How should we deal with our doubts? What should we keep in mind when we pray for healing? How can we share the gospel more effectively?
Steve Schaefer contends that when we understand Jesus’ central message—the kingdom of God—we can better handle such issues. The Old Testament prophets predicted the coming of God’s end-time kingdom, but the New Testament reveals a surprising twist: the kingdom arrives in two stages. The first stage arrived with Jesus’ first coming. The second stage will arrive at his second coming. So what happens in between?
Living in the Overlap clarifies a topic that many Christians find mysterious, exploring the challenges and benefits of living in a kingdom that is both “already” and “not yet.” If offers strategies for successful kingdom living by tackling issues such as:
*Praying for healing
*Walking by faith
*Dealing with temptation
*Being used by God
If you want a deeper understanding of Jesus’ kingdom message, and if you want to explore the kingdom’s implications for your life today, let this provocative and enlightening book be your guide.
Steve Schaefer holds a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Regent University’s School of Divinity. He has traveled the world as a Managing Producer in the International Programming Division of The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., and is a popular speaker and teacher.
“Jesus’ ministry began with a declaration that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. His Kingdom, however, arriving in two stages, would not be fully realized until His second coming. Hence, God’s Kingdom has always been experienced amid an “already-here-but-not-yet-fully-realized” tension. The age of the Kingdom has begun even though the present age hasn’t yet concluded; thus, the overlap. As a result, some aspects of the Kingdom are experienced now, while others await the full consummation.
“With wonderful clarity and insight, Schaefer examines key issues in the Christian life: healing, temptation, evangelism, loving others, staying focused, and more. And with each, he explains how principles of the “already-not-yet” Kingdom-age should penetrate and influence Christian living in the present age. Ample Scripture, careful explanations, and helpful illustrations make this book painfully convicting, yet delightful to read. Pastors and disciples will welcome this book. “ — David Mundt, CBN Retailers + Resources Magazine
“If you have ever prayed, ‘Thy kingdom come, . . .’ then Living in the Overlap is must reading for you. Sharing his own journey, yet in a strong biblical framework, Steve invites us all to enter, understand, and grow in the Kingdom of God . . . here and now! Thanks, Steve.” — Terry Meeuwsen,Co-host, The 700 Club
“The good news of God’s kingdom—the simple yet central key to our Christian faith—is set forth with clarity and joy in Schaefer’s timely book. For those of us seeking to be reminded and revived by the blessed truth of God’s purposes, Living in the Overlap is a welcome cup of cool, fresh water.” — Dr. Terry Lindvall,C. S. Lewis Professor of Communication and Christian Thought, Virginia Wesleyan College
“If you are looking for Christian reading that is a little deeper and something fresh and new I would highly recommend Living In The Overlap.” — avidchristian.com
“Living in the Overlap is wonderful! It's filled with fresh insights, and an underlying metaphor that works consistently throughout the book. Your years of research and thought have produced a contribution to Christian literature that should stand the test of time, Steve.
“We were especially struck by your assurance that, far from condemning doubt, Jesus saw it as an essential element of mature faith. And also by your positive take on differences among believers. These will be freeing concepts for many.
“Thank you so much for sharing this labor-of-love with John and me. It will occupy an honored place on our shelves.” —From a personal letter by Elizabeth Sherrill (co-author, Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place and David Wilkerson's The Cross and the Switchblade)
“Defining a new word (to most), Mr. Schaefer shows us the way into the “Overlap” to deeper, more insightful levels of the Bible. With the author’s guidance and further definition, the chapters and verses in the Bible that we’ve accepted without question take on new meaning, offering new rich lodes of information to help us meet our challenges, tackle our issues, find solutions to our personal problems and enrich our spiritual journey. The premise is innovative, and with acknowledged work on the part of the reader, this new, accessible approach to spiritual transformation could be both painless and rewarding. The writing flows and is believable because the author relates honestly his own personal work and vulnerabilities. With guidance or instruction, the diagrams could be particularly useful to the reader. That the author is a competent, expert Bible scholar is obvious; he has established his validity, credibility in study and research with 30 pages of Endnotes. Individually or in a workshop venue, Living in the Overlap could find a welcome audience seeking help, transformation.” — Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Judge 28