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Make God's Love Tangible
In today’s church, there seems to be two well-intentioned groups. “Deed” people feed the hungry and help the poor, while “Word” people proclaim the gospel and engage in apologetics. The two often seem to compete with one another, but God always intended them to be partners. Sacrificial love can grab the attention of those we serve, opening their ears and minds to the words we share.
In Tangible, author and Pastor Chris Sicks explains how God's people can effectively introduce hurting people to God through intentional acts of kindness. This book does more than discuss these good ideas. It’s full of ways to make God known to the needy in your community today.
• A thorough resource section
• Ministry examples
• Discussion questions for personal study or group discussion
By sharing both words of truth and deeds of mercy, God's people will reflect Christ’s love—the most tangible proof of God’s existence.
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Chris Sicks makes a strong, Biblically sound case for the dovetailing of Word and Deed ministry. Too often, modern ministry goes one direction or the other. Jesus did both and we should follow his example. This would be an excellent small group study. Each chapter ends with challenging questions that would make for great discussions. I highly recommend this book!
9/18/2013 11:32:26 PM
Making the Gospel Tangible
Tangible is a beautiful look inside the heart, mind and life of a man called to love others well. When my 11-year old nephew asked me what it was about, I told him it was a book about being Jesus to people who were in pain, so they could meet Jesus face-to-face.
This book is about mercy as an apologetic, which makes the gospel tangible for people who have real world pains. Chris weaves his own stories of personal need coupled with biblical truth to share how Jesus has cared for him and his family. He also shares his years of experience in caring for others and demonstrates the transformative power of grace to change lives through the gospel ministry of mercy. The word and deed ministry of grace brings Jesus to a hurting world in desperate need of his saving mercies. Chris demonstrates how Jesus comes into the darkness to bring others into the light through greats acts of love, humility and mercy.
If you want to learn and see how to tangibly love others, then I would highly recommend reading Tangible.
9/14/2013 2:06:37 PM
3 Cheers for "Tangible Grace"
This is a difficult book to put down! I read through Tangible in two days; yet still, weeks later, I continue to ruminate on Sicks profound insights. I find myself questioning the purity of my motives, whether I am giving beyond my comfort zone, and how I might seize opportunities to give God credit for every good deed.
In Tangible, Sicks articulates, through Scripture and personal accounts, a compelling case for the transformative power of “tangible grace.” As Psalm 85 declares, mercy and truth are inseparable; and in Tangible, illustrations abound of hearts renewed and lives restored when the Church shifts its focus and truly become God’s sheltering arms to the hurting.
Tangible takes on one of life’s most perplexing mysteries - the purpose of suffering. One of my favorite quotes from the book is: "our broken relationship with God is the ache that lurks behind every other pain.” No stranger to suffering himself, Sicks lovingly suggests that suffering can be redeemed by “tangible grace,” extended in love by those who have already experienced the sufficiency and mercy of their loving Savior.
This book lays out the beauty of what we all can be, not in our own strength, but guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. WE CAN always be on the lookout for hurting people, ready to step in and provide any love and support that we have at our disposal. WE CAN point hurting people toward the Savior who is always mindful and responsive to their pain.
One last observation, the discussion questions at the end of each chapter are the best I have ever seen when it comes to driving home the big ideas and truly challenging the reader to apply the concepts in an authentic manner. I definitely recommend this book to individuals and groups interested in gaining wisdom regarding “faith vs. works” and to anyone who desires to live the life Christ died to give us.
9/8/2013 2:03:33 PM
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Seeing IS Believing
Tangible is an amazing testament to the gift of being present, and to the credibility of compassion toward others.
The lingering love described on these pages serves as a powerful witness to the Love of Christ, and is a true encouragement and resource for equipping oneself to living mercifully in a broken world. I emphatically recommend it!
8/24/2013 5:25:11 AM