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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 3rd edition edition (1 Oct. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340332131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340332139
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Watson was born in 1933, educated at Wellington College school and St. John's College, Cambridge where he gave his life to Christ. He became an ordained minister in the Church of England, starting work among the dock workers of Gillingham, Kent with John Collins and David McInnes at St Marks church. David's second curacy took him to the Round Church in Cambridge, where the vicar was Mark Ruston. Around the same time, encouraged by Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones, David sought the fullness of the Holy Spirit in his life and the modern Charismatic movement in Britain had one of its most important leaders. David became Curate-in-Charge of St. Cuthbert's, York in 1965 which was attended by no more than twelve at any service, and was twelve months away from redundancy. Eight years later the congregation had out-grown St. Cuthbert's resulting in a move to the much larger St. Michael le Belfrey opposite York Minster. Subsequently the congregation grew to many hundreds, in only a few years. As his ministry progressed, David Watson was involved with missionary enterprises throughout the world and was a high profile advocate of reconciliation and ecumenism in Northern Ireland. He pioneered work with the arts, using drama and dance in church for the first time. He met the Vineyard Leader John Wimber in 1980, and was one of the first people to welcome him and the Vinyard ministry to the UK. This encouraged the connection between Wimber and Terry Virgo of Newfrontiers. He left St. Michael-le-Belfrey in 1982 for London. He died of cancer on 18 February 1984 after recording his fight with the disease in a book, Fear No Evil. John Gunstone remarked of David Watson: "It is doubtful whether any other English Christian leader has had greater influence on this side of the Atlantic since the Second World War."

Shortly before he died David wrote the following:"The most important lesson I have learned in these past eleven months is that God loves me, is always with me - in the dark as in the light - and that I cannot trust him too much. The best is yet to be, once we have put our lives in Christ."

'David Watson was one of the best known and loved Christian leaders of modern times...he had an impact as evangelist and teacher second only to Billy Graham.' Michael Green

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'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me'

Matthew 16:24

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David Watson was an internationally renowned and much loved preacher and writer. He played a large part in the renewal ministry and was latterly based at St. Michael-le-Belfry, York.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Rogers on 18 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
I am just starting to adapt the material in this book to write a 6 week, 12 session course on discipleship, and will be encouraging all the students to read it. It is so clear and instructive that many people would benefit from it, especially those who have lost their way a bit and need a reminder about what the point of being a Christian is. Well worth a read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penguin on 3 July 2013
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I do not understand why this book is priced over £200?! Obviously I did not buy a copy from Amazon. Such a price would put off anyone! No. I was GIVEN a copy 23 years ago, and at the time, my copy was priced at £2.95! It sat on my bookshelf, and was never read until now. "Why now?" you may ask. It has taken me that long to appreciate the subject matter that the author was expounding. It does reflect some problems of today's Western churches!

This book is not for the faint-hearted. It addresses serious matter about discipleship. I do agree that the danger of today's faith is to soften Jesus' teaching about discipleship to make it more palatable to us and to suit our convenience. It is a modern day's disease, perhaps our greed, to keep wanting the best of both worlds. The book is telling us that this option does not exist if we are serious about being Jesus' disciples.

Jesus gave us a new command. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15: 12) In our time, Christ is manifest through His body, that is His church, in unity under His authority and headship. This is revealed as the "profound mystery". I have always pondered if it is possible to find a perfect church as instructed by Christ on earth. If we do not see it, how do we know how it looks like? If we appreciate how difficult this unity is among a group of sinners, we will appreciate why this is a mystery to us! and why Jesus goes as far as saying that the world will be convinced of who He is if and when they see believers become perfectly one (John 17: 20-23).

This book unravels the mystery for me and helps me catch a glimpse of what that perfect church / body of Christ, its outlook and its functions might just look like.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rev. D. C. Ashton on 12 Jan. 2009
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Thought provoking, challenging, inspirational, encouraging, correcting, instructive, powerful and relevant to living a life of Christian discipleship and obedience in the 21st century...an amazing book, and well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. M. Moorehead on 5 Dec. 2013
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This dear man we knew in York at the height of his ministry.A near redundant church was transformed into a church which flowed into expansion.,Indeed we needed a huge inner city church to meet the needs of that overflow.This in the sixties and seventies.
It confirmed a modern day prophecy 'I will fill My church with My glory!'
Sadly David died ,only fifty but his legacy continues.All his books are a worthwhile read
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