Running the Race Already Won - Wrestling with the Church's Response to Jesus' Mercy and Mandate

 
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Habakkuk writes, "Record the vision, and inscribe it on tablets that the one who reads it may run." Yet poll after poll tell us our current vision isn't exciting men enough to get them off the sidelines and into the race. The vast majority of Christian men have become spectators to the great adventure, rather than disciples of the One who said, "Follow Me."

While Jesus has already run and won the race on our behalf, He commands us to run anyway. That calls for action as well as faith, and finding the delicate balance between the two is what Running the Race Already Won is about. I don't promise "5 easy steps to sanctification," but a road map of personal and practical spirituality to help leadership and the men in the back rows of the church to reconnect and begin running together with a new vision!


Table of Contents
* I - At the Starting Line

To Those Ready to Run
To Those Holding the Starting Pistols

* II - Back to the True Starting Line
* III - An Un-level Playing Field
The Curse of Adam in the Land of Laodicea
The Idol Keeping us from Running
Running with Interests Divided

* IV - Understanding and Respecting our Lifecoach
He Speaks as One in Authority
In Awe of God's Otherness
Who Do Men Say That I Am?

* V - Cross-Training: The Truth and the Tension
* VI - In View of the Finish Line
Two Commands Become One
The Revelation of the Disciple's Heart

* VII - Teaching Others to Run
One Command Becomes Mission
Our Double-Edged Sword Against Sin

* VIII - The Fallout of The Classroom
Sitting Hamstrung in The Classroom
Shepherds, Sheep and The Classroom

* IX - A Level Playing Field for a New Race
A New Philosophy
The Relay Race to the Finish Line
Hitting the Ground Running

* Epilogue

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About the Author:

From the time Michael found Christ in the late 70's, he felt a calling to a balanced, proactive life of ministry both inside and outside of traditional church settings. He believes the Christian walk is intended to be integrated into the community, and that a great adventure awaits any who will step out in faith and engage. In 2005, Michael founded The Carpenter's Helpers , facilitating churches, para-church organizations, and individuals in service to the aged. Now through Reconnections , a ministry based upon the teachings in this book, he desires to help men and leadership come together and have a tangible impact for Christ in their communities.

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Christianity was never designed to be a spectator event. Michael Wolff presents a compelling alternative for what passes today as normative Christianity where learning is a surrogate for doing, theology is a substitute for discipleship, and teaching takes the place of leading. Jesus calls us to physically follow him into the places where he is restoring and reconciling what is lost and broken in our world. As a longtime practitioner, leader and discipler Michael writes from the perspective of one who sees what the church could be, not under a different program but under a different vision where every Christ follower lives out his or her God-given desire to make a difference in the world. --Eric Swanson, Co-author of The Externally Focused Church

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