The Jesus You Really Didn't Know

Rediscovering the Teaching Ministry of Jesus

By Andy Angel

The Jesus You Really Didn't Know

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The Jesus You Really Didn't Know

Rediscovering the Teaching Ministry of Jesus

By Andy Angel

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  • Pages: 166
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About-

The problem with too much Christianity today is that we replace the person of Jesus with a doctrine of grace. Living in denial of Jesus’ teaching on judgment and holiness, too many Christians take refuge from the sayings of Jesus in doctrines of forgiveness that they hope will bolster up their sense of self-worth before God. Andy Angel tackles this dysfunctional spirituality head-on, opening up the journey of learning and love into which the living Lord Jesus invites us all. Unpacking the Gospel of Matthew, he encourages us to rediscover the teaching ministry of Jesus in our own lives, and in doing so, to recover the riches and freshness of the gospel message and to rediscover the depths of love Jesus has for each one of us.

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“Every once in a while, it’s good to take a fresh look at some of our well-worn assumptions about what Jesus is recorded as saying in the gospels. Sometimes this involves scraping off the interpretive layers we may have been using to cover up things we wish weren’t there. Andy Angel does just that by exposing afresh Jesus’ words about judgment and obedience, allowing them to question—and deepen—our understanding of the God-with-us of grace and love. Working his way thoroughly and systematically through the gospel of Matthew, Angel explores what kind of teacher Jesus really was. He challenges readers to reexamine their attitude to five ‘dirty words’ that are central to Jesus’ teaching: authority, teaching, obey, command, and judgment. Taking these words seriously requires communities of believers to exercise humility, kindness, gentleness, and forgiveness with a new resolve. They give a Spirit-propelled momentum and energy to following Christ in the way of holiness that is good news because it is a way that changes lives. Read this book and allow your relationship with Jesus to be challenged and deepened.”

—Eeva John, Enabling Officer for the Conversations on the Teaching Document on Human Sexuality for the House of Bishops of the Church of England



“This fresh, provocative book argues powerfully that the popular understanding of Jesus as one who welcomes us with open arms and expects little change from us is deeply and fatally flawed. Not only that, this view of Jesus is dangerous to people’s lives and their standing with God. Dr. Andy Angel leads us thoughtfully through Matthew’s Gospel to see why this is so, and what the real Jesus is like—a Lord who teaches, encourages, and supports believers to walk with him and be transformed as they follow him humbly and obediently. Read and act on it!”

—Steve Walton, Professor of New Testament, Trinity College, Bristol



“How we have needed this book! On almost every page a powerful word leaps out putting succinctly the truth we have avoided for so long. This is a prophetic challenge to a church culture which so often ignores Jesus’ words on judgment and finds them unacceptable. Andy takes us carefully through the teaching. Then he demonstrates how Jesus, as one always alongside us, with both gentleness and humility, teaches us to be fully obedient disciples, those who will joyfully stand on the day of judgment. Who would not want this!”

—Graham Dow, Assistant Bishop in the dioceses of Chester and Manchester, former Bishop of Carlisle



“Few topics are as difficult to negotiate as Jesus’ teachings on judgment and forgiveness. Yet Andy Angel has produced a remarkably accessible book that shows how these teachings fit together. I especially appreciate Angel’s informed reading of Matthew’s Gospel, and his genuine, pastoral concern that Christians reflect the Lord Jesus in their lives and communities. He convinces us that the Jesus we think we don’t want to know—who preaches obedience and judgment, forgiveness, and grace—is actually the Jesus we really need and have really wanted to know all along.”

—Elizabeth E. Shively, Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews



“In this challenging book Andy Angel persistently makes us listen to Jesus’ teaching on judgement, and therefore on holiness, deeply seriously. He rightly makes us re-look at the ease with which we slide into both ‘cheap grace’ and ‘love as a feeling’ rather than the truth of costly grace and love being obedience. I echo his own words and encourage us to keep discovering that ‘Living with Jesus as my teacher has been exhausting, frustrating, nerve–wracking and, time and time again, has stretched me beyond anything I thought I could manage, but it has been great.’”

—Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, UK



“Andy was one of my New Testament lecturers and he would often teach the gospels with a tear in his eye. In this book he guides us through the words of Jesus in the Scriptures, and endeavors to match the Jesus we encounter there with the Jesus we’ve constructed and interpreted in our minds. This is a richly theological book but not just that; it is a book about devotion, obedience and discipleship; encouraging us to take Jesus at his word. Jesus is too holy and too kind to leave us with our watered-down versions of Himself.”

—Ben Woodfield, Church Planter, The Antioch Network, Manchester Diocese, UK



“Who would have thought that the grace of God could become an idol? Well, not the grace itself, but, as Andy Angel points out with cutting insight, a doctrine of grace that takes the place of that love for Jesus which, according to Jesus himself, requires obeying his commandments. For a long time, I have felt that the hallowed sola, ‘by faith alone,’ has been subverted into a subtle mechanism for avoiding Paul’s own insistence that the gospel is not there merely to be believed but to be obeyed, with what he twice calls ‘the obedience of faith.’ Paul and James are in full agreement, precisely because (naturally) they agree on the teaching of Jesus himself. And it is that teaching, and its central place in what it means to be a disciple, and to make disciples, that Andy Angel so effectively explores in this book. If Jesus truly is Lord as well as Savior (and what else is the essence of the gospel?), then it is at our peril (seriously) that we ignore Christ's words about judgment, and fail to do as well as to hear. Yet Andy’s purpose is not merely to correct this imbalance in contemporary cultural Christianity (in the west at least), but to encourage a better and wiser and more honest pastoral practice. It’s a word that needs to be heard and heeded.”

—Christopher J.H. Wright, Langham Partnership



“Every time a new Anglican minister is licensed, they make an oath exhorting them to ‘proclaim afresh the faith to each new generation.’ This worthy aim is potentially undermined if the proclamation so panders to cultural context that faith itself is undermined in the re-telling. In this super book, Andy exhorts us to look afresh at some of the hard sayings of Jesus that are precisely the ones ignored or distorted in order to make the faith appear more commendable. It is a challenging but essential read if we are faithfully to preach the gospel as Jesus delivered it.”

—Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes, UK



“There is a perennial danger—even among Christians—of seeing Jesus of Nazareth as the epitome of kindness but ultimately someone bland. For the Gospels and the broader New Testament tradition, on the other hand, there is something vital and visceral at stake in the life and ministry of Jesus. In his most recent book, Andy Angel brings his considerable knowledge of Second Temple Jewish apocalyptic traditions, as well as his experience as teacher and pastor to bear in situating Jesus within traditions of Torah interpretation, and exploring the difficult dimensions of the gospel that are precisely its very life.”

—Séamus O'Connell, Professor of Sacred Scripture, St Patrick's College, Maynooth
 

“Andy Angel’s new book is direct in its approach and broad in its scholarship. Jesus the teacher is re-presented in his context. Jesus’ teaching on practical holiness is reiterated with vigor and challenge. Drawing in particular on Matthew’s Gospel, Andy addresses the difficult question of judgment and how it relates to Jesus’ authority as teacher. Overall the book is a tour de force that goes to the heart of who Jesus is and his message.”

—Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester

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Bio(s)-

Andy Angel is the Vicar of St Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill, UK and was formerly a lecturer in New Testament. He is the author of Playing with Dragons: Living with Suffering and God (2014) and Intimate Jesus: The Sexuality of God Incarnate (2017).

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