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The Forgotten Ways Handbook

Author : Alan Hirsch
ISBN : 9781441212726
Genre : Religion
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In his bestselling missional book The Forgotten Ways, internationally known missional church expert Alan Hirsch offered a vision for the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church. Now The Forgotten Ways Handbook moves beyond theory to practice, offering ways for any missionally minded person to apply the ideas contained in The Forgotten Ways to their life and ministry. This intensely practical handbook includes many helpful tools: summary sections encapsulating the ideas contained in each chapter in a popular way; suggested practices to help readers embed missional paradigms concretely; and adult learning-based techniques and examples from other churches and organizations that enable readers to process and assimilate the ideas in a group context. EXCERPT Make no mistake about it; the scope of the change that is required to shift to the kind of movement described in The Forgotten Ways is nothing less than paradigmatic. Every element of mDNA poses a direct challenge to the prevailing ways of doing church and mission. When taken together, all six elements of Apostolic Genius make the task seem enormous. But we don't think it is actually as difficult as it seems. And it is certainly not impossible. The Chinese church proves that a highly institutionalized form of Christianity can become a remarkable movement given the right circumstances. And we don't believe that we have to have persecution to activate Apostolic Genius. Less intense forms of adaptive challenges can, and do, force the church to respond. What we are witnessing in our own day indicates that. Because the church carries the gospel as well as the full coding of Apostolic Genius in her, the potential for world transformation is always present in us. We can always draw upon latent resources and instincts. God is able and very willing to stir his church up. In fact we see this as one of the very special works of the Holy Spirit--to awaken God's people to their calling and destiny as a movement that can and will change the world.
Category: Religion

On The Verge

Author : Alan Hirsch
ISBN : 9780310421795
Genre : Religion
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The church is on the verge of some tremendous changes. Contemporary church growth, despite its many blessings to believers, has failed to stem the decline of Christianity in the West. These times require a different kind of church—a church where every person is living a mission-sent life.The Bible uses the word apostles for Jesus’ followers—that is, people sent on Jesus’ behalf. In every existing form of the contemporary church—from the mega to the multi to the incarnational—some churches have taken the idea of apostolic mission seriously. Successful church leaders are discovering how to shift their existing resources and church structures into more adaptable forms to reach their communities.In this book, Alan Hirsch and David Ferguson share inspiring stories about leaders who have diagnosed their churches’ failure to embrace a biblical model of mission and have moved toward a fuller expression of the gospel. On the Verge will help pastors and church leaders discover how these forerunners and their insights are launching a new apostolic movement—and how any church can get involved.
Category: Religion


Author : Michael Frost
ISBN : 9781441232816
Genre : Religion
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ReJesus asks the following questions: • What ongoing role does Jesus the Messiah play in shaping the ethos and self understanding of the movement that originated in him? • How is the Christian religion informed and shaped by the Jesus that we meet in the Gospels? • How do we assess the continuity required between the life and example of Jesus and the subsequent religion called Christianity? • In how many ways do we domesticate the radical revolutionary in order to sustain our religion and religiosity? • How can a rediscovery of Jesus renew our discipleship, the Christian community, and the ongoing mission of the church? These questions take us to the core of what the church is all about. Rather than reformation, the authors call their task re-founding the church because it raises the issue of the church's true Founder or Foundation. This theme is of particular importance at the dawn of the twenty-first century as many attempt to address Christianity's endemic and long trended decline in the West. The authors feel that a spiritual, theological, missional, and existential crisis looms in the West.
Category: Religion

Fast Forward To Mission Ebook Shorts

Author : Alan Hirsch
ISBN : 9781441220509
Genre : Religion
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This ebook short includes the first and last chapters of Hirsch's Right Here, Right Now and enables readers to envision and embark on everyday mission that makes a difference, regardless of their situation, vocation, or location. Hirsch challenges readers to think differently about the world and their place in it, setting them free to act differently in the world and spread the kingdom wherever they go.
Category: Religion

The Faith Of Leap Shapevine

Author : Michael Frost
ISBN : 1441234241
Genre : Religion
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As Helen Keller observed, "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." To Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, so much of how we have learned to experience and understand the faith has been divorced from the overarching adventure inherent in our God and in our calling. This book is a corrective to the dull, adventureless, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity. It explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership.
Category: Religion

Magnificent Surrender

Author : Roger Helland
ISBN : 9781621891468
Genre : Religion
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God's kingdom is our true home, but we've picked up a habit of resisting it. And when, finally, we do fall in, most of us find we've survived so long outside his kingdom that we've lost all instinct for thriving in it. That's where Roger Helland meets us. Roger has thought long and studied hard on these matters. He has pondered deeply what it means to be fully alive in Christ and for Christ, and he's tested his insights in classrooms, in churches, with denominations, but mostly in his own life. In Magnificent Surrender, he's distilled what he's learned into a field guide for kingdom living. But Roger draws from an even deeper source. His book derives its force and depth from Paul's letter to the Colossians. Indeed, Magnificent Surrender is an extended pastoral reflection on and application of that letter. Colossians, in four brief chapters, presents the glory of Jesus Christ and the glory of a life wholly submitted to him. It is a manifesto of the rich life. Magnificent Surrender heralds that brilliantly. It's a wise, loving, and sometimes stern invitation to read Colossians again, with fresh eyes and fierce resolve. It's also a challenge to take to heart its promise and its exhortation--that we can and must live in, through, with, and for Christ, who is all and in all, supreme and sufficient. -Mark Buchanan, from the Foreword
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ISBN : STANFORD:36105213171163
Genre : Anthropology
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Category: Anthropology

Evangelism Handbook

Author : Alvin Reid
ISBN : 9780805445428
Genre : Religion
File Size : 77.86 MB
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Evangelism Handbookis a thorough guide to the daily ministry of sharing Christ, showing particular concern about how the Western Church practices evangelism its failure to reach the hardcore unchurched and its trend of losing young people faster than it can win them. The author organizes his research and experience in effective modern evangelism into four clear and actionable categories: Biblical(with chapters on Jesus, Paul, Acts), Spiritual(the Holy Spirit, prayer, and other disciplines), Intentional(leadership, creativity, worship), and Missional(church planting, reaching the unchurched).
Category: Religion

Preaching Your Way Out Of A Mess

Author : Johnny Teague
ISBN : 9781532677625
Genre : Religion
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Every day, a pastor faces armies of despair, fatigue, exhaustion, and frustration. That blessed hope of a Spurgeon church has morphed into a Paul prison. Every time he looks up, there is another attack. First errors are found, then sin; doctrinal arguing leads to internal strife. The army of the nation’s culture surrounds for the kill. The pastor places his baptism handkerchief on a broom handle and crawls out to surrender. Just then, he looks to the horizon to see a glorious alliance of sixty-six armies. The enemy turns in fear—many ride away, while others engage, only to be routed. The preacher had forgotten that there are more with us than against us. No matter the mess, God is with us. He has given his Spirit to move among us, and he has given us his word to defeat every attack. Grab this handbook and be encouraged; you can preach your way out of every mess.
Category: Religion

The Forgotten God

Author : James Devine
ISBN : 9781452524436
Genre : Fiction
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Every two hundred years, Dagos, a savage and evil god who desires complete control of the world, selects a champion to help him escape. Dagos has been imprisoned for fi fty thousand years in Tartarus behind a door that only a human can unlock, but the key has been lost for many years. So far, all attempts by mortals to free Dagos have failed. Now, Dagos has selected twenty-nine-year-old Neville, a single man living alone and working at Kentucky Fried Chicken, to attempt the escape. If Neville succeeds, he will be granted immortality. Neville discovers that he comes from a long bloodline of great warriors through the ages, and his chances of success are great. To decline Dagos? request is not an option. To follow the quest requires a firm and possibly deadly commitment. Neville must not only locate the key to unlock the door, but he must collect the three pieces from his sword. Each item is on a separate island. Each island is scattered around the world, and each item is protected by a savage beast. Neville wonders if the quest will be worth the reward of eternal life.
Category: Fiction