Item description for A Life God Rewards: Why Everything You Do Today Matters Forever (Leader's Guide) by Bruce Wilkinson...
Overview As a study group leader you are entrusted with eternal treasure for your students. You have the opportunity to lead your group to a deeper and more productive life for God - what a privilege! This leader's guide for the A Life God Rewards Video Series is designed to help you organize your lessons, lead meaningful discussions, and most of all, see life-change.
Publishers Description Includes one course workbook, one leader's guide, a guide poster, and a church bulletin insert.
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Studio: GLOBAL VISION RESOURCES
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 23, 2003
Publisher GLOBAL VISION RESOURCES #803
Edition Teacher's Guide
ISBN 1932131108 ISBN13 9781932131109
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More About Bruce Wilkinson
Bruce Wilkinson Bruce Wilkinson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Prayer of Jabez(R) and Secrets of the Vine(R), The Dream Giver, as well as numerous other books. He serves as the chairman of Dream for Africa, Global Vision Resources, and Ovation Productions. Bruce and his wife, Darlene Marie, have three children and six grandchildren. They divide their time between Georgia and South Africa. David Kopp David Kopp is a writer and editor living in Oregon.
Bruce Wilkinson currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. Bruce Wilkinson was born in 1947.
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Reviews - What do customers think about A Life God Rewards: Why Everything You Do Today Matters Forever (Leader's Guide)?
Skeptical at first but... Jul 12, 2008
I'm the sort of person who reads books, tape-flags the websites and/or quotes within them, and posts those websites / quotes to del.icio.us or my to various blogs. Here's an example of some text I recently tape-flagged for Bruce Wilkinson's A Life God Rewards: "Jesus showed that although good works are useless to get anyone into heaven, they still matter."
A "tape" of mine (to use terminology from <[...]>) is that "God's Will *will* be done so it doesn't matter what I do." ...The best lie is close to the Truth and Wilkinson's quote is good medicine for me with regard to the aforementioned (~close~ to the Truth) tape. Yes, God's Will *will* be done....AND....my actions matter. Dropping a ball (inaction) and throwing a ball (action) may still result in a ball on the ground; the difference is distance. ...Or, to take the analogy further, throwing the ball (action) would make (an unseen to me) catcher's job easier; dropping it would not...
All of this is to say that what Wilkinson said was good medicine for me, a person with a Calvinistic background that I just can't seem to shake. That same medicine may not be good for someone else. So, *looks at naysayers*, maybe Wilkinson's Bible-based book wasn't medicine for you, but that doesn't invalidate it.
A Life God Rewards May 28, 2008
Excellent Book. It will teach that if you are born of God, Judgment Day is going to be a lot of fun. As, we receive our rewards for the life we have lived her on earth. REWARDS THAT WILL BE FOREVER. Highly Recommend It.
Catchy Title Doesn't Measure Up Feb 27, 2008
I have finished checking out "A Life God Rewards". There are several issues. I will summarize all the feedback I received....
According to "A Life God Rewards" you are not working for your salvation but for how big your mansion will be in heaven. It is just another form of legalism that Paul fought in his day. It is an invention of law not a work of God's grace.
One reader gave an example of his two sisters. One was more interested in getting "rewards" from her parents, and the other could care less, as she was only there to love her parents. Which one of these sisters found favor? He made a point that the "Jones" do not live in the Kingdom of Heaven, so that you won't have the keep up with them.
True Christian focus is love, and the joy of being in His presence; not getting His "presents". We are not out to serve ourselves but to help others come to the same saving faith and future we have in the Savior. Our help is motivated by love not rewards. We "so love" because God "so loved". Judas's green eyed, out-to-help-himself attitude about Jesus' mission led him to betray the Savior for a foolish reward. He cared about the purse strings... JN 12:6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
The Bible teaches to "love your neighbor as yourself" not "love your neighbor to reward yourself". The Bible teaches we "ought to lay down our lives for our brothers" not for our benefit. A life God rewards fosters a spirit of greed instead of a spirit of love and giving, and knowing God's grace. If refocuses on the selfish instead of selfless; a merit system about what I can achieve to better my eternity instead of how many people I can reach for Christ.
Satan encourages us to think "who is the greatest" when God's word says "we have all fallen short". When the Twelve argued about this point Jesus said MK 9:35... "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
We must remember that our Lord and God alone is worthy to receive glory and honor and power and worship, and the "crowns" we possess will be laid before His throne because He gave us our very being in first place... REV 4:9-11 Paul shows us that these crowns are our glory and joy in the presence of our Lord Jesus. They are the very brothers and sisters whom we shared the gospel, witnessed, and had played part in leading to the Lord! Can you really think of anything more wonderful then to have someone in heaven come up to you and thank you for planting a seed that helped them down the path to salvation!?!? 1TH 2:19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy. (PHP 4:1)... The Philippians were Paul's present joy as he received favorable reports of their spiritual growth, and their presence with Christ at his return would be his future crown when Christ comes to reward his servants.
God alone is worthy because all our righteous acts are like filthy rags... ISA 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
God alone is worthy because every inclination of our heart is evil from childhood.... GE 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.
Those lulled into a rewards mentality must consider the parable of the laborers. (MT 20:9-15) Those hired at the end of the day received the same pay as those who started at the beginning of the day. Jesus has the right to do what He wants, it is not unfair, "or are you envious because God is so generous?" (MT 20:15).
The "Johnny-come-lately" thief on the cross will not be in a lesser place in heaven... He will be with Jesus! LK 23:43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." His gratitude for inheriting what he did not deserve will be the same gratitude of all the saints for what they did not deserve.
The opportunity to reign with Christ was given through Christ's death not our works. The Lamb has made the ransomed into a "kingdom" and made them "priests". Christians "will reign on the earth" because they have been given "kingly authority" through his death. REV 5:9-10 And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. REV 5:10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
The point of these next verses is to set your heart attitude on things above that will last forever and not on the earth that will fade away. It is not a rewards / works doctrine but rather the only smart thing to focus on are things that will last..
PHP 1:21-24 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
MT 6:19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
COL 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
His Grace expressed in kindness through all eternity to "all" the saints... not some more than others! We were created to do good works God prepared in advance! EPH 2:7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Someone should write a book on prayer or submission and see how popular these titles will be in todays society. A Life God Rewards is nothing more than a catchy title with a twisted theme. God commands us to be noble and test everything with the Scriptures to see if it is true.. Acts 17:11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
This one does not check out.
Great buy Oct 18, 2007
I received a really fine copy of the book and also it arrived very quickly. I am quite happy with my purchase.
a life God Rewards Mar 9, 2006
I bought this book for my wife and she feels that it is a great book for anyone that believes that there are rewards in Heaven for people that are born again!