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Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence Paperback – April 23, 2019
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Is it better to prove our point? Or just try to love?
In this book and video Bible study, evangelist Matt Brown draws on the example of the apostle Paul to show how believers can influence their world with the truth while living in a way that reveals their love. By developing the fruit of the Spirit, we naturally begin to draw others to the love of Christ within us . . . and to the truth found in God’s Word. Truth plus love is the formula for transforming our lives and influencing the world for Christ.
- Truth Plus Joy
- Truth Plus Peace
- Truth Plus Gentleness
- Truth Plus Faithfulness
- Truth Plus Patience
- Truth Plus Love
Matt Brown has been a great friend in ministry, and I'm so excited about this powerful book that will help you point others to Jesus with your life. Truth and love are the two callings of the Christian. Without both, we won't be very effective in doing what God has called us to do, but with them both, we can change the world. -- Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, author, evangelist leading Harvest America ― Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, author, evangelist leading Harvest America
As followers of Jesus, each one of us has been equipped to carry His love and the truth of the gospel into our world. Matt's book will challenge you to live on assignment for Jesus and provide you with practical tools to put that mission into practice. -- Christine Caine, bestselling author, founder of A21 and Propel Women ― Christine Caine, bestselling author, founder of A21 and Propel Women
In this day and age, whether you like it or not, you have been handed a megaphone, and with that, your words will reach more people than you ever imagined and carry more weight than you ever expected. In this book, Matt Brown brilliantly exposes and reconciles the seemingly difficult dichotomy of using that megaphone to communicate both truth and love in the same breath. The message and candor in this book could not have come at a more pertinent time in our history. -- Levi Lusko, pastor of Fresh Life Church and bestselling author ― Levi Lusko, pastor of Fresh Life Church and bestselling author
Our world needs more of the kindness and peace that Matt Brown so beautifully shares about in Truth Plus Love. I know you will love this book! There is enough bad news, criticism, and hostility in the world. We need to shine a light on the good all around us. Will you join us in spreading the light? If each of us do our part, we can touch the world. -- Roma Downey, actress in Touched by an Angel, executive producer of The Bible miniseries, founder of LightWorkers, and bestselling author of Box of Butterflies ― Roma Downey, actress in Touched by an Angel, executive producer of The Bible miniseries, founder of LightWorkers, and bestselling author of Box of Butterflies
About the Author
Matt Brown is an evangelist, author, and founder of Think Eternity, a ministry dedicated to amplifying the gospel every day to millions through devotionals, videos, live events, and more. Matt and his wife Michelle and their two sons live in Minnesota. You can follow Matt on social media at @evangelistmatt and at thinke.org.
- Item Weight : 5.7 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0310355249
- ISBN-13 : 978-0310355243
- Paperback : 208 pages
- Dimensions : 5.45 x 0.52 x 8.4 inches
- Publisher : Zondervan (April 23, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #465,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We all need it.
Unfortunately, without the love part -- our message is lost.
The balance is O, so hard.
Is anyone perfect -- no.
However, Matt does a phenomenal job at writing practical ways of how we can do better.
All of us can do better.
All of us can be challenged.
If we think we got it - we don't.
If you're looking for a boost of hope and courage.
This does the trick.
ABL = Always Be Learning.
Great work Matt!!
Take a look at your Christian friends’ social media posts, if you doubt me. Many use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like innocuously enough as platforms for sharing grandkid pics or corny jokes. To the extent that they use them to make arguments for religion, culture and politics, however, far too often their social media feeds are angry, dismissive, stereotypical and filled with “fake news.”
Looking at numerous online controversies, my wife likes to say, “Nobody ever wins an argument on Facebook.” She usually says that to tell me to knock it off. My own social media feeds, it turns out, often fail miserably at being a wholesome Christian influence on others.
In Truth Plus Love, Matt Brown identifies the biblical formula for influencing others: “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). He uses quasi-mathematical formulae to quickly communicate the gist of his book:
• Truth – Love = Noise
• Love – Truth = Error
• Truth + Love = Influence
No matter what your religious convictions are, you should be able to see the aptness of these formulations. Speaking the truth in love is a Christian imperative, but it’s also a universal need and a contributor to the common good.
We all know what truth is, but we sometimes get confused by love. Love isn’t just ooey-gooey sentimentalism. It’s the multidimensional fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23), so it incorporates joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control too.
Speaking of self-control, Brown offers a useful acronym about how to T-H-I-N-K before we speak: Is this true, honorable, important, necessary, kind? My guess is that Christian social media influence would increase just by answering that question before posting anything.
Truth Plus Love is an easy-to-read book, written for a popular audience. Brown has an easy way with words, tells memorable stories, and formulates his advice in a memorable, simple way. If you’re a Christian looking to influence others toward Christ, whether online or off, this little book is a helpful guide.