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Book Review – Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

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16 thoughts on “Book Review – Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

  1. Mark Colgrove

    This sounds like just the book I’ve been looking for. We are currently undergoing a change in our philosophy of missions and how we approach the entire ministry. Keeping people in the seats os a hindrance to missions. It’s taken me 30 years in ministry to get it but I arrived at last. I’m definitely getting this book. It’s about time.

  2. Donald

    This really does sound like a breath of fresh air. I’m tired of overly protective pastors who believe they own their church members as if they were trinkets in a collection. All of this just to have bragging rights over the biggest Church in town. What about our Great Commission? We are commanded to go and to send.

  3. Anna

    I like the sound of this book. To be fair this isn’t a big church/ small church issue. Greear himself pastors a big church and seems to have this down. I grew up in small churches. My dad has been a pastor of a small church for 32 years. He is so faithful! Which is why I am marrying a man who pastors a small church. I love small churches! Faithfulness is underrated. But one thing I know for sure is that small churches struggle with this just as much. If one family leaves, how does that affect the giving? What message does it send to those who stay and see empty chairs which were once occupied? Whatever the dynamic, sending is hard. I can’t wait to get this book!

    • ajcerda

      Anna I agree! Small churches have the same struggles and the dynamics are different. Congrats on your engagement!

  4. Well you know Joseph and me we are all about going and sending. well about going I guess because we dont relly send we just go but we believe in sending!

  5. Kimber

    Greear is one of my favorite writers and preachers! He doesn’t always take the most direct route to scripture and this bugs a lot of people who think concretely. Often he will take a principle out of a text and apply the principle to his point rather than using the passage in its context. I have read a lot of people who don’t like this because they say he takes it out of context. But he is extracting biblical principles and applying those to his topic rather than saying “this is what the text means”. Personally I like this approach because it applys bible principles to all of life. I ordered this book but still not here 🙁 boo.

    • ajcerda

      Kimber I think you nailed it!

  6. Darius

    Kimber I agree! That describes him perfectly!

  7. Dave McComb

    What a novel idea- obey the great commission instead of building an empire? It’s such a good idea it’s like it came from scripture or something! Looking forward to reading this one.

  8. Justin

    Kimberly good point! His blog posts are like that too. Drives me crazy! I usually agree with him but always wonder how he gets there from the scripture he uses.

    • Kimber

      Well thanks for agreeing Justin but my name is Kimber minus the ‘ly’. Just saying 🙂

  9. Thanks for another great review Aaron!

  10. Andrew

    I just want to make sure but I assume you think the looseness with scripture is still okay since he maintains biblical principles. I’m guessing so since you rated it high.

    • ajcerda

      That is correct Andrew. Overall he didn’t say anything unbiblical and even if the points he made from scripture were not the exact point of the passages he used he correctly identifies the principles and then responsibly applies them to his topic.

  11. Ryan

    This would be very difficult in my church. We have about 50 on any given week. But I agree with the premise and so that leaves me with nothing else to do but work on how we could start sending. I just ordered this one and the Keller book.

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