Customer comments on this Youngstown Ohio Book
"What do I say about my faith in an age of political correctness and hostility?" That question gets a thorough and helpful answer in this book. I believe that most Christians would like to see more of the people that they know "get" the message of good news that is Christ's message and purpose for coming to this world. They just are confused or dismayed by the responses that they have gotten. This little book helps me to be proactive and loving and patient, with the goal clearly in mind. Thanks Mark Mittleberg and Bill Hybels. It is no wonder Willow Creek Church is growing. You have helped your church members become contagious Christians! This wisdom helped me and it will help you too.
It's Good but....
This series has become very well known across Christian circles in the united states (and potentially other countries as well) and it is difficult to not see why. It offers a non-confrontational way to proclaim the gospel with those we know. Yet when I read the gospels and epistles I don't see this strategy ANYWHERE. Now I'm not going to go as far as to say that this method isn't biblical, but there is a major emphasis missing. We as servants of Christ are to be Bold in proclaiming the King and Creator of everything (even time), to the point where we realize our chains are to the procession of Christ and nothing else matters. When the full grandeur of God is in your sight there is nothing else that matter but His glory. Your friends and there possible rejection of you/your beliefs is secondary.
Next is the attempt to provide a formula for telling others about Christ. The bible shows us over and over again that there are no formulas. When the prophets where called they were each different (personality), every time Jesus healed someone it was done differently (method), and the only consistency is the Word and that it was for the Glory of God.
Nowhere in this book do those truths come forward. If the Apostle Paul needed others to pray for his boldness, how much more we need it! This book does provide a good starting point for people, but it must be followed by the truth that God doesn't like formulas. Every person, life, and moment is uniquely written by Him.
God's children need tools (like how to first prepare their testimony and an easy starting point with the gospel) to build confidence, which this series does well. If you do go over this with your small group make sure to place emphasis on the uniqueness of God's plan for everyone, and how to be open and lead by the Spirit. Look into the book of Acts and see how God responded when the Kingdom of God was boldly proclaimed. I would love to see this series completed in a way that encourages people to put God drastically first in their lives.
Very Helpful for Teaching
The leader's guide for the Becoming A Contagious Christian course is an indispensable tool for the teacher. It is the best leader's guide that I have ever seen. Every minute is accounted for. Every activity is carefully designed and laid out. You even get to see exactly what the participants see in their books. it is so thorough and extensive. Don't try to teach the course without it.