Descending Into Greatness   -     By: Bill Hybels, Rob Wilkins
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Descending Into Greatness

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Downward mobility: that means hand-outs, self-sacrifice, cutting back, putting others first---not exactly laudable behavior in our upscale, up-and-coming, upwardly mobile society. But for Christians following a Lord who humbled himself, downward mobility means fulfillment. Discussing servanthood, humility, power management, the human will, dying to self, and joy, Hybels and Wilkins show how you can descend into a greatness that effectively advances the Kingdom of God. 288 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 1994
Dimensions: 5 1/4 X 8 X 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0310544718
ISBN-13: 9780310544715
UPC: 025986544713
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In a society where "upward mobility" is the highest goal, Bill Hybels asks a tough question: Do Christians place God's desires first-or their own? In Descending into Greatness, Hybels and writer Rob Wilkins take the example of Christ's downward journey as it was meant to be; the radical and essential answer for every Christian. In fourteen powerful chapters, the authors explore such topics as How Jesus managed power. The intentional decisions necessary to move down. The uplifting nature of true humility. Abundant life through dying to self. The ambush of joy. Moving down is never an easy matter that can be reduced to a formula. It involves a life committed to discipleship. Descending into Greatness introduces you to the touching stories of modern men and women committed to advancing the kingdom of God: from the pro football player, to the medical missionary, to a businessman wrestling with the priorities in the world of finance. Descending into Greatness asks tough questions and gives hopeful answers. Now, this powerful, urgent message also includes a discussion guide so that you can follow through, too. "Like Christ, we must descend-into self-abandonment, unconditional giving, sacrifice, and death to self. And, like Christ, we will then ascend-into fulfillment, blessing, joy, and purpose."

Author Bio

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Leadership Axioms, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, and Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and two grandsons, Henry and Mac.

Rob Wilkins is a freelance writer who wrote "Taking the Child's Way Home" and, with various authors, seven other books. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He lives in Etowah, NC.

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    Hybels presents a fine definition of true, godly success in this work. He begins by describing the downward path to Christian success as opposed to the upward path to secular success. He then addresses various principles of success or greatness: power, commitment, servanthood, humility, obedience, and joy. Following an explanation of each principle and its biblical basis, Hybels includes a current-life illustration to drive his point home. He concludes his work by sharing his own personal story of descending into greatness, appealing to the reader to follow the biblical pattern. His conclusion is the most powerful part of the entire book.I wholehearted recommend this book to all Christians, but especially to Christian leaders who are pursuing success. As the Scriptures say, and as Hybels says, being great is found not in becoming the head of the pack, but in becoming the servant of all.
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