Tangible: Making God Known Through Deeds of Mercy and Words of Truth  -     By: Chris Sicks
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Tangible: Making God Known Through Deeds of Mercy and Words of Truth

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In Tangible, author and Pastor Chris Sicks speaks from his heart and his years of reaching out to others. Through practical resoures, biblical examples, and vignettes about real people, this book will equip you to introduce hurting people to God through intentional deeds of kindness. When you enter the world of the suffering with real help, you will reflect the love of Christ--the most tangible proof of God's existence. Softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1612914411
ISBN-13: 9781612914411
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In today’s church, there seems to be two well-intentioned groups. “Deed” people feed the hungry and help the poor, while “Word” people proclaim the gospel and engage in apologetics. The two often seem to compete with one another, but God always intended them to be partners. Sacrificial love can grab the attention of those we serve, opening their ears and minds to the words we share. In Tangible, author and Pastor Chris Sicks explains how God’s people can effectively introduce hurting people to God through intentional acts of kindness. This book does more than discuss these good ideas. It’s full of ways to make God known to the needy in your community today. Extra features include:
  • A thorough resource section
  • Ministry examples
  • Discussion questions for personal study or group discussion
By sharing both words of truth and deeds of mercy, God’s people will reflect Christ’s love—the most tangible proof of God’s existence.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    thought provoking
    September 19, 2013
    jcwhite
    Quality: 5
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    Chris Sicks makes a strong, Biblically sound case for the dovetailing of Word and Deed ministry. Too often, modern ministry goes one direction or the other. Jesus did both and we should follow his example. This would be an excellent small group study. Each chapter ends with challenging questions that would make for great discussions. I highly recommend this book!
  2. Baltimore, MD
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Making the Gospel Tangible
    September 14, 2013
    Jeff
    Baltimore, MD
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tangible is a beautiful look inside the heart, mind and life of a man called to love others well. When my 11-year old nephew asked me what it was about, I told him it was a book about being Jesus to people who were in pain, so they could meet Jesus face-to-face.

    This book is about mercy as an apologetic, which makes the gospel tangible for people who have real world pains. Chris weaves his own stories of personal need coupled with biblical truth to share how Jesus has cared for him and his family. He also shares his years of experience in caring for others and demonstrates the transformative power of grace to change lives through the gospel ministry of mercy. The word and deed ministry of grace brings Jesus to a hurting world in desperate need of his saving mercies. Chris demonstrates how Jesus comes into the darkness to bring others into the light through greats acts of love, humility and mercy.

    If you want to learn and see how to tangibly love others, then I would highly recommend reading Tangible.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    an excellent, practical tool
    September 11, 2013
    BStonehouse
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For those who desire to "take apologetics out of the classroom and into the streets", this is an excellent tool. Christians talk about being the aroma of Jesus; this is the how-to manual. But it's not just a treatise on doing good deeds in the name of Christ. Chris Sicks clearly presents a Biblical case for the necessity of wedding our acts of mercy to proclamation of the gospel. Tangible brims with practical advice and encouragement for both the church and the individual who desire to move intentionally into the lives of the hurting, just as Jesus would. Rather than feeling burdened to serve the suffering out of my own resources, I've come away from this book feeling renewed, and equipped to tap into the source of living water as a channel of hope and healing. This will be a frequent read in our home, and a resource we will liberally share with others.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fabulous book!
    September 8, 2013
    JMarks
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a difficult book to put down! I read through Tangible in two days; yet still, weeks later, I continue to ruminate on Sicks profound insights. I find myself questioning the purity of my motives, whether I am giving beyond my comfort zone, and how I might seize opportunities to give God credit for every good deed.

    In Tangible, Sicks articulates, through Scripture and personal accounts, a compelling case for the transformative power of "tangible grace." As Psalm 85 declares, mercy and truth are inseparable; and in Tangible, illustrations abound of hearts renewed and lives restored when the Church shifts its focus and truly become God's sheltering arms to the hurting.

    Tangible takes on one of life's most perplexing mysteries - the purpose of suffering. One of my favorite quotes from the book is: "our broken relationship with God is the ache that lurks behind every other pain." No stranger to suffering himself, Sicks lovingly suggests that suffering can be redeemed by "tangible grace," extended in love by those who have already experienced the sufficiency and mercy of their loving Savior.

    This book lays out the beauty of what we all can be, not in our own strength, but guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. WE CAN always be on the lookout for hurting people, ready to step in and provide any love and support that we have at our disposal. WE CAN point hurting people toward the Savior who is always mindful and responsive to their pain.

    One last observation, the discussion questions at the end of each chapter are the best I have ever seen when it comes to driving home the big ideas and truly challenging the reader to apply the concepts in an authentic manner. I definitely recommend this book to individuals and groups interested in gaining wisdom regarding "faith vs. works" and to anyone who desires to live the life Christ died to give us.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Seeing IS believing
    August 24, 2013
    Nabil
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tangible is an amazing testament to the gift of being present, and to the credibility of compassion toward others.

    The lingering love described on these pages serves as a powerful witness to the Love of Christ, and is a true encouragement and resource for equipping oneself to living mercifully in a broken world. I emphatically recommend it!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Chris Sicks
Located in: Alexandria, VA
Submitted: May 07, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Chris Sicks serves as Pastor of Mercy at Alexandria Presbyterian Church in Virginia. Formerly an atheist who rejected the very existence of God, Chris has worked to make God's love tangible to homeless men, addicts, and needy children in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Social Action, and teaches often on mercy ministry principles and refugee resettlement.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I want "word people" to see the power of merciful deeds to make their words credible and tangible. And, I hope "deed people" will grasp how necessary it is to speak the words of the gospel to anyone we care about.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope God's people will feel challenged, encouraged, and equipped to move boldly into the lives of hurting people around them.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  It is hard, humbling work to write a book¬óbut the process made me run and cling to the Lord daily!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The person and ministry of Jesus is the best possible example of Word and Deed ministry working in harmony.

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