Written as a follow-up to Not Just a Soup Kitchen, David Apple's Neighborology provides a blueprint for how churches and servant leaders of every ministry can be neighborly helpers. Apple provides insight into developing the heart of a servant by modeling the compassion of Jesus Christ and presenting practical instruction and invaluable resources. This book is a must-read for servants of today and tomorrow.
Our story begins one Friday morning when an unemployed man knocks at the door of Rev. Henry Maxwell while he is preparing for that Sunday's sermon. Maxwell listens briefly to the man's plea before brushing him aside and closing the door. The same man then appears in church at the end of the Sunday sermon, where he quietly but frankly confronts the congregation. "I'm not complaining just stating facts," he says, about their lack of compassion for people like him in the community. Upon finishing his address to the congregation he collapses only to die a few days later. That next Sunday, Henry Maxwell, deeply moved by the events of the past week, presents a challenge to his congregation: "Do not do anything without first as ... more
Folded Size: 6'' x 9'' full color, Welcome Folder.These resources offer wonderful assistance for churches in their ministry efforts by providing quality, customizable pieces to welcome visitors and to facilitate outreach in the community.
This companion training manual to Real-Life Discipleship provides unique guidance and insight to pastors, church leaders, and their disciples as they work to create an effective discipleship program.
With a thorough, results-oriented process that can be applied in other contexts and cultures, this manual explains the necessary components of disciplemaking so that every church member can play a part in reaching others for Christ.
This leader's resource shows you how to cultivate new leaders for the future and equip them to make disciples.
For more than 40 years, this classic study has shown Christians how to minister to the people God brings into their lives. This convenient, portable format has an updated look for a new generation of readers.
Health, finance, family, the future - life is full of questions. There are deeper questions, too. Who am I Why am I here? Where am I going? Does life have any purpose? But the ultimate questions are about God. Does he exist? What is he like? Can I know him and experience his power in my life? And if so, how? This booklet tackles these vital questions head-on - and answers them simply, clearly and directly. Read it carefully. It could change your life - for ever. 'John Blanchard masterfully presents the gospel in a thought-provoking introduction followed by 12 straightforward questions with their answers - using more than 100 Scripture verses. The content is superb, the message clear, and the challenge powerful. God is ho ... more
Author Sarah Lanier explains how cultures around the world can fit into two basic categories and how these categories differ. Whether you are a cross-cultural worker or simply live in a cross-cultural neighborhood, you'll find this book to be a valuableresource for understanding and relating to others from a different "climate".
"The Insanity of God" is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place? It sure didn't work in Somalia. Nik recalls that, "God had always been so real to me, to Ruth, and to our boys. But was He enough, for the utter weariness of soul I experienced at that time, in that ... more
Flynn, author of the best-seller, 7 Secrets of the Eucharist (200,000 copies sold), presents a similar approach to the Sacrament of Confession in this new book that reveals 7 key "secrets" or hidden truths about the great spiritual beauty, power and depth of Confession.
The understanding that many Catholics have of the Sacrament of Confession is so limited and narrow in its focus that it keeps them from discovering the real beauty and value of this Sacrament -- beauty and value that even a young child can understand if it's presented properly. For too many Catholics, Confession is just a means to an end: cleaning us up from sin so we can receive Communion. But, as Pope Francis tells us, Confession is much more than "go ... more
"Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year A" provides readers with an inspirational guide through the Lenten season, from Ash Wednesday through the week after Easter. Popular biblical scholar and author N. T. Wright provides his own Scripture translation, brief reflection, and a prayer for each day of the season, helping readers ponder how the text is relevant to their own lives. By the end of the book, readers will have been through the entirety of Matthew, along with Psalm readings for each Sunday. Suitable for both individual and group study and reflection, Wright's Lenten devotional will help make Matthew's gospel your own, thoughtfully and prayerfully, and your journey through Lent a period of discovery and growth.
We might be relieved if God placed our sanctification only in the hands of trained professionals, but that is not his plan. Instead, through the ministry of every part of the body, the whole church will mature in Christ. Paul David Tripp helps us discover
On account of the superficial points of agreement between Islam and Christianity, many don t see how tremendously deep the divides between them really are, and fewer still have considered the evidence for each faith. How is Jihad different from the Crusades? Can we know the life of Jesus as well as the life of Muhammad? What reason is there to believe in one faith over the other, and what difference can the Gospel really make?
In No God But One: Allah or Jesus New York Times bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi takes readers on a global, historical, yet deeply personal journey to the heart of the worlds two largest religions. He explores the claims that each faith makes upon believers intellects and lives, critica ... more
"Few books have had as great an impact on the cause of world evangelization in our generation as Robert Coleman's The Master Plan of Evangelism."--Billy Graham
It all started when Jesus called a few men to follow him and share God's message with their neighbors. We are called to do the same. But evangelism can be difficult--even intimidating. With all the evangelism resources available, where should you turn to find advice on how to share the Good News with others? Robert E. Coleman says the answers aren't found in TV evangelism, easy-evangelism guidebooks, or the latest marketing techniques. Rather, he looks to the Bible, to the ultimate example found in Jesus Christ.
Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help--not sabotage--those whom they desire to serve. Lupton, the founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, the voice of the "Urban Perspectives "newsletter, and the author of "Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life," has been at the forefront of urban ministry activism for forty years. Now, in the vein of Jeffrey Sachs's "The End of Poverty," Richard Stearns's "The Hole in Our Gospel," and Gregory Boyle's "Tattoos on the Heart," his groundbreaking" Toxic Charity "shows ... more
What if you knew that by simply crossing the room and saying hello to someone, you could change that person's forever? Just a few steps to make an eternal difference. It has nothing to do with methods and everything to do with taking a genuine interest in another human being. All you need is a heart that's in tune with the Holy Spirit and a willingness to venture out of your 'Circle of Comfort' and into another person's life. Just Walk Across the Room brings personal evangelism into the twenty-first century.
Building on the solid foundation laid in Becoming a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels shows how you can participate in the model first set by Jesus, who stepped down from heaven 2,000 years ago ... more
Tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations? Want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions with family, friends, and coworkers? Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver's seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.