Item description for Beautiful Behaviors: Christian Conduct So Normal, It's Extreme by Chris Schimel...
Overview Do you ever find yourself asking: What makes the church beautiful? How can the church develop beauty that reflects the glory and character of Christ? Beautiful Behaviors answers these questions with eighteen insightful chapters that present pertinent biblical counsel interwoven with candid, thought-provoking illustrations from the rich treasury of author Chris Schimel's many years of ministry. It identifies very significant, Christ-honoring behaviors that will: Bring a sense of overwhelming freedom to your church and to all who attend it. Fashion an environment in which the love of God attracts both Christians and unbelievers. Fulfill Christ's instruction for His followers to express the beauty of the hearts of little children. Examine yourself and your church in the light of this very practical, scriptural teaching on Christlike living. And learn to practice the vital behaviors that will make your church stunning in beauty, an attractive, glorious reflection of the radiance of God's love.
Publishers Description "Beautiful Behaviors" describes what makes a church beautiful and how members can reflect the characteristics of Christ. Eighteen insightful chapters present biblical counsel interwoven with candid, thought-provoking illustrations from author Chris Schimel's forty years of ministry. He identifies significant behaviors that will bring freedom to churches, provide an environment that unveils God's love to Christians and non-Christians, and fulfill Christ's instructions for His followers to express the beauty of the hearts of little children. Readers will begin to examine their own lives and churches and learn to develop vital behaviors that both attract and radiate God's love.
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Studio: Creation House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 6.61" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Oct 8, 2007
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 1599792478 ISBN13 9781599792477
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More About Chris Schimel
In 1978 Chris Schimel accepted his first senior pastorate position, an inner-city church in South Gate, California. It was here he and his wife, Shirley, received a crash course in ministry, affecting the lives of gang members, murderers, prostitutes, drug addicts, and the like. During this ministry they saw more than two thousand people give their hearts to Christ in seven years and watched their church grow from sixty to over four hundred. In 1986 Chris went back to school to obtain his master of divinity degree from Oral Roberts University. In 1994 he took his family to Boulder, Colorado, where he planted a church and served as senior pastor until early 2005. Currently, Chris and his wife make their home in western New York.
Chris Schimel currently resides in Westfield Westfield Westfiel.
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Developing Christian Conduct that Reflects the Radiance of Christ Jan 25, 2008
Chris Schimel, director of Touch One Ministries, addresses the subject of Christian conduct in his new book "Beautiful Behaviors." From the very first chapter he challenges the reader to examine their personal religious traditions and self imposed restrictions practiced as a result of a limited understanding of the liberating freedom that comes with following Christ.
Chris uses illustrations and applications taken from stories real life and his personal ministry which demonstrate God's generous gift of grace and unmerited favor. These are examples of meeting people where they are and allowing God's Spirit to do the work of transforming them into followers of Christ's life.
Solidly based on scriptural foundational truths Schimel's writing resonates with the message that if the Christian models Christ's character, love and forgiveness, the Holy Spirit will complete the work of repentance, restitution, and regeneration.
The chapters dealing with restoration, resolution through forgiveness, and being constrained by love, gave me tremendous insights into transforming Christian conduct into beautiful behaviors. I also appreciated those chapters describing the innocence of children, the power of a "high five," as well as the unique diversity of spiritual gifts, those God given abilities that give purpose to each individual within the church body.
I sometimes felt Chris was on the edge of being radical in his approach and then was quite pleased to realize that my home church is acknowledging and practicing some of these very same principles.
"Beautiful Behaviors" is a book for every Christian who wants to learn to practice behavior that is a glorious reflection of the radiance of the Lord Jesus. These practical, instructional, and inspirational, guidelines can be adapted to bring freedom, forgiveness, and fulfillment to all involved in creating Christian community.