• Growing Down

Growing Down

Unlearning the Patterns of Adulthood that Keep Us from Jesus

What does it mean to be an adult? Different individuals and cultures will answer differently, but they all will have one common theme: self-sufficiency.

Here is where the problem lies for the Christian. On the one hand, the world needs grown-ups, now more than ever. But if growing up is mainly about self-sufficiency and self-reliance, the gospel runs diametrically opposed to both of those things. The gospel tells us, in fact, that we need to "grow down”—to become like children.

True maturity, according to Jesus, is entering the kingdom of heaven like a child. In Growing Down, Michael Kelley wrestles with Jesus’ words that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the likes of little children. If that is true, then we must grow down in characteristics that make us functional and effective adults, if we want to truly grow up in Christ.

about the author

Michael Kelley is director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources and author of Growing Down: Unlearning the Patterns of Adulthood that Keep Us from Jesus. His previous works include Boring, Holy VocabularyThe Tough Sayings of Jesus, and Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael and his wife have three children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • isbn: 9781462776320
  • status: Active
  • season: Spring 2018
  • publish date: 04/01/2018
  • pages: 224
  • carton quantity: 36
  • Growing Down, eBook

Growing Down, eBook

Unlearning the Patterns of Adulthood that Keep us from Jesus

What does it mean to be an adult? Different individuals and cultures will answer differently, but they all will have one common theme: self-sufficiency.

Here is where the problem lies for the Christian. On the one hand, the world needs grown-ups, now more than ever. But if growing up is mainly about self-sufficiency and self-reliance, the gospel runs diametrically opposed to both of those things. The gospel tells us, in fact, that we need to "grow down”—to become like children.

True maturity, according to Jesus, is entering the kingdom of heaven like a child. In Growing Down, Michael Kelley wrestles with Jesus’ words that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the likes of little children. If that is true, then we must grow down in characteristics that make us functional and effective adults, if we want to truly grow up in Christ.

about the author

Michael Kelley is director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources and author of Growing Down: Unlearning the Patterns of Adulthood that Keep Us from Jesus. His previous works include Boring, Holy VocabularyThe Tough Sayings of Jesus, and Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael and his wife have three children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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details

  • isbn: 9781462776337
  • status: Active
  • season: Spring 2018
  • publish date: 04/01/2018
  • pages: 224

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