The first-century believers who followed Jesus Christ were men and women who turned their worlds upside down to follow the Messiah, and they lived the Christian life as Jesus presented it to them personally. They didn’t have the luxury of a passive and lukewarm existence. Instead, they had to draw clear lines in the sand about what following Christ really looked like. The good news is that, even in our current culture, we too can participate in this kind of lifestyle.
In his new book, Let God Change Your Life: How to Know and Follow Jesus, evangelist Greg Laurie describes the factors that impact true life change in clear, practical, and thoroughly biblical terms. His conclusions will challenge Christians to trade in their passive preconceptions about God for an active faith that reflects the image of Christ. A call to shed the skin of cultural Christianity,Let God Change Your Life details the transformation that occurs when we take what Christ really said and live as if His words were actually true.
What we often perceive as the Christian life is, in many ways, not what the Bible teaches. Imagine what it would have been like to be a follower of Jesus; first-century Christians walked away from their old lives just to be where He was. What they learned, sitting at His feet, was discipleship. And when His work on earth was done, first-century Christians took His words and example and spread out, teaching the gospel to everyone.
We need to ask ourselves whether we are living the Christian life as Jesus meant for us to live it. Are our lives challenging? Exciting? Do they have purpose and direction? Or do we find ourselves depressed and afraid? If your Christian experience is dull, unfulfilling, or boring, then it’s time to seriously examine the statements of Jesus regarding discipleship. What you’ll find is that the call of Christ on your life was never meant to be half-hearted and partially powerful. The natural outworking of a Christ-transformed life is a vibrant and revolutionary desire to know God, learn His ways, and lead others to Him.
“Are you a laborer in the harvest?” Laurie asks. “The complainers are many. The observers are many. The spectators are many. The critics are many. But the laborers are few. We need laborers in the harvest. Will you become one?” Let God Change Your Life is a bold challenge to Christians everywhere to rethink their lives in terms of dynamic New Testament living.
About The Author:
Best-selling author Greg Laurie (Gold Medallion winner for The Upside-Down Church, Lost Boy, and more) is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, one of the largest churches in America. Founder of the Harvest Crusade, Laurie’s nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, is broadcast on more than 500 radio outlets around the world. Along with his work at Harvest Ministries, Laurie serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, among others.
Over the last few months, my husband and I have been having a lot of conversations about how we as 21st Century Christians can get back to being 1st Century Christians, as we see in the Book of Acts. It is this group of people that started the first churches, that we as Christians should strive to be like. This is the type of church that Christ has always wanted, not the program oriented, loud, flashy churches, that seem to be in huge abundance in recent years. There is nothing wrong with large churches or programming, please don't get me wrong. However, the problem comes when we forgot what the ultimate goal of church is to be...bringing the good news to others for the sake of Christ.
Greg Laurie has written a very easy to read book, in a very conversational manner. You will hear Laurie's faith journey and he gives some amazing points on how to truly live the Christian life for the glory of God. He writes about basic Christian doctrine in a very theologically sound manner, but shows us how to life out our faith in today's modern times without compromising our faith.
A fantastic book that all Christians, new and old, should read, along with studying the scriptures Greg Laurie uses (and there is a lot!). As you read this book, allow God to touch you through Laurie to change your life for His glory!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group and David C. Cook, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***