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Viral Jesus: Recovering the Contagious Power of the Gospel Paperback – February 7, 2012
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In his new book, "Viral Jesus -- Recovering The Contagious Power Of The Gospel," Ross Rohde shows how Christianity can spread like a virus. It happened in the First Century Roman Empire. It has been happening in China since 1949. But it is not happening in the West.
Viral movements of Christianity are rare. Rohde says that one has never happened in the West (However I believe the early Pentecostal movement centered at Azusa Street in L.A. was one. The early Pentecostals said: "Christianity is better caught than taught," and their movement spread from person to person world-wide until today there are an estimated 500 billion people who have had a Pentecostal experience.)
Aside from this omission, "Viral Jesus" is right on target. Rohde asks why Christianity isn't spreading rapidly anywhere in the West and then answers the question backing up his answers with history and the Bible and contemporary examples.
If you have ever wanted to see dynamic, living Christianity spreading like wild-fire, this is the book for you. It not only presents facts and information, but it also paints a vision that will set your heart ablaze with a passion to see God moving mightily in our culture.
If Christianity is ever to become relevant in the West again, we must learn to connect with the viral, contagious Jesus and not just with the religious, institutional Jesus. Rohde's book will show you how to make that connection!
In Viral Jesus, Ross Rohde takes us back to the roots of our faith and the Church - back to the days when the Way was so attractive that it spread across the Roman world in just a couple of centuries. And then something went wrong and the viral growth and life transforming power left. In this easy to read book, Rohde describes the church of Jesus and His early followers and contrasts it to what the church has morphed into over the last 17 centuries. He also describes how and why the changes occurred and what it will take to reverse the damage and let Jesus once again reign over a viral church - a church which will win the lost and advance the Kingdom of God.
Rohde shows us the church over the years, revealing the good, the bad, and the ugly. He gives us hope that the viral Jesus and His church can be restored and shows how it is being done in China as well as how there were "near misses" in the past in the West - viral movements that did not sustain.
If you are willing to put your ego aside, and think outside the box, this book will help reshape your vision of the Church.
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Viral Jesus: Recovering the Contagious Power of the Gospel is an honest and appealing treaty on the endemic issues facing the western church and her inability to effectively... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Robert L. Dietz
Of you want to connect with
The Holy Spirit's view of Jesus
's great commission Ross Rohde
Introduces you to the real
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Ross Rhode's book Viral Jesus: Recovering the Contagious Power of the Gospel is a bit difficult to codify in terms of what exactly it is. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Sonny Lemmons
Speak Easy Book Review: " Catching a Contagious Christianity"
Viral Jesus: Recovering the Contagious Power of the Gospel (Passio, 2012) by Ross Rohde. Read more
Extremly insightful as to the role and operation of church as we know it today and why it's the way it is. He gives insight as to the biblical model of church.Published on June 4, 2012 by Deborah C Watson
Come on Amazon, add some stars! Five doesn't do this book justice. For the sake of disclosure, I just ordered the book (so haven't read it), but have to give it 9 of of 5 stars... Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I find the initial ideas in the book commendable, especially the part about becoming a contagious Christian for God, to spread the gospel like wildfire. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Dr Conrade Yap
When conditions are right, a fire can sweep through an area. Ross believes that conditions are coming together for a viral move of God in this generation. Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Joan N.