In his classic novel, The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan wrote allegory of the progress of the Christian Pilgrimage from the City of Destruction (this world) to the Celestial City (the world to come). Written in 1678 and now translated into over 200 languages, its message is still significant and relevant for Christians today. As an allegory, it pictures the struggles and challenges that confront Christians at all times. This book, relates the true story of a Christian journey that started over fifty years ago in Africa but extended to Europe (England) and America. It is interspersed with personal stories, encounters and reminiscences that point to the struggles, hurdles and hindrances faced by Christians today in their journey anywhere in the world. It suggests spiritual vitamins essential for spiritual stamina in the Christian journey in spiritual formation. The book evaluates the vital characteristics of spiritual formation and suggests from a biblical and theological perspective the disciplines necessary for its development. It affirms its validity with reference to the way in which class meetings played a major role in the Wesleyan tradition of spiritual formation. It recommends that exploring modern forms of class meetings would address current church decline.
This book is about Truth. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life...” (John 14:6). The God Who designed and created us also designed a Life for us. This book is about that Life. Every page of “To Be Like Jesus” is grounded in the Bible, the Writt en Word of the Living God. Coming to know Christ in the miracle of “New Birth” is only the beginning; this book is about the conti nuati on of that Life. I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ in 1959. I remember the night very well. No revival meeti ng, no bells or whistles, but on that night my enti re life changed. I had wanted a career in country music.. .wanted it badly. But that night I walked out of my wife’s parents home into the driveway, looked up into the sky where I thought that God was, and prayed the simple litt le prayer “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” That night Jesus Christ came into my life, and the rest is all detail. Bless the Lord, 0 my soul, aud all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Edward E. “Gene” Stacks
Forty Meditations for Your Journey Toward Christlikeness. The Christian life is a journey of spiritual and moral transformation into the glorious image and likeness of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This journey is lifelong. We begin this journey when we first believe in Jesus, but will not reach our final destination until the final resurrection, when our bodies will be raised, transformed, and glorified, as we are fully and finally conformed to the image of Christ. As with any lengthy journey, sometimes Christians lose their way. We can become disoriented and confused. We mistake the terrain we have already traversed, lose sight of the road on which we tread, and forget the destination to which we travel. Sometimes we take detours. Or we get stuck on the side of the road. All of us sometimes need help. In To Be Like Jesus, Brian G. Hedges provides a series of encouraging road signs—brief meditations, with questions for personal reflection and application, to help you in your journey toward Christlikeness.
The Bible teaches that the goal of the Christian life is to become like Jesus—for our own personal growth and for the sake of others. Every believer needs to ask three big questions: What do I believe? What should I do? And who am I becoming? In Think, Act, Be Like Jesus, bestselling author and pastor Randy Frazee helps readers grasp the vision of the Christian life and get started on the journey of discipleship. After unfolding the revolutionary dream of Jesus and showing how our lives fit into the big picture of what God is doing in the world, Frazee walks readers through thirty short chapters exploring the ten core beliefs, ten core practices, and ten core virtues that help disciples to think, act, and be more like Jesus Christ. This compelling new book can be used in conjunction with the 30-week all-church Believe campaign or read separately as an individual study. Either way, readers will deepen their understanding of what it means to not just know the Story of God, but to live it.
In the last sermon he ever preached, John Stott echoed the Apostle Paul when he said that God’s greatest desire and plan for us is to become like his Son, Jesus Christ. BUT HOW? Stott prayed daily that God would bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit in his own life; a prayer clearly answered and evident in his Christlikeness. Chris Wright, a close friend of John Stott, reflects on all nine qualities that the Apostle Paul includes in the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians. He shows how they are rooted in the character of God, first revealed in the Old Testament, and modelled and taught by Jesus. With applications to encourage biblical growth with depth, and questions at the end of each chapter, this is an ideal resource for preachers, study groups and personal reflection. Many people rightly stress the importance of the gifts, power and ministries of the Holy Spirit, but easily neglect Paul’s command to live and walk by the Spirit and cultivate the fruit that only he can bear in our lives. Paying close attention to the beautiful and robust qualities that Paul includes in the fruit, and seeking daily to cultivate them with God’s help, is surely one way we can become more and more like Jesus.
Have You Ever Met a Great Leader? It's incredible when someone uses their gifts to make you feel valued and inspire you to greatness. What does it take to develop that kind of heart and influence? How can you become a leader like Jesus? Join Boyd Bailey as he shows you how to mirror Jesus's heart and make a positive difference in those around you. Explore 11 common traits that mark successful leaders, and learn the keys to growth in wisdom and humility. Through practical teaching, you will find that great leadership begins when you turn your focus to God and model Him in your attitude, conversations, and actions. A faithful life and humble spirit make you a leader worth following. When you lean into the Lord and learn from His example of perfect leadership, you will see lives transformed—beginning with your own!
When it comes to the Bible, many people find some of the concepts difficult to understand. There is so much to learn and to understand. Even those who have lived a faith-based life may find it difficult to understand some of its history, especially in the context of the culture in which it was written. Author Doug Tweed’s book Be with Jesus, Be Like Jesus, Be for Jesus: A Path to Christian Maturity and the Next Great Awakening is insightful and biblically rooted. It is both an important book and an easily remembered motto for Christians seeking personal spiritual maturity and a great awakening in our nation and world. With the support of over 575 scripture citations, Tweed persuasively asserts that the key to both maturity and revival is agape love that focuses on three things: (1) intimacy, (2) sanctification, and (3) mission. Be with Jesus, Be Like Jesus, Be for Jesus: A Path to Christian Maturity and the Next Great Awakening, uses historical and cultural lenses to prepare you for the next Great Awakening as well as to live a better, more faith-filled life in the present. You will find this work as engaging as it is informative.
Let’s take a walk with the Master… Is it even possible to walk as Jesus walked? Well, there’s only one way to find out! Follow along and study the very model of how to live life—the way Jesus lived. More than just highlighting various aspects of Jesus’ life, ministry veteran Dann Spader examines the broad scope of who He is, helping us understand how the life of Christ should transcend our busy, 21st-century lifestyles. With a practical approach, daily lessons in this 10-week study touch on foundational elements of Jesus’ life, including: His intentionality in fostering loving relationships His unwavering obedience and reverent submission to God A life that was steadfast in prayer His dependence upon the Holy Spirit His movement of multiplying disciples Walk Like Jesus will not only provide you with a wealth of biblical knowledge on Jesus’ life, it will also challenge you to follow after Christ. It is sure to bring insight and godly nourishment in your trajectory toward knowing Christ and becoming more like Him. Learn how to implement the Like Jesus series into your small group, ministry and church to build a culture of disciple-making. Use the Like Jesus App and Digital Access platform for videos, assessment, engagement, real-time metrics are more, download today: https://LikeJesus.church
Have fun with faith using Living Like Jesus for grades 3–6! This 48-page book includes 12 interactive lessons that stimulate faithful young thinkers. Every lesson, skit, and follow-up activity motivates children to live like Jesus and embrace Him. The book examines Jesus as a student of the Scripture, communicator with God, disciple maker, teacher, healer, and bearer of good news.
We have visualized Jesus as CEO, as environmentalist, and even thought about what His politics might have been. But in reality, in history, regardless of religious beliefs, Jesus is the greatest mentor of all time. The handful of disciples He coached became totally committed to His mission, worked together as an effective team, and through their efforts, one-third of the world's population follows what Jesus taught. From eleven people to two billion people- now that's effective mentoring.
God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you there. He wants you to be just like Jesus. Can you think of a better offer? In Just Like Jesus, pastor and bestselling author Max Lucado reminds us that being just like Jesus feels like an impossible goal until we accept one simple truth: God loves us. Jesus felt no guilt; God wants you to feel no guilt. Jesus had no bad habits; God wants to do away with yours. Jesus had no fears; God wants the same for you. Jesus had no anxiety about death; you needn't either. God's desire, his plan, his ultimate goal is to make you into the image of Christ. Not only does God love each of us exactly as we are, he wants us, little by little, to become like him. He doesn't love us and leave us alone; he loves us enough to live within us, making our hearts his home. But doing so requires a bit of sprucing up, remodeling, refurnishing. Why? Because he wants us to have a heart like his too. Just Like Jesus will teach you how far God will go to transform us into his likeness. Along the way, Max addresses questions that might arise as you examine the peaceful, passionate, and pure heart of Christ, including: How do we know that God wants us to be made in his image? How does this change occur? If God wants me to be just like Jesus, why do I still seem just like me? In Just Like Jesus, Max gives you the tools you need to better understand God's gracious gift of transformation and restoration, so you, too, can start to live Just Like Jesus.
A hands-on resource for all Christians who want to communicate with more passion and power. Tony Campolo and Mary Albert Darling have teamed up to explore the dynamic connection that occurs when spirituality/spiritual practices are combined with effective communication practices. Churches and other religious organizations depend on the ability of their leaders and members to communicate (speak, teach, and preach) within their congregations and beyond. This important, practical guide will reveal Campolo's preaching secrets and Darling's wise counsel as a professor of communication. Includes interviews with prominent Christian leaders and thinkers Written by two experts on the topic of communication and spirituality Tony Campolo is one of America's most remarkable and beloved Christian communicators This is a key resource written for any Christian who would like to become a more skilled and spiritually mature communicator.