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How can the Church be a healing force in the world? In this long-time bestseller now revised and update, authors Jerry Cook and Stanley C. Baldwin suggest that it is only when believers admit their own brokenness that they can love, accept and forgive those who are hurting around them and put out the welcome mat to their community. They offer clear teaching about the Church in a hurting world, and as veteran leaders who practice these principles; they speak from experience, not theory. Through touching true stories and practical guidelines for connecting with fallen, sinful people, Cook and Baldwin announce the good news. The church is not broken and it is the broken people who can change the world.
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How Can the Church Be a Healing Force in the World? As Christians, we need to understand who the church should be in this hurting world: people who are redeemed, filled with the Holy Spirit and equipped to serve to meet needs everywhere in Jesus' name. That concept of the church will affect everything from the way the pastor preaches to the way the building is designed. It will direct the church away from the "professionals" and into the hands of laypeople. And as these laypeople step into roles of service and admit their own brokenness, they wil find that they can love, accept and forgive those who are hurting around them and put out the "welcome mat" in their community. Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness is a book full of hope and help for everyone- pastors, homemakers, taxi drivers, executives, blue collar, white collar, no collar- who wants to adopt a vision for individual ministry in the church.
As a young leader, Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness helped to fashion the foundation of my perspective of life and ministry. This heralded work remains a must-read for every emerging leader and every avid student of life. Wayne Cordeiro, New Hope Christian Fellowship, Oahu, Hawaii
Jerry Cook's word is a boon to a wonderful renewal that is awakening true New Testament discipleship today. He points to not only Bible study (which is needed) but also cultivating the local Body for ministry impact in the community and marketplace. Jack W. Hayford, President, The Foursquare Church Chancellor, The King's College and Seminary, Los Angeles, California
JERRY COOK is the former senior pastor of East Hill Church in Gresham, Oregon, where his perspective on the role of the Church in the world helped expand East Hill Church from a handful of people to over 4,500. Jerry is now an associate pastor at Eastside Foursquare Church in Bothell, Washington, where he also maintains a teaching and church-consulting ministry. He and his wife, Barbara, were awarded the Medallion Award from Seattle Pacific University in tribute to their accomplishments as a professional team. He is the author of A Few Things I’ve Learned Since I Knew It All (co-authored with Stanley Baldwin), Choosing to Love (with his wife, Barbara) and The Monday Morning Church: Out of the Sanctuary and Into the Streets. Jerry and Barbara have a family of four children (two boys and two girls) and three grandchildren. STANLEY C. BALDWIN is an author and speaker based in the Pacific Northwest. A former periodical editor and book editor, he has authored and coauthored 20 books, including four titles that have sold more than 250,000 copies each: The Kink and I, Your Money Matters, What Did Jesus Say About That? and Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Baldwin’s books have been translated into 11 languages, and he has lectured abroad in Nigeria, India, Japan, Singapore, Fiji, Taiwan, the Philippines and Australia. He speaks frequently at writers’ conferences across the United States. Since 1996, he has also served as director for International Christian Writers.
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