Lessons from the East: Finding the Future of Western Christianity in the Global Church  -     By: Bob Roberts
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Lessons from the East invites you into the larger story God is telling around the world. It just may change your view of church and the global Christian community. Bob Roberts Jr. shares from his experiences connecting with top church planters and pastors from around the world that will open your eyes to how God is working through people ignited with the love of Christ and a mission-driven mindset.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 5.50 X 42461.00 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0781413761
ISBN-13: 9780781413763

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What if our western view of church isn’t God’s view of church?

That’s the disruptive question church planter Bob Roberts Jr. wrestled with while connecting with top global church planters and pastors. Over time, his global experiences convinced him western believers would benefit from:
  • taking our faith beyond Sunday to every dimension of life;
  • shifting from a Christian worldview to a Jesus prism; and
  • moving from religious leaders to disciple leaders.
Lessons from the East invites you into the larger story God is telling around the world. It just may change your view of church and the global Christian community.

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Bob Roberts Jr. is the founding pastor of NorthWood Church in the Dallas / Fort Worth area who has been involved in helping plant over 200 churches. His church and the other Western churches Bob has helped start have done global engagement in Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Vietnam, Belize, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, and Nepal. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary (D.Min.). Bob and his wife have two children.

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  1. Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lessons From The East
    September 30, 2016
    Missy McClure
    Texas
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    Gender: female
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    I began this book somewhat skeptical as I have read several books about issues with the western church. This book was a surprise, eye-opening experience. Bob Roberts does not criticize so much as he exposes issues within the western church culture. My spouse and I went on a mission trip to Kenya several years ago and had a very similar experience to the things Bob expressed throughout the book. We became very discontented with just attending church in a nice building with all the amenities and huge buildings that would fund churches in Kenya for years (and some churches didn't even have a building but met under trees)!

    Our relationship with God is not just about Sunday - it is about Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as well! In every area of our lives, we are to live out our Christian faith, exposing everyone around us to the light of Jesus Christ. If we want to impact our communities, we first need to meet their needs, build relationships with them, regardless of race, religion, etc. It was very eye opening to read about his visits with Muslim Imams and building relationships with them. While in Kenya, we were invited to the local mosque for Friday prayers and our mission team leader was invited to speak to those attending that day. What an experience!

    In our churches here in America, many times it seems to be about being comfortable - don't ask too much of the members and certainly don't expect them to go out to other religions to build relationships. The book was written to pastors, but truly should be read by every Christian. Mr. Roberts shows us how the "Third World" church members live out the Great Commission every day!

    I appreciate the questions at the end of each chapter which would enable groups to use this as a study. Again - I would encourage anyone to read this book to help guide your church to become a kingdom focused church!

    ** I was provided a copy of "Lessons From the East" by Handlebar Publishing for the purpose of reviewing this book.
  2. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lessons that we should learn
    June 29, 2016
    Bern
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    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    was not sure what to expect when I began reading Lessons from the East. I just know that I always want to be learning what it means to honor the Lord and be faithful to Him in my life.

    The premise of the book is recognizing that very few American churches are growing and in fact, they are declining. (p. 17) The author, Bob Roberts, suggests that we as a church humbling glean from global ministries abroad that are flourishing.

    Much of what he shares is encouraging and as I read through, his focus on discipleship, in particular, struck a cord since it's definitely an area our church seeks to emphasize.

    I have been personally encouraged by a faithful disciples opening the Word of God with me and, just as important, opening their life to me so that we can live out our faith.

    I especially appreciated robert's call to "Integrate All of Your Life", in essence living out 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." In this section, Roberts challenges the reader not to look at life as sacred and secular but rather that all of life is for God's glory & "every moment is sacred, whether we're spending time with family, spending time with people of other faiths, serving in our domains, or worshipping in church". (p.125)

    When we look at life in this way, all of life is an opportunity to bring God glory and serve Him. As a stay at home, homeschooling Mama it is a welcome reminder that I have opportunities to share Christ daily in every interaction.

    I know that the author has studied scripture and obviously believes in God's word. I would have hoped to see more scripture throughout the book to anchor what he was trying to share and encourage. When he shared his experiences and the reasons he would respond in a particular way, his examples are from the Word. Had Roberts used the God's word, his book would have been more powerful for me.

    *Lessons from the East was provided by Handlebar Publishing for the purpose of review

  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    We have much to learn
    June 19, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
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    The statistics for U.S. church growth is depressing. Outside of the U.S, it's a different story. For a long time U.S. church leaders thought they were experts in doing church. Is there something they need to learn from the global church?

    Roberts is convinced he has identified a major flaw in the way American pastors think. An attractive worship experience is not how to reach the community. The primary benefit we offer our communities..., he writes, is creative, selfless, tenacious service. (14) Service will have a much greater impact than self-promotion.

    Roberts tells stories from his oversees journeys of people making huge impacts in their communities, in every domain. Who they are and how they are serving is making a difference. They are actually living the gospel. Roberts writes about cell churches, discipleship, people who model the kingdom, the four shifts required, and much more. He suggests the global church can be our tutor to wake us up and show us what can happen when we are kingdom focused.

    The lessons the global church has for us may be uncomfortable. In the West, we preach a balanced Christian life. In the East, they preach full abandonment to Jesus Christ. Here we preach wealth and a comfortable life. There they preach sharing in the sufferings of Christ. We have a lot to learn from our friends in the East. (175)

    Some will no doubt find fault with Roberts because he has befriended Imams. He also recognizes the valuable ministry of women pastors. If God has called a woman to minister, he is all for letting it happen. He has seen the fruit of their labors. He's not afraid of the Holy Spirit either.

    I recommend this book to pastors. You don't have to be a megachurch pastor. Pastors of small churches can make a huge difference by equipping people to serve in their domains of society, where they live and work. This book will help you go from being church focused pastor to being a kingdom focused pastor. There are Consider This questions at the end of each chapter so this book could be used for a study involving church ministry leaders or a city pastor association.

    If, as a pastor, what you are doing in your church is not working to influence your community and further the kingdom of God, you need to read this book.

    Food for thought: The task of the church is to make disciples who engage the broad context of society for the kingdom of God to be increasingly realized on earth. (35)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Handlebar Marketing for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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