Unstoppable Gospel: Living Out the World-Changing Vision of Jesus's First Followers - eBook
Unstoppable Gospel: Living Out the World-Changing Vision of Jesus's First Followers - eBook  -     By: Gregg Matte
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781493400560
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The path of least resistance is seldom the path of greatest impact. This is a truth that the apostles knew intrinsically, but from which we, the modern church, seem to shy away. They boldly proclaimed the Gospel, in season and out of season. We want to avoid risk, avoid stepping on toes, avoid any bad publicity that might come with going out on a limb. But much like the first rockets to leave Earth's atmosphere, giant leaps forward in God's kingdom don't come without a big vision and a great big dose of risk.

In Unstoppable Gospel, pastor Gregg Matte calls readers to take up the task of the early church and go change the world. He shows how using ordinary, everyday people has been God's plan from the beginning and how we all have a part in that plan. He shares many practical ways Christians can get involved in their churches and communities to take advantage of the countless opportunities God provides for us to make a lasting kingdom impact in our world.

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Gregg Matte is the senior pastor of Houston's First Baptist Church and founder of Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University, one of the largest college Bible studies in the nation. He is the author of several books, including Unstoppable Gospel. An energetic communicator, he and his wife, Kelly, have a son and a daughter and live in Houston, Texas.

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  1. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    To the End of the Earth
    December 7, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Out loud and together.

    Thats how my patient husband and I are reading through the Bible this year, and, believe it or not, were just about on schedule! Right now we are taking in the book of Acts in great gulps, two or three chapters at a time interspersed with the corresponding epistles. That breathless pace feels about right for the book of Acts, for in this solitary book of New Testament history, everything was full steam ahead.

    Gregg Matte plowed into the book of Acts, harvested principles from the early church, and has endeavored to sow them in the soil of Houstons First Baptist Church where he is senior pastor. Awed by the power of the Gospels shockwaves through his community, he now offers his observations and experiences along with their application to the 21st century church in the pages of Unstoppable Gospel.

    Studying the book of Acts, its easy to lose the forest among so many trees: geographic regions, people groups, and multiple missionary journeys. To counteract the blur, Gregg lays out the big picture in terms of Acts 1:8:

    But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

    This mission statement for the church is 100% relevant because, in Greggs words, the first century church didnt receive anything that you and I dont already have. We received the same power they had on the day we became Christians . . . Now our work extends from our doorstep to the ends of the earth.

    And as we journey through the book of Acts with Pastor Gregg, he shares with exuberance the acts of the Holy Spirit in Houston, Texas as they relate to growing the church. Christ is the starting point, and from Him stretches a chain of dominos a series of encounters and events that ensure that Gods plan is in perpetual motion. Unstoppable Gospel seeks to awaken in the reader a desire to find his/her unique place in that two thousand year long line of dominos.

    Greggs words will meddle with your comfort-zone if you give them half a chance. For example, Acts 4 demonstrates Peters courage in the midst of a life-threatening event. Turbulence is the rule rather than the exception in the book of Acts, so prayer is a way of life and is conducted on the fly.

    Peters been imprisoned by King Herod yes, the same guy who executed James! Impromptu prayer meeting at Marys house!

    Hey, Ananias, Saul the persecutor is in town. Go and talk to him about your faith. Gulp.

    Unstoppable Gospel unpacks the Greek word describing this kind of earnest prayer: at full stride. For the believer who wishes to connect with unbelievers of all backgrounds, this kind of prayer will cultivate the right kind of heart response to slow down and notice needs, to be sensitive to sin, and to show up where the need is greatest. Paul may have been more comfortable at the synagogue, but he hung out in the market place too.

    If the book of Acts seems to end with a cliffhanger, its because the final chapter has not been written. The life changing power of the Unstoppable Gospel is at work in the world through believers today. Could it be that the most exciting chapters are yet to come?

    This book was provided by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The early church in Acts
    November 30, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
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    Gender: Female
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    Some people are frustrated with the church and want to give up on it. Matte reminds us Jesus left no option to follow Him while isolating ourselves from other believers. Christians would be known by their love for one another and if you want to be used by God, Matte writes, then you need to learn to love His church. (13)

    He takes us through the book of Acts where we see that the gospel (and the church) was unstoppable. The same power of the Holy Spirit that turned the world upside down is available today. The first-century church set a pattern that is still the model for producing explosive results in the twenty-first century... (19)

    There are many lessons Matte brings out of the Acts narrative. He writes of the primary importance of prayer, paying attention to God's timing, the tension of God's sovereignty and man's responsibility, believers caring for the needs of one another, paying attention to the opportunities God provides, and preparing for persecution.

    I like that he reminds us, Apart from the power of the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing. But once His power comes upon us, we can do anything. (24)

    Matte's emphasis is on the first half of the book of Acts. He adds many examples from his own life, that of his church, and experiences of others to illustrate his teaching. I did feel that he told plenty of stories about successful ministries in his own church. Some pastors of smaller congregations may find those stories a bit intimidating.

    I recommend this book to those looking for a very readable look at the early church as seen in the book of Acts. There is good encouragement to actively participate in the mission of the church.

    Food for thought:

    The church is all about Jesus. Anything else is not the church. (67)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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