Jesus swept onto the scene declaring that the Kingdom of God had arrived! He proclaimed that we would experience life at its fullest only when we organize our lives around the Kingdom. E. Stanley Jones suggests that life in any other way is a muddled, maddening, and impossible way to live. Throughout the centuries we have lost the Kingdom as a clearly defined and workable system for order and influence in our daily lives. We have reduced the Kingdom by putting it into narrower molds, a refuge now, a present security, a future hope, anything but the Kingdom as Jesus preached it - God's total answer to man's total need now." Dr. Jones shows us how to claim our spiritual heritage and the abundant life promised us by embracing the Kingdom and Person of Jesus. He suggests how our experience with God and His Kingdom should be taught and shared in the life of the individual, in the life of the church and in the nations of the world.
Who Is E. Stanley Jones? Stanley Jones went to India as a young man in the first decade of the 1900s. It soon became apparent that he was a gifted preacher/evangelist and writer. Over the years between 1925 and 1973 he wrote 28 books. He was widely quoted by preachers because of the clarity and depth of his writings. As his career progressed, be began to conduct evangelistic meetings on most of the continents of the world. Hundreds of thousands of persons came to Christ under his preaching. Later in his career, he devoted half of his time speaking in the U.S. and leading retreats patterned after what he had been doing in India. This book is designed to re-introduce pastors, teachers, missionaries, other church leaders and lay persons to Stanley Jones' books, especially those who have not been introduced to this man of God before.. The main themes of his books are presented in nine sections with forty-two shorter readings for easier access. The sections are entitled: The Unchanging Person: Jesus Christ The Unshakable Kingdom of God Conversion Surrender Guidance The Church (including Evangelism and Missions) Victorious and Abundant Living Steps Out of Life's Problems Steps up to Victory Al Jansen is a retired pastor who met and was greatly influenced by E. Stanley Jones early in his own ministry. This influence greatly shaped Al's theology, his world view and his approach to ministry. He is convinced that modern day church leaders will find this man's writings as relevant and thought provoking today as they were when they were first written. Al and his wife now live in Phoenix, Arizona.
Principles and Practices of Transformational Development
Author: Bryant L. Myers
Publisher: Orbis Books
In this revised and updated edition of a modern classic, Bryant Myers shows how Christian mission can contribute to dismantling poverty and social evil. Myers demonstrates what is possible when we cease to treat the spiritual and physical domains of life as separate and unrelated.
Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ
Author: Leonard Sweet
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
“So that in everything He might have the supremacy.” —Colossians 1:18 Christians have made the gospel about so many things—things other than Christ. Religious concepts, ideas, doctrines, strategies, methods, techniques, formulas, "its" and "things" have all eclipsed the beauty, the glory, and the reality of the Lord Jesus Himself. On the whole, Christians today are starved for a real experience of the living Christ. We know a lot about our Lord, but we don't know Him very well. We know a lot about trying to be like Jesus, but very little about living by His indwelling life. JESUS MANIFESTO presents a fresh unveiling of Jesus as not only Savior and Lord, but as so much more. It is a prophetic call to restore the supremacy and sovereignty of Christ in a world—and a church—that has lost sight of Him. Every revival and restoration in the church has been a rediscovery of some aspect of Christ in the process of answering the ultimate question that Jesus put to His disciples: "Who do you say that I am?" Read this book and see your Lord like you've never seen Him before.
A practical approach for leaders to guide their congregations to become more externally focused The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community is designed for church leaders who want to transform their churches to become less internally focused and more oriented to the world around them. The book includes the clear guidelines on the ten changes congregations must adopt to become truly outwardly focused. This book is not about getting all churches to have an annual day of community service as a tactic but changing the core of who they are and how they see themselves as a part of their community. Outlines the ten changes needed for church leaders to transform their churches Presents a highly practical approach that shows leaders how to become more externally focused without having to give up programs that serve members A new volume in the popular Leadership Network Series This book reveals what it takes to make the major shift from an internal to external focus and how that affects church leadership.
If We are the Light of the World, Why is Everything So Dark?
Author: Randy Dean
Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers
"…His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand…" (Habakkuk 3:4 NASB) Too many Christians assume that all will be fine when they "die and go to Heaven." But author and pastor Randy Dean, a modern-day firebrand for the Lord, aggressively refuses to settle for that way of thinking and living. From putting his arm around a hopeless person and giving hope to raising the dead, he is building an army to sweep across the land and shine its spiritual radiance on a dark and sleeping world. The transcendent nature of the Kingdom of God has a dynamic that naturally radiates God's presence and dominating power. Nature itself is agonizing in its wait for you to be radiant with this supreme energy in your very footsteps. -Randy Dean The authentically good news of the Kingdom of God is a transcendent supremacy - a living energy that by its sheer magnetism draws people into its healing force. God sent Jesus as His Radiance. You, too, can be radiant with a Spirit of an invulnerable, irresistible, and pervasive force. Back Dare to live an outrageously attractive lifestyle in every venue of our culture - you are the radiance of His glory!
In this Song of Ascents not one single note is here by right. I deserve nothing; I have everything. God is the heart of this everything. I have everything - everything I need, and more. ... What I had - Jesus, God, the Kingdom of God - was all I wanted and needed. I didn't want anything different. I only wanted more of what I had. (from the Introduction)
We need a better vision for saving the world. Across the world, people like you are rising up to fight poverty, oppression, and injustice—not just professionals, but bloggers, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists, and advocates. People who refuse to accept the world as it is, who dare to believe change is possible. But we face a crisis of vision. We sense what needs to be done, but often we don’t know how to do it. Without a better blueprint for doing good well, our moment in history will slip away. Stephan Bauman, president of World Relief believes true change begins in the hearts and actions of ordinary people. In Possible, he presents clear and biblical thinking, powerful stories, and practical tools for sustainably impacting our workplaces, neighborhoods, villages, and cities. Possible is an eloquent and personal call to reconsider what it means to change ourselves so that we can change the world.
Will the world experience increasingly ungodly forms of leadership and domination through force, manipulation and fear? Or will the church follow the lead of the Lord Jesus into the 21st century by caring for and serving the nations of the earth?
This book talks about the Christian faith in ways that connect with people who are searching for a clear center to their faith. As Harnish describes it, we are all ordinary people on an extraordinary journey toward a center that will hold true, a life-giving center defined by faith in God revealed through Jesus Christ.