Journey To Jesus

Overview

This book is a companion to Webber's "Journey to Jesus" seminars, held in over 100 American cities from 2000-2003.

The "seeker" model of worship presupposes a split between what goes on during the worship service and how the church evangelizes its members into full discipleship in Jesus Christ. The basic idea is to draw the unchurched in through lively, uplifting services, and then move them into small group ministries that will lead them to a deeper understanding of the ...

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Overview

This book is a companion to Webber's "Journey to Jesus" seminars, held in over 100 American cities from 2000-2003.

The "seeker" model of worship presupposes a split between what goes on during the worship service and how the church evangelizes its members into full discipleship in Jesus Christ. The basic idea is to draw the unchurched in through lively, uplifting services, and then move them into small group ministries that will lead them to a deeper understanding of the Christian life. While this model works well in some, mostly "start-up" congregations, it has been a dismal failure in traditional, established churches, many of which have had to abandon their seeker services.

Robert Webber here proposes an alternative: a model of worship that emphasizes the fact that those who come to worship are at very different points in their spiritual lives. Rather than ignore these differences or gear all of worship to those already established in the faith, he argues that churches should openly recognize the stages of faith through which their members are passing, and structure their worship and ministry to celebrate those stages, openly encouraging Christians to move from spiritual infancy to maturity in Christ.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687068401
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.52 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

2001 Robert Webber is President of The Institute for Worship-Studies, affiliated with Wheaton Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois, and Myers Professor of Ministry, Northern Seminary, Lombard, Ill. He has written more than a dozen books on worship (and other topics) and was the editor of The Complete Library of Christian Worship. He is active in the North American Academy of Liturgy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 9
1 Evangelism Old and New 11
I The Missional Church
2 The Missional Church in the Ancient World 29
3 The Missional Church Today 43
II Evangelizing the Seeker: Reaching the Unchurched
4 Evangelism in the Ancient World 59
5 Evangelism Today 67
6 The Rite of Conversion 81
III Discipling the Hearer: Teaching the New Believer
7 Discipleship in the Ancient Church 95
8 Discipleship Today 100
9 The Rite of Covenant 116
IV Equipping the Kneeler: Mentoring the Maturing Believer
10 Spiritual Formation in the Ancient Church 129
11 Spiritual Formation Today 139
12 The Rite of Baptism 153
V Incorporating the Faithful: Receiving the New Member
13 Receiving New Members in the Ancient Church 167
14 Receiving New Members Today 173
15 The Rite of Eucharist 182
16 Implementing Journey to Jesus 191
Notes 209
Bibliography 229
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