Author frank viola presents a compelling case for a new kind of church based on the model for fellowship found in Acts. Redefine expectations and reimagine a life-changing church.
Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices
BarnaBooks. As you reconsider christ's revolutionary plan for his church―to be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active role―you'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again. Have you ever wondered why we christians do what we do for church every sunday morning? why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, now in affordable softcover, not in the New Testament, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, steeples, makes an unsettling proposal: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is rooted, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles.
Coauthors frank viola and george Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence and extensive footnotes that document the origins of modern Christian church practices. In the process, the authors uncover the problems that emerge when the church functions more like a business organization than the living organism it was created to be.
Finding Organic Church: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Sustaining Authentic Christian Communities
From the bestselling author of Reimagining Church comes an essential guide that provides practical, effective tools for finding vibrant Christian communities. Driven by a passion for the body of christ, organic, Frank Viola has written some of today's most authoritative and celebrated works on the growing home, and missional church movements.
Now viola shares practical keys to a healthy and successful church plant. BarnaBooks. Viola contends that many congregations today are struggling to survive, not because of bad planning, but poor planting. He presents an essential guide for starting and nourishing organic churches in any culture. Drawing from both scripture and a wealth of experience, and practical suggestions so churches won't just grow, insights, Viola offers real-world tools, but thrive.
Insurgence: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom
This high-octane message is being reclaimed today, launching a spiritual insurgence. Why does the allegiance that radical terrorists give to their false cause exceed the allegiance that most Christians today give to Jesus Christ?In Insurgence, bestselling author Frank Viola presents a radical proposal for Christians.
. Viola argues that we've lost this dynamic, titanic, living gospel and exchanged it for a gospel of religious duty or permissiveness and "easy believism. In today's politically charged era, Christians on the progressive left as well as the conservative right both equate their particular viewpoints with the kingdom of God.
Namely, that we have lost the explosive, Paul, earthshaking gospel of the kingdom that Jesus, and the other apostles preached. Viola challenges and dismantles these perspectives, offering a fresh and revolutionary look at the gospel of the kingdom. Viola writes with gripping power, challenging Christians to embrace an unparalleled allegiance to Jesus Christ and his kingdom.
The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament
Creating one fluid story. Be ushered into the living, breathing atmosphere of the first century and uncover the hidden riches found in God’s Word. Get up-close and personal with apostles Paul, Peter, James and John and learn of their personal struggles. The book you hold in your hands reconstructs the other end so that you can understand virtually every word.
Watch the chaotic swirl of first-century people and events fall into place before your very eyes. Discover what paul’s “thorn in the flesh” really was. For this reason, one famous Bible scholar said that reading the New Testament letters is like hearing one end of a phone conversation. This epic volume gives readers a first-hand account of the New Testament drama that is riveting and enlightening.
This makes the New Testament a bit like a Chinese puzzle. Watch the new testament come alive! Understand God’s Word like never before! The New Testament is often hard to understand. Paul’s letters, for example, are arranged by size rather than chronologically. It includes dates, maps and background information about the people, the cities and the events of the first-century Church using a “you-are-there” approach.
A major reason is because it is not arranged in chronological order. Learn what happened to all the apostles after the book of Acts was finished.
From Eternity to Here: Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God
An epic saga that resonates with the heartbeat of God. Each story traces a divine theme that is woven throughout scripture. A story that reveals nothing less than the meaning of life and God's great mission in the earth. From here to eternity presents three remarkable stories spanning from Genesis to Revelation.
Seen together, they offer an extraordinary glimpse into God's highest passion and grand mission. BarnaBooks. What you discover will forever change your view of life, the church, and our magnificent God. Deep within god's Word lies a wondrous story like no other. Discover the sweeping story of God's eternal plan.
A drama that unfolded before time began.
Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices
Exploring the roots of our church practices. Have you ever wondered why we christians do what we do for church every sunday morning? why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, steeples, choirs, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles.
. Coauthors frank viola and george Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence in the first-ever book to document the full story of modern Christian church practices. BarnaBooks.
ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs of the Great Christians Can Teach Us Today
Christians routinely block each other on Facebook because of doctrinal disagreements. But what if every christian discovered that their favorite teacher in church history had blind spots and held to some false--and even shocking--views? Bestselling author Frank Viola argues that this simple awareness will soften Christians when they interact with each other in the face of theological disagreements.
The world watches the blood-letting, and the Christian witness is tarnished. Social media has added to the carnage. Lewis, and augustine--not to downgrade or dismiss them, Moody, Graham, Spurgeon, Luther, Wesley, Calvin, but to show that even "the greats" in church history didn't get everything right. The church is tired of seeing Christians act ungraciously toward one another when they disagree.
In regrace, he uncovers some of the shocking beliefs held by faith giants like C. S. BarnaBooks. Knowing that the heroes of our faith sometimes got it wrong will empower us to treat our fellow Christians with grace rather than disdain whenever we disagree over theology. Exploring the roots of our church practices.
Unchurching: Christianity Without Churchianity
Unchurching: christianity Without Churchianity will challenge everything you thought you knew about church. Exploring the roots of our church practices. Unchurching is intended to empower believers who are done with organized church but aren’t ready to abandon their faith. It will give non-churchgoing Christians a vision for genuine spiritual community that simply functions like an extended spiritual family.
Sadly, many are only defining themselves by what they don't do, as Christians who simply “don’t go to church. It’s time for these believers to catch a vision for genuine spiritual community, outside the walls of organized Christianity, a way of being the church without going to church. And it will equip them with the language to finally articulate that vision to others.
Millions of believers are currently leaving the organized church, without giving up their faith. Unchurching boldly examines whether organized churches are even biblical. Here's what others are saying about unchurching: "I have written several books about church myself, but this one is better than any of the ones I have written.
Jeremy myers, author of the atonement of god "if you are searching for the truth about the way we 'do' church … this is the book for you! I guarantee that it will completely rock your world. Milt rodriguez, author of the community life of god "richard Jacobson has been on both sides of this shift and is uniquely qualified to write about it—which he does well, with insight, humility, and scholarship … Highly recommended.
Felicity dale, around, author of an army of ordinary people "as I read this book I felt my pulse quicken and my heart leap for joy because everything Richard writes about is centered on, and in relation to the One who would rather die than live without us.
Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ
BarnaBooks. Religious concepts, strategies, doctrines, methods, the glory, "its" and "things" have all eclipsed the beauty, formulas, ideas, techniques, and the reality of the Lord Jesus Himself. We know a lot about trying to be like Jesus, but very little about living by His indwelling life. Jesus manifesto presents a fresh unveiling of Jesus as not only Savior and Lord, but as so much more.
We know a lot about our Lord, but we don't know Him very well. Exploring the roots of our church practices. It is a prophetic call to restore the supremacy and sovereignty of Christ in a world—and a church—that has lost sight of Him. Every revival and restoration in the church has been a rediscovery of some aspect of Christ in the process of answering the ultimate question that Jesus put to His disciples: "Who do you say that I am?" Read this book and see your Lord like you've never seen Him before.
So that in everything He might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18christians have made the gospel about so many things—things other than Christ. On the whole, christians today are starved for a real experience of the living Christ.
Jesus Speaks: Learning to Recognize and Respond to the Lord's Voice
In a warm and practical way, Jesus Speaks teaches readers how to listen for the voice of Jesus. The bookexplores the various ways in which Christ speaks today and how His sheep can grow in their ability to recognize and respond to His voice daily. By exploring how the disciples interacted with the risen Jesus—from the Gospels to Revelation—Sweet and Viola unpack the myriad of ways the Lord speaks to His people today.
They demystify the process, providing practical handles on how you can recognize the voice of Jesus in your own life. In 2009, leonard sweet and Frank Viola set out on a journey of discovery. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. Jesus, john 10:27countless Christians today are hungry to hear God’s voice.
Read it and be equipped to hear the voice of your Lord. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. BarnaBooks. They had one goal: to help restore the supremacy and sovereignty of Jesus Christ above all else. Exploring the roots of our church practices. Thomas Nelson Inc. Jesus speaks is the long-awaited third volume in their JESUS trilogy.