MISSING JESUS - Finding the Shepherd we lost by John Wessels


You will love how this guidebook leads you on the exciting journey of getting to know Jesus better. You will come to appreciate the relevance of Jesus to all dimensions of life today – inclusive of the social, spiritual, economic, political, relational and ecological realities. John Wessels has consistently developed and taught the contents of this guidebook in courses since the year 2000. Over the years since then he has often re-written, enlarged and refined the guidebook. Now, nineteen years after the start of this project, he has decided it is ready for publication.

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This guidebook can be used as a comprehensive journey of discipleship for individuals, small groups or congregations. It may also be divided into three separate shorter studies in the following way: ‘Jesus rediscovered!’ (six-week journey), ‘The Kingdom Consciousness Movement’ (nine-week journey), ‘Salvation rediscovered’ (six-week journey).

Instructions for all these and more options are given in this guidebook and supported by the website www.missingjesus.net.

John Wessels’ Missing Jesus truly is a gem of a book, a gift to clergy and lay persons, to teachers and students of the Word, a joy to read and will no doubt be a joy to work with. … The author’s love for Jesus and the Bible is unabashed, his treatment of the material intellectually honest, his understanding of the relevance of the Bible and the message of Jesus to the challenges facing the church and our societies is spot on, his approach to the reader highly respectful. A delightful book.

Allan Boesak

This book is a contribution to our public discourse that could not have come at a better time. This should be required reading for all seeking to live their beliefs.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Christian faith is about a person: Jesus of Nazareth. What we have here is a comprehensive guidebook for all who preach or teach in the Churches which will enable us to find the missing Jesus, the Shepherd we had lost. I can recommend it without reservation.

Fr. Albert Nolan

John encourages his readers to build an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ, rather than be ‘consumers’ of religion. I highly recommend it.

Rev. Faith Whitby

I agree with the central thesis of the ‘missing Jesus’. Protestant Evangelicalism has tended towards a reductionist view of the gospel. …This work brings an important theological corrective.

Dr Derek Morphew

Missing Jesus is a comprehensive, thought-provoking contribution to the literature of our faith that will deepen the spiritual life of anyone who reads it, or uses it as a study guide.

The Most Revd Njongonkulu Ndungane

Almost each page sparkles with fresh insight, pastoral relevance and down-to-earth application.

Trevor Hudson

About the author

John Wessels is passionate about Jesus! He fervently believes that Jesus and his Kingdom are the hope Southern Africa needs now. He believes that Christians, both local congregations and small groups, should be spending much more time getting to know Jesus and the meaning of his life,

ministry and teachings. That is what this book is about! John is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and has been the minister of congregations in East London, Buffalo Flats, Sea Point, Observatory, Brackenfell, Rosebank and Linden. He grew up in East London and enjoys long-distance trail running and any time he can get in the mountains. John is married to Angela and they have two children, Ashlynn and Luke.

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