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Risk Takers

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 22 Mar 2013

The early church tried, failed, and tried again. They did not know what was coming next--but they learned to depend on the Spirit, who was always one step ahead.

The unpredictable Spirit invites us to an adventure of faith. The road is not straight, but the compass is sure. Malcolm calls Christians to become risk takers, not shackled to legacy, willing to do the right rather than the easy thing. Thi s is the only way that the world will be changed.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780857210067
ISBN-10: 0857210068
Pagini: 223
Ilustrații: colour illustrations
Dimensiuni: 130 x 196 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Ediția: 1 New ed.
Editura: Monarch Books

Notă biografică

Malcolm Duncan is the Founder and Director of Church and Community. He is on the Board of Spring Harvest and is the Senior Pastor of Gold Hill Baptist Church. He regularly helps the British government and other groups to understand the role of church in society. He is deeply committed to serving the poor and excluded. Malcolm is a passionate communicator and over the past ten years has regularly written, broadcast, taught and lectured on the themes of mission and Christian engagement with society.

Recenzii

"This book is like a stick of dynamite set under the seats of those who have allowed themselves to be hoodwinked by polite, conservative, respectable Christianity. It paints a picture of possibility. It cries out for a generation who are willing to rise and risk everything for the sake of the Kingdom and for the cause of Jesus Christ. Buy it, read it, act on it. You need not agree with everything you read in this controversial book, but you have to admit that Malcolm Duncan is a prophetic voice to the church in our day and generation." -- Tony Campolo, PhD "This book recaptures the vision and vitality of the Church of Acts, but refuses to be locked into the past. The fresh air of heaven and eternity blows freely and refreshingly through its pages. This, surely, is the Church as it was meant to be! It is a book for every Kingdom citizen. If you are a pastor, why not buy a copy for each of your church leadership team and base a Retreat Day on it? Malcolm Duncan is not only an able thinker and deeply theologically aware but he has a tender, passionate, pastoral heart, challenging mediocrity and yearning for radical renewal." -- Jim Graham, pastor emeritus, Gold Hill Baptist Church "No one can read about the life of the prophets, the ministry of Jesus or the exploits of the early church in the book of Acts and come away with the idea that the Bible is calling us to bland belief. Jesus calls his followers away from the shallows of predictability to live on the edge of possibilities where God does his best work in us. Risk Takers leads us firmly in that direction." -- Joel Edwards, International Director, Micah Challenge "Christianity has become dogged with predictability and legalism. We have all but pushed out the untameable God who yearns for us to follow him into the wilds of hope. The anchors around our souls are weighing us down and we need to cut the chains that bind them and learn to take risks again. Malcolm Duncan helps us to see that this is possible in this book. Parts of it will upset many readers - his images are at times graphic and disturbing, but maybe we need to be disturbed? Our God comforts the troubled and troubles the comfortable. This book could be an agent of such challenge, full of colour and light in a greyscale and monotone world of mediocre spirituality. Read it. Listen to it. Argue with it if you want to, but for God's sake, don't ignore it." -- William Paul Young, author of The Shack "Malcolm Duncan is not afraid to ask hard questions. You may not agree with everything that he says, but you ignore the challenges in Risk Takers at your peril. We will never see the world changed unless we are willing to step out in faith for Christ - and that involves taking a risk. Read this book - you will never be the same again. Buy a copy for your church leader. Risk Takers pushes us to confront our inner fears and dares us to dream that the next chapter of the church could be the brightest one so far. We can stay as we are, or we can take a risk and change. The choice is ours, but the consequences are enormous." -- Eddie Lylle, CEO, Open Doors

Cuprins

Contents Acknowledgments 9 Introduction: Of Russian Bears and Freedom 11 Spiritual Myopia 23 Section 1: The Risk Taker 1. Our Name 29 2. Our Reputation 46 3. Our Legacy 59 Section 2: The Risks 4. Risk 1: Step into the Unstoppable Story 77 5. Risk 2: Believe a Bigger Gospel 92 6. Risk 3: Say "Yes" to Jesus 116 7. Risk 4: Follow Where God Leads 131 8. Risk 5: Do the Right Thing, Not the Easy Thing 147 9. Risk 6: Live in the Niagara of Grace 162 10. Risk 7: Move Beyond Vampire Christianity 181 11. Risk 8: Let the Future Shape Us 198 Conclusion: The Risks Start Now 216