We've made following Jesus far too complex. We don't know what to do with all the things in the Bible that seem necessary, so we make them into a to-do list: love others, forgive those who hurt you, have joy, be patient, stay faithful, give to the hurting, serve in your church, pray without ceasing, confess your sins, and on and on. These are all great things, but is a checklist really what Jesus intended when he said, "Follow me"?More than two thousand years ago, the prophet Micah implored Israel to return to its true calling: "Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God." Could this plainspoken Bible verse not only sum up how we should live today but breathe a fresh purpose into our souls?In this practical and freeing book, pastor Rusty George shares the simplicity of what God desires from us. Living a faithful life should not be a chore, and George teaches how to put away our checklists and walk humbly according to God's will for our lives.
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About the Author
Rusty George is the lead pastor of Real Life Church in Valencia, California. Through his 15 years at RLC, the church has grown to over 7,000 people and two campuses, and attracts a large online community. Rusty speaks regularly at conferences across the country and internationally, and he lives with his wife and two daughters in Santa Clarita, California. Learn more at www.pastorrustygeorge.com.
Table of Contents
1 Why is This So Complicated? 9
2 What Micah Learned in Sunday School 23
Step 1 With God.
3 Your God May Not Be THE God 39
4 Who God Was to Micah, Jesus, and Now You 55
5 Leveraging the Full Power of God in Your Life 67
Step 2 Act Justly.
6 The Two Sides of Justice 81
7 When Helping Is Hurting 93
8 Self-Justice 109
Step 3 Love Mercy.
9 For Those We Know and Love 125
10 For Those We Don't Know and Don't Love 135
11 Receiving Mercy 147
Steo 4 Walk Humbly.
12 When Confidence Becomes Pride 161
13 When Self-Deprecation Becomes a Sin 173
14 Giving God His Job Back 187
Author's Note 206
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If someone asks me my favorite Bible verse, Micah 6:8 is a very close contender for favorite. This verse, while very simple and to the point, is also very complex. You can spend a great deal of time exploring what it means to "act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God." Rusty George does that just that in his newest book Justice. Mercy. Humility. A Simple Path to Following Jesus. Rusty George uses Micah 6:8 as a springboard for several important theological concepts in this book. He explains the Trinity and who the God with whom we are to walk humbly is while also providing a great birds-eye view of the Bible. After laying this foundation, George goes on to thoroughly explain what justice, mercy, and humility are and how these qualities should be lived out in the life of a Christian. He does a superb job of connecting the exposition of this text, theology, and practical application. Numerous illustrations demonstrate the concepts. A variety of scripture passages from the Old and New Testament as well as the original Greek and Hebrew words are used to really dive into the text. While writing for a general audience, George definitely did the academic groundwork for the book. While the content and examples given are appropriate for believers who have been following Christ for a long-time, the book would be a great resource of new believers. Each chapter has a section of suggested things to do which help readers apply the concepts as well as a list of discussion questions. Having both items allows this book to be used in numerous settings. Justice. Mercy. Humility. would be an excellent resource for a small group study or Sunday School class. Groups could choose to read each chapter individually , practice the concepts, and then come back to discuss or could read and discuss the chapter together and put the concepts in practice together as a group. This book could also form the basis of an all church study with sermons related to the topics. Beyond these group settings, this resources is great for personal reading and study as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the book Love. Justice. Humility from Bethany House via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.