"The very essence of living the Christian life, of being a Christian, is our relationship with Jesus. We are to be related to him as integrally as a branch is connected to a tree. We are part of him in the way that a hand or foot is part of a body. .... In this series of meditations on the Lord's Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Ten Commandments, we are looking at the two themes of our relationship with [Jesus Christ] and our relationships with one another. The prayer which begins with our relationship with 'our Father' and his will, ends with our forgiveness of one another. In any case, it is clear from the beginning that it is 'our Father' and not 'my Father'. True prayer can never grow out os a religion of individualism. The Sermon on the Mount is a call to the life which grows out of a relationship with Jesus. It calls for complete integrity in our response to God. .... To include the Ten Commandments in a book about abiding in Christ may at first sound strange. The commandments are the old law, the ethic of the Old Testament. Although the 'new law' of the Sermon on the Mount takes us further, the old foundation still stands. Again the dual relation to God and neighbour is clear. The first four commandments speak of a relationship with the one God who is our creator. The other six deal with relationship with parents and neighbours and the whole business of living together in society. .... Meditations on Scripture should lead us to prayer. The prayers at the end of each meditation are not blank verse. They are set out in line form to mark out separate thoughts. The prayers collect up the thoughts of the meditations, but they are not offered primarily as prayers to be used. Just as the meditations are meant to stimulate personal meditation, so the purpose of the prayers is to lead the individual to pray". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction -- The Lord's Prayer -- The Sermon on the Mount -- The Ten Commandments.
Author "was elected [Anglican] bishop of Montreal in 1974". -- back cover.