Category: Book Reviews

Rich Resources — Two Teachers Who Shaped My Life in Large Ways

See the free library of written, audio and video resources by Robertson McQuilkin  http://mcquilkinlibrary.com/

and James “Buck” Hatch

http://buckhatchlibrary.com/

Both men have crossed over into a new level of eternal life.  So much of their teaching is classic — it is not dated in the least.

Enjoy!  And leave comments below of resources you find helpful.

Summer Reading Suggestions for Leaders

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  1. Peter Scazzero. The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How transforming your inner life will deeply transform your church, team and the world.    Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.  ISBN: 978-0-310-49457-7.
  2. Andrew Murray.  HUMILITY: THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. (2014). ISBN: 978-1502559562.  You may use any edition of this classic.
  3. Steve Ogne & Tim Roehl. TRANSFORMISSIONAL COACHING: EMPOWERING LEADERS IN A CHANGING MINISTRY WORLD.  B & H Publishing: Nashville (2008).  ISBN 978-0-8054-4781-1.
  4. Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield, Ron McMillian, Al Switzler.  INFLUENCER: THE NEW SCIENCE OF LEADING CHANGE, SECOND EDITION.  McGraw Hill (New York). 2013. ISBN: 978-0071808866.
  5.  Patrick Lencioni.  THE ADVANTAGE: WHY ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH TRUMPS EVERYTHING ELSE IN BUSINESS.  Jossey-Bass (San Francisco). 2012. ISBN: 978-0470941522.
  6. Mark Buchanan.  Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010.  ISBN: 978-0-310-29365-1
  7. Ruth Haley Barton.  Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community.  Downers Grove:  Intervarsity Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8308-3586-7.
  8. Stephen R. Covey.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, 25th Anniversary Edition. Rosetta Books, 2013. ISBN: 9780795336416.
  9. Jedd Medefind & Erik Lokkesmoe.  UPENDED: HOW FOLLOWING JESUS REMAKES YOUR WORDS AND WORLD.  Lake Mary, FL: Charisma, 2012.  ISBN: 9781616386054.
  10. Rowland Forman.  The Lost Art of Lingering: Mutual Mentoring for Life Transformation.  Confia Publishers, 2013.  ISBN: 978-0-9839843-7-5 .

These are books I have read or reread recently. They all have value to those interested in leadership and spiritual transformation.  Rowland is a friend in NZ in his late 70s who has written a very practical and motivating guide to lifelong disciple making…don’t miss it!

DISCIPLESHIP AS JESUS DID IT

 

A Summary Outline of THE MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM, Robert E. Coleman reprinted over 63 times since its publication in 1963.

I first read Coleman’s book in 1973 during my college days at East Tennessee State University.  I was involved in CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ).  I wrote this summary after going through the book in an action group; our small discipleship groups on campus.  It stayed in my journal and has been like a North Star to orient me through over 40 years in parachurch and congregational service.  His book is still in print.  And a version with a small group study guide in the back is also still accessible.  Let’s make sure our main thing is Jesus’ main thing!  Roy King June 26, 2015

Steps to building and sending people to the world:

1 SELECTION

Luke 6:13- People were Christ’s method.

No evidence of haste just determination.

No big impact at this time, just investing in people willing to learn.

Jesus does not neglect the masses, but realizes that victory will never be won by the multitudes.

2 ASSOCIATION

Matt. 28:20 He was with his disciples.

He let them follow him, and this was his initial requirement.

Lk. 8:10 Knowledge was gained by association before being understood by explanation.

IT TAKES TIME.

Discipleship involves the sacrifice of personal indulgence.

3 CONSECRATION

Matt. 11:29- He required obedience.

Lk, 16:13 -The surrender of one’s whole life to the master in absolute submission to His sovereignty was required.

Mt.27:3-10; Acts 1:18, 19 Few would pay the price.

Obedience to Christ was the means by which those in his company learned more truth.

Obedience was modeled by Jesus as he lived in absolute obedience to the Father’s will. Jn.5:30, 6:38.

4   IMPARTATION

Jn.20:22 He gave himself away.

  1. He gave His peace Jn.16:33, Matt,11:28
  2. He gave His joy. Jn.15-11,17:13
  3. He gave the keys to the kingdom which the power of hell could not prevail against. Matt.6:19, Lk. 12:32
  4. He gave them His own glory so could be as one with the Father. 17.22, 24
  5. He gave them a compulsion for evangelism. Jn. 17:18, 19 As the context reveals, His sanctification was in an area of commitment to the task for which He had been sent into the world, and in dedication to that purpose of evangelism, He continually gave His life “for their sakes”.  “The ministry of the Holy Spirit is God in operation in men’s lives.” ( pg. 72)

5   DEMONSTRATION

Jn. 13:15 He showed them how to live.

  1. The practice of prayer Lk, 11:11, Matt.6:9-13.
  2. The use of Scripture Abide in His word Jn.15:7.
  3. Training to the task of  evangelism  Jesus did not use fancy classes or tools, only a teacher who practiced with them what He expected them to learn.

6    DELEGATION

Matt.4:19- He assigned them work. He provided them with a vital experience with God and showed them how he worked, before telling them they had to do it.

Their briefing instructions. Lk.9, Matt.10, Mk. 6

  1. Go to the most susceptible audience Matt.10:5,6
  2. Move with the movers Matt.l0:ll, Mk 6:10; Lk.9:41
  3. Expect Hardship.
  4. Remember- They are one with Christ. Matt.10:40-42, John 13:20 “Think of this identity! The disciples were to be the actual representatives of Christ as they went forth. So clear was this association that if someone gave a child a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, that act of mercy would be rewarded.”
  5. They were sent out 2 by 2. Evangelism set up Christ for his ministry Lk. 10:l

“Christian disciples are sent men-sent out in the same work of world evangelism to which our Lord was sent, and for which He gave His life. Evangelism is not an optional accessory to our life. It is the heartbeat of all that we are called to be and do.”

7 SUPERVISION

Mk. 8:17- He kept check on them-

He gave instruction, assignments and then regrouping to iron out problems.

Jesus used mistakes and failures for learning Mk.9:17-29,Mk.6:30-44, Mk.8:10-19.

Plan of teaching:

  1. Example
  2. Assignment
  3. Constant check-up.

8 REPRODUCTION

Jn.l5:l6-He expected them to reproduce. (Jn.17:20, 21, 23)

“His whole evangelistic strategy, indeed, the fulfillment of his very purpose in coming into the world, dying on the cross, and rising from the grave depended upon the faithfulness of his chosen disciples to this task.”

A barren Christian is a contradiction. A tree is known by its fruit.

“The only hope for the world is for men to go to them with the Gospel of salvation, and having won them to the Savior, not to leave them, but to work with them faithfully, patiently, painstakingly, until they become fruitful Christians savoring the world about them with the Redeemer’s love.”

“The criteria upon which a Church should measure its success is not how much the budget is increased, or how many names are added to the roll, but rather how many Christians are actively winning souls and training them to win the multitudes.”(pg.113, 114)

Conclusion: The Steps Summarized

  1. Begin with a few
  2. Stay together
  3. Give them time
  4. Group meetings
  5. Expect something from them
  6. Keep them going
  7. Help them carry their burdens
  8. Let them carry on
  9. Their personal spiritual relationship with Jesus is priority
  10. The price of victory comes high.

 

 

 

 

Highly Recommended Book — by Reggie McNeal KINGDOM COME: Why we Must Give Up our Obsession with Fixing the Church — and What We Should Do Instead

Reggie’s newest book is a practical theology on the Kingdom of God.  He clarifies the relationship between the kingdom and the church in the biblical drama of God’s redemption story.  In the second half he lays out examples and concrete strategy for the people of God (i.e., the church) to live for Kingdom values and influence that entices others to become Christ the King followers.

And Jesus taught us to pray….”your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth at it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

“Jesus wants us to pray for, deeply desire, and dedicate ourselves to seeing the Kingdom as it operates in heaven made visible  and active in our daily experience here on earth.” (pg. xiv)

“The purpose of the church is to further God’s kingdom.” (pg. xx)

“…the key to church renewal lies in anchoring the mission and purpose of the church in the biblical teaching of what it means to be the people of God.” (pg. 4)

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Two Good Books for Summer Reading!

If you are a Father with a son who is, or will soon be, a young adult read the conversations between John and Sam Eldredge in Killing Lions.  (Click Here to Purchase from Amazon)

One of the great contributions are the quotes and lessons they share from their own reading.  So our Leadership Training Group decided to read the novel they mention a few times.  One of the fellows mentioned this week that this novel was one of the best books we had read together this year.  So let me also mention a good pool side read… THE ALCHEMIST — story of a shepherd’s journey to find the treasure of the heart.  (Click here to purchase from Amazon)

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