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  • How To Teach The Old Testament To Christians


    Discover the Richness of the Old Testament

    The Hebrew Scriptures are the beginning of-and foundation for-God’s incredible story of redemption. Studying the Old Testament, and its relationship to God’s new covenant, inspires wonder and awe at God’s grand plan of salvation that spans millennia. Tragically, too many preachers and Bible teachers don’t have the time or inclination to dive into the depths of the Old Testament. T. J. Betts, respected professor of Old Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, provides a convenient solution in this book:

    *By walking you through the steps to effectively preach and teach the Old Testament
    *By describing how to interpret the stories and narratives in the Hebrew Scriptures
    *By outlining how to present, illustrate, and apply the Old Testament to people’s lives

    You’ll want this book in your library because it is a tool for unpacking Scripture.

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  • Mission Of God And You


    You Have a Purpose. God Has a Part for You to Play in Something Big.

    You were created by God, called to follow Christ, and commissioned to make disciples. When Jesus gave this commission, it wasn’t a last-minute thought before he ascended into heaven. It was a mandate for all his followers to participate in a movement of God already in motion.

    What is God’s will for my life?
    Where does my life fit into God’s purpose?

    If the idea that you have a purpose and mission feels daunting, keep in mind that you cannot mess up the story of what God is doing. But you can miss out on being a part of it.

    The Mission of God and You will expand your missional view of the Bible and your biblical view of the world. You’ll traverse the globe and grasp the urgency of our mission. You’ll hear the stories of a great cloud of witnesses, both past and present, and gain perspective on how God has worked and is working. You’ll be challenged to leverage every season of your life to advance the gospel to the ends of the earth.

    Don’t wait. God is inviting you to participate in the most significant movement the world has ever known.

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  • Money In The Light Of Eternity


    You Are Created for More.

    Our hearts are filled with all types of longings-yearnings for contentment, satisfaction, and happiness. We all want to be part of something greater than ourselves. Yet our biggest temptation is to try to satisfy those longings by seeking after more money and more stuff. That is junk food for our souls, full of quickly fading pleasure that leaves us unhealthier than we were before.

    We deeply desire God and the good gifts that come from him alone. It’s the way we’re wired.

    Does your heart long to be a part of something greater than yourself?

    God’s most ambitious mission is ready for you to join. When was the last time you used money in a way that brought about deep, refreshing happiness and satisfaction for yourself and for others?

    Money in Light of Eternity helps you see money the way God views it. When you follow God’s design for your life, you will find what no large bank account, big house, or fast car could ever provide. You will find your true heart.

    You were created for so much more.

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  • Brief Walk Through Christian History


    How Christianity Grew from a Dozen Disciples to a Worldwide Movement

    At the beginning of the first century, a teacher named Jesus of Nazareth shook Roman-occupied Israel with his preaching and teaching. When, several years later, the Romans crucified Jesus and sealed him in a tomb, his disciples were crushed and confused.

    Two thousand years later, more than two billion followers of Jesus can be found around the globe. Justin Gatlin tells the story of how that happened–from the miraculous resurrection of Jesus to the spread of Christianity throughout Africa and Asia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For each era covered in A Brief Walk through Christian History, Justin shows how Christians from that time period:

    *responded to Christ’s call to spread the gospel message,
    *described and defined what it means to be a follower of Christ
    *taught and discipled people who joined the church.

    It is an amazing story–one in which you can see the hand of God in the growth and expansion of the church.

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  • Surprising Return Of The Neighborhood Church


    Opportunity Lies Right Down the Road.

    There’s hope for your church. Respected church expert Sam Rainer envisions an exciting new wave of revitalized neighborhood churches that are growing and thriving. In the not-so-distant past, churches tended to relocate away from their neighborhoods and build large campuses at major intersections. At the turn of the 21st century, a dramatic shift occurred: A new generation began looking to neighborhood churches to foster life-giving friendships, provide opportunities for service, and create a community dedicated to worshiping God. Sam Rainer describes this movement and answers the most common questions about this surprising new phenomenon:

    *What are the marks of a healthy neighborhood church?
    *What are the most common myths about the neighborhood church?
    *What are the obstacles to church growth?
    *What are the best strategies to reach your neighbors?

    The neighborhood church is primed for a comeback. The potential is huge. God wants to do incredible things. Are you ready?

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  • When The People Pray


    A convenient and easy way for pastors to ask for the prayer support they desperately need.

    “Will you pray for me?” is a question pastors hear every day. But when have you heard a pastor ask that question for themselves? Frankly, it’s rare. That was the question Thom Rainer asked his congregation. The response was overwhelming. Within two days, more than one hundred people committed to praying for him, and the church was transformed over the next year. Thom cannot imagine what would have happened if he hadn’t overcome his initial reluctance to be that vulnerable with his congregation.

    In this book, there are thirty reflections and thirty prayers that give church members a glimpse into the struggles most pastors face and helps them pray in specific ways. In the back of this book, there are instructions on how to start a prayer ministry for your pastor, a prayer ministry for members of your pastor’s family, and a thirty-day prayer challenge.

    God promises to honor the prayers of his people.
    When the People Pray is an invitation to unleash those promises.

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  • Pray And Go


    Spend the next 30 days reaching your community in prayer and learn what it means to be a Great Commission Christian.

    Pray & Go is a profound and easy-to-use tool that empowers church members to focus outward and learn how to pray regularly. There’s hope. Imagine your congregation devoted to prayer. Envision a healthy and growing church dedicated to worshiping Jesus.

    Our neighborhoods need prayer like never before. Pray & Go is designed to provide convenient opportunities for everyone in your church to participate in and experience the incredible power of prayer. It’s easy. Anyone can do it. Just be present and pray.

    When Jesus left his followers to be reunited with God the Father, his parting command to them was to wait. The believers obeyed by gathering, praying together, and waiting for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon them. Pray & Go is focused on following in the footsteps of those early Christians.

    It’s a 30-day journey of praying and going, waiting for God and then going outside the church’s four walls in obedience to Jesus’ command. Both adults and young people enjoy the Pray & Go program because it isn’t cumbersome or time-consuming. It requires a small commitment each month to prayer and outreach.

    *Pray & Go contains 30 daily focus topics to pray for, including:
    *Praying for Great Commission church members
    *Praying for your pastor
    *Praying for unity
    *Praying for reconciliation

    Just pray and go. Yes, it’s that simple. You will be amazed by what God will do when your church family is praying for each other and for the community.

    Accompanying video Church Campaign Kit through Church Answers available online.

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  • Who Moved My Pulpit


    Nine out of ten churches in America are either declining or growing slower than the community in which they are located. Stated simply, 90 percent of American churches are losing ground in their communities. Change is not an option; it is an urgent need. We don’t change our doctrines and biblical foundations, but we do change our methodologies and approaches for this rapidly changing culture. Based on the studies, consultations, and research of over 50,000 churches, best-selling author, Thom S. Rainer, shares how effective change has taken place in many churches. While it is not a formulaic approach, Who Moved My Pulpit? is a clear guide for church leaders who are not satisfied with the status quo, and who yearn for their churches and ministries to make a kingdom difference. True transformational change in the church is possible.

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  • I Will : Nine Traits Of The Outwardly Focused Christian


    Could you be the answer to the problems you see?

    Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?

    Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answer these questions by offering nine simple traits that all church members can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability.

    You can do it. Now it’s time to just stand up and say you will!

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  • Autopsy Of A Deceased Church


    No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it’s not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged.Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ’s Kingdom!

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