Eternity is Now in Session
A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught about Salvation, Eternity and Getting to the Good Place
By John Ortberg
Bestselling author John Ortberg revisits the central concepts of Christianity - what 'being saved', and eternal life, really mean.
Something in us is waiting - for what, we don't know. Something different? Something better?
For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we're waiting for is found in the phrase 'eternal life'. But what is eternal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it?
In Eternity Is Now in Session, bestselling author John Ortberg dispels the myth that eternal life is something way out in outer space that we can only hope to experience after we die - and that being saved is merely about meeting the minimal entrance requirements for getting into heaven. Instead, John unpacks the reality that the moment we trust Christ, we are initiated into 'eternal living' with God as a here and now reality, one that will continue beyond our life on this earth.
Jesus defined eternal life just once, in John 17:3: " ... that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." The kind of 'knowing God' that is eternal life is an interactive relationship, not just an affirmation of certain facts about God. Once we begin the transformative journey of truly knowing God, we can start to experience his presence, favour, and resurrection power right here on this earth - in the details, tasks, and challenges of daily, ordinary life.
And as we begin to know God this way, we'll realise each moment of our lives is a vehicle to the eternity we've been longing for all along.
John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Church, an author and a speaker. John's teaching centres around our everyday life with God and how God cares more about who we are becoming than what we do. He has written books on spiritual formation including The Life You've Always Wanted, Faith and Doubt, Who is This Man? and Soul Keeping.
Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in psychology. He holds a master of divinity and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Fuller Seminary. Prior to joining Menlo Church, John served as teaching pastor at Chicago's Willow Creek Community Church. John is a member of the board of trustees at Fuller Seminary and the board for the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, and he has served on the board of Christianity Today International.
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06 Sep 2018
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Hodder & Stoughton