” – Lord Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
“I’ve learned that prayer involves listening as much as talking, aligning us with what God wants done in the world more than what we want God to do for us. Michael Cassidy’s life models that principle.” – Phillip Yancey, author of ‘What’s So Amazing About Grace?
“Don’t miss it. It will be a classic for generations to come.” – Canon Dr Michael Green, Oxford
“Brilliantly unpacks the wonders and mysteries of Jesus’ prayer and opens our eyes to what the church is truly meant to be. Cassidy at his best.” – Rebecca Manley Pippert, Salt Shaker Ministries
About the Author
Michael Cassidy was educated at Michaelhouse, Cambridge, and Fuller Seminary. He is the founder of African Enterprise, and travels and speaks around the world from his base in Hilton, South Africa. He and Carol have three children and eight grandchildren. He has been appointed Honorary Chairman of the Lausanne Movement, in succession to John Stott.
Details for The Church Jesus Prayed For
|Page last updated||9th August 2015|
|Author / Artist||Michael Cassidy|
|Publisher||Lion Hudson (November 2012)|
|Edition||1st New edition|
|Number of Pages||416|