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Chapter 13: Devotion Without Obligation

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Chapter 13: Devotion Without Obligation

Let’s move on to chapter 13 in our book discussion of Finding Church: Devotion Without Obligation. So much of religion is crafted around fear and guilt, forcing people to do what they “should” do, rather than learning how Jesus passion begins to overrun their own and they actually have a desire to be about the things Jesus is about. That doesn’t mean there are times when we won’t act simply because it is the right thing to do, but by only living out of obligation we unwitting kill the growing affection of God in our hearts. This chapter invites us to switch gears from doing what we “should” to a growing devotion to Christ that loving others, connecting with them, and walking with them […]

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Chapter 12: Not Made With Hands

Posted on: January 21st, 2017 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Chapter 12: Not Made With Hands

The book discussion of Finding Church continues on our discussion forum with Chapter 12: Not Made With Hands. I’m getting ready to leave for Israel, but let’s start this chapter and see what we can discover over the next couple of weeks. This is one of my favorite chapters. How do we learn to trust God’s efforts more than our own. This is the key to being fruitful and fulfilled in his kingdom. It won’t make us couch potatoes, because we’ll be more active than ever, but not with our own futile efforts, but cooperating with the way he is making himself known to us and people around us. Here’s Paul’s story in Philippians 3:3-9 (emphasis mine): For it is […]

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Chapter 11: In First Place…

Posted on: January 5th, 2017 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Chapter 11: In First Place…

Before I had to have surgery and the holidays came upon us, we had just completed Chapter 10 in our discussion of Finding Church. I’m sorry that my surgery and the holidays interrupted our flow here and hopefully we can now finish the book over the next few months. We’ll start the new year with Chapter 11, _In First Place._ The church of Jesus thrives where people are relating to and focused on him. Most of us have learned to negotiate human relationships based on our competing desires and affections and who has the power to get their way and who is forced to go along. The church Jesus is building doesn’t play that game. As people engage a growing […]

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Chapter 10: The Family Way

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Chapter 10: The Family Way

The book discussion of Finding Church continues on our discussion forum with Chapter 10: The Family Way.  With this chapter we begin the second part of the book, where we can train our eyes tor recognize the church that Jesus is building in the world and how it differs from the one humanity is building. The two can co-exist in the same environment, but the human versions are always preoccupied with corporate realities–doctrines, programs, budgets, policies, and order. The church Jesus is building has its focus on him and learning to follow him. It prizes love as a way of living, healthy relationships with other believers and the world, and functions is a functional family rather than a corporation. Seeing […]

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Chapter 9: Loved Into Life

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Chapter 9: Loved Into Life

Our book discussion continues with a look at Chapter 9: Chapters 8, 9, and 10 undermine our presupposition that if we get the community right, it will produce disciples. That’s the hope that underscored all my pastoral work. If we can just get the right program in place and people follow it we will experience the life of the church. But we can’t. The life of the church doesn’t rise from a different structure or program, but from a different kind of believer, one that is growing in their trust of the Father’s affection and thus can live differently and love differently in the world. The reason this gives us a better shot at relationships is because we aren’t so […]

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A Whole Lot More Than We Realize

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

A Whole Lot More Than We Realize

I got this email this morning from and friend of mine in England and I love it. This exactly how Jesus knits his family together. And wouldn’t that be the best way for him to do it? He doesn’t need facilities or long-term planning. He can at any moment bring two or three of his flock together and anything can happen that lightens a load, encourages someone’s journey, or just blesses them in a wonderful way even if they never cross paths in this life again. Here’s the story in Robin’s own words: I’m so thrilled and excited at what I’m learning about community that I had to share it with somebody, and as you understand some of these things, […]

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Sometimes It’s Right Under Your Nose

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 2 Comments

Sometimes It’s Right Under Your Nose

I realize her experience does not speak for all congregations, but it does speak for many. Performance and guilt so easily replace love and grace, even if they still talk about love and grace. This is from an email I got a few weeks ago: I also would like to thank you for sharing your journey as your podcasts and books, especially Finding Church, have been such a relief for me. I have a somewhat amusing story to share about how Father led me to you. I had been unable to attend ‘church’ for a few years for health reasons and discovered that I grew closer to Father than ever before during that time away. When I recovered I spent […]

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Chapter 8: Won Into Love

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Chapter 8: Won Into Love

As our FINDING CHURCH discussion continues, we’re turning to Chapter 8: Won Into Love. As best I could when I wrote it, this chapter is designed to get people to think through their own journey of living in the Father’s affection. We can’t even begin to share it until we first experience it from him. Loved people love well. If we don’t know we’re loved then we end up treating people out of our own needs, insecurities, jealousies, and fears, which makes our relationships manipulative. Learning to live in his affection is a personal journey and I believe the essence of discipleship. If we want to experience the church of the new creation, we have to live in it ourselves […]

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Discussion Moves on to Chapter 7

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment

Discussion Moves on to Chapter 7

While most people look for a new “church” structure to emerge that will guarantee a better community, it will not work. Management systems are from the old creation and not one has ever been devised that cannot be exploited by selfish people for their own gain. If we’re going to experience the life of the new community we have to think different people who live in his love, not different structures that will protect us. And rather than looking for that in others, the challenged is to let Jesus create that in us first. You can join the discussion of Chapter 7: A New Kind of Person here. The first question we’re wrestling with is this one: “This is one […]

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Uitgeverij Shama Releases FINDING CHURCH in Dutch

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Uitgeverij Shama Releases FINDING CHURCH in Dutch

Uitgeverij Shama, publisher of two of Wayne’s other books has just released Finding Church in Dutch. It is called, ZOEKTOCHT NAAR DE LEAVENED KERK: Wat als er nu echt meer is? I have no idea what that says, but it sounds close to the original. I’m always blessed when other publishers consider that one of my books will have value in their countries as well. I’ve worked with the Publisher there in the past and am excited about this new edition. Now Finding Church is available in English, Spanish, German, and Dutch and will soon be released in French as well. To order the book, or link to the publishers of any of these translations, please check our Order Page. […]

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Chapter 6: The Undeniable Longing

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Chapter 6: The Undeniable Longing

Our Book Discussion on Finding Church continues at the Lifestream Discuss Forum.  You’re welcome to join us, or just read over our shoulder as we work our way through that book.  Discussion for the first five chapters are already there. Today we begin Chapter Six:  The Undeniable Longing. For some people the longing for “something more” seems so out of reach, and everyone else seems so content that they simply try to make the best of what is and fall into a spiritual stagnation that leaves them unfulfilled. For others, they can’t seem to abate the longing. Try as they might to ignore it, knowing the cost of following it is great, but it continues to grow and invite them down the […]

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What Jesus Taught About the Church

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 3 Comments

What Jesus Taught About the Church

(Picture above taken from A Man Like No Other. Copyright 2011 and used with permission.) Our Book Discussion on Finding Church continues at the Lifestream Discuss Forum.  You’re welcome to join us, or just read over our shoulder as we work our way through that book.  Today we are beginning Chapter Four:  What Jesus Taught Us. Whenever people talk about “the church” all they an think of is the building on the corner or the the Sunday morning meeting and the institution that surrounds it. This idea of “church” arises from planning, organization, budgets, and leadership. This chapter is designed to shatter our images of his church as an institution and begin to see it as the fruit of a […]

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Book Discussion Moves On to Chapter Two

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 2 Comments

Book Discussion Moves On to Chapter Two

Two weeks ago I began a book discussion group that will work through Finding Church, hoping to spur people on not only to recognize the church Jesus is building in the world but to learn how to recognize it around them and participate as he desires.  Every two weeks we will take on a new chapter.  You can catch up on chapter one if you want, or just join us on chapter 2, The Community of a New Creation. The first chapter was about opening our eyes to the idea that a better church is in the world than the one most people see. The second chapter challenges us to look to relationships that reflect his glory to help us […]

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Book Discussion Group Starting

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Book Discussion Group Starting

How would you like to discuss Finding Church, with the author?  Today I’m beginning an on-line Book Discussion through the themes of Finding Church, we are beginning a book discussion group on-line. We’ll begin with chapter 1 and take about two weeks on each chapter as we work through the entire book.  There will be questions to explore as well as the opportunity to ask me anything you’d like to ask from various chapters. You can find the forum here.  You can read entries without registering, but to participate in the forum you will need to register.  Grab a cup of coffee, or a cold drink and come join us every week or two and let’s explore the book together. Please sign […]

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My Heart for His Church

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 8 Comments

My Heart for His Church

In my opening comments to the brothers and sisters who gathered in London a few weeks ago, I expressed my heart for the church Jesus is building, this incredible bride he is preparing for himself. For too many years we have tried to build a church for him, and we’ve done it according to the world’s methods and systems for managing power and conforming people’s behaviors. While God has been gracious to make himself known in our childish attempts, the result has been less than satisfying. Most Christians and Christian leaders are too focused on the church, when our focus in this incredible story is to be on the groom and let him shape his bride. How do we let Jesus build his […]

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