The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” -- Luke 4:18-19

It’s one of the Bible’s most critical messages: Jesus has an agenda to bring redemption to mankind, especially to the poor, the underserved, the mistreated, the orphan, the alien. In The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption, author and leader Dr. Albert Reyes shares how God’s redeeming power changes lives – and uses His people as agents of his redemptive plan. How can you be one of His agents of redemption to achieve His Son’s agenda?

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It’s all About Redemption.

Redemption means that God takes the things intended to harm our lives and He turns it all around. Redemption is a message from God carried out by His Son Jesus that we do not have to be defined by our circumstances, but instead, those circumstances can become the defining moment for us as we break the cycle of sin and become His agents for working with Him to redeem others.
Jesus came with an agenda.
It was an agenda to “preach the Gospel to the poor,” to proclaim release to the captives, recovery of sight, freedom to the downtrodden, and to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.
You can be a part of this agenda.
You can take these words Jesus read from the Book of Isaiah and put them into two words – “redemptive transformation.” To proclaim release and recovery; to set free those who are abused, neglected and abandoned and to do so in the name of the Lord is what matters most. It is Jesus’ agenda and it is ours as well. We are God’s agents of redemption.
What you do matters.
Being an agent of redemption often means taking Jesus life-changing agenda to the most vulnerable; to the widow and orphan, to the poor, to the underserved. Are you up to His agenda?

An Overview of The Jesus Agenda

“While the title of this book is The Jesus Agenda, don’t miss the subtitle: Becoming an Agent of Redemption. It is my hope and prayer that something in this book would ignite a passion in you to shine hope through your life, your work, your ministry, your family, in your community and around the world as an agent of redemption. Let me share a personal overview of each chapter:" - Albert Reyes

What does redemption mean?

In Chapter 1, I explore the definition of what I mean by “redemption” from a biblical and theological perspective.

What the Bible says about redemption

To really understand redemption, I felt it was crucial in Chapters 2 and 3 to survey what the Old Testament and New Testaments say about redemption --- and the Re­deemer.

Being an agent of redemption

Chapters 4-6, I explore what an agent of redemption is, what it means to be to serve as one and what redemptive work looks like locally.

A vision for collaborative redemption

In Chapter 7, I offer a conclusion that shares my vision for collaborative redemption and what it would take to “make the nations glad.”

Become an agent of redemption and be a part of the Jesus Agenda!


Read how Dr. Reyes’ inspiring words have influenced others who have read The Jesus Agenda!
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President NHCLC/CONELA

In The Jesus Agenda Dr. Albert Reyes empowers us with the knowledge that as Christ followers we must reconcile conviction with compassion, sanctification with service and truth with love. Accordingly, as agents of redemption, our biblical metric of kingdom effectiveness lies not in our rhetoric but in our actions. We are redeemed to redeem the world.

Dr. Jeff Warren, Senior Pastor Park Cities Baptist Church

Albert Reyes is one of the finest leaders I’ve ever known. He’s a brilliant thinker, a thoughtful strategist, and an observant cultural expert. I’ve seen first hand his passion for what he calls, “kingdom collaboration.” The Jesus Agenda is a great gift to all of us who desire to find our own story in God’s redemptive work and then join Him as agents of His redemption!

Kurt Nelson, President and CEO East-West Ministries International

In The Jesus Agenda, Dr. Albert Reyes effectively portrays God’s plan for a generational legacy of redemption by powerfully telling God’s story of redemption in Jesus Christ and illustrating that legacy through his own redemption story and through the redemption stories of men and women whose lives have been eternally redeemed. This book serves as an inspiring reminder of the privilege each of us has to partner daily in the work of redemption.

Jedd Medefind President, Christian Alliance for Orphans

Dr. Albert Reyes leads both mind and heart on a rousing exploration of what happens when God’s people reflect His heart for redemption. As a wise pastor-teacher, he helps us understand what redemption means. As a storyteller and the helmsman of a world-changing nonprofit, Reyes helps us see what redemption looks like lived out in the extraordinary lives of ordinary Christians.

About The Author

Albert L. Reyes is an author, leader, father, cultural pioneer, husband, scholar, creative mind and the President and CEO of Buckner International, a Christian ministry dedicated to making life better for vulnerable children and families as well as providing a distinguished lifestyle for elders.
Albert Reyes
Albert is the sixth President and CEO of Buckner International and has worked for Buckner since 2007. He previously served as President of Buckner International and President of Buckner Children and Family Services. Prior to his service at Buckner, Reyes was president of Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio, where he led the school through dramatic changes in its name and structure. Under Reyes, the school’s annual operating budget increased from $700,000 to more than $3.2 million. Reyes also has served as pastor of three churches and as a manager for Sprint’s National Customer Service Center. Reyes received a bachelor of business administration degree from Angelo State University and master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Andrews University. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Joint Council for International Children's Services, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and the T.B. Maston Institute.