Here and Now
Here and Now
Here and Now shows readers you don't have to wait to get to heaven to live a fully abundant life with Jesus.
The Christian life was so much more than just a one-time decision to secure a place in heaven.
What if you could experience heaven on earth today? Not flying angels singing on clouds, but the fulfilled, abundant life Jesus promised in the Bible—a life that, regardless of your circumstances or your present context, experiences joy, happiness, and peace that is difficult to encapsulate in human terms. What if heaven was available to us today?
Pastor and author Robby Gallaty thinks it is.
We have been taught that salvation is getting man out of earth to live in heaven when the Bible teaches that God desires to bring heaven to earth through man. In Here and Now, readers will journey together to uncover the nucleus of Jesus’ messages, which says the opposite. Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God (both are synonymous as we will see) more than any other topic. No other concept is even close.
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The kingdom of heaven is one of the most talked about concepts of Jesus’ ministry, and at the same time, the most misunderstood. Robby helps the reader understand Jesus’ focus on the here and now and not just the there and then of the kingdom. After reading this book, you will be motivated to live on mission to make disciples of all nations.
It’s hard to keep Jesus’ command to seek first the kingdom of God when so many Christians seem not to have a clue what the kingdom is. Robby Gallaty is one of the nation’s most dynamic and revered pastors. In this book, he conducts an accessible investigation into the kingdom, and our lives in it. You may not agree with every single one of his conclusions, but, whether you do or not, the questions provoked will help you to pray, and to live, the way Jesus taught us to do.
Robby helps us move from an incomplete, two-chapter gospel (fall, redemption) to the full four-chapter gospel of the kingdom: creation, fall, redemption, restoration. He helps us understand that our lives and world come from the kingdom and are headed toward the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. In other words, those of us who claim to be Jesus-followers are to live here and now as viral kingdom agents. Robby’s combination of scholarly reflection and profound insight is nothing less than inspiring!
It is rare when a respected friend writes something you like so much that you think, I could have written that! The famous theologian Karl Barth commented on the first chapter of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic book, The Cost of Discipleship. He said that it was so good that he wouldn’t attempt to edit it, he would just copy it word for word. That is the way I feel about Robby’s introduction and comments on the need for a more robust gospel that includes discipleship as natural part of what it means to be saved. Gallaty’s work is getting deeper and deeper.
I applaud Gallaty for seeking to ground his view of the kingdom in a historically informed, critically aware reading of Scripture. The result is a message that is neither shallow nor dry, directed toward the serious Bible reader but not written in overly technical language. Gallaty challenges nonscholars but doesn’t overwhelm them. More importantly, Gallaty writes as a pastor who is conversant with the top scholarship in this area but who is also in tune with the thought of his congregation. I heartily recommend this book.
This book is the marriage of Robby’s commitment to discipleship and his passion for the kingdom of our King. The result is an insightful and challenging read about life for the believer in the here and the now.