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Daring to Live the Life of Full Abandon
With just two simple words, Jesus altered the course of twelve lives forever. With an extended hand and a gleam in His eye, he invited these men to step out into a life of true adventure: a life fraught with storms, imprisonment, miracles, beatings, feasts, fights, laughter, tears, trials ... and victory. He taught them, prayed for them, challenged them, and comforted them; and when His time came to return to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower them to follow in His steps. His ministry would now become their ministry; his mission, their mission. And so like Him, they would face the scorn of a world in rebellion against God. Like Him, they would pour out their lives for the sake of the lost and broken. Like Him, they were obedient, even unto death.
I know what you're thinking: here comes another guilt trip! Many of us, if we're impacted by such challenges at all, have trained ourselves to be satisfied with simply feeling bad about our low standard of discipleship. We read a book or hear a sermon which challenges us to follow Christ, and we agree. The problem is, seldom do we know what to do about it. We may pray a little harder for a few days, maybe read a little more Scripture (both great ideas, by the way!) for a week. But in the end, we are no more following Jesus than were the disciples before they stepped off their boats and out of their prior circumstances. So what can we do?
This book serves as a starting point for you to discover the answer. What follows is not a deep, theological treatise on what it means to be a Christian; rather, it is a practical guide for all who wish to truly follow Jesus, but don't quite know where to begin. Whether you are new to the faith, or you simply recognize that, even after years in the church, your stated beliefs have not led to real transformation in your life, this book was written for you. We ought to take seriously the words of Jesus, when He said, "if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23, NIV). Do you really believe that, and all that it implies? If so - or even if you're unsure, but at least interested - keep reading.
- Publication Date:
- 1490555765 / 9781490555768
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth