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The Great Commission is not just for professional clergy; it is a charge to every follower of Christ---ordinary Christians like you and me. Bob Roberts Jr. urges disciples of Jesus to reclaim their role in God's transforming work around the globe. In Real-Time Connections, Roberts illuminates the ways that Christians from all walks of life can use the everyday associations of their work for the service of God's kingdom. It's an ancient idea in a new global reality. The growth and influence of the first Christian communities came from people of every vocation. Today's global economy offers followers of Jesus opportunities to interact with nations and people groups once accessed only by remote missionaries. Real-Time Connections helps readers shed preconceived notions of what it means to 'go into all the world' for Jesus, equipping them with practical guidance and encouraging them with firsthand stories of real people doing just that. Readers can discover their vital role in expanding God's kingdom around the globe using skills and talents that they already have.Show more
Author and pastor Bob Roberts Jr. is one of the architects of what church and Christian community can become in this new century. His unique approach to Christianity is based on what he calls T-Life (transformed life), which leads to a T-World (transformed world). Drawing inspiration from early church history and the emerging church in the developing world, Roberts envisions a new way of engaging the local church to achieve common goals. He calls for building a church culture rather than a church program. Glocal churches create disciples who, transformed by the Holy Spirit, are infiltrating today's culture on a global and local scale. In Roberts's terms, when we establish a relationship with Jesus Christ and begin applying his principles, we experience T-Life (transformed life). Transformation begins with a growing, interactive relationship with God that includes personal and corporate worship. This, in turn, results in community. As community serves others, transformation has both a global and local (glocal) impact and creates T-World. Transformation redefines the focus and practice of the church, not from external bells and whistles, but from the internal transformation of the very character of its people.Show more