MissioLife: Information for Transformation

Years ago I read a book that focused on reading the Bible both for information and for formation, and I have used continued to use that language since reading Robert Mulholland’s book. Those who most need to hear this message — the information into formation theme — are those given to theory. Of course, they say many need to hear the message from the opposite: too much formation, not enough information.

But this category is as old as it gets. Jesus knew folks who knew the Bible but didn’t live it and the end of his Sermon on the Mount lets this theme fly (Matthew 7:13-27), and his younger brother James had some very strong words about the same theme (James 1:22-25).

Because we all need to keep both ends of this issue in mind — the information and the transformation — I am happy to recommend MissioLife as a church resource that will give ordinary people in ordinary churches a solid theological perspective on what the Bible says and what Christians believe while at the same time not dropping the lesson off at the theoretical. This resources takes each theme from what the Bible says to ways to live this out — individually and corporately. And it does this not just for adults but for all ages.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

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    Scot,

    I’ve looked at their samples online for all ages and was very impressed. I’m trying to get our church to use it for our children’s groups and I’ve used some of it for our small group.

  • Jerry Sather

    I’ve sent it to my chapel team. I think it shows great promise. Was the book “Invitation to a Journey”? I love that book.

  • Scot McKnight

    Jerry, Yes I liked that one.

  • Kelly

    Dr. Mulholland’s Shaped by the Word is an excellent book for reading Scripture for spiritual transformation.

  • Steve Kolk

    On the subject of turning Word into Deed, I recently got a wonderful soul-boost with this. I highly recommend the book “The 10 Second Rule” by Clare De Graaf. You can take mission steps a minute at a time. Just take a ten second pause and ask: what am I reasonably sure God wants you to do in the next minute. Then do it. That’s my paraphrase of “The 10 Second Rule.”

    Treat your soul to some health-stirring deeds. Check out “The 10 Second Rule”. It is one of the best read and do books I’ve ever read. Shalom to y’all.


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