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By the Way

Getting Serious about Following Jesus
By the Way

By author: Derek Vreeland
Product Code: 80586
ISBN: 9781513805863
Binding Information: Paperback / softback

Publication Date: 5/15/2019

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Includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter!

Foreword by Derwin Gray, founding pastor of Transformation Church and former NFL player.

What if asking Jesus into our hearts is not the heart of the gospel?

In By the Way, pastor and author Derek Vreeland reframes everything we’ve been told about Christianity and what it means to follow Jesus. Discipleship isn’t an add-on. Jesus didn’t say, “Go into all the world and get people saved” or “Get people to ask me into their hearts.” Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples.” Reclaiming discipleship as the heart of the Christian faith means seeing anew the gospel, the cross, the resurrection, transformation, and the community of faith. We learn the ways of Jesus by practicing them, Vreeland says, and in By the Way, he introduces us to the ways of Jesus.

Discipleship means joining God’s joyful mission of reconciliation on earth, not just saving souls for the afterlife. Following Jesus is more like taking a long walk in the woods than sitting in a classroom. Living by the Way takes practice—and that’s the point.

Free downloadable study guide available here.

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Review by: Tara Beth Leach - April 29, 2019
“Robust, accessible, rich, and contextual. . . . This is a book every pastor should want their congregation to read.”
Review by: David Fitch - April 29, 2019
“Like a splash of water to the face, By the Way awakens us to the realities of discipleship. . . . Winsome, story-filled, theologically sound. In writing this book, Vreeland is pastoring us to a deeper Christian life.”
Review by: Glenn Peckiam - April 29, 2019
“This book will help us become better followers of Jesus and better at inviting others to do the same.”
Review by: Rich Villodas - April 29, 2019
“Offers a fresh vision of what it means to say yes to Jesus’ way, which immerses us in truth and invigorates us with life.”
Review by: Derwin Gray - April 29, 2019
“I know this book will grip your heart. . . . Through the pages of this book, Derek Vreeland is going to help you reimagine what it means to follow Jesus.”
Review by: Marlena Graves - April 29, 2019
“This book is a breath of fresh air! Following Jesus is indeed a loving way of life. . . . It would behoove those of us serious about living out the gospel to pay attention and to learn—or perhaps relearn—from Derek Vreeland.”
Review by: Bruxy Cavey - April 29, 2019
“Thank you, Derek Vreeland, for capturing the beauty of the way of Jesus in this practical and compelling guidebook for followers of Jesus. By the Way shows us how a life of radical allegiance to Jesus is not only possible, but the only way to really live.”
Review by: Brian Zahnd - April 29, 2019
“An important and timely book written by an experienced pastor seeking to close the embarrassing gap between what is glibly called ‘salvation’ and the way of discipleship that Jesus actually calls us to. By the Way will help many people discover the way that leads to life.”

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