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In a culture where online communications and communities can be set up in seconds, it is striking that loneliness is still rampant. Even in the church, a place where we might hope for an oasis of love and acceptance, we can find interactions awkward and superficial.
It’s for this reason that Vaughan Roberts takes us back to the Bible, and challenges us to consider our need for true friendship. He’s both honest and clear in his approach as he shows us that knowing and being known by God is the hope we need to begin to deal with the sickness of our ‘self–love’ society.
So whatever the state of your friendships, take heart and take hold of this book – because as you do, you’ll see that we can live out our true humanity as we sacrificially love others for God’s glory.
Each chapter includes thoughtful reflection and discussion questions to help change us as we read, as well as practical suggestions for how we can make a real difference to our friendships.
Eleven true stories of students coming to know Jesus
Umesh – who had to reject all his family’s traditions to follow the truth.
Craig – who held onto God’s love despite being paralysed playing rugby.
Kate – who had to grapple with the biblical view of sexuality on a very personal level.
Their true stories and those of their contemporaries are told in this frank and readable book.
Showing the profound impact that Jesus has on individuals, Jonathan Carswell recounts a wide range of testimonies. Uncovered details a variety of different obstacles to Christianity and how each individual overcame them with God’s help.
An inspiring read these testimonies are honest, inspiring and exciting – excellent for those exploring Christianity.
A radical disciple – sounds kind of cool in a spiritual sort of way. But what exactly is one?
A student who proudly parades around campus with their CU hoodie with a big Bible verse on the back? Or a rugby player who has a cross marked on his wrist strapping? Maybe it’s just the person who gets up before everyone else to read their Bible and pray?
Whatever it means to be radical, Hudson Taylor was it. A chemist’s son from Yorkshire who became a student in London, unremarkable in looks and not very elegant in speech. Yet this passionate disciple of Christ was determined to take the gospel to China’s unpioneered inland provinces, and he grew into one of the most significant missionaries of all time.
Best selling author, Roger Steer has drawn together a collection of real-life instances from Taylor’s remarkable life, each one teaching, by example, the true meaning of radical discipleship. As you will see to remain a radical disciple in tough situations tests everything we believe.
Be careful though, take this book seriously and you too may become radical.
We know the Bible is important, but many of us struggle with it. We’re not biblical experts—though we may have started enough reading plans to be really familiar with Genesis. If we’re honest, the Bible often intimidates us, confuses us, and reading it doesn’t always thrill us.
And yet, the Bible is where God reveals his loving character and incredible plan of redemption. In a practical and engaging manner, Matt Smethurst—managing editor of The Gospel Coalition—presents nine heart postures that will prepare you to unpack all that’s awaiting you in God’s Word.
Although there are many great resources on how to read and study Scripture, hardly any focus exclusively on how to approach it in the first place. That’s what Smethurst provides in this unique “prelude” to opening your Bible. For without the right heart postures, we’re not yet ready to start reading.