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Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belongingby Brennan Manning
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Disciples don’t just happen! There’s a lot of talk about discipleship these days. But how are we doing at fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission to “Go. . . make disciples”? Veteran disciplemaker Ron Bennett asks church ministries three questions to help them evaluate their progress: - What impact is your church having on the culture in which it lives? - How effective is your church in populating heaven? - Are the lives of believers radically changed as a result of their encounter with Christ and your church? A disciplemaking church significantly impacts its members and its environment. But how does a church make disciples? Disciples don’t just happen. They’re developed through intentional planning and the effort of a community of believers. And while many churches want to produce solid Christian disciples, they are not intentional about making it happen. They don’t have a plan. For years, Ron Bennett has worked closely with churches that want to make disciples. He helps them understand what a biblical disciple of Christ looks like and works with them to create an environment geared specifically toward developing disciples. That includes developing specific goals to bring believers to spiritual maturity-to discipleship. You, too, can make disciples in your church. But it won’t just happen. You need a strategy. You need to know what you’re doing and how to do it. And you need to have the right environment to make it happen. Here’s help for churches that want to make disciples-on purpose.
Stop hiding who you really are behind a mask. You are a beloved child of the Abba Father, the One who loves you just as you are.
Making disciples is a great goal, but it doesn't just happen?you've got to have an intentional plan. Learn to create an environment conducive to creating disciples.
This book lays out what a biblical disciple of Christ looks like and how the church can create an environment geared toward making disciples and helping its people grow in spiritual maturity.
Is an impostor robbing you of God's love? Many Christians have bought into the lie that we are worthy of God's love only when our lives are going well. If our families are happy or our jobs are meaningful, life is a success. But when life begins to fall through the cracks and embarrassing sins threaten to reveal our less-than-perfect identity, we scramble to keep up a good front to present to the world––and God. We cower and hide until we can rearrange the mask of perfection and look good again. Sadly, it is then that we wonder why we lack intimate relationships and a passionate faith. Yet all this time God is calling us to take the mask off and come openly to Him. God longs for us to know in the depth of our being that He loves us and accepts us as we are. When we are our true selves, we can finally claim our identity as God's child-Abba's child-and experience His pure pleasure in who we are. Brennan Manning encourages readers to let go of the impostor lifestyle and freely accept our belovedness as a child of the heavenly Father. In Him there is life, our passion is rekindled, and our union with Him is His greatest pleasure.
About the Author
BRENNAN MANNING is a writer and speaker who leads spiritual retreats for people of all ages and backgrounds. He is the author of over ten books, including Ruthless Trust, The Boy Who Cried Abba, and The Ragamuffin Gospel. A resident of New Orleans, he travels extensively in the U.S. and abroad to share the good news of the unconditional love of God.
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