What does it mean to lead a worthy life?
Much of Christian teaching today focuses on the benefits of following Jesus. We seek Jesus to heal our wounds, cure our sicknesses, and strengthen our marriages. We want Jesus to be our therapist and our life coach.
Indeed, Jesus promises that we are blessed when we follow him. But he also charged us with doing more. What if we could pray not just to receive blessings, but to understand what Jesus expects of us, and for the power to hear and to act?
The apostle Paul once wrote a letter to circulate among the earliest house churches in western Asia Minor, imploring them “to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1).
This book offers a set of Bible studies to help us answer the question, “What does Jesus expect of us?” It assumes that Jesus is more than a divine vending machine—that with faith comes responsibility. Every chapter has a single purpose in mind: to open up the pages of Scripture so that you, the reader, might “have the power to comprehend, with all the saints [i.e., believers], what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:18-19).
The latest work from biblical teacher Dr. Scott Engle looks at the responsibilities of Christians who are serious about following Jesus. Engle brings fresh perspectives and life applications to well-known stories of Scripture.
What Jesus Expects of Us is an engaging new work that explores the many layers of discipleship in the modern world. It is a rich journey through scripture, integrating select passages with contemporary writers and social issues. Scott Engle sets the historical context of passages and underscores their relevance for discipleship in the modern world, offering balanced adaptations of passages given our current culture. This would be a wonderful text to use in organized faith formation programs or as an individual text for personal study and reflection.
Dr. Michael Hartwig
Ph.D., Professor, Artist, Writer, and International Travel Consultant
This book is going to have a lasting impact on me. I’ve never seen Jesus’ expectations laid out so clearly and specifically for all of us claiming the title of Christian, all backed solidly by scripture. What I really appreciate about Scott’s gift of writing and teaching is the way he breaks complex concepts into understandable pieces as he connects scripture to the context of when it was written, and then to our current times.
Professional Certified Coach, Consultant and Co-Author of Results Coaching
Scott Engle mixes the wisdom of trusted Biblical scholars and faith leaders with his own profound insights and thought-proving questions to create a fresh perspective on scripture. This is a resource that will move people into the deeper waters of discipleship.
Dr. Pam White
Senior Pastor, First Rowlett United Methodist Church
You can see the Holy Spirit working through Dr. Engle in his writing. The timing of this release couldn’t be better. We need this and we need it now.
David E. Brusilow
Director, Coats Rose