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A Field Guide for Followers of Christ

A Field Guide for Followers of Christ Author M DIV Keith Martens
ISBN-10 0991555902
Release 2014-02-14
Pages 146
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The Field Guide for followers of Christ is for those pursuing a life of discipleship under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to advance His Kingdom on earth. It contains instructions for personal ministry and is a helpful and convenient guide for individual or small group use in personal ministry settings, in evangelism and missions outreach, on prayer teams, or in settings where you have the opportunity to minister to individuals with the love and power of Christ. The primary emphasis is upon the person and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ who is both present in us and with us when we gather in His Name. Therefore, the material provided in this Field Guide is not a program or series of steps to follow. We pray it will guide you into having a dynamic and interactive encounter with Jesus Christ through the counsel and empowerment of the Holy Spirit along with others He has gifted in His Body, the Church. You will be able to experientially participate with Jesus in His life and ministry of proclaiming the Good News and seeing others set free. From observing the Gospel accounts, we see that the most essential characteristics of Jesus' life and ministry that we must understand and practice are: Consistent and purposeful dependence on the Father through the Holy Spirit's counsel and empowerment. Expressions of authority and power evident in His teaching, healing, and encounters with Satan and the Kingdom of darkness. Obedience to the Father to advance His Kingdom through the declaration and assertion of God's truth. Similarly, in the Book of Acts we observe how the early church continues the ministry of Jesus. They, too, demonstrated a vital dependence on the Holy Spirit to empower and guide them in every area of life. Instead of a simplistic presentation of Gospel or a programmatic approach to evangelism, we see these early disciples continuing the same ministry Jesus began - preaching not only the message about Jesus but the Good News of the Kingdom which was central to Jesus' teaching. They also continued Jesus' ministry and the commission He gave them to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead as part of their message of the Good News. Their message, as the Apostle Paul says, was given with not only words but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power that led to believing faith. The power and authority of Christ is now available to all believers through the Holy Spirit who was sent to them (Acts 1:8; 3:1-9;13:9-12;16:16-18).



Welcome to the Revolution

Welcome to the Revolution Author Brian Tome
ISBN-10 9781418570873
Release 2008-09-09
Pages 192
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Felt the pull of God? Answered it? Freaked out about what to do next? As Brian Tome was talking to a new Christ-follower in his office, he realized that he had nothing on his bookshelf that would give her the "straight talk" on the radical new life she was about to begin. So he penned Welcome to the Revolution a bold, honest, humorous guide to joining the ever-advancing Kingdom of God. "The Revolution," as Tome calls the Christian life, is already underway, and while it is both exhilarating and fulfilling, it's challenging and confusing at times. This book will guide the reader from the basics (navigating through Christian kitsch at the bookstore) to the practical (Bible reading and building community) to the profound (concepts of forgiveness and using imagination in prayer). To those people who have previously dismissed the "Christian" life, or those who want to learn more about God in an accessible way, this book will be the breath that clears the air and shows them how to follow a Revolutionary God.



A Field Guide for Everyday Mission

A Field Guide for Everyday Mission Author Ben Connelly
ISBN-10 9780802491176
Release 2014-05-19
Pages 224
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Surprise – whoever you are, you’re a missionary! If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, God calls you his missionary. You may never go halfway around the world. You may not raise financial support. But because of God’s gospel work in you, you are on mission: to people in your work, school, neighborhood, and those in need. As everyday missionaries, God has sent us to live out his Great Commission in the ordinary, normal, all-too-busy, and even most mundane moments of our lives. But what exactly does an everyday missionary do? Where and when does this everyday mission happen? Most importantly, how can you possibly share the gospel, without killing your relationships?! Those are the types of questions A Field Guide for Everyday Mission answers for individuals, churches, small groups, Sunday schools, and missional communities. Many resources exist on missional theory, missional leadership, and even missional stories. But based on their years of helping people tangibly demonstrate the gospel, pastors and practitioners Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts Jr. have created an immediately implementable resource to help ordinary followers of Jesus put the idea of mission into everyday practice. Each day’s reading includes a biblical principle that can immediately be put into practice. Each reading ends with a few ways to help you live out the principle in your daily life. By the end of day 30, you’ll have 101 different ways to demonstrate the gospel in your daily life. And along the way, other practitioners such as Jeff Vanderstelt, Rick McKinley, and Lance Ford share stories about living on God’s everyday mission in their unique context. A Field Guide for Everyday Mission is a tool designed for you, whether you’re newly considering the missional idea, whether you’ve never heard the word before, or whether you’ve spent years trying to figure out how to put that idea into practice.



Not Like Me

Not Like Me Author Eric Michael Bryant
ISBN-10 9780310329961
Release 2010
Pages 252
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How can churches become relevant, responsive, and reflective of the global community? With stories, observations, and thought-provoking suggestions, Bryant maps the way beyond ethnic, racial, and cultural barriers to the communities that Jesus wants. (Practical Life)



The Heart of Faith

The Heart of Faith Author Nick Wagner
ISBN-10 1585958174
Release 2010
Pages 102
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Catechumens and candidates will quickly learn that Jesus Christ will be their focus throughout their journey through the catechumenate. They will learn what they need to do to become Catholic too, of course, as they discern, pray, worship, break open the Word, and try to live their daily lives as followers of Christ. Nick Wagner guides catechumens and candidates through the entire process of preparing for baptism, the Rite of Election, the Scrutinies, keeping Lent, celebrating the Triduum, baptism (or acceptance) at the Easter Vigil, and life after baptism. This is a warm and wonderful companion for parish catechumens and candidates, one they will value and treasure long after they become Catholics.



Do What Jesus Did

Do What Jesus Did Author Robby Dawkins
ISBN-10 9781441261632
Release 2013-06-15
Pages 256
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A Real-Life Field Guide to Doing What Jesus Did The things Jesus did are not just for Bible times. They are for today. For everyone. Chicagoland pastor Robby Dawkins sees this again and again in his ministry to hurting people and even to gang members. Everyday people are seeing God's power unleashed through simple faith in God's Word; they are healing the sick, routing demons, and making a dynamic impact for the Kingdom of God. But many other believers are missing out, unaware that they have far more power and authority than they realize. Dawkins shares dynamic, real-life instruction and amazing stories from the front lines of ministry, showing that believers carry the authority of the Son of God and the power of the Holy Spirit wherever they are. When we walk in the presence and authority of God, we will do what Jesus did.



The Christ Centered Expositor

The Christ Centered Expositor Author Tony Merida
ISBN-10 9781433685750
Release 2016-10-01
Pages 320
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The Christ-Centered Expositor by pastor and preaching professor Tony Merida provides a comprehensive overview of effective expository preaching that begins with the inner life of the expositor, and then moves to the essential elements of sermon preparation and delivery. Ideal for pastors, teachers, and students, The Christ-Centered Expositor will equip you for greater faithfulness to God, his Word, and his mission.



Giving and Getting in the Kingdom

Giving and Getting in the Kingdom Author R. Mark Dillon
ISBN-10 9780802483744
Release 2012-03-23
Pages 240
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Fundraising for an organization or ministry is not merely an important task, it’s a noble one. Successful leaders must possess the theological vision to recognize the necessity of asking, the joy of giving, and the beautifully collaborative nature of advancing the kingdom. It should come as no surprise that the literal translation of the word philanthropy is “love of mankind”– and Christian philanthropy enables us to love God through loving man. Mark Dillon has spent his career interacting with hundreds of thoughtful Christian stewards, and reframing the discussion on giving. He challenges leaders to ensure their organizations and ministries are worthy of the gifts they receive. Highly practical and refreshingly candid, Giving and Getting in the Kingdom delivers much-needed perspective on the eternal significance of our earthly transactions.



Reading to Grow

Reading to Grow Author Bernard James Mauser
ISBN-10 9781532616143
Release 2017-04-19
Pages 110
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This book is a short introduction to the things every Christian should know about the Bible. It provides answers to a broad assortment of questions ranging from why there are different translations, how do experts approach Bible difficulties, what are the basics of interpretation, and more. The work seeks to be a powerful tool to equip and encourage the saints so they rightly handle the Word of God. Drawing from a rich tradition of theology and philosophy, readers will find themselves instructed and inspired from some of the greatest minds in the Christian tradition on various Biblical issues.



Saturate

Saturate Author Jeff Vanderstelt
ISBN-10 9781433546020
Release 2015-04-16
Pages 256
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What does living for Jesus look like in the everyday stuff of life? Many Christians have unwittingly embraced the idea that “church” is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people; that “ministry” is what pastors do on Sundays rather than the 24/7 calling of all believers; and that “discipleship” is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus. Drawing on his experience as a pastor and church planter, Jeff Vanderstelt wants us to see that there’s more—much more—to the Christian life than sitting in a pew once a week. God has called his people to something bigger: a view of the Christian life that encompasses the ordinary, the extraordinary, and everything in between. Packed full of biblical teaching, compelling stories, and real-world advice, this book will remind you that Jesus is filling the world with his presence through the everyday lives of everyday people… People just like you.



Sin Boldly

Sin Boldly Author Cathleen Falsani
ISBN-10 9780310309048
Release 2008-09-23
Pages 224
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Grace is everywhere, all around us, all of the time. We only need the ears to hear it and the eyes to see it. It is much easier and perhaps more helpful to describe what grace feels like through stories and images that illustrate the varied ways grace is experienced when encountered in the wild, than it is to attempt to define it definitively, to trap it, and cage it. Maybe that’s why Jesus was so fond of parables: nothing describes the indescribable like a memorable yarn.Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace is a collection of stories about the author's experiences with grace—in ridiculous moments and in those that seem trivial but are anything but; in wacky adventures and quiet walks; with family and with strangers; in bars, nightclubs, the occasional house of worship, and in her own home; and through conversations with people—some famous and some not—who have introduced her to grace in new ways that in turn have shaped her faith and the way she tries to live it.



This 20 s 30 s Generation FITTED FOR THE TIMES

 This  20 s 30 s  Generation   FITTED FOR THE TIMES Author Michael Budd
ISBN-10 9781483559155
Release 2015-09-28
Pages 58
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This Field Guide will take you on a journey, directed by 3 guideposts: Guidepost I: LifeMission Guidepost II: LifeMission Means Guidepost III: LifeMission Map "LifeMission" will unwrap the comprehensive nature of Jesus' command to "make disciple," while "Means" will focus primarily on the vehicle for carrying Jesus' mission. "Map" will offer direction for carrying the mission to fields everywhere. This guide will give you a means to communicate and share with other field churches, everywhere. Here, you will be able to give and receive encouragement in the early pioneering stages and thereafter. "Together" is powerful. Forward this site to your friends and social media contacts so they too can begin pioneering field churches wherever they are, wherever they go. Through this guide, I hope to offer direction and encouragement for the mission. I will leave you with more questions than answers. This is NOT a book of answers to be memorized before the next exam. You will not be looking for "right" answers, but for what will help you fulfill the work Jesus has given His Church. You will come to OWN the work like no book of answers could ever do for you. I will simply help inform you of some crucial understandings along with essential elements of the Spirit-filled Church. I will offer several possible scenarios and content to stir your thinking for the mission before you, but it is YOU who must take responsibility for your own field churches. You are unique leaders among your own generation, instinctively knowing what to do in your own times and places, like no one else. It's time for Christ's followers among your generation to go forward--TOGETHER--with the mission that God has given you, to the ends of the earth. "IT CAN BE DONE, IT OUGHT TO BE DONE, IT MUST BE DONE" (D.L. Moody). GO!--with your veins pulsing--SURGING--with love for God. And for your generation. Jesus is your Life. Jesus is your Mission.



The Good Soil Process A Backyard Missional Field Guide

The Good Soil Process  A Backyard Missional Field Guide Author Keith Tilley
ISBN-10 9780557396467
Release 2010-06-16
Pages 147
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The Good Soil Process is a seasonal approach to effective missional disciple making. This "field guide" follows the annual Christian calendar and leads followers of Jesus towards vibrant, adventurous lives of faith. All of God's children are participants in God's amazing mission in the world. This field guide attempts to help the church reorient itself outward, as missionaries in our own backyards. The four annual seasons of engagement are Discern, Design, Develop and Delight.



The Rebuilt Field Guide

The Rebuilt Field Guide Author Michael White
ISBN-10 9781594717024
Release 2016-10-10
Pages 96
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You know your Catholic parish needs to change its focus, but you’re not sure where or how to begin. In The Rebuilt Field Guide, award-winning authors Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran walk you through ten essential steps for getting started with your church’s reawakening. After publishing their groundbreaking book Rebuilt in 2013 about the rebirth of the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran were inundated with requests for help from other Catholic parishes about where to start. Subsequent books in the Rebuilt Parish series—Tools for Rebuilding, Rebuilding Youth Ministry, and Rebuilding Your Message—offer additional means to reach the end goal of making church matter and growing disciples by challenging the faithful and reaching the lost with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. In the newest book in the Rebuilt Parish series, White and Corcoran lead you and your leadership team through assessment and goal-setting exercises and provide meeting templates that include prayer, scripture reflection, storytelling, and “rally cries” that become reminders of the change the team is striving toward. This workbook offers practical steps that will help your team set change in motion with tools including: A checklist that helps identify the real problems facing your parish and seven questions to help you prioritize them A seven-part exercise to help you decide which parish activities do not support your disciple-making mission and then make a plan to stop doing them A simple, focused demographic assessment to help you identify your own “Timonium Tim” A discussion and planning guide for moving toward great liturgical music Seven conversation starters to help your team set a course for dealing with the conflict that inevitably comes with change The exercises are adapted from those used at Church of the Nativity and correlate to the chapters of Rebuilt. The book will show you how to stop everything you are doing, rethink your purpose, and focus your attention on discipleship and evangelization.



Surrendered and Untamed

Surrendered and Untamed Author Jason Clark
ISBN-10 9781441214010
Release 2011-02-01
Pages 192
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In one of the great paradoxes of the Christian faith, the more we surrender to God, the more free and untamed our lives become. Surrendered and Untamed, a cutting-edge, multimedia experience, calls followers of Christ to lay down their lives in order to pick up the wild and miraculous life God has planned for them. The DVD features the incredible adventures of Alex Harris, who has led more than 20 expeditions to some of the farthest corners of the planet. The youngest person to lead an expedition to Mt. Everest, Alex has climbed the highest mountains on all seven continents. He has devoted his life to not simply exploring the world but to telling everyone he meets about the awesome power of God and the wonders of his creation. Whether experienced in a group setting or individually, the combined impact of the DVD, book, and participant's guide will ignite the faith and stir the imagination of readers as it leads them to the presence of God and the promise of a Spirit-led life. Visit the website at www.surrenderedanduntamed.com.



A Field Guide to U S Congregations

A Field Guide to U S  Congregations Author Cynthia Woolever
ISBN-10 9780664235147
Release 2010
Pages 146
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Based on the results of a major Congregational Life Survey, this book is the first comprehensive portrait of congregational life in the United States at the start of the 21st century. Charts and graphs.



Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion

Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion Author Pamela Dewey
ISBN-10 9781456607227
Release 2013-02-01
Pages 304
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The American religious scene in 1955 was a very tame and predictable world. It matched the tame, predictable world of women's clothing, where most women going out shopping wore a dress with coordinating gloves, hat, and shoes. And it matched the tame, predictable world of children's toys, where almost every young girl yearned for a baby doll that said Ma-Ma, and almost every boy needed a coonskin cap. Choices of fashions, toys, preachers, and churches were limited and domesticated. Fifty years later, the tame, predictable world of 1950s fashions and toys is long gone. Women go shopping in everything from sweatshirts and jeans to tube tops and short shorts. And both boys and girls want the latest Sponge Bob Square Pants video game. The same kind of transformation has gone on in the world of religion. It is no longer tame and predictable either. Welcome to the Wild World of Religion of the 21st Century. Explore its habitats, identify some of the inhabitants, and learn about their characteristics and customs in this Field Guide.