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The Neighboring Church

Author: Brian Mavis
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 0718077261
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The Art Of Neighboring

Author: Jay Pathak
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441238476
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Once upon a time, people knew their neighbors. They talked to them, had cook-outs with them, and went to church with them. In our time of unprecedented mobility and increasing isolationism, it's hard to make lasting connections with those who live right outside our front door. We have hundreds of "friends" through online social networking, but we often don't even know the full name of the person who lives right next door. This unique and inspiring book asks the question: What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building? Through compelling true stories of lives impacted, the authors show readers how to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to them. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this book perfect for small groups or individual study.

The Neighboring Church

Author: Brian Mavis
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 0718077261
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A New Kind Of Big

Author: Chip Sweney
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9781441214607
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There's a growing desire among believers to reach beyond the walls of their churches to impact communities for God. But when the average church size hovers around 150 members and the problems of even midsized cities seem insurmountable, how can we hope to make a difference? A New Kind of Big tells the inspiring story of how Perimeter Church in suburban Atlanta started a partnership called Unite! with other area churches in order to increase its reach in a community that desperately needed God's light and aid. This partnership has grown to a network of nearly 150 churches that are bringing kingdom transformation to Atlanta. For instance, on just one weekend in 2007, 6,000 volunteers from over 60 churches in metro Atlanta gathered to work on 250 service projects inside the ten-mile radius around Perimeter Church. Thirty welcome baskets were delivered to refugees, a dozen homes were repaired, a thousand Bibles were given away, 750 "encourage a teacher" gift bags were distributed. And that's not all: volunteers orchestrated 20 block parties in low-income apartment communities and 65 neighborhood food drives that collected 25,000 pounds of food. Chip Sweney shows Christian leaders how they too can discover the power of this "new kind of big" to pool their resources, energy, and time to minister to their communities, no matter how long or short their membership rolls.

Neighborhood Mapping

Author: John E. Fuder
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 0802489982
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If your church relocated, would your neighbors notice? Would there be an outcry for you to stay? Whether you are a church planter, pastor, community activist, missionary, college ministry leader, or simply a Christ-follower looking to impact your community, this resource is for you. Neighborhood Mapping by Dr. John Fuder is an engaging, practical tool available to assist workers in the field to better understand the communities they are involved with. It awakens the neighborhood explorer with effective methodology for "exegeting" their neighborhood, offering surveys and samples to lead them in that process. Dr. Fuder calls believers to shift the focus from inside the church building to those who live in the community. He offers here an easy-to-use resource for those who care about ministry to “the least of these.”

Desiring God

Author: John Piper
Publisher: Multnomah Pub
ISBN: 1601423098
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Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God! Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential. Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him. Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering. Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure. Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy. Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.

The Simplest Way To Change The World

Author: Dustin Willis
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 0802495117
Size: 59.21 MB
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How to make disciples using hospitality Deep down, every Christian wants to make a difference. But for many of us, the years come and go and we never do. The good news is: change can be as simple as opening your front door. The Simplest Way to Change the World is about biblical hospitality and its power for the gospel. Since people will sooner enter a living room than a church, hospitality is a natural and effective way to build relationships for Christ. You’ll learn: How the home can be a hub for community How hospitality leads to joy, purpose, and belonging How it grows families to love the things of God How it’s not about being the perfect host How to be hospitable regardless of your living space Hospitality is a beautiful legacy of the church, and a great way to make disciples. As you open your life up to others, you share in the very character of God and experience His joy. And you get to witness lives change—including your own. Includes 20+ creative ideas for hospitality, plus questions for small groups

A Meal With Jesus

Author: Tim Chester
Publisher: Crossway
ISBN: 1433521431
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Meals have always been important across societies and cultures, a time for friends and families to come together. An important part of relationships, meals are vital to our social health. Author Tim Chester sums it up: “Food connects.” Chester argues that meals are also deeply theological—an important part of Christian fellowship and mission. He observes that the book of Luke is full of stories of Jesus at meals. These accounts lay out biblical principles. Chester notes, “The meals of Jesus represent something bigger.” Six chapters in A Meal with Jesus show how they enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation, and promise. Moving from biblical times to the modern world, Chester applies biblical truth to challenge our contemporary understandings of hospitality. He urges sacrificial giving and loving around the table, helping readers consider how meals can be about serving others and sharing the grace of Christ.

Loving Your Neighbor

Author: David Sanford
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781542505048
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"David Sanford teases out the Jesus stories to help us see who Jesus is... Every one of the short chapters are thought- and life-provoking." -Gerry Breshears, Ph.D., Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon -- "Wow! I absolutely love this book. It is fresh, poignant, alive. The writing style is free and unchecked-easy to read-the chapters have a rhythm, a pulse, a wonderful irreverence... His words have integrity and authenticity. It is fun. It seems to me to be a whole new style of writing about the Bible." -Bill Senyard, President of Gospel-App Ministries and Author of Take Heart: Conversations About Life, www.gospel-app.com -- "I've just finished Loving Your Neighbor and my jaw is still dropped. What is this-a liturgy? A devotional? A kick-in-the-pants? A heart-rending collection of change-your-life Scriptures and stories? All of this! And it does indeed surprise! Which is just what is needed for all of us who think we already know how to love our neighbor." -Leslie Leyland Fields, Speaker and Author of Crossing the Waters, Winner of Christianity Today's 2017 Book Award (Christian Living / Discipleship), www.leslieleylandfields.com -- "Terrific! David surprises, enlightens, incites. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. And once I read it, I couldn't forget it. Jesus will never look the same." -Dr. Steve Stephens, Portland Psychologist, Speaker, and Best-Selling Author, www.drstevestephens.com --

Conversion And Discipleship

Author: Bill Hull
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310520088
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Discipleship occurs when someone answers the call to learn from Jesus how to live his or her life as though Jesus were living it. The end result is that the disciple becomes the kind of person who naturally does what Jesus did. How the church understands salvation and the gospel is the key to recovering a biblical theology of discipleship. Our doctrines of grace and salvation, in some cases, actually prevent us from creating an expectation that we are to be disciples of Jesus. A person can profess to be a Christian and yet still live under the impression that they don’t need to actually follow Jesus. Being a follower is seen as an optional add-on, not a requirement. It is a choice, not a demand. Being a Christian today has no connection with the biblical idea that we are formed into the image of Christ. In this ground-breaking new book, pastor and author Bill Hull shows why our existing models of evangelism and discipleship fail to actually produce followers of Jesus. He looks at the importance of recovering a robust view of the gospel and taking seriously the connection between conversion—answering the call to follow Jesus—and discipleship—living like the one we claim to follow.