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Inter-Varsity Press Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service

Merit winner in the 2006 Christianity Today Book Awards!

"As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

Those of us called to Christian ministry are commissioned and sent by Jesus, just as he himself was called and sent by the Father. Thus we naturally pattern our ministries after Christ's example. But distinctively Christian service involves the Spirit as well, just as Jesus himself accomplished his ministry in the power of the Spirit. Thus the whole Trinity---Father, Son and Holy Spirit---gives shape to truly authentic Christian ministry.

Though as Christians we all affirm the doctrine of the Trinity, many of us might struggle to explain how understanding the Trinity could actually shape our ministry. Stephen Seamands demonstrates how a fully orbed theology of the Trinity transforms our perception and practice of vocational ministry. Theological concepts like relationality and perichoresis have direct relevance to pastoral life and work, especially in unfolding a trinitarian approach to relationships, service and mission. A thoroughly trinitarian outlook provides the fuel for our ministry "of Jesus Christ, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, on behalf of the church and the world."

Essential reading for pastors, parachurch workers, counselors, missionaries, youth ministers and all who are called to any vocation of Christian ministry.

Stephen Seamands (Ph.D., Drew University) is professor of Christian doctrine at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He also frequently speaks and leads retreats and seminars on such issues as emotional healing and spiritual renewal. His books include Christology and Transition in the Theology of Edwin Lewis (University Press of America, 1987), Holiness of Heart and Life (Abingdon, 1990), A Conversation with Jesus (Victor, 1994) and Wounds That Heal (IVP, 2003).

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Andrew Abdi Setiawan
Generally, the Christian leaders found difficulty to figure out the relevance of the doctrine of the Trinity in ministerial life. They just see the relevancy at little aspects, such as in the votum, baptismal service, and doxological song. But the rest, they dont understand how to apply the doctrine to the ministerial life. Probably, they understand the significance of the Trinity for believers, yet they dont know how to make the doctrine relevant to the vocational ministry.Therefore, the next question is how we should apply the doctrine in the ministerial life? In what way we should apply it?Through Seamand's Ministry in the Image of God, we may find the application of the doctrine. By arguing that the ministry we have entered is the ministry of Jesus Christ, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, he then moves to the deeper characteristics of Trinitarian's life. There are seven characteristics: (1) the relational personhood which leads to an understanding of a person as a relational being as well; (2) joyful intimacy that brings us to an enjoyable ministry on the earth; (3) glad surrender that leads us into self-dedication to Christ; (4) complex simplicity which brings us into a realistic understanding ministry; (5) gracious self-acceptance that encourages us to be a person that understand other particularity; (6) mutual indwelling that can be exercised in several aspects, such as listening to others emphatically, intercessory prayer, participating in the team ministry, and marriage intimacy;(7) passionate mission which gives us strength and boldness to join in the missio Dei without fear.Above all, this book will give us profound thoughts, both in theology area and practical as well. Therefore, I recommend this book highly to be learnt carefully.
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