The Church has a critical role to play in society and ministers are pivotal to the effectiveness of the Church. Ministry can be a lonely vocation. While ministers serve everybody in the congregation and in society at large, they have no one really serving them. This book is written to encourage those called to be ministers of Christ and of His people.
Most people wish to enjoy a vibrant and intimate relationship with God but do not know how. They often admire and even envy biblical characters who walked with God in close proximity and talked with Him as a person would talk to another person; face-to-face. The biggest problem for most people is that they do not know how to hear the voice of God and thus the will of God eludes them.
There is no programme that builds up a person as effectively as discipleship does and its strength is that it is holistic in its approach. Yet sadly, discipleship is not that well understood. This book addresses this shallow knowledge of discipleship and it is recommended to all those who wish to progress in their walk with God.
We are familiar with concepts such as mentorship, coaching, and spiritual oversight and these are good concepts. Discipleship encapsulates all of them and goes beyond all of them put together. Objective people will agree that Jesus Christ was the best Mentor and Coach that ever lived; He was a Mentor par excellence. Yet the term He used for His mentorship programme was “Discipleship.”
Human beings are intrinsically spiritual by nature and yet spirituality is extremely elusive. It seems to mean different things to different people. In this book spirituality refers to “your personal and intimate relationship with God.” The focus of this book is on how your personal walk with God could be enhanced.
Paul says in 1 Cor. 15:10, “I am what I am by the grace of God.’ He recognised that God’s grace makes a person. Grace refers to God’s favour and, indeed, we are what we are by His favour. But for you to be made by the grace of God, you need to know what it is and how it works. What many people do not know is that there are various expressions of grace to meet our diverse situations.
It is important for us to know that the doctrine of salvation, just as is the case with other doctrines, is a mystery. Mystery does not refer to something that is esoteric and ethereal, which can be known only by a select few who have an exclusive exposure and access to what the uninitiated do not have.
This book begins an important conversation regarding the roles and responsibilities of professionals to their communities, particularly to their future generations. Before they can appreciate these roles and responsibilities, they must understand what genuine professionalism actually entails and must endeavour to be consummate professionals in the various fields where they are deployed.
This book argues that all people are born with an innate capacity to perform extraordinarily in at least one area of life. This inborn capability is a divine endowment for which each individual is accountable to the Giver. Failure to excel in whatever one does, is an indictment to one’s Maker and an irrecoverable waste of rare resources.