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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2015
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People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And thats exactly how he wants it to be.
When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key for reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering. Though many churches focus time and energy on attracting people and counting numbers, the real mission of the church isnt how many people you can gather. Its about training up disciples and then sending them out. The true measure of success for a church should be its sending capacity, not its seating capacity.
But there is a cost to this. To see ministry multiply, we must release the seeds God has placed in our hands. And to do that, we must ask ourselves whether we are concerned more with building our kingdom or Gods.
In Gaining By Losing, J.D. Greear unpacks ten plumb lines that you can use to reorient your churchs priorities around Gods mission to reach a lost world. The good news is that you dont need to choose between gathering or sending. Effective churches can, and must, do both.
J.D. Greear is pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The Summit Church has been ranked by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in the United States. J.D. has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved and Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Veronica, and their four children.
Tolle5 Stars Out Of 5Gaining by LosingAugust 18, 2015TolleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear on the loose leaf front cover has the words "Why the Future belongs to Churches that send."
Those words are compelling and soul searching. I have seen the pre publishing glimpse of this book and was looking forward receiving it. With those words on the outside cover, I was wondering what was on the inside. I was intrigued with the premise of the book.
For so long I have heard the blessings and, yes, the plea's for people to consider missionary work whether overseas or in their local area. Coupled with starting new churches or going to that mission field for a couple of weeks and canvass the area.
Of course, you can imagine what happened, little or no people volunteered. I believe when presented with a missionary opportunity we should pray God's Will in our life and not discard this opportunity to serve.
So what do we do with Matt 28:18-20? Jesus said we are given Authority from Heaven but when Jesus says "GO" we Stay, I believe we can't have it both ways. We believe and embrace what Jesus said about Given Authority but make excuses when it comes to "GO". God Help us and Forgive us.
My choice to abbreviate scripture to illustrate a point.
I have read many books and every now and then a book comes along that is above the pack and this book is one. Summit Church is an example of following the Great Commission. This book is a treasure trove of examples that church pastors and leaders can use to follow the Great Commission and God's Vision for their church. I have seen too many churches that have accepted their current condition. They have accepted they are not growing and basically hide behind their respective walls. Hopefully and prayerfully churches will take heed to the Great Commission and consider this book and, of course, using the Bible as a guide to reach their community for Christ.
I received this book from Zondervan through Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials to Advertising."