An Interview with Frank Viola on The Writing Process for Jesus Now

{If you haven’t met Frank Viola, then we gladly introduce you. He’s a prolific writer who is straight forward with a wealth of historical knowledge of scriptures and the times which they were written, and yet, his books bring all the complexity of historical context with a clarity which is refreshing and enlightening. Frank has graciously taken the time to share with you about his newest book, Jesus Now, that was released today. But even better, we’d love to give this signed copy away!}

 

 “Jesus Now stands as a challenge for each of us to move from numbers to narratives, from scorecards to storyboards, to have our lives become an ongoing provenance for the Jesus story, based on the authentics of the gospel.” ~~Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Chair in Evangelism, Drew University Distinguished Visiting Professor, George Fox University who also wrote the foreword for Jesus Now.

 

1.      How is the book, Jesus Now, different than Jesus: A Theography?

Jesus: A Theography (with Leonard Sweet) tells the story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus Now explores the present-day ministry of Christ. It answers the question, “What is Jesus doing now?” It’s an entire study on what Jesus’ ministry has been since His ascension and until His second coming, and how it benefits every believer.

2.      How did the book begin for you? What was it that lead you to start writing it?

I know of no other book that’s addressed this specific subject in any detail and in a way that any reader can understand. So I felt it’s a needed book. Understanding the seven aspects of Christ’s present-day ministry has been hugely valuable to me personally, so I wanted to share it with others.

3.      Is there any part of the book that caused you hesitation? And how?

Well, in my chapter on the High Priestly ministry of Christ, I decided to come out of the gate pretty strong against two contemporary problems. One is the legalism that’s in the drinking water of the Christian faith today that makes God’s people afraid of the Lord and heavily focused on their own service, works, and growth. This leads to one of two problems: (1) condemnation and guilt or (2) self-righteousness and a judgmental attitude toward other Christians.

On the flip side, I took dead aim at the opposite teaching which has gained ground today. It’s the idea that because we’re under grace, God doesn’t care if we sin, and we should never feel bad if we transgress.

I decided not to hold back in presenting the biblical viewpoint in contrast to these two extremes. Part of the challenge is that legalists don’t see themselves as legalistic, and those who believe that grace is a license to sin don’t view themselves as being unbiblical. So it takes some careful nuance to expose these two issues. Early readers said that I succeeded, but we’ll see after more people have read the book.

4.      What was your favorite part of research for this book?

Going through the entire New Testament from Matthew to Revelation and finding every verse that gives insight into what Jesus has been doing since His ascension was exciting. The book contains every text on that subject.

5.      From all your research, what stumped you the most?

One of Christ’s present-day ministries is that He is Lord of the world. However, if that’s true, why do we see corruption, sin, violence, pain, and suffering in the world? I believe I was able to find the answer to that question, and I put it in the book.

6.      Was there a time during this project that something blew you out of the water?

Yes. How Jesus in His High Priestly role benefits every believer each day as well as what He’s doing as our Heavenly Bridegroom. It’s all mind-blowing stuff.

7.      Does this book parallel your own personal faith journey? And how?

Not exactly because the book is about Jesus and not me. However, I tell stories that show how each present-day ministry of Jesus applies to everyone, including me. 🙂

8.      Is there one chapter that sticks out the most for you?

Each chapter describes one facet of the seven facets of Christ’s present-day ministry. So each chapter is like a different side of a diamond when you begin turning it. To my mind, all of them shine brilliantly in their own way.

9.      What’s the one thing you’d want someone to remember after reading Jesus Now?

That Jesus isn’t sitting up in heavenly places yawning until He returns. He’s very active. I want readers to know specifically what He’s doing that will benefit them, if they simply avail themselves of it.

10.  From this book, has it changed your perspective on how you see Jesus today?

Yes. I see much more clearly what Jesus is doing now and how incredible it all is to my own life.

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FrankViolaColorFrank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. He has written many books on these themes, including God’s Favorite Place on Earth and From Eternity to Here. He blogs regularly at frankviola.org.

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FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY

Jesus Now“You are a story wrapped in skin. In every nook and cranny, around every bend and corner of your life, is a story awaiting you to bring it from potential to kinetic form. At a time when so many Christian stories have never been Christified, shaped by the plotline of Christ, and infused by the presence of His Spirit, Jesus Now comes as a godsend……This book will show you how to write the gospel within the text and textures of your own life. Jesus Now stands as a challenge for each of us to move from numbers to narratives, from scorecards to storyboards, to have our lives become an ongoing provenance for the Jesus story, based on the authentics of the gospel.’”~~Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Chair in Evangelism, Drew University Distinguished Visiting Professor, George Fox University, for more of the foreword of Jesus Now go to Frank’s page here.<—click}

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9 Comments on “An Interview with Frank Viola on The Writing Process for Jesus Now

  1. I love this guy! I don’t remember how I stumbled upon his writing, but when I read Pagan Christianity, I was hooked…off to order Jesus Now, now! Thank you Mr. Viola for all you do for us that reach outside the city gate for more truth and authenticity!

  2. The part that intrigues me is what Leonard Sweet wrote in the foreword, “This book will show you how to write the gospel within the text and textures of your own life.” Anything that adjusts our eyesight on Christ, is always a good read. I’m looking forward to this book!

  3. I love the image of the many facets of a diamond. So true and intriguing to look at each of Jesus’ qualities closely. There is such beauty to be found in every aspect and I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  4. Thx. again for having me on your blog. I’m excited about the book. The 50% and free study guide offer ends after Thursday. Really happy that Parable is doing this special.

    blessings,

    fv

    Psalm 115:1

  5. “Jesus isn’t sitting up in heavenly places yawning until He returns. He’s very active.”

    Yes! Yes, this! He gives life and breath to our every moment.

  6. Pingback: What's in Store for Us, 2014 in Review, & Link Ups - outside the city gate

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