John C. Maxwell is an American pastor; as an evangelical Christian, he decided to follow his father into ministry, and completed a bachelor’s degree at Ohio Christian University, a Master of Divinity at Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. Evidently, he is an extremely qualified pastor, and has led churches in Indiana, Ohio, California, and Florida. Preaching was an invaluable experience for Maxwell, as he was able to develop crucial speaking and writing skills that would make him the person he is today. In fact, his experience in leading and preaching to his congregation members has lead him to be named as the No. 1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine.
Dr. Ron Crandall holds a doctoral degree in Pastoral Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He retired in 2008 from Ashbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, where he was a professor of evangelism and practical theology. He has served as an Elder in the United Methodist Church and is now the Executive Director of ABIDE. ABIDE the program that he helped come up with to revitalize churches. Crandall has researched and written in the areas of evangelism, leadership, and church growth. He is best known for WITNESS: Learning to Share Your Christian Faith, and Turnaround And Beyond: A Hopeful Future for Small Membership Churches.
Just after looking the title of the book “Mission High” I was interest to understand the challenges that comes along while being a teacher. The title of the book and the introduction part attracts many readers because of how the author presented her ideas. Mission High is one of schools located in San Francisco California and this school has significant impact to many students. One of my major goal was to understand better and develop interest in my teaching career. Reading this book have changed my opinions in different ways while understanding better in different cultures. First and foremost, the author have well experience in her book by discussing the role of school in society. The author, “Kristina Rizga” has emphasized the importance
Discipleship students, or those who already have a faith commitment, tend to immediately join one of two categories. The first, or Stagnant, students are those who “made a decision to follow Christ at some time in life but never really grew in faith.” These students, from the outside, look very similar to the world as “the distinction between churched and unchurched students is rapidly shrinking.” These students require time to draw them into a
The game was at a tie, both teams were at 21 points. Luke, the quarterback, was being watched by scouts who were looking for the best players to play for them. It was the final quarter, Lukes team had the ball, and there was 30 seconds left on the game clock. The play started, Luke passes it to Joe, their best player for getting touchdowns. When Joe got the ball, he was off, no matter what the defence tried, their was no way they were going to catch him. Joe had scored the game winning touchdown, the crowd goes wild with excitement. After the game, all of Luke’s friends Joe, Bob, and Bruce, decided to go out to celebrate the game victory. Outside of the stadium, a scout came up to them, and talks to them about
In article “Eva’s Men,” Julia Well shares the life of Krotoa or Eva. Eva was a Khoena interpreter of a Dutch leader named Jan Van Riebeeck in the Cape of Good Hope. Eva’s gender gave her a unique position in relation to both Dutch and Khoena society. As a young girl, Eva was sent by her own people to work for the Dutch, both to serve as a sign of goodwill and to become familiar with Dutch ways. The Dutch received her comfortably as a servant. When Eva learned Dutch expertly, she quickly became their most dependable interpreter. The article also hints that there might have been a possible sexual relationship between her and Van Riebeeck. When military conflicts emerged between the Dutch and the Oedasoa society, Eva served a Dutch collaborator.
Jesus told the disciples that if they call him Lord they must do what he commands (Matthew 7:22). To be a disciple of Christ, we must submit to Jesus and trust that He is our Lord and Savior. We must have faith in Him and look to Him as our guide. Disciples of Christ should obey Jesus because God is not a man, but a sovereign God who has every right to command His disciples. Christ is not just a sovereign God, but also a saving God who suffered on a cross so that humans could receive salvation. Disciples of Christ who are saved by grace are not their own, but bought with a price that Jesus paid on the cross. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The disciples are called blessed because they have obeyed the call of Jesus.2 To be a disciple of Christ, we must
McRaney achieved to cover his purpose; the foundational elements, communication theories, and practical aids of personal evangelism. Also, appendixes are helpful to practice to personal testimonies, gospel illustrations, common objections, and more practical evangelism. (p. 235)
Function, order and fruit issue from this law of life within. It was solely on this principle that what we have in the New Testament came into being. Organized Christianity has entirely reversed this order” (Viola, 2010). After reviewing the Rod Dempsey’s Disciple Making is: Evaluating Church Models Chart, this is more of a cult model: incarnational lived out in the community, relational missional groups, intentional mentoring in the community (Dempsey, 2015).
American society produces new temptations every day and it is easy to fall into what could be harmful to a relationship with God. It becomes difficult to live a Christian life when the culture in which one lives is full of needs, desires, and ideas that are so contrary to what the Bible teaches. During the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he also went through a few temptations at the hand of the devil. He endured these temptations and persevered righteously in spite of them. A few lessons can be learned by how Jesus handled these temptations.
The mandate of the Body of Christ to make disciples has been established. The Church needs to embody in physical structuring and deeds what is necessary to make this happen. It is obvious we need to do whatever it takes to make that a reality.
(5) “They must also believe that the disciples would risk their lives for a dead impostor when they would not for a living Saviour.”
The Praxis of spirit redeems the people of God from all lawfulness. The entitlement is to all humanity, because all are one in Christ (Gal. 3:28). The formation of the Christ is the last reference, which explains the entitlement to each person (Anderson, p.137). The Gospel of Luke explains that the formation of Christ as a daily submission of the believer to Christ (Lk.9:23). The formation of Christ conveys the spirit of transformation as well (Rom. 12:1-2), which leads back to “ex nihilo” making something out of nothing in the world of ministry.
The Bible is full of common themes, yet there one prominent underlying thread that runs constant throughout is that in order to be influential, people are placed in positions where they are able to assimilate to the common culture, but are still set apart from other ordinary people. Assimilation is defined as the process where a group adopts the customs of the prevailing culture, whereas consecration refers to someone who is set apart as sacred. Due to the apparently conflicting definitions, it seems as though the two cannot coexist with one another. In fact, they even appear to be paradoxical, however, both ingredients are necessary in order for people to influence the
This five-step process begins by creating a definition for what it is we are addressing as disciples. It’s important to ask the question “what is…” because it helps us distinguish from other topics that are closely related. For example, if we are talking about what discipline is, we would want to distinguish if we are speaking about the punishment of a child, the act of training in a habitual manner, or a branch of knowledge. Our world is a very complicated, intricate, and interwoven place. Though people often want things to be straightforward, they’re not always that simple. It’s important to define exactly what we’re talking about in order to understand the topic as clearly as possible.