Though bringing people to new birth in Christ through evangelism is essential, says Peterson, isn't it obvious that growth in Christ is equally essential? Yet the American church does not treat Christian growth and character formation with equivalent urgency. We are generally uneasy with the quiet, obscure conditions in which growth takes place, and building maturity in Christ too often gets relegated to footnote status in the text of our lives.
In Practice Resurrection Peterson brings the voice of Scripture -- especially Paul's letter to the Ephesians -- and the voice of the contemporary Christian congregation together to unpack what it means to fully grow up "to the stature of Christ." Peterson's robust discussion will move readers to restore transformed Christian character to the center of their lives.
This helpful study guide is designed to enable small groups in schools or churches -- or even individuals -- to delve deeper into the timely wisdom of Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ. Peter Santucci here breaks up Peterson's book into thirteen "sessions," each of which contains a summary, select quotes to consider, questions for interaction, and a prayer drawn from the text of Ephesians that is covered in the corresponding book chapter.
About the authors
Eugene H. Peterson (1932–2018) was a longtime pastor and professor of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. His many acclaimed books include Tell It Slant, The Jesus Way, Eat This Book, and the contemporary translation of the Bible titled The Message.
Peter Santucci, a former student and teaching assistant of Eugene Peterson's, is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Lebanon, Oregon.
Other titles by Eugene H. Peterson
Eat This Book
A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
The Jesus Way
A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way
The Spirituality of Wine
A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ
Taking Your Soul to Work
Overcoming the Nine Deadly Sins of the Workplace
Tell It Slant Study Guide
God of Surprises
The Jesus Way Study Guide
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places
A Conversation in Spiritual Theology