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Why was Jesus accused of being a friend of sinners? Why did he put top priority on relationship not religion, acceptance rather than performance, and value friendship with him before behavior? In Friend of Sinners, you'll discover a different Jesus, a Jesus who will radically change the way you see God, yourself, and others - a Jesus who will never give up on you, never stop loving you.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Pastor and writer Rich Wilkerson Jr. shines a spotlight on every Christians calling to reach the world, seek the lost, and save sinners with Jesus scandalous message of the gospel of grace.
The Bible calls Jesus a friend of sinners. What does that mean? In Friend of Sinners, Rich Wilkerson Jr. shows readers the profound implications of the reality that Jesus calls us friends not because of who we are or what we have done, but because of who he is. While he was on earth, he knew that people needed to belong before they would want to behave. He understood that the power within him was greater than the darkness around him, so he loved fearlessly.
By following his example, we can have the same clear conviction and compassion for the lost that he did. His gospel of scandalous grace cannot be overestimated. When we embrace the truth that we all need Jesus equally and when we trust him to bring transformation in peoples hearts, we will walk as Jesus walked, experiencing the glory of God in our own lives and in the lives of those around us.
Rich Wilkerson Jr. and his wife, DawnCheré, pastor VOUS Church, a meeting place of faith, creativity, and diversity in Miami, Florida. Every June, they also host thousands of young adults at the annual VOUS Conference in South Beach. He is the author of Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World and an internationally recognized speaker who has logged over two million air miles preaching the gospel around the globe. www.vouschurch.com
“Rich Wilkerson Jr has inspired and deepened my walk with Christ in his new book Friend of Sinners. While it is easy for Christians today to be labeled as judgmental, this book shows how Jesus lived as a friend to the outcast and gives you a strategy to live your life in the same way.” - Mark Batterson
“Most people know some facts and information about Jesus: carpenter, teacher, miracle worker. But it’s how we know him personally that makes all the difference. Rich Wilkerson Jr’s new book, Friend of Sinners will challenge you to take a step back, question your approach, and begin choosing relationship over routine religion.” - Steven Furtick
“Friend of Sinners highlights a core truth this world needs to hear we must break out of the boxes of our normality and dare to go close to those we don’t understand. Pastor Rich beautifully emphasizes this while encouraging us to start where people are, not where we want them to be. This book will forever change how you love others.” - Lysa Terkeurst
“Rich carries the ability to seamlessly engage people with the message of Jesus, reaching the church and unchurched, both saved and sinners alike. He is a generational thinker, planner, and writer in addition to being a phenomenal pastor. Friendship with God through Christ is both a simple, yet a profoundly important foundation that is at the very core of our faith. Inspiring and thought-provoking, Friend of Sinners unpacks friendship with Jesus in a refreshing and transforming way.” - Brian Houston
britluver20021Arnold, CAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An inspirational bookMarch 22, 2018britluver20021Arnold, CAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed reading this book. I even ear marked the book on pages I thought were relevant to remember and share with my readers. I like the quote on page xii which says " Jesus was called a lot of names. All he did was love and help people, yet he had his share of bullies and critics. Many of the religious leaders of the day were jealous of his success and afraid he would upset the status quo. They wanted to discredit him in the eyes of the public, so they said all sorts of crazy things about him. They whispered that he was an illegitimate child. They accused him of being demon possessed...."
I also liked the quote on page 11 that says " Healthy people don't need a doctor-sick people do" says Jesus. Also liked the quote on page 13 that says " Religion tends to look for outward signs that we are qualified to follow God, but Jesus shatters that paradigm time and time again. He doesn't want for us to clean ourselves or renounce our lifestyles. He finds us where we are and calls us to follow him. No application or qualifications needed..." The quote on page 15 says this by Matthew " You've got to meet this Jesus guy. He accepted me. He believed in me. He delivered me. He changed me." I liked the quote on page 52 which reads "a yoke? Isn't that an instrument of hard labor? I'm already overburdened. How can I take Jesus' yoke on top of what I'm already carrying? This is in relation to the scripture taken at Matthew 11 verse 29....
" If you feel like you are carrying so much weight that you can't take another step; if you feel like you've injured yourself emotionally and mentally because you've borne too much for too long... then enjoy the scripture at 1 peter 5.7" which is on page 59. On page 75 the author says " Jesus came for those whose lives are falling apart, who need him and know it. At the end of the day, none of us have it all together. We all need Jesus." On page 106 the author says " Other times we don't see God because pain and difficult circumstances are overwhelming our hearts and our senses. Maybe we believed he was close to us in the past, but life is suddenly contradictory, and he have trouble believing God could really be there."
I liked the quote on page 114 which says "the church has burned a few bridges with our culture in the names of evangelism. Church people are famous for forcing their beliefs and morals on people in the name of witnessing. " I also liked the quote on page 121 which says " Maybe your heart is broken, and you wonder if you'll be able to go on. Maybe you wonder if God is real or if he cares for you. Maybe you can't see Jesus through your tears, but he can see you. He's standing next to you, I promise. He is aware of what you are going through. He knows your pain and he calls your name. Turn to him and see him for who he really is. Your life will never be the same because Jesus is near. On page 181 the author says " God comforted me. God loved me. God gave me peace."
Disclosure of Material Connection. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Disclosure of Material Connection. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
rmoss5 Stars Out Of 5A Fresh Book On What It Means To Love Your NeighborMarch 13, 2018rmossQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Do you ever think that your sin that you struggle with keeps you from being Gods friend? Do you ever look at someone elses sin and think they are too dirty or hopeless to be their friend? The Bible is full of stories of people who sinned just like you and me, yet Jesus befriended them.
In Friend of Sinners, Rich Wilkerson Jr. talks about how when Jesus came to earth, he became a friends with lots of those sinners. That is also, His command for us; to love and be friends with the lowest, dirtiest, sinners there are.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from Harper Collins Christian Publishing.
Living BoldlyAge: Under 18Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Highly Recommend This BookMarch 13, 2018Living BoldlyAge: Under 18Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. has written a phenomenal book that both Christians and non-Christians must read. This amazing book is Friend of Sinners: Why Jesus Cares More About Relationship Than Perfection.
It is common to think that knowing Jesus requires some form of effort on our part. Something we need to do for Jesus to approve of us or to accept us. Pastor Wilkerson makes it clear that Jesus doesn't expect anything from us. He paid the price for our sin on the Cross. We come to Him as we are; He receives us as we are, we do not need to do anything for Him to love us. Jesus calls us to follow Him, and receive His grace. No prerequisites, no qualifications.
Friend of Sinners is a challenging book, because its message urges readers to reexamine their thoughts and beliefs about Jesus. Pastor Wilkerson helps readers to see Jesus as He lived on Earth, and the grace He gave and gives still. Friend of Sinners will encourage readers to discover Jesus and fully receive His love that will never end.
One quote that I especially love (and there are many!) from Friend of Sinners is: "The law is full of demands, but grace is full of supply." Friend of Sinners is an excellent book. It's one that opens readers' minds and hearts to God's truly Amazing Grace. I am pleased to highly recommend Friend of Sinners: Why Jesus Cares More About Relationship Than Perfection.
*I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of Friend of Sinners: Why Jesus Cares More About Relationship Than Perfection from the publisher. The opinion stated is my own. I have not been compensated in any way.*
K Fischer5 Stars Out Of 5Simple, but deepMarch 13, 2018K FischerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Friend of Sinners, Wilkerson offers a very simple and relatable look at the love God has for us and the type of relationship that Jesus longs to have with us. It is a reminder that regardless of the choices that we have made, He loves us just the same. It is also a call to serve and love ALL people rather than focusing on those who keep us in our comfort zones. He encourages us to love as Jesus loved, without fear or condition.
While it is a simple read, the author poses ideas that made me pause and really evaluate how I interact with other people. I would recommend this book to anyone, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from Harper Collins Christian Publishers.
Lisa4 Stars Out Of 5Are we Friends of Sinners as Jesus was?March 13, 2018LisaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I wonder how often we actually love like Jesus did. This book opened my mind to these questions - Do we love as he did? Do we serve as he did? Do we pursue others in love as he did? Are we willing to be here to help others "find their way"? If any of these questions register with you then this book is for you.
We need to begin to follow his example. We have the answer they need. Are we willing to share him?
It is time for a change......
I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher and i will be ordering a copy to share with our church library. .