Do you want your life to count for Christ? Would you like to make a real impact for Gods kingdom in this world? You can and you dont have to be a great leader for it to happen. Just a good follower. In Following Christ, Joseph Stowell shows why Christs command to "Follow me" isnt merely the starting point of Christianity. Its the very heartbeat of vibrant, effective faith. And its not just for a few gifted leaders, but for all believers. "Christianity is a relationship, an adventure, a passionate pursuit of Christ," says Stowell. "Followers escape the drudgery of a system of rituals and regulations, and revel in the discovery of the ever-interesting Christ." Stowell shows you what happens when an ordinary man or woman pursues not the trappings of Christianity, but Christ himself. Youll discover - What a "non-negotiated" follower looks like - Why God does his best work through followers - Why self-directed living is a recipe for emptiness - What makes Christ so worth following - How Christ transforms our character - What it means to pick up your cross - Why a close walk with Jesus is the key to effective living. This inspiring book cuts through the side-issues of Christianity to reveal its true, compelling object: Jesus Christ. As his fully devoted follower, youll discover a dynamic and refreshing way of living one that will sustain you through lifes valleys and provide breathtaking spiritual vistas from its peaks. Its Christianity the way God intended it, marked by simplicity. Vigorous faith. Purpose and direction. Soul-winning impact on those around you. And above all, a joyous, growing closeness with Christ.
Dr. Joseph M. Stowell serves as the President of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Joe also works with RBC Ministries, partnering in media productions, outreach to pastors, writing, and a web ministry called Strength for the Journey. His books include The Trouble with Jesus, Following Christ, Simply Jesus and You, and Radical Reliance. He earned degrees from Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Joe and his wife Martie are the parents of three adult children.