Jesus Driven Ministry

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Author Ajith Fernando believes that much ministry failure results from neglect of the basics of the faith. Too often today's church is riveted on ministry technique to the neglect of leadership lifestyle.

In this book, Fernando identifies the foundational elements that allow you to be both effective and joyful in your service. He shows from Jesus' own ministry that relating to the people you minister to, retreating from busyness to prayer, being affirmed and empowered by God, ...

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Author Ajith Fernando believes that much ministry failure results from neglect of the basics of the faith. Too often today's church is riveted on ministry technique to the neglect of leadership lifestyle.

In this book, Fernando identifies the foundational elements that allow you to be both effective and joyful in your service. He shows from Jesus' own ministry that relating to the people you minister to, retreating from busyness to prayer, being affirmed and empowered by God, discipling younger leaders, and gaining strength from God's Word must be at the heart of your ministry.

Rich in Scripture and full of stories from Fernando's own years of ministry, this book will help men and women commit themselves afresh to those vital basics of ministry that make for long-term service that is both fruitful and joyful.

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"Ajith Fernando is a writer from whom I've learned much and whose authenticity I greatly respect."
Ravi Zacharias, Founder and President, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; author, Jesus Among Other Gods

"There is an authenticity, deep simplicity, and biblical richness to the writings of Ajith Fernando. The effect is that when I go to his books in search for something specific, I get drawn in longer than I intend. That is what happened with this book, every time I poked my nose into a different chapter. The church in the Western world needs to read what Ajith Fernando writes."
John Piper, Founder,; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary

"What makes the writing of Ajith Fernando so convincing is the authenticity of his ministry. As few persons I know in this generation, he lives what he preaches."
Robert E. Coleman, Distinguished Senior Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Ajith Fernando towers above the crowd as one of the great Christians of our time. He is esteemed internationally for biblical scholarship and expository Bible teaching and for his work as an apologist and evangelist. It is no surprise that his Jesus Driven Ministry sets the Christocentric standard for us all."
R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

"Ajith Fernando does what he sets out to do-to name the basics in ministry, to validate them in Scripture, the church's tradition, and experience. He makes the case that who we are is as important as what we do in ministry. This book will help us, no matter where we are on our ministry journey."
Maxie D. Dunnam, President, Asbury Theological Seminary

"People who have sensed a divine call become confused about what a minister should be. CEO? Therapist? Visionary? Communicator? Shepherd? Dr. Fernando demonstrates the relevance of the ministry model of Jesus to the matters ministers face globally. If the priorities articulated in this book become the priorities of those in ministry, there will be greater integrity in the church, the truth of the gospel will be seen in the actions of its ministers, and the Lord will be honored."
Greg Waybright, Former President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581348514
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 1/4/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,052,495
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Ajith Fernando is the Teaching Director of Youth for Christ in war-torn Sri Lanka after serving as the ministry's National Director for 35 years. He and his wife, Nelun, are active in a church ministering primarily to the urban poor. His ministry includes mentoring younger staff and counseling Christian workers. He is the author of fifteen books published in eighteen languages.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11
Introduction 13
1 Identifying with People 17
The Biblical Evidence
Challenges from the Postmodern Mood
Some Examples of Frustration-Producing Identification
2 Empowered by the Spirit 29
Power for Jesus' Ministry
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
Fullness as a Quality of Life
The Immediacy of the Spirit
The Fullness as Anointing for Service
Prayer and Anointing
3 Affirmed by God 47
God's Acts of Affirmation
The Witness of the Spirit
What We Can Do
Serving Without the Sense of God's Acceptance
Servanthood Results from Acceptance
4 Retreating from Activity 61
Leaving Busy Activity to Be Alone
Benefits of Retreats
Brief Retreats
5 Affirming the Will of God 73
The Value of Testing
God's Will over Our Rights
God's Will over Uncrucified Desires
God's Will over Wrong Paths to Success
6 Saturated in the Word 89
The Word as Our Authority for Life and Ministry
Strength and Security from the Word
The Word Qualifies Us for Effective Ministry
The Scriptures as a Source of Delight
Spending Time in the Word
Books That Teach the Scriptures
Helping Our People Lose Their Fear of the Bible
7 Facing Wild Animals 107
What Are These Wild Animals and Angels Doing?
Extreme Situations and God's Ministry
God's Ministry to Our Lives
8 Bearing Good News 115
The Long-Anticipated Gospel
The Compulsion of Truth
Compulsion and the Postmodern Mood
The Gospel of the Kingdom
The Minister's Authority
9 Growing in a Team 131
Team Ministry in the New Testament
When We Do Not Choose Our Team Members
The Value of Team Ministry
No Theology of Groaning
New Testament Teams: Life in the Raw
Accountability for the Christian Worker
10 Discipling Younger Leaders 153
Jesus Revealed God
Jesus Was a Steward
Jesus Prayed for His Disciples
Jesus Was Glorified Through Them
11 Launching Disciples into Ministry 171
Jesus Protected the Disciples and Prepared Them to Be Without Him
Jesus Communicated His Joy to Them
Jesus Exposed the Disciples to the Hatred of the World
Jesus Sent the Disciples into the World
Jesus Died to Make the Disciples Holy
12 Ministering to the Sick and Demon-Possessed 189
Casting Out Demons and Ministry in the Miraculous
Healing the Physically Sick
What If You Don't Have These Gifts?
13 Visiting Homes 209
Jesus' Ministry in Homes
Being Where the Lost Are
Evangelistic Home Visits
Pastoral Home Visits
Visiting as an Expression of Servanthood
Pronouncing Blessing on People
Not a Popular Ministry
14 Praying 225
The Secret Place of Prayer
A Basic Feature of the Ministerial Lifestyle
Prayers at Important Times in Jesus' Ministry
Prayers on the Run
The Content: Thanksgiving, Supplication, and Intercession
The Disciples Saw Him Praying
Prayer as a Preventative to Burnout
Notes 243
Index 251
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