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This study of Paul’s missionary work focuses not on the apostle’s doctrine or character but on the method by which he accomplished his task. Throughout, Allen compares Paul’s methods to modern missionary methods; he concludes by suggesting some ways the apostolic method might be usefully employed today.

Product DescriptionMissionary Methods

Roland Allen’s Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s and Ours made a lasting impact on the missiological principles of the second half of the twentieth century. There were numerous missionaries – including both Protestants and Roman Catholics – who attempted to apply Allen’s ideas in their missionary works, and countless missiologists who used these ideas for further studies and discussions of relevant missionary methods.

Allen investigates the causes of Paul’s apparent success in preaching the gospel and planting churches. He examines the antecedent conditions, Paul’s presentation of the gospel, his teaching of converts, and his methods of dealing with organized churches.
While presenting Paul’s methods, Allen is highly critical of the Western missionary methods of his time, and makes constant appeals to his contemporary missionaries and mission agencies to re-examine their policies in the light of the New Testament evidence.

It is probably because some of the criticised methods still persist in our Western missionary methods today that Allen’s book has an increasing popularity since the 1960s.

Truth is timeless – The fact this book was written in 1927 but is applicable to our times is evidence of the Truth it holds. It is not an easy read. It provokes much thought and reflection.


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Forgotten God By Francis Chan (PDF, MOBI, ePub)

Forgotten God By Francis Chan

Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
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A compelling invitation to rediscover the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives.

In Forgotten God Francis Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and that without Him, we operate in our own strength, only accomplishing human-sized results. It’s time for the beloved church of Jesus Christ to reverse the trend of neglect. Let’s pursue the Spirit-filled life of effectiveness God desires and we desire.

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“Chan’s previous book Crazy Love has sold over a quarter million copies and continues to fly off bookstore shelves. Forgotten God shares a message that is nearly as urgent and undoubtedly even more important. It is a fitting sequel that bears many resemblances to the book it follows. After all, how can we show true love if not through the Holy Spirit? There are many people sharing similar messages today, but few doing so to Chan’s audience which is largely young and in many cases not very well trained in the teachings of Scripture. I have little doubt that God will use this to shake them up in all the right ways.” – Tim Challies

Rescuing Ambition By Dave Harvey (PDF, MOBI, ePub)

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Ambition needs to be rescued and put to work for God’s glory. This book will encourage and embolden believers to pursue their dreams with a godly ambition that seeks more for God and from God.

Many think of ambition as nothing more than the drive for personal honor or fame. As a result, ambition—the God-implanted drive to improve, produce, develop, and create—is neglected and well on its way to paralysis.

For some, dreams are numbed. For others, there are no dreams; life just happens. And for those who are dreaming, motives are often confused. One thing is certain: ambition needs help.

Dave Harvey is calling for a rescue. He wants to snatch ambition from the heap of failed motivations and put it to work for the glory of God. To understand our ambition, we must understand that we are on a quest for glory. And where we find glory determines the success of our quest.

Has your God-given ambition been starved and sedated for too long? Are you ambitious? It’s time to reach further and dream bigger for the glory of God.

Endorsements

“In Rescuing Ambition, Dave Harvey distinguishes ambition for the glory of God, which is good, from ambition for the glory of self, which is bad. But godly ambition doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so Harvey helps us see how it is intertwined with humility, contentment, faith, and above all, the gospel. Dave Harvey is both an experienced pastor and a gifted writer, so you will find this book not only profitable but also hard to put down.”

-Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

“Ambition is war; a battle between the sin-driven pursuit of autonomy, self-sufficiency, and self-glory and a humble desire that everything you do would reflect the one thing that is excellent in every way, the glory of God. On every page, Harvey alerts us to this war and trains us to be good soldiers.”

-Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage.

“Dave Harvey isn’t satisfied to live a mediocre life and he isn’t satisfied to see the followers of Jesus live that way either. In his down-to-earth style, Dave takes the concept of ambition from the ‘reject’ pile of Christian vocabulary and reminds us that it is desirable, no, it is a gospel imperative to be ambitious for the right reasons and the right goals. His arguments are not psycho-babble, either, but grounded in scripture, theologically sound, and intensely practical.”

-Timothy Z. Witmer, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary


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This book is a classic study of Jesus’ teaching and training of his disciples (first published in 1871).  It is a very valuable study for any Christian who serves in any form of leadership capacity or anyone seeking to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The book’s 31 chapters give an absorbing commentary on selected passages of the four Gospels, following in chronological order Jesus’ ministry and teaching among his disciples. The writing style will take a bit of getting used to for the average modern reader, but it’s well worth the effort.The Training Of The Twelve By A. B. Bruce

A Review By Robert A. Weber:
After the Bible, The Training of the Twelve has been one of the most influential books in my development as a Christian. Using a loose “harmony of the Gospel” approach, Bruce uses all four gospel narratives to show how Jesus discipled His disciples. The book’s greatest strength is that it is NOT a how-to book on discipleship or a 12-step program for leadership development. Instead, Bruce exegetes the passages showing what Jesus was doing with his disciples and leaves contemporary application to the reader.
Written in the late 1800’s, Bruce’s use of the English language is outstanding…I find myself rereading it almost every other year. The first few times I read it as a disciple – what did Jesus want me to learn as His follower? Then I began to read it as a discipler – how can I be more effective in the process of making disciples? Now I also use it as a parent – how can I shepherd my lambs the way Jesus shepherded His?
Transcending cultures, I have had the privilege of using this book to train small group leaders in the U.S. and around the world. Theologically sound, biblically true, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples.