Item description for Church God Blesses by Jim Cymbala, Amanda Sorenson & Stephen Sorenson...
Overview Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, believes that God plays "favorites" with churches, blessing some more abundantly than others, giving them greater peace, joy, and power for ministry.
This book is about refusing to settle for less than God wants for your church. In it, the author shares what he has learned, sometimes painfully, about building a church that God is blessing-not a church that has it all together or one that never makes mistakes or one that rarely encounters problems, but a church that daily experiences God's empowering presence.
Publishers Description God Is Looking For A Church To BlessGod wants to transform his church into a people of power, joy, and peace Jim Cymbala reminds us that Christianity is only as strong as the local church and that God wants to bless our churches in ways we can’t possibly imagine. It doesn’t matter whether a church is alive and growing or barely surviving on life support. God has a plan for it. It doesn’t matter whether a church is facing financial challenges, internal divisions, or strife among its leaders. God has a plan for it. God is able to deal with any problem a church will ever face--as long as his people earnestly seek him. As the pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Cymbala knows that God’s blessing and grace is available to us today just as much as it was in the early church, when thousands of people became believers despite the fact that the church lacked everything we consider vital: church buildings, seminaries, printed materials, sound systems, choirs, and money. None of these things mattered. What mattered was that God’s hand was on the church, working through his people to build the kingdom. Then, as now, God chose the church to manifest his presence to the world. In this second book of a three-book series, Cymbala describes the kind of church God wants to bless and use. Based on the Word of God and personal experience, The Church God Blesses describes the key elements found in a vitally alive church and offers church leaders and individual Christians a fresh and invigorating look at what God intends the church to be. The church God blesses is not necessarily the largest, newest, or loudest church in town. Instead, it’s a place where believers * Receive solid spiritual nourishment * Can trust in God’s protection * Engage in vital praise and worship * Become effective in ministry * Learn that confession of sin is the channel to God’s power
From Publishers Weekly Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle and author of previous Christian
blockbusters such as Fresh Faith and Fresh Power, and Sorenson, editor and
head of Sorenson Communications, offer a refreshing return to some fundamental
values of Christianity. Church leaders are reminded to "put on" the clothes
of righteousness from Colossians 3:12-14 (compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience) and wear them outwardly. Cymbala examines the
message, method and motivation of the Apostle Paul, as an early church leader
obviously blessed by God. However, Cymbala provides no clear definition of the
term "blessing" that would place it in a context for the modern church.
References to Satan as a "ceaseless adversary" and to spiritual attack are
frequent. Not only is the terminology evangelical, but so is the general tone,
including judgmentalism about "the extreme sexuality common in much of the
fashion industry" and the "self-centered, comfort-zone lifestyle." The text
is comprised mainly of examination of Scripture passages and exhortation, but
lacks significant interpretation and uses some clich s of the pastoral trade
(e.g., "fleshly" instincts and "breakout" power). Intermixed with this are
memorable personal stories from Cymbala's experience, including
demon-possessed squatters, an addict who was sexually victimized at a boarding
school and an African missionary whose blood led to the conversion of a
resistant tribe. Although this is not up to the standard of his earlier works,
Cymbala's message is encouraging and uplifting, including answers for
spiritual hunger and demand for honest Christian examination. (Mar.) Forecast:
While this is clearly not on par with Cymbala's Gold Medallion-winning books
such as Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, it should still sell well in the Christian
market; the first book in the series, The Life God Blesses, has been holding
steady on the CBA bestseller list since November. Copyright 2002 Cahners
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 4.75" Height: 6.5" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310242037 ISBN13 9780310242031 UPC 025986242039
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More About Jim Cymbala, Amanda Sorenson & Stephen Sorenson
Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than forty years. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, The Church God Blesses, When God's People Pray, Fresh Faith, and Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Cymbalas have three children and eight grandchildren.
Jim Cymbala currently resides in New York, in the state of New York. Jim Cymbala was born in 1943.
Jim Cymbala has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Church God Blesses?
A Soggy Sermon Worth Reading Dec 28, 2002
One reviewer called this book a soggy sermon. I can't agree. I found it to be a challenge to the complacent Christianity that is so prevelant today. Jim Cymbala, as always, keeps it simple and right to the point. The illustrations, scriptural applications, admonitions, and encouragement were very relevant to today.
like a lukewarm sermon Jun 5, 2002
Don't expect a lot. Some kernals to chew on, but overall it's a lot like soggy cereal.