It was inevitable... that many pastors, writers, and leaders of the past decade began returning to the gospels in order to look at the life of Jesus for clues that pointed beyond the past event of his divinity and salvation. Many began to see that Jesus was the revealer of God "not only in his teaching... but in his very way of being." Jesus, in his everyday way of living, came to be seen, as the model of discipleship, of what it is like to live in the Spirit, of the sacrificial love that is the very center of God's work in the world. Jesus is the ultimate example of a life lived in the Father's kingdom, and he shows us how to engage the culture for God's transformation.
David E. Fitch and Gewoff Holsclaw, Prodigal Christianity: Ten Signposts into the Missional Frontier, pp. 34-35.