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Could you be the answer to the problems you see?   Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?   Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple tr Could you be the answer to the problems you see?   Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?   Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that you can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability.      You can do it. Now it's time to just stand up and say you will!


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Could you be the answer to the problems you see?   Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?   Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple tr Could you be the answer to the problems you see?   Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?   Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that you can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability.      You can do it. Now it's time to just stand up and say you will!

30 review for I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sunshine Rodgers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a new author to me and it was a pretty short book, so I finished it pretty quickly. This book is specifically targeted towards Believers and primarily church go-ers. Rainer is a pastor and I'm sure he's seen it all when it comes to the excuses church members make for not participating in events, volunteering their time or joining a church group. So this book is Rainer's thoughts on the issues of neglect and complacency within the church. He shares stories about how to prevent church burn This is a new author to me and it was a pretty short book, so I finished it pretty quickly. This book is specifically targeted towards Believers and primarily church go-ers. Rainer is a pastor and I'm sure he's seen it all when it comes to the excuses church members make for not participating in events, volunteering their time or joining a church group. So this book is Rainer's thoughts on the issues of neglect and complacency within the church. He shares stories about how to prevent church burn-out and how to see church for what it is...imperfect people who just want to worship God together in fellowship. Rainer shares thoughts on how we can improve the church environment as well as refocus our attitude about this corporate setting of Believers. Rainer shares "Points to Ponder" at the end of every chapter. At the end of the book, Rainer has a "sign/date" agreement that the reader will focus, pray and be relevant in your church. This book did inspire me to become more active in my local church and not to become a spectator...but a do-er..in volunteering my time and serving my church and community!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I WILL:NINE TRAITS OF THE OUTWARDLY FOCUSED CHRISTIAN by Thom S. Rainer is a book about "...a believer in Christ and a church member. It is about learning how to have complete joy in your service through your church. It is about becoming a fully functioning member of the body...of Christ. It is about saying, "I will" instead of focusing inward on our wants and desires. Philippians 2:1-11 The nine traits are: 1. I will move from "I am" to "I will" 2. I will worship with others 3. I will grow together I WILL:NINE TRAITS OF THE OUTWARDLY FOCUSED CHRISTIAN by Thom S. Rainer is a book about "...a believer in Christ and a church member. It is about learning how to have complete joy in your service through your church. It is about becoming a fully functioning member of the body...of Christ. It is about saying, "I will" instead of focusing inward on our wants and desires. Philippians 2:1-11 The nine traits are: 1. I will move from "I am" to "I will" 2. I will worship with others 3. I will grow together with others 4. I will serve 5. I will go 6. I will give generously 7. I will not be a church dropout 8. I will avoid the traps of churchianity 9. I will make a difference I recommend this little inspirational book to all church members. At the end of each chapter there are 4 'points to ponder'. It would be suitable for a small group study. 4.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I wish every church member, every Christian would read this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Josh Miller

    A succinct follow-up to his previous book, I Am A Church Member. I love the two words that Rainer uses throughout the book - "I will." They are the two words that the church needs to hear on a more frequent basis. Love that the nine "I Will" statements are stated at the end of the book along with a place for signature. A succinct follow-up to his previous book, I Am A Church Member. I love the two words that Rainer uses throughout the book - "I will." They are the two words that the church needs to hear on a more frequent basis. Love that the nine "I Will" statements are stated at the end of the book along with a place for signature.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike Sambuco

    This is another valuable book that all believers and church members should read, in my opinion. Along with the author's "I Am A Church Member," it would help to prevent many issues that have become common place in many congregations. This is another valuable book that all believers and church members should read, in my opinion. Along with the author's "I Am A Church Member," it would help to prevent many issues that have become common place in many congregations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    CJ Bowen

    Basic, solid, and motivating.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David Steele

    “I want hymns in the worship service.” “I want sermons that are practical and tug on my emotional apron strings.” “I want a slick youth program.” “I want the worship team to dress up.” “I want a quarterly business meeting.” “I want, I want, I want.” This is the lament of many twenty-first century Christians. It is a cry that has been informed by our consumer-based culture. It is an inward cry that makes a plea on the basis of personal preference. That is the subject of Thom Rainer’s excellent lit “I want hymns in the worship service.” “I want sermons that are practical and tug on my emotional apron strings.” “I want a slick youth program.” “I want the worship team to dress up.” “I want a quarterly business meeting.” “I want, I want, I want.” This is the lament of many twenty-first century Christians. It is a cry that has been informed by our consumer-based culture. It is an inward cry that makes a plea on the basis of personal preference. That is the subject of Thom Rainer’s excellent little book, I Will: None Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian. Rainer contrasts the inward pleas above with a response that is outward. Instead of “I want,” he urges Christians to begin with “I will.” “It is about learning how to have complete joy in your service through your church,” Rainer writes. “It is about becoming a fully functioning member of the body. The author argues that right attitudes (“I am”) lead to right actions (“I will”). “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the in- interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4, ESV). Readers are therefore encouraged to commit to the following right actions: 1. I Will Move From “I Am” to “I Will” 2. I Will Worship With Others 3. I Will Grow With Others 4. I Will Serve 5. I Will Go 6. I Will Give Generously 7. I Will Not Be a Church Dropout 8. I Will Avoid the Traps of Churchianity 9. I Will Make a Difference There is nothing original here - just biblical admonition for Christ-followers who desire to make a maximum impact with their lives to the glory of God. Readers who are trou- bled by Rainer’s challenges should look deeply at their own motives and their commitment to the local church. Personally, I was deeply encouraged by Rainer’s timely book. I Will is a reminder that a self-focused approach to Christianity will only do harm and discourage the household of faith. The nine traits that Rainer advances will serve the church well and prompt spiritual growth among the faithful flock of God. I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Ligon

    A very helpful resource by Thom Rainer! "I Will" is basically the sequel to his earlier book, "I am a Church Member." In the earlier book, Rainer examined the attitudes and motivations of church members; in this book he focuses more on our actions in a church setting. Of the two, I found this book to be more helpful to me. In some very practical ways, Rainer compares the expectations that we often have for church to what church life should really look like. Along the way, he has some healthy cri A very helpful resource by Thom Rainer! "I Will" is basically the sequel to his earlier book, "I am a Church Member." In the earlier book, Rainer examined the attitudes and motivations of church members; in this book he focuses more on our actions in a church setting. Of the two, I found this book to be more helpful to me. In some very practical ways, Rainer compares the expectations that we often have for church to what church life should really look like. Along the way, he has some healthy criticism for "churchianity," the real culture of church tradition that is all too often lived out in our congregations in the place of true Christianity. Rainer's chapter headings are pretty convicting on their own: I will move from "I am" to "I will." I will worship with others. I will grow together with others. I will serve. I will go. I will give. I will not be a church dropout. I will avoid the traps of churchianity. I will make a difference. Rainer brings to the table a wide knowledge of church surveys and statistics, an engaging writing style, and most of all, a passion for the institution of the local church. Any church member would benefit from reading this book. I received a digital copy of this book for free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are entirely my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    A very interesting point of view about church members! I'm not really into non-fiction books but I did enjoy this one. Is a quick read and definitely recommended! A very interesting point of view about church members! I'm not really into non-fiction books but I did enjoy this one. Is a quick read and definitely recommended!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amber Yager

    Absolutely incredible book, full of God's word and His promises! This book truly makes you self-evaluate and is the perfect mix of encouragement and blunt (much needed) truth. Each chapter concludes with "points to ponder" which allow you to dive even deeper into the scriptures and the application to yourself specifically. Throughout the book, the reader is supplied with specific real-life examples that we can relate to, as well as applicable scripture references. I can't say enough about this b Absolutely incredible book, full of God's word and His promises! This book truly makes you self-evaluate and is the perfect mix of encouragement and blunt (much needed) truth. Each chapter concludes with "points to ponder" which allow you to dive even deeper into the scriptures and the application to yourself specifically. Throughout the book, the reader is supplied with specific real-life examples that we can relate to, as well as applicable scripture references. I can't say enough about this book. One of my favorite parts is the appendix, where there is a statement by statement commitment for the reader, complete with a "Sign and date" line. My only regret is that I purchased this on my Nook and do not have the ability to make notes and highlight specific areas. I can promise you I will be getting a hard copy of this one!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Chester

    "I will" is a relatively short book outlining in progressive steps nine traits of a more effective Christian. These nine traits all center around being a contributing member in a church body. Rainer claims that many Christians are stuck in a me-first, country club church kind of attitude, and that this sort of behavior has been contributing to the overall decline of the church in America. Rainer doesn't simply accuse and bemoan, however. He presents a strategy for helping Christians who are stuc "I will" is a relatively short book outlining in progressive steps nine traits of a more effective Christian. These nine traits all center around being a contributing member in a church body. Rainer claims that many Christians are stuck in a me-first, country club church kind of attitude, and that this sort of behavior has been contributing to the overall decline of the church in America. Rainer doesn't simply accuse and bemoan, however. He presents a strategy for helping Christians who are stuck in this way of thinking through a set of progressively more involved steps. The book is challenging and doesn't let any excuses slide, but at the same time it is encouraging to make a change and to help one more closely become aligned with the mission of the kingdom of God through the local church.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rev. Linda

    Our pastor encouraged our congregation to read this one, and it has some really good points about what being a Christian can look like in a church ---From the Publisher: Now is the time to stand up and say, 'I Will!' Could you be the answer to the problems you see' Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it' Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will la Our pastor encouraged our congregation to read this one, and it has some really good points about what being a Christian can look like in a church ---From the Publisher: Now is the time to stand up and say, 'I Will!' Could you be the answer to the problems you see' Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it' Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last' Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that you can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Goncalves

    This is a short book dealing with a important topic: church membership. The author describes traits that are necessary for a church and its members to be healthy. I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about leaving a church over preference (note, I don’t suggest staying in a church with doctrine issues, not following, or skipping passages, of the Bible) issues. You will never find the perfect church ... because it doesn't exist. Because of this we need to manage our expectations. This is a short book dealing with a important topic: church membership. The author describes traits that are necessary for a church and its members to be healthy. I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about leaving a church over preference (note, I don’t suggest staying in a church with doctrine issues, not following, or skipping passages, of the Bible) issues. You will never find the perfect church ... because it doesn't exist. Because of this we need to manage our expectations. We do this by: staying, being committed, finding a place to serve, and praying for elders and leaders. God will honor and bless that kind of commitment.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Darling

    So this was a good book. That's the bottom line. However, I found it to be slanted to the negative a bit. The assumption in this book was that church members are usually consumeristically driven and that many churches are country club style, contentious places to worship. While I see a lot of good in what Rainer is doing with this book, I'm a little iffy on how intensely I want to recommend it. I'm afraid a reader will get into the book and think, "well this doesn't describe me very well, so may So this was a good book. That's the bottom line. However, I found it to be slanted to the negative a bit. The assumption in this book was that church members are usually consumeristically driven and that many churches are country club style, contentious places to worship. While I see a lot of good in what Rainer is doing with this book, I'm a little iffy on how intensely I want to recommend it. I'm afraid a reader will get into the book and think, "well this doesn't describe me very well, so maybe I don't have much to get out of it." I'd hate for that to be the approach.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Mann

    This is the sequel to I Am A Church Member, and I think it is better! In fact, we seek to give a copy to every person who attends our membership class. This book focuses on the practical actions of a faithful church member where as I Am A Church Member deals with the proper attitude. What I love about this book (and the reason we give it away instead of the other one) is that the first chapter summarizes I Am A Church Member. Therefore, you get the best of both worlds...the right attitude and ac This is the sequel to I Am A Church Member, and I think it is better! In fact, we seek to give a copy to every person who attends our membership class. This book focuses on the practical actions of a faithful church member where as I Am A Church Member deals with the proper attitude. What I love about this book (and the reason we give it away instead of the other one) is that the first chapter summarizes I Am A Church Member. Therefore, you get the best of both worlds...the right attitude and actions of a faithful church member.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dave Weiss

    I just read a fantastic little book by church researcher, Thom Rainer, called I Will. The book is meant as a call to action to church members. Specifically it challenges us on nine major topics, such as, worship, study, growth, evangelism, etc. In typical Rainer fashion, the book is challenging, helping church members to see what it means to faithfully serve Christ. I am thinking of starting a new small group at my church. This book is a strong contender for our first study text.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wizard

    Phenomenal! A convicting read to say the least! Having been disenchanted by churches myself, this book boldly challenged me to reevaluate myself and my relationship with the local church, even at the risk of losing me as a reader! If you have found yourself experiencing one distasteful church after another, I strongly encourage you to read this book and really take a look under the hood to find out the source of the problem!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ken Grant

    Received this for free, but it would have been worth paying for. Short, yet focused and filled with a practical approach for making the church an entity that will bring real change in the world. Encourages the individual church member to commit to acting in a way that will influence those inside and outside the church. Helpful for church leaders who are seeking to galvanize those who attend to a higher commitment based not on legalism, but on a true zeal that is rooted in individual gifting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Durham

    A very quick read that will make you look at yourself. I am a God fearing believer who knows I can do better. Instead of talking about what others are not doing....the search light needs to be turned inward. I must and will do and be a better version of me....a better version of what MY God expects.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Will Waller

    I Will speaks to the heart of many a pastor's frustration: church members do not participate because they believe someone else will do the work. Beyond this obvious diagnosis, the author notices that churches can struggle when they forget the why for what they do. They are focused on getting jobs done rather than growing people. This is the perfect book for a book study or small group. I Will speaks to the heart of many a pastor's frustration: church members do not participate because they believe someone else will do the work. Beyond this obvious diagnosis, the author notices that churches can struggle when they forget the why for what they do. They are focused on getting jobs done rather than growing people. This is the perfect book for a book study or small group.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Bjorgan

    A simple and short book by Thom Rainer that pulls no punches. If I was to give a book on practical theology to the everyday church goer, this might just be it. Each chapter is laid out as a challenge for Christians to practice in order to be engaged and vitalized, especially in a world where apathy often seems to win the day. Blunt, convicting, and inspiring. Easy to read in one sitting.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Church can be more! More than a country club. More than my little clique. More than where I wield power. A place where I serve others, whoever they may be and whatever they may be like.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I really enjoyed it, our church is going through it on Wednesday night. My hope is that it encourages people to have a positive impact on their local church. I really feel like that is what the book is about, are you a helpful member of the body of Christ or something else.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Cash

    This book is all about engagement. The only way you will truly get the most out of this book is if you engage in it's tools and are willing to be molded. That being said. It is a great book which will empower both yourself and your congregation to goto the next level in him. This book is all about engagement. The only way you will truly get the most out of this book is if you engage in it's tools and are willing to be molded. That being said. It is a great book which will empower both yourself and your congregation to goto the next level in him.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Excellent listen. Really great points and reflection questions as well as ways to apply this in my own life, small group and church.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    it's a good, motivational read for church members. it's not all about me and my wants. it's a good, motivational read for church members. it's not all about me and my wants.

  27. 5 out of 5

    william herzog

    Good reminder I like that is not formulaic at all and yet helpful. Reminds us what we are here to do and who we are here for.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Reeder

    This is a worthwhile read after the original on church membership. Our church is currently buying these books by the case. Its a great resource to integrate into church membership.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Candy Shepard

    Fantastic little book thats full of raw honesty. Only honesty like this will get to the soul of the church band revive her!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Bogzevitz

    Very well written, thought provoking book for the Christian community.

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