Pursuing The Heart of God
Having read and reread Gary’s book, I count it a privilege to write this Foreword for him. As you will see, Gary asks some tough questions that we need to seriously consider and act upon.
In case you haven’t noticed, to a great extent, the Church in America has ceased to be a positive influence in our society. Its lack of relevance and power is evident in the droves of young people who have abandoned the church and the older generations are following suit.
We’ve also watered down the Gospel, robbing it of its glory, grace, and power. Instead of the life-altering challenge that Jesus issued to follow Him and forsake all else, we’ve reduced the Gospel to an easy-believe-ism that lacks any substance.
And as for discipleship, most Christians I speak with have no idea what it means to be a disciple (follower) of Jesus or how to disciple someone else. Jesus left us with the command to make disciples, but we either exempt ourselves from His command due to our ignorance, or we reduce disciple-making to a series of religious hoops to jump through.
I hope what I’m describing troubles you like it does me. But let me assure you, Gary’s book is not a rant to make us feel guilty or sad about the state of the church, the Gospel and discipleship in America. Instead, Gary offers a refreshing return to biblical Christianity.
I invite you to rediscover the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ in its simplicity and power. Gary will also lead you into a clear understanding of what it means to follow Jesus as His disciple and how simple and natural it is to make disciples.
Finally, Gary will give you a fresh look at what Jesus intended when He declared, “I will build My church….” I think you’ll be refreshed to hear what Gary reveals.
Gary is not alone or unique in his assessments of where we stand on the Gospel, the church and discipleship. He has joined the ranks of others who are calling us back to pure devotion to Jesus Christ.
I am grateful to Gary for writing this book because I believe there is a movement afoot to return to a biblical understanding of the Gospel, the church and discipleship. And we pray that this renewed understanding also ignites a hunger and thirst for God that sweeps our nation!
In His letter to the church at Ephesus, Jesus warned:
I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches. (Revelation 2:4-5 NLT)
Rob Fischer, follower of Jesus Christ