Can you sum up Christianity in a single word?
This is something only God could do—and he did so in the first century through the writings of his apostles. "God in a Word: Five Meditations on the Incarnation of Christ" cracks the first verses of the Gospel of John wide open, spilling light on a mystery of the faith that has both challenged church fathers and strengthened the faith of common believers for two thousand years.
How can it be that God became man? That the God whose face was too radiant and holy for Moses to behold would walk and talk among men? That the Creator who made men would stoop to wash their feet, and allow the hands of his enemies to drive nails through his own hands and feet?
The incarnation of the eternal, invisible, almighty God in a first-century Palestinian Jew is a mystery—but not one left to our imaginations. "God in a Word" leads followers—and seekers—of the one true God on a glorious path through Scripture toward appreciating the most foundational truths about the Christian faith.
Pastors Joe Godwin, Paul Pyle, and Joey Turner unpack the apostle John's meaning when he says "In the beginning was the Logos." Then they illuminate the apostle Paul's famous recitation of an ancient hymn on the emptying of Christ, building to a grand conclusion: Christ is first because he was first.
All of this searching culminates in two critical questions for readers: Who is Jesus Christ to you? Is that who the Bible says he is?
The chapters of "God in a Word" began as sermons preached to the authors' local congregation at Patterson Park Church in Beavercreek, Ohio.