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Now That I'm a Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus

Now That I'm a Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus [Kindle Edition]

C. Michael Patton
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You’ve become a Christian. Now what?

Michael Patton unpacks the basics of the Christian faith, helping you think carefully about God and live fully for God as you begin your new life in Christ. In ten easy-to-read chapters, this book will introduce you to the foundational teachings and life-giving practices of Christianity—from the doctrine of the Trinity to reading and understanding the Bible.

Designed as a handbook for the Christian life, this go-to guide will help you answer a crucial question: What does it mean to follow Jesus?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1537 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (15 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I've never come across a book which has so concisely and simply presented a complete picture of the essentials of being a Christian, without avoiding difficult subjects like suffering and providing some of the tools necessary for effective bible study and application in a contemporary setting, and a realistic, biblical view of prayer.
The calebre of information is of university standard yet presented in a way that I would have no qualms sitting with my 11 year old, going through it together over a few weeks, knowing that there is very little, if anything, that he wouldn't understand. Which is quitement achievement. All while avoiding taking a dogmatic position in non-essential subjects which have so devisive in causing unnecessary disunity in the church through the centuries, pointing out some of the historical errors along the way.
Its one of those books you want everyone to read, new Christians and those long in the tooth alike. Unfortunately mine's on Kindle so tied to me by the DRM, so I'm going to buy a paper copy to pass-on
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! The Bible College Basics of the Faith in less than 200 pages! 4 Mar 2014
By Trevor Ray Slone - Published on
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I am very, VERY pleased to have been privileged with having the opportunity to read this book by Michael Patton! I have been a Christian for almost 26 years, and eventually, after having finished Bible College and Seminary, I used to believe and tell people that every single Christian should go through at least the major courses in Bible and Theology that are taught in Bible college after they become a Christian, so that they could properly understand their faith. Well, after having read this book, I can honestly, from the bottom of my heart, and with all of my mind, say that now I truly believe that reading this book alone would be a sufficient substitution for those who have other things in their future besides Bible college or seminary! I can also honestly say that had I had access to a book like this, and this particular book especially, when I first became a Christian, I would no doubt have been able to be far more stable and secure in my faith over the first 22 years or so of my faith! If you are a believer or thinking about becoming one, READ THIS BOOK!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I've Ever Read for New Believers 14 Mar 2014
By ed grifenhagen - Published on
I grew up Jewish and came to know the Lord 10 years ago at age 38 after reading the Bible from Gen. 1 through Rev. 22:21. I then read anything I could get my hands on. It would have been awesome to have had "Now That I'm a Christian" at that time. I would have matured, as a Christian, much faster. Michael's book lays down the essentials of the faith in a simple and meaningful way majoring on the majors. I think that the Church does a pretty good job of leading people to the foot of the cross, but, in general, does a poor job of handling the next steps. This book is, absolutely, the perfect thing to get in the hands of a new believer. If you are a bit more mature, "Now That I'm a Christian" will go a long way in helping you to clearly articulate your faith. If you struggle with knowing the right things to say to your friends or family who are searching for truth, it will really help you to focus on the most important issues in our faith. Touche' Michael!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Elements of the Christian Faith 24 Mar 2014
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As a person who grew up in churches where no answers were given for hard faith questions (how Jesus could be both man and God, is God not logically the author of evil, what do you mean the Trinity means three people with one being, etc.), I do wish this book were available as a reference when I both had questions about the Christian faith as well as when I really became a follower of Christ. The author hits the issues head on and is transparent through the process.

Whether Protestant, Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox, this book describes the basis for belief and growth in the Christian faith, including the uniting beliefs and differing doctrine, as well as highlighting that which makes Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons considered non-Christian.

Though this book is intended to be an overview of salvation and sanctification in the Christian faith, it also provides theological guidance of the most important issues and points to solid references for further reading.

Not only do I highly recommend this book, but my family will all be going through it as an essential guide to the Christian faith!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource to Give New Christians 21 April 2014
By Chris Land - Published on
As a minister of the gospel, I have the joy of seeing people coming to faith in Jesus Christ. What I love as a youth pastor to see students come to faith in Jesus after being led by someone within the church other than myself. One of my struggle in the past has been to find what books/materials to give these new Christians to assist them in their new life with Jesus. Some materials that have been produced usually give verses to memorize, which there is not a bad thing, and questions to answer with no application.

Crossway has published a book that is dedicated to help new believers as they start their journey in following Jesus, Now That I Am A Christian written by C. Michael Patton, president of Reclaiming the Mind Ministries. This book simply aids a new believer in what he/she needs to know about the Christian faith and how to live it. The book is laid out in two parts, orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Orthodoxy simply means "to straighten your doctrine" while orthopraxy refers to "right practice."

The first half, orthodoxy, deals with introductory teachings on the Bible, man, God, Christ, and faith. Each chapter is gives sound teaching but not as one would read a theological book. Orthopraxy deals with five practices that "all Christians of all time have agreed about" which are prayer, study, church, suffering, and mission. I commend Patton on teaching new believers on the importance of the church of the believer especially going over what is the church. I also commend him for teaching on suffering. To be honest, I have never seen any "new Christian" material that teach on suffering. Christians are caught by surprised from suffering is a result of bad teaching from people who discipled them. Sadly, some Christians hear learn about suffering either later in their walk with Jesus or as they experience it first hand.

After reading this book, I rejoiced knowing there is now a simple new believer's guide to give a brother/sister in Christ as they begin their journey. The book is solid yet simple. This would be a great book for one maturing believer to lead a small group of new believers or just one-on-one discipleship.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 25 Mar 2014
By TJB - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Michael is an excellent scholar and a great teacher. This book is a great handbook for believers young and old alike. He's able to bridge all denominational loyalties and flavors to present some very basic but sophisticated material. I'm a Lutheran and he's a Baptist. I love his book.
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