I found this book to be very edifying. In this book, David and Paul describe how we can make disciples. In our Christian culture, there are a significant amount of barriers that affect how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is received. Instead of sharing the Gospel of Christ in a way that other cultures can understand, we allow what could be called “Christian-ese” to get in the way. Our Christian culture or what can be called our brand of Christianity (or the way we live out the Scriptures), gets in the way when we place traditions on the same level as the very Word of God.
Though our intent is to share the Gospel of Jesus with others, we can make it overwhelming for us and those we approach. Our culture can make it about religion versus making it about a relationship with Jesus. It’s not that we intend for it to happen, but these are barriers that we need to diligently consider as we seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Our actions should bring the Gospel to others, so they can fall in love with Jesus – and allow Him to define the culture in which they worship our Savior. They may worship Him differently than we would consider, but it is how they are obeying the Word of God. Though it may be different from us, it is not wrong.
One thing stuck out to me, as I read through this book…
“Part of the job of the cross-cultural witness is to eliminate the cultural aspects of his or her own understanding of doctrine and practice and to help those in the host culture discover biblically acceptable ways of expressing their own love, devotion, and worship… “
We need to go back to what it is about: Sharing Jesus, and allow the other person to discover Him for themselves. He will lead them different, as they seek to follow Him and obey His Word. We can trust, knowing the Holy Spirit will lead them.
I am still working through this book, but I would highly recommend it to others who are interested in cross-cultural ministry. I would advise that it is a book that one would likely read if involved in a ministry-related course at an university. Also I would take into consideration that the level writing is higher, because it is like a book one would read at a ministry-based university course. There was lack of Scriptures in this book, which surprised me… Perhaps there is more toward the end of the book. With that said, I gave it four stars.
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“I Tried Until I Almost Died” is one woman’s story of how God moved her from the stress of set rules and beliefs of how life should flow to where she can truly experience God’s grace and peace at work in her life. She sums up what this memoir is about, when she writes:
“Then God gave me the new mind-set that I could trust in His grace, His unmerited favor, in regard to my schedule and that, in Jesus, I am a success no matter how few or how many items I check off my to-do list on any given day.”
For Sandra, she learned that legalism could never accomplish what she expected it would for her life. It would not make her any more loved by the Father or her household run as smoothly. Everything changed, the moment she stepped into the light of God’s wonderful grace…
We can be consumed with right living, that we ignore the greater need for an inner transformation by the Holy Spirit. The truth is, we all need to be reliant on the grace of God. Jesus came to set us free of all the things that have held us back. Legalism in how we live, is one of those things He came to set us free of. Only for most of us, we don’t realize the bondage we are in. We don’t realize the trap we have fallen into. Living a life filled with anxiety and rules is not God’s best for us. In her book, Sandra desires to share her journey with us: a journey of moving from legalism to the freedom she experienced the moment she realized how big God’s grace truly is.
I absolutely loved what I got to read in this book, and how it is changing my walk with Christ as a result. I am thankful for WaterBrook Press, who provided me with a free copy of this book – in exchange for a honest review.
I have to share with you all my new discovery.
Katz is a gluten free brand that has donuts (they have other things too). For most who have to be gluten free, it’s been quite a while since donuts have been a part of my diet. Before trying Katz, I hadn’t ate a donut in years. I have researched Katz, thought of trying their “free samples”. I never got around to it, but had long awaited trying these donuts… just to see how well they measured up to their gluten-filled counterparts. And, I have to say: they were well worth the wait! They taste just like the real deal. It’s amazing. I have tried two of Katz products (powdered and chocolate frosted donuts), and they are well worth the money and trying.
I found some of Katz’ variety of donuts at the local Sprouts that has just arrived in Bakersfield. The quality of the donuts make them worth the money. For half of a dozen donuts, it was 5.99 dollars. They are stored in the freezer, so will last a while (as long as you have self-control to not eat more than one at a time). Love these! May I never go without donuts, ever again!