What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement, Changing the World  -     By: Steve Addison
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What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement, Changing the World

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What Jesus Started call readers to get involved with active discipleship.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the power of Jesus shouting from the cross, "It is finished!" that we forget that Jesus started something. What Jesus started was a movement that began small, with intimate conversations designed to build disciples into apostles who would go out in the world and seed it with God's kingdom vision. That movement grew rapidly and spread wide as people recognized the truth in it and gave their lives to the power of it. That movement is still happening today, and we are called to play our part in it.

Foreword by Ed Stetzer.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830836594
ISBN-13: 9780830836598
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2014 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year (Church Health) Sometimes we get so caught up in the power of Jesus shouting from the cross, "It is finished!" that we forget that Jesus started something. What Jesus started was a movement that began small, with intimate conversations designed to build disciples into apostles who would go out in the world and seed it with God's kingdom vision. That movement grew rapidly and spread wide as people recognized the truth in it and gave their lives to the power of it. That movement is still happening today, and we are called to play our part in it.

Author Bio

Steve Addison has been a life-long student of movements that renew and expand the Christian faith. Steve distills the characteristics of dynamic movements and makes them available to leaders committed to the multiplication of disciple-making churches. Steve began his research into Christian movements in the late 1980s while serving as a church planter in Melbourne, Australia. He carried that interest into his Doctor of Ministry with Fuller Seminary. Steve currently serves as director of MOVE network (formerly Church Resources Ministries Australia), an Australia-based initiative that supports church planting movements around the world. Steve loves walking, historical novels, Shakespeare, anything written by G K Chesterton or C S Lewis, Sunday afternoon naps, watching Australia beat the Poms at cricket, and supporting the Collingwood Football Club.

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From the pen of Steve Addison we hear the spirit of Roland Allen speaking to a new generation. Addison draws on biblical insights and illustrates them with modern case studies to challenge existing paradigms to return to the New Testament ethos. Fortunately, Addison does more than challenge paradigms; he offers a practical guide to begin implementing this in your community. "If you prefer to enjoy the comfort of your current situation, do not read this book. However, I encourage you to read it, implement the biblical principles and join the growing global community of disciples through whom the Master delights in starting fresh movements of God!
-Steve Smith,
regional leader for Southeast Asia (International Mission Board of the Southern Baptists), CPM trainer and author of T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution

In this highly accessible book, my old comrade Steve articulates something of the genius of Jesus' apostolic ministry in founding the movement that claimed his name. Jesus is the prototypal missionary. Therefore not only is his life worthy of moral and spiritual emulation, but his methodology is as well.
-Alan Hirsch,
author, The Permanent Revolution

In What Jesus Started, Steve Addison traces God's redemptive movements back to their source, Jesus of Nazareth. This is a readable, informative and inspirational resource that should guide the Great Commission community for years to come.
-David Garrison,
missionary and author of Church Planting Movements

Among all the important writings about Jesus movements available today, this one contributes a strong focus on the patterns shared by both Jesus and Paul in the New Testament and is illustrated by Addison's aptitude for research with helpful examples of what God is doing today around the world. It therefore stands at the heart of what is essential and provides a helpful starting place for us all.
-Neil Cole,
founder of Church Multiplication Associates and author of Organic Church

Do you want to plant a church, or do you want to allow God to use you to ignite and fuel a movement of churches? If it is the latter, then you need to wrestle through this book--with the Scriptures, the help of the Holy Spirit and some other disciples of Jesus.
-JR Woodward,
cofounder of the Ecclesia Network, author of Creating a Missional Culture

Editorial Reviews

"From the pen of Steve Addison we hear the spirit of Roland Allen speaking to a new generation. Addison draws on biblical insights and illustrates them with modern case studies to challenge existing paradigms to return to the New Testament ethos. Fortunately, Addison does more than challenge paradigms; he offers a practical guide to begin implementing this in your community. "If you prefer to enjoy the comfort of your current situation, do not read this book. However, I encourage you to read it, implement the biblical principles and join the growing global community of disciples through whom the Master delights in starting fresh movements of God!"
"Do you want to plant a church, or do you want to allow God to use you to ignite and fuel a movement of churches? If it is the latter, then you need to wrestle through this book--with the Scriptures, the help of the Holy Spirit and some other disciples of Jesus."
"Among all the important writings about Jesus movements available today, this one contributes a strong focus on the patterns shared by both Jesus and Paul in the New Testament and is illustrated by Addison's aptitude for research with helpful examples of what God is doing today around the world. It therefore stands at the heart of what is essential and provides a helpful starting place for us all."
"In What Jesus Started, Steve Addison traces God's redemptive movements back to their source, Jesus of Nazareth. This is a readable, informative and inspirational resource that should guide the Great Commission community for years to come."
"In this highly accessible book, my old comrade Steve articulates something of the genius of Jesus' apostolic ministry in founding the movement that claimed his name. Jesus is the prototypal missionary. Therefore not only is his life worthy of moral and spiritual emulation, but his methodology is as well."

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    The Gospels and Acts as a Missionary Movement
    January 25, 2013
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    What Jesus Started by Steve Addison holds the example of Jesus, Paul, and the New Testament Church up to the light in order to discover the methods behind the greatest missionary movement of all time. Addison defines Jesus's earthly ministry and the foundation of the New Testament Church as one disciple-making movement and goes through scripture and church history to answer the question, "What did Jesus do?" The result is a book about missionary methods, disciple making and church planting movements with the Gospels and the book of Acts as its main case study.

    In many ways the book retells the gospels and the book of Acts through the eyes of missiology. Addison mixes in church history and is able to trace a coherent journey as well as a cohesive vision for this original disciple making movement. The study is interlaced with modern case studies and examples and finalized with a brief look at Addison's own ministry journey through the principles and methods described. The book includes by a fifty page implementation guide that draws readers into the process of making disciples and gives the reader a practical starting point to the methods of the missionary movement that Jesus started.

    Addison does a excellent job of meticulously going through Scripture to reveal what Jesus and Paul did and to distill principles from their divinely inspired example. The scriptural focus creates a powerful conviction that the ministry methods and principles described are not merely new ideas, but powerful imperatives drawn from the Word of God. While the book reads as a fairly holistic look at scriptural example, it remains accessible and relevant.With its holistic scope, some readers may feel that certain subjects weren't given enough emphasis, or that important issues weren't raised, but Addison touches on many areas and he's clear about focusing on six principles and methods for ministry.

    What Jesus Started may not be the best book on disciple making movements I've read, but it is by far the most Scriptural and intellectually convincing. The focus on the big picture as well as the principles and examples make it useful for both inspiring vision and activating obedience. I will be revisiting this book frequently for guidance, inspiration, and reference as I follow the ministry model of Jesus.

    My thanks to InterVarsity Press for providing this complementary review copy. I have given an honest review.
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