EMPOWERED! Discovering Your Place in God's Story
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Surveys indicate that most Christians feel disempowered. Wrong (dualistic) thinking, which separates the whole of life into 'spiritual' and 'secular', and creates a division within the Church between those in 'full‐time' ministry and those who are not, has robbed many believers of the joy of knowing their life can make a difference. The purpose of this book is to help give every Christian believer the realization that they have a special, God-given role and place in the fulfillment of God's Story and the Great Commission. Our life‐story fits into God’s bigger story (HIStory). Our mission and purpose in life, fits within his global mission and purpose. God is calling us today towards the consummation of his story and his mission. This task is not just for church workers or overseas missionaries. Whatever your vocation in life, you have a destiny to fulfill and a unique contribution to make. With practical tools and study questions.
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Feb 25, 2014I've just finished reading Empowered and wanted to say what a good job Stuart Simpson has done on this. Really clear presentation of how everyone, everywhere is called to engage in God's mission agenda. From the early chapters on the big story to the really useful Appendix I found the book easy to read and very helpful. It certainly highlighted a number of reference materials of which I knew nothing. I will be recommending it to a few of my friends.
Jan 20, 2014Admittedly, I'm not a big reader but this book is so thoughtfully written, with the church's mandate (the Great Commission) at its core and shows how 'we' can become effective participants at a personal level in whatever field we're planted. It's a book I'll cherish and keep coming back to time and again. Also, I'm amazed by the rich Appendix. I really like how it's loaded with helpful links, signposts to great resources and a plethora of tools which allow you to discover your unique strengths and giftings. Well crafted and relevant, -no surprise to its widespread endorsement by international Christian leaders. I think every Christian should own a copy!
Jan 14, 2014“Discovering your unique role in God’s kingdom mission” is the title of Chapter 10 of this book, and it’s a good summary of the whole. Mission is God's call for all His people to reach all people groups in all spheres of life. In Matthew 28, Jesus calls his followers to “go”, “baptise” and “teach”, and our translations mostly miss the point that this was to “disciple all the nations” - suggesting that whole cultures need converting and reforming. However, non-biblical dualistic worldviews seem to permeate Christian thinking and discourse all around us, pitting sacred against secular, spiritual against physical and even “church” against everyday life, thereby weakening the missionary work of believers. Such worldviews are identified as part of the reason why Christianity does not always have the brilliant cultural influence we sometimes glimpse, and Chapter 4 of this book contains an inspiring range of highlights where the gospel of Christ’s kingdom has brought transformation of... More > societies around the world. The vision for redemption in every sphere of life is central, and crucially so, in my opinion. If I have any criticism, it would simply be that more reference could be made to the systematic work done in the Kuyperian/Reformational tradition to explore criteria for recognising what is actually “good” in a particular cultural situation - how can we know what redemption looks like? But in general, the book is well resourced with links to further reading. This is a practical book. Stuart Simpson has worked in several countries, and besides reaching unbelievers with the Gospel, he has mentored and trained Christians to make the most of their gifts and talents. So we read many examples of “kingdom agents” and “nation-builders”, and I found a strong emphasis on clarifying my own callings and vocation, and helping fellow believers find theirs. It’s not mere exhortation, either, because there are appendices with a number of tools “to help you understand how God has made you”. Some of the tools are contained in the pages themselves; others are briefly introduced and recommended through websites. The author’s enthusiasm and vision come through clearly, and the fact that the work is self-published (at very good quality) emphasises a commitment to its contents. There are numerous quotations of others advocating the same general thesis, and the bibliography and footnotes make rewarding reading. Read this book to be challenged while being encouraged and empowered!< Less
Jan 13, 2014What a great book. The message of Empowered that resounds in my mind is "the church that is not on mission is not a church at all" God invites us all through salvation into His mission, where there is no mission we have misunderstood the purpose of Salvation. Empowered champions the call for all believers to bring the kingdom of God into every sphere of society and vocation the Lord has given them, you will be stirred to move beyond the familiarity of home missions and see what the Lord will do as you journey into your Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Stuart and Michelle write from many years of experience working both at home and abroad. Empowered is both motivational and practical and includes lots of helpful resources. Enjoy!
Dec 2, 2013There is nothing more important than realizing you are an essential part of God's family of believers. This book is like several books in one, with so many ideas to help you connect with God and to find fulfilment and purpose in giving every area of your life to him. And then the adventure begins!
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- Catalyst Ministries
- October 18, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.08 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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