Former North Georgia pastor and district superintendent Warren Lathem is the co-author with Dan Dunn of a new book titled, Preaching for a Response: Leading New Believers into Spiritual Maturity (Bristol House).
A good friend of mine, writer Beverly Varnado, has this to say about it:
I know first hand the effects of Dr. Lathem’s preaching. Almost 30 years ago, during the darkest time in my life, his ministry was a key element which led me back into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
As I read the book, my heart danced at the harvest God will bring as a result of the implementation of what is shared in Preaching for a Response.
The book is also getting kudos from North Georgia Bishop Lindsey Davis:
These men know how to lead a church in making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. A key to disciple-making is preaching with every expectation that people will respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
An excellent example of engaging a congregation and expecting a response is found in Dan Dunn’s sermon, “Yaweh: God Is.”
Here is his conclusion:
So where are you today?
- What part of your life are you trying to control instead of letting God have control?
- What sin are you holding on to?
- What addiction are you unwilling to give up?
- What person have you chosen not to forgive?
- What person in your life have you be unwilling to share the gospel with?…
- What ministry has God called you to that you’ve been rejecting?
- What miracle have you turned down because it didn’t come in the form you expected?…
I invite you today to take a big step closer to God…. It will be different for each of us. But we are all invited by God today to look into that burning bush with Moses and hear God say “I am who I am,” and live our lives accordingly, in a responsible relationship with Him.
During Dr. Lathem’s 17 years at Mt. Pisgah UMC in Alpharetta, Ga. (Dan Dunn was his associate for part of that time), the church grew to be the fourth largest UM church in the nation. More than 60 percent of those who joined Mt. Pisgah were new believers who joined “by profession of faith.”
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