Merit winner in the 2006 Christianity Today Book Awards! "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Those of us called to Christian ministry are commissioned and sent by Jesus, just as he himself was called and sent by the Father. Thus we naturally pattern our ministries after Christ's example. But distinctively Christian service involves the Spirit as well, just as Jesus himself accomplished his ministry in the power of the Spirit. Thus the whole Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--gives shape to truly authentic Christian ministry. Though as Christians we all affirm the doctrine of the Trinity, many of us might struggle to explain how understanding the Trinity could actually shape our ministry. Stephen Seamands demonstrates how a fully orbed theology of the Trinity transforms our perception and practice of vocational ministry. Theological concepts like relationality and perichoresis have direct relevance to pastoral life and work, especially in unfolding a trinitarian approach to relationships, service and mission. A thoroughly trinitarian outlook provides the fuel for our ministry "of Jesus Christ, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, on behalf of the church and the world." Essential reading for pastors, parachurch workers, counselors, missionaries, youth ministers and all who are called to any vocation of Christian ministry.
15 Leaders Fighting for Our Cities, Our Poor, Our Youth and Our Culture
Author: Mac Pier
Pubpsher: InterVarsity Press
Are we living in challenging times? Yes. But people can and do make a difference. Here are the stories of fifteen entrepreneurial leaders doing just that. Drawn from church, business, government and non-profit sectors, these world-class visionaries and activists offer examples that motivate and principles to imitate. Their stories show that mature networks of leaders and organizations can offer opportunities to a new generation of young people, change communities ravaged by HIV/AIDS, reach new groups of people with the message of hope--and more. If you see a need and want to contribute your own consequential leadership, this book is for you.
Passionately Embracing God's Provisions for Supernatural Living
Author: Dwight Edwards
A comprehensive 13-week companion workbook to experience fresh power and purpose by drawing on the supernatural resources within every believer. Your Christian life really can be new every day–overflowing with never-ending passion– when you discover what really happened to you when you met Jesus Christ. The Experiencing Christ Within workbook can help you do just that. You’ll learn how to release the lavish supernatural resources that permanently reside within every believer’s soul–new purity, identity, motivations, and power. Because only then can you fulfill your God-given purpose. In this 13-session study ideal for individuals or groups, Dwight Edwards guides you on a fascinating examination of these life-changing biblical truths and their practical outworking. The result: You’ll tap into a vibrant eternal reality and experience refreshing intimacy with God, new liberty, a deeper sense of community with other believers, and a greater capacity for ministry–all with a passion for God’s glory.
Release on 2014-12-18 | by vanThanh Nguyen,John M. Prior
Biblical and Global Perspectives on Migration and Mission
Author: vanThanh Nguyen,John M. Prior
Pubpsher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
On the highways and byways of every continent, hundreds of millions of immigrants are constantly on the move. Because of growing inequalities of wealth caused by unregulated economic globalization, political and ethnic conflicts, environmental degradation, instant communication, and viable means of transportation, more and more people are migrating than ever before. Crossing international borders, whether compelled or voluntarily, is a major characteristic of our present epoch. No countries or regions are immune from this reality. Facing the growing scope, complexity and impact of the current worldwide phenomenon, God's People on the Move seeks to develop appropriate biblical and missiological responses to the issue of human migration and dislocation. The book is divided into two major sections. Part one, "Biblical Perspectives on Migration and Mission," contains six essays that focus on various biblical themes or texts that deal with migration and mission. Part two, "Contemporary Issues of Migration and Mission," contains six essays that address different immigration issues around the world. The contributors to this volume are women and men from different ethnic backgrounds, working and living on five continents. The internationality of the contributors gives this volume a unique global perspective on migration and mission.
Release on 2012-11-07 | by Adrian Zenz, PhD; Marlon L. Sias
Why All Believers Will Not be Raptured Before the Tribulation
Author: Adrian Zenz, PhD; Marlon L. Sias
Pubpsher: WestBow Press
Many Christians base their understanding of the end times on the popular pretribulation rapture view. They expect that Jesus will rescue them “just-in-time” before the tribulations of the Antichrist. However, few people realize that every single biblical promise of being raptured at that time is conditional on personal spiritual readiness. Eminent Christian leaders such as A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, as well as Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, first taught this biblical perspective of a conditional rapture. In their captivating account, the authors take their readers on a fascinating journey through the pages of the Bible, showing how biblical prophecies from Daniel to Revelation point toward not just one but two raptures: a conditional first fruits rapture for the ready “wise virgins” of the church, and a later rapture for “foolish virgin” believers who are spiritually unprepared. Packed with fresh scriptural insights, this book will prepare and equip you for the times ahead! “Worthy to Escape makes for a thoroughly intriguing read! It is rare for Christians to apply the Hebraic traditions regarding marriage to the rapture. That and the book’s strong focus on spiritual intimacy set it apart from the majority of end times writings.” —Messianic Rabbi Ed Rothman, Hon. M. Div., Hon. Dr. M.S. & J.C., Seed of Abraham Messianic Congregation, St. Louis Park, MN “Everyone should become familiar with the first fruits rapture. I highly recommend this book!” —Rev. J. McCracken, Team Leader, TrueBridge Family of Churches “Any student of eschatology needs to read this book and consider its insights. Bible colleges and seminaries should use it as a reference work and make it required reading.” —Pastor T. Porta, Grace Gospel Church, Cambridge, MN
Many Christian churches, homes, and student ministries are left feeling helpless against the pull of secularism that is bombarding this generation. "Generation Transformed" will help pastors, youth pastors, volunteers, and parents to understand the immense pull that culture has on teens, and the text takes a biblical approach to rectifying the problems.