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What If Jesus Meant What He Said?

Narrated by: Nate Bramsen
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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What if Jesus' words were never intended to fit into your existing lifestyle? What if they were meant to change everything? What if Jesus never wanted merely part of your life? What if he wants everything? 

Instead of offering easy answers, this book asks difficult questions, leading the listener on a journey with life-altering implications. If Jesus meant what he said, how might his words affect our relationships, investments, speech, perspectives, discipleship, spiritual disciplines, and every other aspect of life? What if the only balanced Christian life involves an all-out surrender to Jesus Christ?

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David Dixon

Powerful. Convicting. Christ centered. I have a hard copy and the audiobook and both are a “must have” in your library. Great gift for anyone.

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Passionate, Loving, Serious Call to Obey The Word.

Nate graciously takes the reader on a journey into Scripture to concider; Did he really mean that? If so, what does obedience really look like?

Unlike most books on similar topics you feel the whole while as you have a trusted friend by your side saying "Look at this, dont explain it away, but really look at this".

It is all baised on the premise that Jesus Christ is really the truest Joy one can ever lay hold of and there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, Then to Trust and Obey.

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Dangerous doctrine encouraging us to make disciples of unbelievers.

This book contains dangerous content in chapter ten. There is a massive movement called the Disciple Making Movement (DMM) that is gaining large momentum. This movement inserts unbelievers into Matthew 28:19 (the great commission). “Make disciples, baptizing and teaching all that I have commanded.”

True believers alone should be told to “observe all that He commanded” not unbelievers. True believers alone should be baptized.
The author goes to lengths to use the same verses this movement (DMM, T4T, CPM) loves to use to encourage people to disciple unbelievers (in which these verses are taken out of context).

Discipleship should be for those who have believed in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior. Not for those who simply want to “observe all that He commanded” prior to salvation. A true follower of Jesus Christ is one who HAS believed in Him, not simply one who “obeys” Him or wants to “follow Him” as this movement encourages (Romans 4:4 “Now to Him who works, the wages are not counted as grace, but as debt.”). That would be likened to any other works based religion out there.

He uses Judas Iscariot as an example from Scripture to defend this DMM view of encouraging us to make disciples of unbelievers. Judas Iscariot was allowed to be a disciple “that the Scriptures might be fulfilled” John 17:12, Acts 1:16 ...NOT to encourage us to make disciples of unbelievers. The movement, along with Nate, also uses John 6:66 to justify their use of inserting unbelievers into the Great Commission. Yet, Scripture clearly teaches through progressive revelation that when Jesus was resurrected and gave this command that once a person is saved, then that person is baptized then taught to obey. We must get this is the correct order.

Be careful with the author’s writing style as he double-talks. He will say one thing and then contradict in the same sentence leaving the reader guessing which side he falls on. If you spend a little time researching the DMM movement you will see that he has adopted this ideology as laid out in chapter 10.

Other people and organizations who’ve adopted this new Disciple-Making Movement (DMM) that you may recognize are:
-Francis Chan (explained in his book Multiply)
-David Platt
-Mission Frontiers
-Acts 29 churches
-YWAM
-CRU
-etc. etc.
There are so many who’ve adopted very similar methods of disciple multiplication through man made ways of rapidly growing the church all through OBD (obedience based discipleship).
This movement really gained popularity after David and Paul Watson wrote the book “Contagious Disciple Making” written in a the 90’s and Ying Kai of T4T around the year 2000. These new disciple making movements are now at the forefront of all major mission organizations.
I would encourage you to check out these two articles that explain the dangers further:

https://www.radiusinternational.org/a-brief-guide-to-dmm/

https://replicate.org/should-i-ever-disciple-an-unbeliever/

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Narration is Excellent

Nate's narration really helps bring the book (especially the anecdotes) alive!

An enjoyable and challenging read, but vanity if one is not convicted by the Scripture it is based out of.