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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.



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)



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Sin Boldly

Sin Boldly Author Cathleen Falsani
ISBN-10 9780310279471
Release 2008
Pages 224
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An author and religion columnist examines the relationship between culture and grace, sharing her experiences with grace in her travels, personal life, and conversations with people from around the world.



Stuff Christians Like

Stuff Christians Like Author Jon Acuff
ISBN-10 9781458726704
Release 2011-01-11
Pages 288
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Sometimes, we fall in love on mission trips even though we know well break up when we get back. Sometimes, you have to shot block a friends prayer because shes asking God to bless an obviously bad dating relationship. Sometimes, you think, ''I wish I had a t-shirt that said I direct deposit my tithe so people wouldnt judge me. Sometimes, the stuff that comes with faith is funny. This is that stuff. Jonathan Acuffs Stuff Christians Like is your field guide to all things Christian. Youll learn the culinary magic of the crock-pot. Think youve got a Metro worship leader-use Acuffs checklist. Want to avoid a prayer handholding faux pas? Acuff has you covered. Like a satirical grenade, Acuff brings us the humor and honesty that galvanized more than a million online readers from more than 200 countries in a new portable version. Welcome to the funny side of faith.



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.



The Character of the Christian

The Character of the Christian Author Navigators
ISBN-10 0891090398
Release 1980-04-15
Pages 48
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Character matters. It flows from within and isdefined as moral excellence and firmness. In this Design forDiscipleship, you will study 5 areas of character: ? The Call to Fruitful Living ? Authentic Love in Action ? Purity of Life ? Integrity in Living ? Character Development in Suffering ? 5 lessons



Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus

Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus Author M. Scott Boren
ISBN-10 9780830896776
Release 2015-01-16
Pages 217
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Is there any arena in the contemporary church more perplexing than small groups? Leaders and participants alike fill them with promises of unparalleled spiritual intimacy and reliable relationship. Experts put forward model after model, paradigm after paradigm, and frustrated small group leaders and followers meander from one to the next in increasingly vain hope that the next model will deliver the goods. What could be more natural than a group of people sitting together, talking? What could be more contrived than a packaged curriculum, with prefab questions and notes for leaders? Such is the problem of small groups. Scott Boren has wrestled with these challenges for years, in the context of his own small-group ministries and in consultation with churches of every stripe. In this book he reminds us that any small group, no matter how it's organized, is at its heart a collection of people each walking in the way of Jesus. That means we are going somewhere—together—and that means we have a reliable guide.



The Character of a Follower of Jesus

The Character of a Follower of Jesus Author NavPress
ISBN-10 1600060072
Release 2006-06-01
Pages 95
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This insightful, easy-to-grasp revised DFD Bible study helps you understand and put into action the internal qualities that should drive your life as a disciple of Christ.



A Public Faith

A Public Faith Author Miroslav Volf
ISBN-10 9781587432989
Release 2011-08-01
Pages 192
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An intellectual and applied Christian engagement with what it really means to flourish as human beings in relationship to God and one another.



Forest Church

Forest Church Author Bruce Stanley
ISBN-10 1625240082
Release 2013-10
Pages 170
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Brimming with insights and packed with information, this book draws you out, quite literally, into nature to experience a new, well thought through pattern of spiritual practice. Bruce Stanley gives you all the resources you'll need, both practical and theoretical, to get going with a group or on your own. "I'd rather be in the mountains thinking about God, than in church thinking about the mountains," wrote John Muir. Many people can describe transcendent moments in nature where they feel deeply connected to something bigger than themselves and Forest Church is a way to explore that connection within community; a new way of being church. Forest Church is a fresh expression of church drawing on much older traditions when sacred places and practices were outside-but it is also drawing on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places. Forest Church isn't just normal church happening outside, instead it attempts to participate with creation. And it isn't just a fellowship group doing an outside activity, we aim to learn, worship, meditate, pray and practice with the trees, at the spring, along the shore. Throughout the ages people have walked this path within the Christ tradition and have found a meaningful expression of their spirituality, finding inspiration and structure through the rhythms of the seasons, the characteristics of plants and animals and the sacredness of place-along with the wisdom of the scriptures and the pattern of prayers. This book will be a resource to anyone exploring facilitating Forest Church whether as a self-contained group, a retreat, a group holiday or as an occasional event attached to an existing church. In many ways it will also inspire any individual wanting to explore their own sacred nature connection.