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‘Jesus: Simple and Pure’ will bring you back to the heart of Christianity, refocusing you on the character of Jesus. Wayne Cordeiro’s latest offering aims to strip away any unnecessary or misleading dross in your life, cutting back to the core. Wayne proposes that if we fix our eyes on Jesus, the rest of our worries will fall into place or fall away. Some brilliant points are made in this book - be sure to check out the special articles below for more info on its excellent insights, and on their provider - ‘Pastor Wayne’.
Jesus by Wayne Cordeiro was published by Baker in November 2012 and is our 26588th best seller. The ISBN for Jesus is 9780764210921.
1. Pure and Simple
2. Just Shy of Jesus
3. Avoiding the Subculture
4. Who Is This Jesus?
5. Tales of Hidden Service
6. One Thing
7. Eyes on the Harvest
8. Internal Corrections
9. The Power of Contentment
10. Living Life... Along the Way
11. The Way Home
12. Jesus Never Changes
‘Wayne Cordeiro is an experienced Pastor and Church planter whose ministry extends from his megachurch in Hawaii across continents, where he has helped to plant over one hundred churches. An author of eleven previous books, his latest work ‘Jesus: Pure and Simple’ calls readers to return to the heart of Christianity. It’s dangerous to live a faith that’s focussed on self-righteousness and moral issues. We need to return the character of Jesus as revealed to us in the Bible - studying what He did for us and living as He showed us how to live.’
"Once in awhile I catch myself reading a great book and I stop and say, 'I wish I'd written that!' Wayne Cordeiro puts me in that kind of envious mood. But even if I had written Jesus: Pure and Simple it would not have been done nearly as well. Because a book like this can only come from the heart of a man who knows his subject very well."
—Calvin Miller, speaker and author of ‘Letters From Heaven’
“What I love about this book is that the content and title match what every follower of Christ should long for. In a world where everything gets over complicated, we all need these reminders to keep the main thing, the main thing - purity and simplicity of walking with Jesus every day.”
- Doug Fields, speaker and author of ‘Fresh Start’
“To a generation that can’t find the real story amidst all the tradition, churchyness, poor street cred, or newspaper headlines, ‘Jesus: Pure and Simple’ is a breath of fresh air and should be the first place you start or start over.”
- Hugh Halter, pastor and author of ‘Sacrilege’ and ‘The Tangible Kingdom’
“If you’re sick, you need a doctor who knows how to study what’s wrong with you and offer a savvy diagnosis - your life might depend on it. And in ‘Jesus: Pure and Simple’, Wayne Cordeiro is spot-on in his diagnosis of a Christian culture that is sick of itself. His prescription? More of Jesus, and less of everything else. I couldn’t agree more.”
- Rick Lawrence, longtime executive editor of ‘Group Magazine’ and author of ‘Sifted’ and ‘Shrewd’.
In this book, Wayne Cordeiro gives a lot of wisdom and insight that will cause readers to think deeply about their faith. Also, he delivers some stunning challenges that will cause readers to make some drastic reassessments of themselves and the way they relate to Jesus Christ. Here, I will summarise a few of these, but I won’t be giving everything away -it’s essential that you read the book to see the light Wayne sheds on these points.
Rest IN Labours. In the very first chapter, Wayne gives the encouraging insight that the way Jesus works is not to give us occasional escape from the struggles we might experience at work, but instead he is ‘the rest in our labours’. This way, integration rather than escapism is espoused as readers are encouraged not to try to spend their time in work constantly anticipating their escape to better times in the evenings or in holidays or retirement. Rather, readers who return to the real Jesus will find joy in their work due to an enhanced perspective of their place in the kingdom and the value of their work.
Read the Word. Wayne Cordeiro doesn’t try to present a definitive work on who Jesus is. Instead, he reminds readers of the importance of finding Jesus, then he tells them where to find Him - God’s Word, in Scripture. Thus, the author does not present an alternative or simple Jesus; on the contrary, he highlights the importance of finding the real Jesus through studying the Bible. Rest assured that Cordeiro recognises Scripture as the ultimate authority on Jesus, and as it is his intention point people to Jesus, it’s natural that he urges readers to read the Word.
Real Servanthood. I often find that books decline in their usefulness toward the end as the author puts his most credible and well-argued points in first, then tries to fill up the remaining chapters with more tenuous arguments. In the light of this, the fact that this next point emerges on page 196 is very reassuring. Cordeiro writes ‘The truest assessment of a servant is how he responds when he is treated like one. That’s the litmus test. We all want to be known as servants just so long as nobody treats us like one.’ This really struck a chord with me - I realise that it’s true: I want to be known as a servant-hearted person, but if someone takes my service for granted and presumes that I will serve others - especially if they direct how I do it, then I get irritated. Examining the character of Jesus, we can see that he came to serve (rather than to rule, as many expected him to) - and when he was treated as a servant he did not revert (as we may well have done in his place) and assert himself as Lord of the Universe. If Jesus - God himself - can lower himself to this extent and maintain integrity in His servitude, how much more then, should we follow his example? It’s a much smaller step down.
Prayer or Promise? Here, Wayne Cordeiro warns us against praying and always expecting God to answer us in the way we anticipated. As the book of Isaiah says, His ways are higher than ours - so surely we cannot expect God to always respond in the way we think he will. Instead, Wayne says, we should pray with complete openness as to direction God chooses. Also, the author advises that we look to the Bible in search of God’s promises. Read in context, we can glean truth from Scripture that will save much time praying and stressing - as an extreme example - ‘God, do we have to continue animal sacrifice in order to gain eternal life?’ We could simply look to John 3.16, which explains that the sacrifice of Jesus is what enables those who believe in Him to have eternal life.
Wayne Cordeiro primary callings are to pastoring and church planting. 27 years ago, he and his wife Anna founded New Hope Church, Honolulu - since then it has grown to a weekend attendance of 14500. The church has received a number of accolades - ‘Outreach Magazine’ listed them in the ‘top five churches to learn from’. The church website claims that New Hope has seen over 73000 ‘first time decisions’ (to follow Jesus) since its founding.
As with many other prominent Christian figures, Cordeiro completes a number of roles and is not enrolled in a single occupation. ‘Pastor Wayne’ (as he is affectionately known) pastors New Hope Church in Hawaii, he is Chancellor of New Hope Christian College, he is an author of books on the Christian life, and he continues to found churches worldwide. Believe it or not, he still has time to enjoy music, reading, water sports and riding his Harley Davidson motorbike.
Wayne and his wife Anna currently split their time between Hawaii and Eugene, Oregon (where most of Wayne’s writing takes place). They have three married children and five grandchildren.
If you would like to read any of Wayne’s other books, I recommend that for insights on church-building, you try ‘The Irresistible Church’. For advice on living a fulfilled life, try ‘Seven Rules of Success’ and for leadership that avoids burn-out, read ‘Leading on Empty’.
|Author / Artist||Wayne Cordeiro|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Baker (November 2012)|
|Number of Pages||176|
|Page last updated||24th April 2018|