The world sends out a clear and pervasive message - strive, do well, don't fail. A performance based culture with its attendant fears and insecurities can distort our view God and sabotage our relationship with Him, ourselves and others. With...
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The world sends out a clear and pervasive message - strive, do well, don't fail. A performance based culture with its attendant fears and insecurities can distort our view God and sabotage our relationship with Him, ourselves and others. With at times excruciating levels of honesty and vulnerability, Peter McHugh exposes the lies that had taken hold in his own life. As he puts it:
'As I pursued answers I was lead to unexpected places. Places in my secret inner world. Thoughts, ideas and beliefs that did not conform to God's word, to His view of me, and my view of Him. This was to be a profound part of my voyage of mercy and it has changed me deeply.'
The book is about Peter's own journey, but his frank reflections and assessments take the reader to a place where they may begin their own voyage of mercy.
Peter has elucidated in this manuscript issues which I believe are at the heart of Christian discipleship and leadership. They are arguably the most critical issues to be addressed currently within Western Christianity. Keith Farmer Former Principal of Australian College of Ministries
May this book be the final nail in the coffin of religion that has brutally restrained the people of God from stepping into our purpose in God. Bill Johnson Bethel Church, California, USA
The insights he offers have the potential to bring freedom to whoever reads, helping us all to find the fullness of life that is available to us in Christ. Mark Conner Senior Minister, CityLife Church, Knox, Melbourne, Australia
Peter is a university graduate with a qualification in Social Work. He was dramatically converted in 1982 at the age of 25. He along with his wife Lyn and 12 other people moved to Melbourne from Sydney to plant a church in 1990. Today Stairway Chruch Whitehorse (formerly Christian City Church Whitehorse) has a congregation in excess of 1200. Peter and Lyn have two married daughters, a son and a grandson.
- Acknowledgments 8foreword 10prologue 14scripture Titus 3: 4-7 17chapter 1 You Began So Well 19chapter 2 So Why Write? 31chapter 3 Should, Have To, Need To, Expected To 45chapter 4 Four Things To Consider 57• Acceptance And Performance 61• God's Role 69• Formed For Kingdom Works 72• Role Of The Holy Spirit 76chapter 5 Our View Of God 81• A Parable 86• A Story 91• Celebrating Our Spiritual Adoption 95chapter 6 My Testimony 97chapter 7 Journaling My Progress 127chapter 8 Before But Not Without 155• The Idea Explained 157• Acceptance Before Performance But Not Without Performance 159• Mercy Before Judgement But Not Without Judgement 162• Presence Before Presents But Not Without Presents 164• Mystery Before Mastery But Not Without Mastery 168• Naming Before Numbering But Not Without Numbering 170• Charismatic Experience Before Spiritual Disciplines But Notwithout Spiritual Disciplines 173• Last Thoughts 175chapter 9 Matters Deserving Consideration 179• What If...there Is A Problem? 183• What If...vulnerability Is Required? 185• What If... Church Culture Is Addictive And Co-dependent? 186• What If... Love Is The Key? 187appendices 190notes 195