- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: NavPress (Dec 1 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631465163
- ISBN-13: 978-1631465161
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 68 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People Paperback – Dec 1 2015
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Mike has simplified the way of Jesus for our world today. Grab some friends, commit, and watch the kingdom become tangible. (Hugh Halter, author of Brimstone, Flesh, and The Tangible Kingdom)
From the Back Cover
Share your faith in surprisingly simple ways . . .
Christians throughout the world have found renewed enthusiasm to share their faith using Michael Frost’s BELLS model.
We Bless people, both inside and outside the church.
We Eat together, sharing meals with believers and nonbelievers alike.
We Listen to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit as we engage with those around us.
We intimately Learn Christ as our leader and model for making disciples.
We see ourselves as Sent by God to everywhere life takes us.
Surprise the World is a practical tool for cultivating these habits in our lives. Ideal for personal use and for training groups on evangelism, the simple lessons in this book will surprise those who receive the gospel―and will surprise you with the overwhelming goodness of the kingdom of God.
From the Publisher
Faith isn’t an act, a single choice, or just a belief system. Faith is a habit.
The five missional habits in Surprise the World will reenergize you, replenish your reserves, and connect you to Jesus. You will become generous, hospitable, Spirit-led, more Christlike, and you will increasingly see yourself as a sent one-a missionary right where you are. The consequence of living these five habits is that others will invite you to proclaim the reign of God. It’s that simple and that good.
Bless three people this week, at least one of whom is not a member of your church.
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Given evidence from early church history, Frost argues the first century Christians multiplied rapidly because they were radically different and inviting to whoever came across their path. Then, using the acrostic B-E-L-L-S, he explains the five habits of highly missional people: Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn, and Sent. Again, it seems overly simplistic yet the proof is seen both on the macro and micro level in Christian history. While Frost refers to various Scriptural examples, the book is not filled with Scripture, though the theological concepts and principles explained are clearly biblical.
I gladly recommend this book, both for individual Christians seeking to grow in their ability to reach out to their neighbors, co-workers, and friends, as well as for a group study of any age.
Author: Michael Frost
Michael Frost has written a short, practical introduction to living missionally. The word “missional” gets thrown around by so many, and often in ways that miss the point. Frost makes it clear using the acronym BELLS. It has to be a good book if it uses that word, right!
We BLESS people, both inside and outside the church.
We EAT together, sharing meals with believer and unbelievers alike.
We LISTEN to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit as we engage with those around us.
We intimately LEARN Christ as our leader and model for making disciples.
We see ourselves as SENT by God to everywhere life takes us.
Frost takes a chapter to unpack some of the meaning and then the living out of each word. He outlines some very practical steps and ways of doing this.
Missional living, as Frost defines it (and I think he is right) is about being on mission with God for the sake of those who don’t yet know God. Surprise the World, is a simple (in the sense of straightforward), practical, easy to read book on how to live missionally.
It is well worth reading. It is worth even more as we begin to live it out. And therein lies the issue. We can read the book and think it’s great. But will we live it?
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