Real Followers: A Radical Quest to Expose the Pretender Inside Each of Us

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Many Christians, disillusioned with lives of spiritual mediocrity that have been dampened by today’s rampant materialism and cafeteria spirituality, are asking the same question: “Where is the substance that can move our church beyond ho-hum Christianity?” Today’s public fascination with angels, New Age spirituality, and the paranormal is likewise spurring Christ’s followers to look for greater and deeper life transformation through their faith. Real Followers: Beyond Virtual Christianity shows how an ordinary ...

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Overview

Many Christians, disillusioned with lives of spiritual mediocrity that have been dampened by today’s rampant materialism and cafeteria spirituality, are asking the same question: “Where is the substance that can move our church beyond ho-hum Christianity?” Today’s public fascination with angels, New Age spirituality, and the paranormal is likewise spurring Christ’s followers to look for greater and deeper life transformation through their faith. Real Followers: Beyond Virtual Christianity shows how an ordinary church can be transformed into a radical community—a fellowship of everyday people who began looking for meaning and searching for authenticity. Michael Slaughter describes a movement that is hooked in various generations, from buster to boomer to builder. This resource also includes discussion questions.

Key Features:

• Readers examine culturally relevant concepts to ask the age-old question:“Will you give up your right to yourself, take up the cross, and radically follows Jesus?”

• Readers are presented with a workable example of how to grow their church, with examples from Ginghamsburg Church

• Contains case studies of real people who have begun a “migration in the wrong direction”

• Includes discussion questions

Small groups will

•learn what it really means to find their destiny as Christ’s followers

• be inspired to take doable steps toward becoming authentic Christ followers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687033416
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Slaughter is the lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church "media reformation," and cyber-ministry. Mike is the author of multiple books for church leaders, including Change the World, A Different Kind of Christmas, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Real Followers, Momentum for Life, UnLearning Church, and Upside Living in a Downside Economy.

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Table of Contents

A Foreword for All Readers 11
A Foreword for Pastors 15
1. Invitation to a Journey: How God's Community Changed One Life 21
2. God Speaks Today--Are You Listening? 37
3. God -- More Than a Preference 53
4. God Created You for a Unique Mission 67
5. Experiencing the Power of Amazing Grace 84
6. "God-Sizing" Your Visions and Dreams 99
7. Take the Plunge Right Here, Right Now 117
8. Bigger Barns and Other Obstacles to Really Following 132
9. Life Is Not About Getting What You Want 147
10. Do Not Try This Alone 161
11. Spirit Led, Not Success Driven 172
12. Are You Ready to Be Fully Honest with God? 184
Afterword 203
Michael Slaughter, on the Web 204
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