The Conversion (9Marks) eBook (La conversion (9Marks) eBook)
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HOW DOES OUR UNDERSTANDING OF CONVERSION SHAPES OUR MINISTRY?
How a church functions speaks volumes about its understanding of conversion. When a church clings to the Bible's teachings about conversion, it calls people to repentance and faith, rather than one-off decisions, therapeutic healings, or moral lifestyle choices.
This little book was written to help churches understand the impact of the doctrine of conversion on teaching, evangelism, discipleship, member selection, and all other facets of life of a local Church.
AuthorMICHAEL LAWRENCE (Ph.D., University of Cambridge; M. Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as Senior Pastor at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. He is also a board member of The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Adrienne, have five children.
Recommendations“We are living in a happy time of digital growth and the planting of new churches. In an effort to help us keep a healthy and righteous view of our mission, Lawrence reminds us that the new birth is entirely God's work. There is no way we can produce genuine conversions by our programs, our techniques, or even our calls to pray a particular prayer. Lawrence cautions us against the cruelty of giving false assurance to those who do not truly follow the Lord, and then shows us how important it is for the Church to encourage and recognize genuine fruit. The stakes are high: nothing less than the credibility of the Gospel in our generation and the glory of God who gives grace. I highly recommend this book. Its impact on your ministry will be lasting. "
–TREVOR HARRIS, pastor of the Evangelical Protestant Church of La Garenne-Colombes; co-responsible for the association Preaches the Word; professor at the Biblical Institute of Geneva
"At a time when the French-speaking evangelical world is growing, the danger would be to see the development of a purely cultural Christianity. In this context, a sound doctrine of conversion is vital. I am grateful for the translation of this book by Michael Lawrence which will enable Christians to understand what true conversion is. Beyond doctrine, the author gives practical applications for individual and community life, especially with regard to evangelization and hospitality in the Church. It is a real encouragement to develop a culture of conversion within our local Churches. »
–PHILIPPE MONNERY, director of France Evangelization; secretary general of the FEF Network
“Unfortunately, too many churches are content with a vaguely biblical understanding of what the new birth is, and their leaders sometimes have difficulty recognizing real children of God in the assembly. If conversion is not well understood, it often reflects a misunderstanding of the fundamental truths of grace and of new life in Christ. This little book is therefore very useful: it clarifies what the new birth is in the Bible. I recommend it because it is simple enough to be read by a young Christian and robust enough for leaders to use to strengthen the Church. "
–RAPHAËL CHARRIER, pastor of the Evangelical Christian Church of Grenoble; blogger on toutpoursagloire.com
“Conversion is essential, but it is poorly understood. Lawrence exposes this reality to us and explains in a simple and compelling way what the Bible teaches about it. This little book is a great gift.
–MARK DEVER, pastor of Capital Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.; President of 9Marks
"This resource on discipleship is sure to be a success; it is clear, brief and practical, pastoral, relevant and faithful to the Scriptures. Each line in each chapter encourages deep discussions about what the Word teaches about evangelism, conversion, and the Church. I am so grateful that Michael Lawrence wrote this book. I will refer to it often. "
–GLORIA FURMAN, co-author of the book The feminine ministry centered on the Word
" Down to earth, clear, practical, unambiguous, this book offers a compelling and biblical summary of the nature and necessity of conversion. It’s an excellent book. »
–DAVID F. WELLS, Emeritus Research Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and author of the book The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World
“This book is biblical and extremely relevant to pastors and their sheep. Michael Lawrence hits the nail on the head when it comes to the conversion experience. Being born again is not the result of superficial, emotional, human-motivated prayer. This book calls us to re-examine the scriptures to see that conversion is a divine work from start to finish, which should be evident in how true disciples live in obedience to Christ out of love; in their desire to belong to a local Church where they are accountable; and in the way they live the gospel in holiness and take part in evangelism. Conversion requires repentance, and repentance requires the work of the Holy Spirit. I am delighted that this book was published in a time like this. "
–MIGUEL NÚÑEZ, Senior Pastor of the International Baptist Church in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; President of Wisdom & Integrity Ministries
“In this crucial book, Michael Lawrence paints a clear picture of biblical theology of conversion. The point here is not to say that conversion makes people nice, since you can be nice without being converted. On the other hand, since it is possible to feel converted and not to be, conversion is not subjective. Lawrence asserts that conversion begins with God (regeneration) and bears fruit in man (repentance and faith). This overabundance of divine grace enables us not only to repent and believe, but also to join the people God created in Jesus Christ. In short, conversion culminates in belonging to a local Church. I warmly recommend this book. "
–JONAS MADUREIRA, Senior Pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church in São Paulo, Brazil
" True conversion is not an appearance of 'kindness', it does not depend not a decision taken years ago either. True conversion is nothing less than rebirth, new creation, and new life in Christ. This book offers a clear and persuasive account of conversion according to the scriptures. It demonstrates how essential it is for every believer and every church to have a righteous understanding of it. I highly recommend it. "
–CONSTANTINE R. CAMPBELL, Associate Professor of the New Testament at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
" With theological precision and simple, accessible language, Michael Lawrence guides us to through the scriptures and help us understand what a true conversion is and what are the fruits that attest to it. This is a book that I would like to put back into the hands of every member of our Church. "
–SUGEL MICHELEN, pastor of the Iglesia Bíblica del Señor Jesucristo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
" If there is a subject where Satan has tried to sow confusion is that of the nature of true conversion. What would be the best way to condemn religious people to hell if not to make them mistakenly believe that they are converted? Michael Lawrence clarifies this point for us based on the often forgotten truth of regeneration, which is the foundation of conversion. He ends by presenting the practical implications of this truth when viewed from a biblical perspective. His pen is that of a gifted writer providing pastoral advice. I strongly recommend that anyone who knows they are truly converted read this excellent book in order to avoid leading others astray. "
–CONRAD MBEWE, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia and honorary president of African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia
Table of contents
Preface to the
Preface to the French edition
1. BORN AGAIN, NOT KIND - The Need for Regeneration
2. SAVED, NOT SINCERE - God's Work, Not Ours
3. DISCIPLES, NOT DECISIONS - The Nature of Our Response
4. SAINTS, NOT HEALED - Implications for the Christian Life
5. DIFFERENT, NOT INFLUENCED BY MODES - Implications for the Collective Life of the Church
6. CALL, DO NOT SELL - The Implications for Our Evangelism
7. EVALUATE BEFORE YOU RECOGNIZE - The Implications for Ministry
8. CHARITABLE, NOT DRIVING - The dangers of a too pure Church
Index of subjects
Index of biblical references
DetailsOriginal title : Conversion
Author : Michael Lawrence
Pages : 176
ISBN : 978-2-924595-52-7
Format : eBook
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The Doctrine of Regeneration: Its Importance for Christians and Churches - Returning to the Gospel
Saved by the Grace of God - Returning to the Gospel
Conversion Requires Faith - Returning to the Gospel
To be holy means to be put leaves for a new master - Returning to the Gospel
Do I believe? Please tell me - Return to the Gospel
A sacrificial love - Return to the Gospel
True repentance - Return to the Gospel