It’s time for a rethink. For those of us seeking to live a life that is pleasing to God, it’s tempting to get caught up in the specifics—how to vote, which church to attend, how to do communion. And while none of these concerns are unimportant, they’re not nearly as important as the greatest command we have ever been given: Love God and love one another. That’s likeability. Likeability isn’t easy, but in The Likeable Christian Justin Lathrop discusses ways to glorify God in our everyday lives by living more like Christ, actually doing what He did, and loving people the way He loved them. When we live like that, we can be free, because the rest is up to Him.
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About the Author
With over a dozen years in local church ministry, Justin Lathrop has spent the last several years starting businesses and ministries that partner with pastors and churches to advance God’s kingdom. He is the founder of Helpstaff.me (now Vanderbloemen Search), Oaks School of Leadership, and YoungPastors.com, and is intensely involved in his local church, The Oaks Fellowship in Red Oak, Texas. Justin lives to make strategic connections for greater global impact. He serves in the area of strategic relations for organizations like the Assemblies of God, Leadership Network, and Convoy of Hope.About the Foreword Author Sweet currently serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School at Drew University, in Madison, New Jersey; and a visiting distinguished professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. He is the founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries. He is the bestselling author of more than sixty books including Soul Tsunami and hundreds of articles. He has over 1,000 published sermons, and currently is the chief weekly contributor to the lectionary-based sermons.com. Sweet has weekly podcasting on iTunesU entitled Napkin Scribbles. Sweet is an honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond. He earned an MDiv from Colgate/Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer and a PhD from the University of Rochester. Sweet is the recipient of honorary Doctorates of Divinity from University of Richmond, Baker University, Lebanon Valley College, Coe College, and Otterbein College. He currently resides on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, Washington.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Dilemma 11
Chapter 2 Myths of Likeability 25
Chapter 3 A Strong Foundation 39
Chapter 4 The Importance of Generosity 49
Chapter 5 They Won't Follow If You Don't Love 63
Chapter 6 Eat with Sinners 77
Chapter 7 Discovering Ourselves 89
Chapter 8 Problem Solver 107
Chapter 9 Your Problem Is My Problem 121
Chapter 10 What Likeability Does 135
About the Author 149