Review: The Becoming of G-d

The Becoming of G-d

by Ian Mobsby

What the Trinitarian nature of God has to do with Church and a deep Spirituality for the Twenty First Century

It is difficult for me to say whether or not you would like this book.  It is dressed in the language of postmodern, emerging church, contextual theology. However, beneath that language lies a prophetic message of God’s desire for the church today. It was this message that engaged my imagination while reading this book.

The prominent underlying message of the book is trusting that the Spirit is beckoning the church toward a more accurate reflection of trinitarian relationship, regardless of the fact that this expression of church may be outside the realm of religious tradition and established models of church.

This understanding of the trinity, especially of the role of the Spirit, has been deficient in the church. The Spirit guides us toward more fully representing the triune nature of God. The church is challenged to model the indwelling, perichoretic nature of the trinity – unity, love, interdependence, creativity, intimacy, devotion – as communities of profound inclusion, love, and service.

You will enjoy this book if you are interested in reading about how emerging expressions of church make God accessible to people who are interested in spirituality but not religion.  Alt worship, contemplative prayer, and new monasticism are providing authentic spirituality that is able to connect with the spiritual hunger of our culture and provide genuine encounters with God.

If we believe that God’s love is already and always at work in the world seeking to restore all things to fullness of relationship, we can trust that the Spirit is at work bringing people to spiritual experiences, revealing the nature of God to those who are not yet Christian.

You will also appreciate this book if you are inspired by a robust pneumatology that more fully reflects the perichoretic nature of the trinity and the dynamic activity of the Spirit. It is through the Holy Spirit that we encounter and experience God, that we are enabled and empowered to become the church, and to re-imagine what it means to be the people of God in our culture today.

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5 thoughts on “Review: The Becoming of G-d

  1. Well the first post I read on your blog called Wake up pt 1, 2 was pretty good…but when I got to this one I was kind of disappointed…you said quote: You will enjoy this book if you are interested in reading about how emerging expressions of church make God accessible to people who are interested in spirituality but not religion. Alt worship, contemplative prayer, and new monasticism are providing authentic spirituality that is able to connect with the spiritual hunger of our culture and provide genuine encounters with God.” —-
    How can people experience genuine encounters with God through pagan methods of spirituality? They don’t. They experience counterfeit spiritualities that imitate the real and true. Why else would Jesus said HE IS THE WAY…that no one could come to the Father except through HIM…that unless one is born 0f HIS Spirit they could not see the kingdom of God…Jesus didn’t teach us contemplative prayers, alt worship, monasticism…He taught the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. He taught us that we are saved by faith through grace…it is the antichrist who leads people away from the gospel tenets to Christ for alternative spiritual practices that are not out of the bible…satan’s job is to deceive the church away from God’s word as being the main source of ALL truth not men…the apostle Paul talked about how our faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God…in Rom. 1 Paul said that the power of God was the gospel of Christ…The whole emerging church movement is nothing more than a counterfeit christ based on new age techniques and wisdom…not based on the biblical christ who is the Lord our God…the bible warns us that men will turn away from the truth having itching ears and gather teachers unto their liking…and that people will turn away from the truth because they didn’t love the truth…the emerging church is a leaven and it turns people away from encountering the true Christ who is THE WAY and THE TRUTH to encounter spiritual experiences being called of God but they are of the god of this world who deceives if possible the elect…you really ought to rethink and examine this whole emerging church thing and compare it with the word of God and what the bible teaches about the Christ and the false christ, antichrist, satan who masquerades as an angel of light even so his ministers masquerade as ministers of righteousness…He is the only thing that matters when it comes down to the bottom line…Blessings…

  2. Hi Candy,
    Interesting thoughts. If you are interested in discussing this, I have a question…By what criteria do you define the worship methods in question as pagan?

    Jesus didn’t teach about many of the forms or methods of worship that are used in churches today.

    I absolutely agree with you that Jesus is the way to the Father and that we are born by the Spirit. Just want you to know that we’re on the same page there.

    To be honest, I believe that any church that loses the centrality of Christ, whether it is emerging or hyper-reformed, misses the mark in expressing the gospel of the kingdom.

    Thank God for His continual grace and patience and the ongoing work of His Spirit in our process of becoming.

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