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Obeying Jesus: The seven commands for every disciple Paperback – April 28, 2011

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Steve DuPlessie is an Elder and the Teaching Pastor at Good News Bible Chapel in Attleboro, Massachusetts. After working in the marketplace for 25 years as VP of an ad agency, Steve was invited to serve as the Teaching Pastor at GNBC. He was educated at Rhode Island College (BA, Psychology) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MA, Urban Ministry). Steve and Deb enjoy kayaking the rivers of New England and walking the mountain trails in New Hampshire and Vermont. They have three married children and six very cool grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Anapauo Press (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615469302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615469300
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,395,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonny Loveless on May 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Since the inception of the church, a battle has raged between legalism and license. A few decades ago this conflict made a resurgence in popular theology with John MacArthur's "Lordship Salvation" and the opposing position called "Free Grace" (Zane Hodges). It is due to this theological controversy that many Christians are wary of any presentation of Obedience as a vital ingredient to a living faith. Bells, whistles and red flags shoot up in a believer's mind when commandment-keeping is discussed because it is assumed that legalism (i.e. righteousness before God based on works) will be the inevitable result. Amidst the smoke of this theological battlefield comes Steve DuPlessie's balanced and uncompromising book, "Obeying Jesus: The Seven Commands for Every Disciple". After an opening disclaimer presenting the clear dangers of allowing obedience to Jesus to be perverted into legalism, DuPlessie lays out the self-evident reality that Jesus left commandments for His followers that were to be obeyed and passed on. DuPlessie condenses these commands into 7 elemental commands from Jesus and then elaborates on each. Throughout the book Steve DuPlessie reminds the readers of the motivation and power that drives obedience, namely love for Christ and the work of His Spirit. At every turn obedience to Jesus is balanced by the grace of Jesus and the cross of Jesus is never out of sight.

If you have been a follower of Jesus for many years, there may not be much NEW information in this book, but you will find it presented in a new and refreshing way. In short, Obeying Jesus brings us face to face with what it means to actually love Jesus and what Jesus expects everyone who professes to love Him to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hanlon on May 3, 2011
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Ask any serious follower of Jesus what "the Great Commission" is and they'll inevitably tell you, "Go and make disciples". If you ask them to expand you might hear something about baptism and perhaps even something about teaching others. But what are we to be teaching? In the last part of this "Commission" Jesus instructed those who would follow Him to "teach others to obey His commands". Ask the same follower, "What are the commands of Jesus?" and you'll most likely be met with silence. How do I know? Because I've been teaching and preaching the Bible for 11 years and that was my response as well.
Countless books have been written trying to answer the question, "What does it mean to make disciples?" - yet Jesus concluded his commission by making it clear that part of the process of disciple-making is the teaching of His commands.
In "Obeying Jesus" Steve DuPlessie addresses this overlooked facet of our commission head-on with profound insight and biblically rooted wisdom. It has forever changed my understanding and application of Jesus' charge to those who would follow Him. If we're ever going to truly embrace what it means to "make disciples" we're going to have to grapple with the commands of Jesus such that we become equipped to "teach them" as Jesus instructed us to. This book is an invaluable contribution toward that goal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Sharkey on May 7, 2011
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Christian people all want to say that they love Jesus. And they should. That is the core of the Christian faith. But how do we love Jesus? Well, Jesus himself told us. He said, "If you love me, you will obey my commandments." Seems pretty straightforward, doesn't it? But the contemporary Christian Church has gotten so caught up in grace that we have forgotten obedience. Grace is important -- indeed, vital -- for salvation. But we deride salvation and cheapen grace when we think that salvation leads to an ability to do whatever we want and have a free pass. After all, we believe in "grace."

In this book, Steve DuPlessie reminds us of both the power of grace and the importance of obedience. It's something that the Church today really needs to hear. Too often, as he says, when asked what are Jesus' commands, most people don't know what they are. Or they mumble something vague about love, without really knowing what that means or how to live it out.

"Obeying Jesus" lays out Jesus' commands for us and gives them legs to walk right into our lives. This book is a firm call for us to not simply "believe in Jesus," but to be Christians. And we have a growing need for the Church to be the Church in our world today. And the only way for the Church to be the Church is for the members of the Church, the Body of Christ, to begin obeying what the Lord of the Church calls us to do and be.

Reading this book is not easy. Not because the language is difficult. Steve DuPlessie speaks in clear, down to earth terms. But because it calls on us to change our behavior. To adopt a code of ethics, a standard of behavior that will set us apart from the world in which we live.

Tough stuff. But necessary if we really want to claim to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
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