Nobody's perfect---and that includes churchgoers. People can become unreasonable, arguments flare, and feelings are hurt. But Putman warns that we're "hard-wired to connect"---so withdrawing from Christian community is not the answer! Looking to Jesus' ministry for inspiration, he offers a look at biblical discipleship that models spiritual maturity for loving others and welcoming all. 256 pages, softcover from Baker.
An Invitation to Deeper, More Joyful, and Rewarding Relationships with God and Others
None of us is lovable all of the time. People are unreasonable, arguments flare, feelings are hurt. And no one can make us feel worse than those closest to us. It's easy to fall into the trap of closing ourselves off in order to protect ourselves, rather than opening ourselves up for relationship with each other. But think of who Jesus invited into his life and ministry. They weren't always lovable. Yet he modeled perfect love for us and showed how the mark of a spiritually mature believer was always love.
In The Power of Together, pastor and author Jim Putman uncovers the core of true discipleship with an in-depth, biblical look at how Jesus always invited people into relationship with himself. He loved them with God's perfect love and, in the process, showed everyone around him that the act of following God is the act of extending and receiving love that endures all things.
Jim Putman is the senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, one of the most influential churches in America. A three-time all-American wrestler in college as well as a successful wrestling coach, Putman holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. He is the author of Church Is a Team Sport, as well as the widely adopted Real-Life Discipleship program.