Beginning Well Christian Conversion and Authentic Transformation

ISBN-10: 0830822976
ISBN-13: 9780830822973
Edition: 2001
Authors: Gordon T. Smith
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 8/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 239
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"Saints are made by good conversions."In this challenging and provocative book, Gordon T. Smith contends that a chief cause of spiritual immaturity in the evangelical church is an inadequate theology of conversion. Conversion, he says, involves more than a release from the consequences of sin--the goal is spiritual transformation. But there is little transformation without a complete and authentic conversion. The key is beginning well.In this age of false starts and stunted growth, maturing Christians need help reflecting on and interpreting their own religious experience. Christian leaders need to rethink the way that conversions happen. Beginning Well is a catalyst toward this end. Surveying Scripture, spiritual autobiographies and a broad range of theologies of conversion (Protestant and Catholic, Reformed and Wesleyan), the author seeks to foster in the Christian community a dynamic language of conversion that leads to spiritual transformation and mature Christian living. In the process he moves us from a short-sighted "minimalist" view to one that recognizes seven elements necessary for good conversions.This book--a stirring call to rethink the relationship between conversion and transformation--is a must read for pastors, evangelists, spiritual directors, seminary professors and others who are concerned about the nurture and development of Christian converts, and the nature of authentic religious experience.

Preface
Thinking About Conversion
The Community of Faith and the Language of Conversion
Autobiography: The Church's Experience of Conversion
The Evangelical Experience: A Historical Perspective
Models of Conversion in the New Testament
Elements of a Christian Conversion
Four Internal Actions of the Christian Convert: Intellectual, Penitential, Affective and Volitional
Three Elements That Support and Enable: The Sacramental, the Charismatic and the Communal
Growing Up Christian: Conversion and Second-Generation Christians
The Rhythms of Grace
Indexes

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