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If God Were Real

John Advant
If God Were Real
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If God Were Real

John Advant

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Questions for Discussion1. Meditate on this for a moment: what evidence would non-believers see in your life that suggest you truly believe that God is real?2. Ask someone to honestly evaluate your life: what about you indicates that you believe God is real? What about you could cause someone to doubt that you really believe God is real?3. What would happen in your community if your church vanished from the earth today? Does your church live like God is real, making such an impact in the community that they could not carry on without you?4. Are you really willing to change your own life and your church in order to live like God is real? What if that change was uncomfortable? What if you didn't like the music or preaching anymore? Are you really interested in following Jesus-or just enjoying church?5. How does your family life impact others? Do you isolate your family from non-believers, or do you pursue relationships with those who are different from you like Jesus did? What makes this so hard to do, and what can you do to make changes?6. Define a Christian. How does that word change when you add "ity" to it? How would you say the Christianity you see around you is like the movement Jesus founded? How is it different? What can you do about it?7. How many non-believers do you know well? When is the last time you had dinner with a non-believer, had a non-believer to your house or went to theirs like Jesus did with Zacchaeus or Matthew? What makes that so hard, and how can you overcome it?8. How do you join Jesus in His pursuit of the "lost sheep" without living like you are lost yourself? What safeguards do you need when really engaging non-believers?9. What does it mean to you to live a missioner's life? Would you say your life is defined by mission? Or is mission just a part of your life? Is your church defined by its mission? What is the evidence of that? How could you change to live a truly missioner life?10. Have you or your church been involved in disputes and controversies? What have they been about? Fulfilling the Great Commission? Giving yourselves away for the sake of the cross? If they have been about lesser things, what will you do to avoid being distracted in the future from living like God is real?11. How do you pray? Does your prayer life indicate that you actually believe God is real? What are your church prayer meetings like? How are they attended? Do you see evidence that your church believes that if you will meet together to pray, the real God will move in transformational power? If not, how would you begin to change?12. Are there things in your life that you crave more than God? Is that evidence that you may be living like God is not real? How can your church help those who are struggling with addictions that serve as replacement idols for the real God?13. What does it mean to you to take eternity seriously? Do you evaluate the real wealth of your life by the measures of this world or the next?14. What might a movement of God look like in your community? How could you be a part of it? What is the one thing you most need to change to live like God is real and be ready to be used by Him? What is the one thing your church most needs to change?Q&A with the AuthorWhat was the creative spark that motivated you to write this book?I spent a few years at a mission agency where I was in churches all across North America. I began to be really concerned that I just didn't see a lot of evidence that most Christians and churches actually believed in God-at least not the God we have said we believed in. It just seemed to me that we had become so different from the first followers of Jesus, it was hard to argue we actually were His followers. My friendships with atheists and other non-believers confirmed that they didn't see much in us that drew them to faith. But New Testament faith was contagious! I began to yearn to live like God

- Publisher In this provocative book, pastor John avant encourages readers to uphold a consistent practice of what they believe, not just a verbalization of what they believe. If Christians truly believe in God, they should live genuinely changed lives as the ultimate proof that He is real.

Many Christians live their lives as if they do not believe in God. They go to church and praise His name on Sundays, but in their daily lives they don't think about the Lord that often. They don't show much concern or charity for others. They don't feel gratitude to the Lord for His blessings. They don't allow God's love to be reflected in their actions-giving Christianity a bad name in the process. In their practical, day-to-day lives, many Christians are almost living as though they are atheists.

Pastor Avant witnesses many Christians not living up to their claims, and he asserts that there is not much Christ left in that form of Christianity. In If God Were Real, he challenges Christians to consider whether or not they believe in God. If they do, Pastor Avant wants readers to consider what life would be like if they lived as if they believed in God. He advocates for the pursuit of a new Jesus movement that resembles Christ's original followers-followers who were so steadfastly devoted to Him that their every action reflected His glory. With If God Were Real, readers will embark on an adventure of discovery of the real God and a life lived in praise of Him.



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Questions for Discussion1. Meditate on this for a moment: what evidence would non-believers see in your life that suggest you truly believe that God is real?2. Ask someone to honestly evaluate your life: what about you indicates that you believe God is real? What about you could cause someone to doubt that you really believe God is real?3. What would happen in your community if your church vanished from the earth today? Does your church live like God is real, making such an impact in the community that they could not carry on without you?4. Are you really willing to change your own life and your church in order to live like God is real? What if that change was uncomfortable? What if you didn't like the music or preaching anymore? Are you really interested in following Jesus-or just enjoying church?5. How does your family life impact others? Do you isolate your family from non-believers, or do you pursue relationships with those who are different from you like Jesus did? What makes this so hard to do, and what can you do to make changes?6. Define a Christian. How does that word change when you add "ity" to it? How would you say the Christianity you see around you is like the movement Jesus founded? How is it different? What can you do about it?7. How many non-believers do you know well? When is the last time you had dinner with a non-believer, had a non-believer to your house or went to theirs like Jesus did with Zacchaeus or Matthew? What makes that so hard, and how can you overcome it?8. How do you join Jesus in His pursuit of the "lost sheep" without living like you are lost yourself? What safeguards do you need when really engaging non-believers?9. What does it mean to you to live a missioner's life? Would you say your life is defined by mission? Or is mission just a part of your life? Is your church defined by its mission? What is the evidence of that? How could you change to live a truly missioner life?10. Have you or your church been involved in disputes and controversies? What have they been about? Fulfilling the Great Commission? Giving yourselves away for the sake of the cross? If they have been about lesser things, what will you do to avoid being distracted in the future from living like God is real?11. How do you pray? Does your prayer life indicate that you actually believe God is real? What are your church prayer meetings like? How are they attended? Do you see evidence that your church believes that if you will meet together to pray, the real God will move in transformational power? If not, how would you begin to change?12. Are there things in your life that you crave more than God? Is that evidence that you may be living like God is not real? How can your church help those who are struggling with addictions that serve as replacement idols for the real God?13. What does it mean to you to take eternity seriously? Do you evaluate the real wealth of your life by the measures of this world or the next?14. What might a movement of God look like in your community? How could you be a part of it? What is the one thing you most need to change to live like God is real and be ready to be used by Him? What is the one thing your church most needs to change?Q&A with the AuthorWhat was the creative spark that motivated you to write this book?I spent a few years at a mission agency where I was in churches all across North America. I began to be really concerned that I just didn't see a lot of evidence that most Christians and churches actually believed in God-at least not the God we have said we believed in. It just seemed to me that we had become so different from the first followers of Jesus, it was hard to argue we actually were His followers. My friendships with atheists and other non-believers confirmed that they didn't see much in us that drew them to faith. But New Testament faith was contagious! I began to yearn to live like God
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In this provocative book, pastor John avant encourages readers to uphold a consistent practice of what they believe, not just a verbalization of what they believe. If Christians truly believe in God, they should live genuinely changed lives as the ultimate proof that He is real.

Many Christians live their lives as if they do not believe in God. They go to church and praise His name on Sundays, but in their daily lives they don't think about the Lord that often. They don't show much concern or charity for others. They don't feel gratitude to the Lord for His blessings. They don't allow God's love to be reflected in their actions-giving Christianity a bad name in the process. In their practical, day-to-day lives, many Christians are almost living as though they are atheists.

Pastor Avant witnesses many Christians not living up to their claims, and he asserts that there is not much Christ left in that form of Christianity. In If God Were Real, he challenges Christians to consider whether or not they believe in God. If they do, Pastor Avant wants readers to consider what life would be like if they lived as if they believed in God. He advocates for the pursuit of a new Jesus movement that resembles Christ's original followers-followers who were so steadfastly devoted to Him that their every action reflected His glory. With If God Were Real, readers will embark on an adventure of discovery of the real God and a life lived in praise of Him.


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  • Catalogue Code 299142
  • Product Code 9781416587798
  • ISBN 1416587799
  • EAN 9781416587798
  • Pages 224
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Howard Books Publishing
  • Publication Date Sep 2009
  • Dimensions 212 x 143 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.198kg

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