Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Titus Mandate: A Book Review

About The Book:

The church is supposed to be the safest place on earth for Christians, so why is it often a place of deep dissatisfaction? Many Christians suffer from difficult church situations and are unsure how to live and worship with such stress, let alone grow in the midst of it. Much of this pain comes from being under poor church leadership. According to Ted Bigelow, if your church doesn’t follow God’s mandate for leadership as set out in the book of Titus, it is almost certainly headed for disaster.

All Christians want to be a part of a safe and godly church so that they can invest in its ministries and mission without fear or compromise. Yet thousands of real churches, perhaps yours, have been infiltrated by dangerous men. Many Christians have been so hurt by these wolves that they have left church, vowing never to return. Other sheep, unaware of what they are witnessing week by week, pay the wolves to preach their error.

In The Titus Mandate, readers will follow Paul’s special attaché Titus on his treacherous mission to the Mediterranean island of Crete. You’ll learn for yourself what Titus experienced as he went toe-to-toe with the wolves, carrying out God’s very public mission to rescue Christians and churches from danger. Paul’s journey will teach you to spot the wolves and protect yourself and those you love from Satan’s most prolific form of spiritual peril.

Through reading this book, Christians will be equipped to:

·         Understand the biblical reasons for most negative church experiences and gain scriptural wisdom about their church trials.
·         Trust in the Lord whose wisdom brings such trials into His children’s lives, enabling them to move forward in their walks with Christ.
·         Discern safe churches from unsafe churches.
·         Participate in church in a way that draws them closer to the Lord.

Taking the truth from Scripture and applying it in the church is easier said than done, so The Titus Mandate provides specific instruction on how to live out God’s principles that make church a secure place. One’s confidence in church will be restored as God’s ways are explained, applied, and contrasted with those ways that bring danger. The Titus Mandate is a rescue plan for Christians and their churches. Readers will be able to feel confident that the leadership they have chosen will be trustworthy shepherds for their families.

About The Author:

Ted Bigelow is Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hartford, CT, USA. He has been in full-time ministry since 1997, serving in both established and new churches. He has preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in the former Soviet Union, Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, and Central America. He has taught at the seminary level both in the United States and abroad, and carries on ministry correspondence with missionaries around the world. Prior to entering pastoral ministry, he worked in marketing and sales, project management, statistical forecasting, and consulted for the U.S. Government. In his years prior to entering seminary he was a professor of Business and Statistics at a college in southwestern United States. He has three theological post-graduate degrees:
  • Master of Divinity, The Master’s Seminary, 1996
  • Master of Theology, The Master’s Seminary, 1997
  • Doctor of Ministry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005
Check out the Titus Mandate website for more information.

My Review:

I have been attending church all my life, have attended Bible College and throughout all this time, have learned a far amount about Church Leadership. I know what an effective, well-run church should and should not be, and have had both good and bad experiences in the various churches I have attended. That said, The Titus Mandate is a must read for all church attenders, and specifically for Church leadership. If you are attending a church that has a group of elders, it is safe to say you are attending a Biblically sound church, at least according to Bigelow. 

The Titus Mandate is very well organized into four distinct sections and will guide the reader into understanding what a true "Eldership Church" should and should not be. If you are looking for a book to guide you as you strive to better understand the Biblical basis for the local church, how to do church in complete unity and recognize false teachings (which seem to be abounding in today's churches) I highly recommend The Titus Mandate from Ted Bigelow. You will not be disappointed. I know I wasn't.

BUY IT: You can purchase The Titus Mandate by Ted Bigelow online via Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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