All Christian disciples have one thing in common: As they carry the Gospel across the ocean and across the street, persecution will become the norm for those who choose to follow Jesus. How believers respond in the face of persecution reveals everything about their level of faith and obedience.
The Insanity of Obedience is a bold challenge to global discipleship. Nik Ripken exposes the danger of safe Christianity and calls listeners to something greater. The Insanity of Obedience challenges Christians in the same provocative way that Jesus did. This book dares you - and prepares you - to cross the street and the oceans with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Some of Jesus' instructions sound uncomfortable and are potentially dangerous. We may be initially encouraged by his declaration, "I am sending you out." But how are we to respond when he then tells us that he is sending us out "like sheep among wolves"? In light of the words of Jesus, how can modern-day believers rest comfortably in the status quo? How can we embrace casual faith in light of the radical commands of Jesus, which are anything but casual?
Ripken brings decades of ministry experience in some of the most persecuted areas of the world to bear on our understanding of faith in Jesus. The Insanity of Obedience is a call to roll up your sleeves...and to follow and partner with Jesus in the toughest places on this planet.
"We have the high privilege of answering Jesus' call to go," Ripken says. "But let us be clear about this: We go on his terms, not ours. If we go at all, we go as sheep among wolves." Jesus gives us himself. And he gives us the tools necessary for those who dare to journey with him.
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Just an average knucklehead - humbly seeking truth whosesoever it may be found. I can't even get my picture to show correctly - sums it up!
Having listened to and read a great many books/audiobooks from the early church fathers as well as myriad works by more contemporary authors and scholars: few have reached so deep into my heart as did this audiobook. It has given me, an ordinary run-of-the western Christian, an entirely new frame of reference by which to consider what it means to "share in the suffering of Christ."
After listening to this audiobook, and going back to parts of it for deeper insight, I was left with a sense of shame as I considered my issues from the new perspective imparted to me by this audiobook. While I don't mean to marginalize anyone else's troubles (suffering is relative to each according their station in life), I am now acutely aware of the fact that there is a fundamental degree of persecution by which all other suffering can be compared regardless of circumstance.
To the author, and those who helped bring this message by way of audiobook, I offer my sincere gratitude for how my perspective is changing. More importantly, to my persecuted brethren I offer my prayer in unison with all they who have done so and continue in faith to this very moment. I shall seek in my prayer for guidance from The Holy Spirit to learn how to apply what I've learned for the good of my persecuted brethren, and for the resolve to be obedient in carrying out the same.
Living, working and worshiping in a western part of the world brings it's own challenges and this book provides new context and clarity to that. It also inspires greater faith as we learn about the persecuted Church around the globe. It also proves God's at work as much today as He was yesterday and we are invited to be part of that.
I loved this inspiring, convicting and encouraging, as well as resourceful accounts of what it looks like when obey our Lord.
The Narrator was perfect for both books. Thank you!
Obedience to God in the darkest places on this earth. I now think I see a clear picture of persecuted Christians. Will we be persecuted here? I see now why he says...Why would Satan wake us up in the US when we have already been shut up. This book is hard to listen too, but very convicting.
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