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Many of us believe this, and yet, somewhere along the way we have chosen comfort over obedience, familiarity over faithfulness. The passion we once felt for the Gospel has ebbed, and we primarily seek out the easy path in life. Discipleship seems hard and hardly worth the trouble. However, this is not the life Jesus intended when He gave His all for us. There's more to following Christ and it's more worthwhile and life-changing than you first thought.
In All In, Mark Batterson issues a call to believers to dethrone their personal desires and go "all in" for Christ. You may feel afraid to surrender your whole life to Jesus, but when you do, you'll discover that's when the real adventure of faith begins.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2013
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All In: Student Edition: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different LifeMark Batterson & Parker BattersonZondervan / 2014 / Trade Paperback$1.99 Retail:3.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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The Gospel costs nothing. You cant earn it or buy it. It can only be received as a free gift compliments of Gods grace. It doesnt cost anything, but it demands everything. It demands that we go all in, a term that simply means placing all that you have into Gods hands. Pushing it all in. And thats where we get stuckspiritual no man's land. Were afraid that if we go all in that we might miss out on what this life has to offer. Its not true. The only thing youll miss out on is everything God has to offer. And the good news is this: if you don't hold out on God, God won't hold out on you. Readers will find Battersons writing filled with his customary vivid, contemporary illustrations as well as biblical characters like Shamgar and Elisha and Jonathan and . . . Judas.
No one has ever sacrificed anything for God. If you always get back more than you gave up, have you sacrificed anything at all? The eternal reward always outweighs the temporal sacrifice. At the end of the day, our greatest regret will be whatever we didnt give back to God. What we didnt push back across the table to Him. Eternity will reveal that holding out is losing out.
The message of All In is simple: if Jesus is not Lord of all then Jesus is not Lord at all. Its all or nothing. Its now or never. Kneeling at the foot of cross of Christ and surrendering to His Lordship is a radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King. Its also an act of disowning yourself. Nothing belongs to you. Not even you.
Batterson writes, for many years, I thought I was following Jesus. I wasnt. I had invited Jesus to follow me. I call it inverted Christianity. And its a subtle form of selfishness that masquerades as spirituality. Thats when I sold out and bought in. When did we start believing that the gospel is an insurance plan? Its a daring plan. Jesus did not die just to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.
Mark Batterson serves as the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. Recognized as one of Americas 25 most innovative churches, NCC is one church with seven locations. Marks blog (www.markbatterson.com) and webcast (www.theaterchurch.com) also reach a virtual congregation around the world. Mark is the author of several bestselling books, including New York Times bestsellers The Circle Maker and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. He and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children. You can follow Mark on Twitter: @markbatterson
Steve5 Stars Out Of 5All InApril 22, 2017SteveQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent book!
Suzy5 Stars Out Of 5ALL IN: Your are one decision away from a totally different lifeAugust 2, 2016SuzyQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was drawn to buy many of these books and to give them out and to have a group meet each week to discuss Mark Batterson's book and thank you Jesus was God right about this one... All in is getting fantastic reviews by everyone who is reading it and some have even read it all cover to cover... It truly has a powerful impact on each individual... It makes you understand just how close we could be but aren't... I am so looking forward to the first book group gathering to see what each individual thinks about it personally... To see how it has impacted their individual thoughts, life and spiritual well being... ... 5 STARS for ALL IN ...
tinker5 Stars Out Of 5All inOctober 27, 2015tinkerQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0changed my life. loved this book. also read circle maker LOVED IT. now reading The Grave Robber. Love how he gives so much insights in his books. I've have his next book ordered If. Can't wait to read it.
Carol ClowerPilot, VirginiaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Don't Miss This One!September 7, 2015Carol ClowerPilot, VirginiaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am enthralled by Batterson's creative use of language. His writing ability intrigues me; it has to be a gift straight from God. I was as anxious to finish this book as any novel. However, the skillful composition is secondary to the challenge he presents us: "it's time to quit expecting Jesus to follow you and make the decision to follow Him". It motivated me to get on my knees. I am so glad C. Billingsley recommended it on Facebook. I am recommending the book to all my friends and to our Sunday School class for a 4-session study.
JaciDallas, TXAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A life changing book!February 7, 2014JaciDallas, TXAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5For the month of January, the church I go to has been using this book as our series for the new year. We go over the pastor's sermon and use of this book in our connect groups, and the results have been life changing. We recognize our faults, we understand the sacrifices needed in order to become All In for God so that we can be All Out for God! I really recommend this book for everyone. It really puts life into perspective.