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He should have seen it coming. Anonymous letters are rarely good. On the day after preaching a sermon at his church, Rob Shepherd opened a letter filled with hurtful words and a very strong opinion about how awful his sermon was. On his fourth reading of the letter, Rob heard a still small voice say, “Even if you preached the perfect sermon somebody would crucify it.” That thought began the process of setting Rob free from being a lifelong people pleaser.
With humor, personal stories, and great conviction Rob shares his personal story of learning to care less about what people say and more about what God says. Even If You Were Perfect Somebody Would Crucify You uncovers what our real struggle is when it comes to pleasing people. You can be set free from the fear of saying no to people, win the battle with avoiding confrontation, learn the power of confession, and find your true identity in Jesus.
After reading an anonymous letter that crucified his recent sermon at church, Rob Shepherd heard a still small voice say, “Even if you preached a perfect sermon somebody would crucify it.” That thought helped to set Rob free. Whether its struggling to forgive someone, understanding how important human relationships are, or wrestling with a spiritual enemy, the key to victorious living is learning how to find your identity in Jesus. When we do, we live less to please people and more to please God. Thats the kind of truth that “turns the world upside down”---and it will radically change your life as well.
About the Author
Rob Shepherd is the lead pastor of Next Level Church in Newport News, Virginia. He has a Master of Divinity degree and a bachelors in youth ministry. He writes six times a week on his blog robshep.com, which averages more than 8,500 unique views a month. The fact that anyone besides his mom reads his blog humbles him. In his mind Rob is a 6-foot-4 basketball playing, rapping, pastoral version of Will Smith. In actuality hes an average-height white dude. He loves Jesus, his family, and connecting with people. Rob and his wife, Monica, have a set of awesome twins and reside in Tidewater, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Even if You Were Perfect, Someone Would Crucify You
Chapter 2: Identity Theft
Chapter 3: It Starts with God
Chapter 4: God is Not All that You Need
Chapter 5: Your Real Battle
Chapter 6: Flip the Script
Chapter 7: Speaking the Truth in Love---Confrontation
Chapter 8: Forgiven People Forgive
Chapter 9: Back off that Ledge
Chapter 10: This Should have been Chapter 1
Chapter 11: Hurt People Hurt People
Chapter 12: Confession is a Killer
Chapter 13: Let's Not Give Them Something to Talk About
Chapter 14: The Shortest Chapter in this Book
Chapter 15: A Test
Chapter 16: The Freedom to Say ""No""
Chapter 17: Fear Not!
Chapter 18: You Cant Force Fruit
Chapter 19: Now You Can Become a People Pleaser
Chapter 20: I'm Still Not Perfect