Choose the Life
Many churches harbor harried congregations merely going through the motions--sleepwalking saints who fail to experience transformed living. Many are unable and unwilling to share the gospel, convinced that it's not their "gift." True disciples do more than the minimum, explains...
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Many churches harbor harried congregations merely going through the motions--sleepwalking saints who fail to experience transformed living. Many are unable and unwilling to share the gospel, convinced that it's not their "gift." True disciples do more than the minimum, explains Hull. They choose the life and commit to bringing Jesus to the lost. They live out their beliefs and walk the walk. Submission shows the doubting world that Christ is embedded in their character. "Choose the Life" is a practical tool as accessible to laypeople as ministry leaders. Any church seeking life-changing significance will be challenged by this cutting-edge resource. No hand-holding here, "Choose the Life" shows church members how to take individual responsibility for both being discipled and discipling others.
"Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ."--Deitrich BonhoefferGet ready to explore a faith that does not separate salvation from discipleship, but embraces the seamless journey from conversion to transformation.In Choose the Life, discipleship expert Bill Hull breaks new ground, challenging what we've made of the gospel. He believes that the Great Commission has more to do with spiritual depth than strategies and structures. Jesus is calling us to choose the life of thinking as he thought, living as he lived, loving as he loved, ministering as he ministered, and leading as he led. Anything less is Christ-less Christianity. "This book is worth the price simply for Bill's elegant, comprehensive, penetrating five-fold definition of what a disciple is."--Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian"Bill Hull reminds us that being a Christian and being Christlike are synonymous. Choose the Life pinpoints the missing pieces of contemporary discipleship and delivers a compelling call to become a community of obedient, transparent disciples."--Judith Hougen, assistant professor of English, Northwestern College "Bill takes seriously the challenge to believe, live, love, serve, and lead like Jesus."--Alan Andrews, U. S. director, The Navigators"Through the experiences of his own journey Bill Hull challenges and, I believe, effectively guides us to see our lives formed through obediently following Jesus as opposed to a myriad of hollow options."--Bill Thrall, founding partner, Leadership Catalyst, Inc.
"Bill Hull''s Choose The Life is a wonderful book for those tired of ho-hum Christianity. He gets right to the heart of what being a disciple of Jesus Christ means. With the drastic drop of the number of evangelicals in the last 10 years, he sounds a wakeup call for the church and addresses some of the reasons for this from both a biblical perspective and his very personal account of God''s work in his own life. This is a book for people looking for challenges, and who want to enlarge their vision to be all that God intended them to be. It is easy to read, filled with practical illustrations and it comes from the depths of his heart and experience."--Clyde Cook, president, Biola University "In a fresh new way, Bill challenges us to look again at the mandate to ''make disciples of all nations''. His writing is deeply personal and life changing. He doesn''t allow us to relegate the Great Commission to missions or overseas efforts--it is for every believer, every moment of their everyday life. In a fresh way Bill brings this truth home. This book will challenge you, refresh you, and stir the passions of your life to the greatest of all causes--Great Commission living."--Dann Spader, Sonlife Ministries"This book is worth the price simply for Bill''s elegant, comprehensive, penetrating five-fold definition of what a disciple is. It offers so much more than that too--resources and inspiration to help churches in the doldrums rediscover their bearings, heave their anchors, and raise their sails to the wind of adventure in ''the Life.''"--Brian McLaren, pastor, author (anewkindofchristian.com), fellow in emergent (emergentvillage.com)"In a churchly culture of many decisions but few disciples, Bill Hull challenges us to exchange ingrained patterns of unfruitful mediocrity for the paradigm of radically following Jesus on the path of transformational discipleship. If faithfully heeded, Choose The Life will revolutionize the people of God."--Bruce Demarest, Denver Seminary"With great humility and clarity, Bill Hull reminds us that being a Christian and being Christlike are synonymous. Choose the Life pinpoints the missing pieces of contemporary discipleship and delivers a compelling call to become a community of obedient, transparent disciples. Every Christian leader who desires to live a life worthy of replication should read this book."--Judith Hougen, assistant professor of English, Northwestern College "Hull, I believe, correctly identifies that though there is a growing concern among some evangelicals about the lack of true spiritual formation, this is a problem of a more fundamental nature that has been with many of us for much longer than many of us realize, namely, a vapid version of the gospel. He makes a compelling and inarguable case that the cross of Christ requires us to restore the crucial dimension of discipleship--a long obedience in the footsteps of Jesus--to our proclamations and invitations. I couldn''t agree with him more. Until we make the crucial correction, it''s useless to think we can expect our people to get excited about things like serving the overlooked or racial reconciliation."--Pastor Ken Fong, Evergreen Baptist Church, Rosemead, California"It is a joy to commend this book to all Christians, and to all who want to learn what Christianity really is whether they are a believer or not. Bill Hull has genuinely revealed his soul and his experience as a pastoral leader, but more than that, he has gotten to the heart of things in a rare way. This book is about "choosing a life" that will take a person on a journey. It is a journey that does not go in circles, but instead, follows the path of Jesus through the confusing maze of the current culture of Christian life and pastoral leadership. Bill is going after the real thing, and he is calling us to choose it with him and live an adventure that will count today and for eternity."--Dr. Dick Averbeck, professor of Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; director, Sp
Bill Hull's efforts as a pastor and writer have been focused on being a disciple and making disciples. He has written several groundbreaking books for leaders and churches. Bill and his wife, Jane, have been married since 1969 and are the parents of two grown sons.