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The Five Smooth Stones: Essential Principles for Biblical Ministry

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Bemused by the constant rising and falling of new methodologies when he began a career in ministry over fifty years ago, university president
Robertson McQuilkin has ever since committed his work to a core group of enduring ministry principles that he calls “the five smooth stones.”

In summary, these principles are: the Bible (making it the functional authority), the Congregation (aligning it with the biblical...

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Overview

Bemused by the constant rising and falling of new methodologies when he began a career in ministry over fifty years ago, university president
Robertson McQuilkin has ever since committed his work to a core group of enduring ministry principles that he calls “the five smooth stones.”

In summary, these principles are: the Bible (making it the functional authority), the Congregation (aligning it with the biblical purposes), the
Spirit (releasing his energizing power), the Plan of Redemption (the mission of every disciple), and the Lord Jesus (model of servant leadership).

While that outline may seem very obvious, one must ask why so many churches and other ministries fail somewhere along the way. Could it be a simple lack of commitment to relentlessly measure every effort by these key standards?

McQuilkin has witnessed the success of his method through five decades of dynamic service, from church planting to foreign missions to the academic arena. The Five Smooth Stones is his invitation to join in the deep reflection, honest evaluation, and courageous integration of each principle here in order to bless every aspect of your ministry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805445183
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Robertson McQuilkin is president emeritus of Columbia International
University in Columbia, South Carolina. His previous books include
Understanding and Applying the Bible, Life in the Spirit, and A Promise
Kept
. He is married and has six children.

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Table of Contents


Preface: Why I Wrote This Book     ix
The Bible-Making It the Functional Authority     1
Making the Bible the Functional Authority     4
Postmodernism     14
Therapeutic Theology     22
The Church-Aligning the Congregation with All of God's Biblical Purposes     37
Worship     41
Make Disciples     50
Member Care     57
Pursue Welfare of the Community     67
The Holy Spirit-Releasing His Energizing Power     73
Defining Gifts     75
What the Gifts Are Not     82
Discovering, Developing, Deploying, Desiring     90
Prayer Connection     101
The Plan of Redemption-The Mission of Every Disciple     111
Biblical Foundations of Mission     113
Two Locations, Two Vocations     119
New Paradigms of Mission     128
Prayer Support     143
Financial Support     149
The Lordship of Christ-Gauging Servant Leadership     163
Leadership     166
Leadership: Positive Role Model     175
Unity of the Congregation     185
Purity of the Congregation     198
Conclusion     207
Cross-cultural Communication     209
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