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Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2355 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Christian's Library Press (December 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AUNDYP0
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By George P. Wood VINE VOICE on January 25, 2013
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For two years in the late 1990s, I left full-time ministry and went to work in the human resources department of an international automobile manufacturer. There, I saw trained professionals doing their jobs well and enjoying them in the process. When I returned to full-time ministry in 1999, I took a second look at my own profession and asked myself: How am I spiritually preparing my church's members for their work in the world?

This question has not always been asked in Pentecostal circles. In our circles, the work of pastors, evangelists, and missionaries has been interpreted as having inherent value because it saves and sanctifies souls. To the extent that the workaday world has any value, it is merely instrumental in character. It supports the work of the church and its ministers. This interpretation has three unfortunate side effects: It cleaves the sacred from the secular, it privileges the work of the clergy over that of the laity, and it fails to make spiritual sense of what most church members did with most of their time, namely, work outside the church.

In Flourishing Churches and Communities, Charlie Self sees this interpretation and its side effects as a failure of discipleship. Just before Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, he commissioned his followers to "make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19), a task that requires his empowering presence, the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:20; Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8). It is Self's contention that this Spirit-empowered discipleship must address the whole of life. Disciples who follow Jesus in their churches but not in their homes, at their workplaces, or in their communities fail to follow Jesus fully and thus allow worldly values to guide their workaday behavior.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah Gibbs on January 14, 2013
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Charlie Self's book is one of very attempts to write a Pentecostal theology of Christian vocation. He argues that nearly every career, and not only callings to pastoral work and missions, can be callings from God and contribute to mission of God. It is written for pastors, small group leaders, and other church leaders to help them lead their congregations into understandings of God's call on their lives. Thoroughly pentecostal and thoroughly empowering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Tennant on February 25, 2013
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This is a book that covers a topic which is often neglected in the Christian community. Each person is called to minister wherever they are placed in their vocational calling, and this book goes to the core of this calling. It extends discipleship outside of the church and argues for a more holistic view of how Christians can change their communities through work and economics.

I liked the "voice" of the author which made for an easy and interesting read. I actually met some real people I happened to know and some others about whom I was glad to hear. I also appreciated the questions at the end of each chapter. It would make a good book for a discipleship class. I can see why the publisher is already in reprint!
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In his book, Flourishing Churches and Communities, Dr. Charlie Self reminds all believers everywhere that the Holy Spirit is at the center of all we do in and outside the walls of the church. Dr. Self asserts that our modern-day call to ministry is "... a primer on discipleship that connects faith, work, and economics within a biblical, Trinitarian framework of Spirit-empowered living for the glory of God and the fulfillment of the Great Commission." (Self, Kindle Locations 210-211) The genius of this premise is the implication that the Holy Spirit could be as active and relevant in the workplace and the home as He is within the walls of the Pentecostal church.
Much like Paul's challenge to the Galatians to "walk in the Spirit" (Gal 5:16), Dr. Self inspires church leaders and believers everywhere to apply Spirit-filled living to every aspect of life. "In this book we affirm the importance of all work through which God sends his people into the world as salt and light. (ibid 249) The line dividing the sacred and the secular will be forever broken if we take to heart the principles in this great book.
As a Pentecostal church leader, I found refreshing the exhortations in Dr. Self's book to apply Spirit-living to all work places. The realization that "The heart of Pentecostal identity is the present reality of the work of the Holy Spirit, who empowers all believers for -gospel -service" (ibid 269-270) would be life-changing, if we would embrace it.
I believe the principles espoused in Flourishing Churches and Communities can transform the workplace, the church, and the world.
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This is an easy to read, thought provoking book. Dr. Charlie Self makes a founded point that a biblical worldview, empowered by the Spirit, will foster whole-life discipleship. Such discipleship will create, refine, and sustain free market economics within an ethos of stewardship and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. He leads the reader to discover the heart of Pentecostal identity as the present reality of the work of the Holy Spirit, who empowers all believers for gospel service. Self defines the Spirit-empowered believers as the ultimate synthesizers of ideas and practices found in older traditions because they are bibliocentric, passionate, and practical. Their evangelistic effectiveness takes place in the real world of commerce, raising families, politics, and all the other expressions of human life
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