A friend shared this book with me. WOW! I haven't been able to put it down. What God will do in our everyday lives if we just give our insecurities to Him, and love others freely/openly is absolutely amazing. The book is an easy read, each chapter starting with a story and ending with an application. Christ followers should read this and apply the principles to their daily lives. God's word is our foremost authority in how to live for him; Bob shares how he's applied those principles in his daily life and the results of being open to God's leading in daily situations.
On the front cover along with the title it reads: 'Discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world.' This book was given to me and in reading the above line, my instant question was, "Could I be missing something? I was disappointed
Bob Goff's experiences and thoughts about the church and about God represent much less than half of the Bibles truth and worse mislead (read on). If you want a man's opinion about Jesus and the church, you might want to read the book. The author uses NO Bible references to support his thoughts. He definitely has had unique experiences and applies his interpreted lessons to them.
If you honestly want to know Jesus and His amazing life and promises; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will give specific first person quotes and descriptions of exactly how and why Jesus lived among men. John 14:7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. John 14:6 - Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
In the following are some of the authors quotes and his applications followed by contrasting Biblical references. The comments in parenthesis are mostly contextual quotes from the Bible (NIV) on the same subject. Sometimes when there are multiple similar applicable verses, for brevity I supplied just references. The first out of sequence paragraph below is the core of why this book does not align cohesively with Gods Holy Word. I gasped and staggered when I read the words. Judge for yourself.
Page 199 What's up with equating "Bible study" with knowing God anyway? (Consider:
How else does one learn the vital truth necessary for salvation except to study the Bible? See John 14:6 above; John 8:24 - I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins. The apostle Peter echoed in Acts 4:12, Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Paul echoed the same in I Timothy 2:5, For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus The New Testament specifies that no one can know God the Father except through the person of Jesus Christ. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1 John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you - they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, Lord, You have the words of eternal life, Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword Luke 4:4/Duet. 8:3 man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Proverbs 2:1-2 store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding. 2 Peter 1:2-3 2; Romans 10:17; 2 Peter 1:9; Psalm 119:9; Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:10; 2 Timothy 2:15;Deuteronomy 11:18-19 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; Timothy 4:11 Command and teach these things.. Acts 5:42; Matthew 28:20; John 13:17; Proverbs 16:20; James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Romans 12:2 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, Romans 8:5-6 5; Ephesians 6:11-17 Put on the full armor of God, 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. John 8:28-32 So Jesus said, When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 31 If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 14:23-24 Jesus replied, Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. Revelation 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Page 38 What God really wants for us is something much different, something more tailored to us. (Rather conformed to Jesus - Philippians 2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross!
Page 81 life can be like a sweepstakes, one where you must be present to win. (Contrarily Mark 8:34 Jesus said: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Luke 9:23, I Peter 2:21 because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.)
Page 89 I used to think I needed to sacrifice for God, but now I know faith is like a game of Bigger and Better. (To the contrary - Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. See too page 81 references above and page 102 below. )
Page 93 Jesuswants us to bring all of the faith we have to Him, even if it's just a dime's worth. (We have no faith of our own. Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message,and the message is heard through the word about Christ.)
Page 101 What I like about Jesus is that He didn't try to recruit people or use spin. He just invited them to follow Him. or the number of people He was going to have "pray the prayer" to accept Him. (John 3:3 Jesus replied, Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. John 3:7 You should not be surprised at my saying, You must be born again. )
Page 101 continued - He didn't present God's plan like a prospectus promising a return on investment (Matthew 7:13 - Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.)
Page 102 He wanted them to write their lives better. (Romans 12:1 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Godthis is your true and proper worship. John 5:19; John 5:30 I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. John 8:28 - John 15:5 - I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing,)
Page 112 - "Jesus was always taking about a reverse economy. He talked about how if you want to receive, you give." We have more power than we think to make our own rules about life to live out the economy that Jesus put in place. (Using an ulterior agenda such as giving to get is the motive to use the name of God for our purpose. He said to them, You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in Gods sight. I Corinthians 13:3, I John 4:46; 1 Corinthians 1:27. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
Page 181 You want a mission statement..."Be awesome." (In Jesus words - Matthew 16:24 - Then Jesus said to his disciples, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Luke 14:27 John 19:17; 2 Corinthians 10:18 For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends. In Pauls words 1 Corinthians 1:18. Galatians 6:14; John 15:14 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Psalms 40:4 How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.
Page 195 It sounds an awful lot like God is calling us out and telling us to pick a fight. He wants us to pick a fight and He also wants us to pick Him. (If picking a fight is your motive, you are missing the love. Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Luke 6:29, Matthew 25:40 - The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. The recommended motive was not to pick a fight but to help the helpless. Isaiah 55:8 - 9)
Page 196 Picking a fight isn't neat either. It sounds an awful lot like the kind fight Jesus took on for us when He called out death for us and won. (The Pharisees attacked Jesus because He acted in love, angering them because it revealed their motives. He did NOT fight but surrendered. John 18:36 - 37 ... 2 Corinthians 4:5 7; I Thessalonians 1:5 - because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.)
Page 199 - we read what God has to say and then focus all of our attention on what we are going to do about it.- (2 Corinthians 3:5 - Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.. Isaiah 54:6 - Matthew 5:20; 2 Corinthians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 10:12 - We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
Love isnt a warm feeling. Love isnt a good idea. Love does.
January 24, 2015
You will love to read this book. Its basically a collection of short stories from Bob Goffs life and the predicaments he gets into or the amazing things he has been able to do. Half the time I was laughing so hard I was crying and the other half I was deeply touched. Bob has the winsome quality of a child who is not afraid to ask BIG. He says yes to everything possible. And his audacity has opened such incredible doors that sometimes he thinks its a prank (such as when he was asked to become Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States).
Id love to recount some of Bobs stories, but I really want you to read this book for yourself. I could barely put it down. But its not just a collection of humorous and heartwarming stories; the stories serve as powerful examples of what is possible when we surrender our lives to showing Gods love to others. Love isnt a warm feeling. Love isnt a good idea. Love does. Love takes action.
I want to live a life that takes risks for God. I want to live a life God can use because Im available and willing to do love. I want to begin saying yes to God.
The book closes with the question: What does God want me to do next?
Ill let you answer for yourself after you read the book.