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  Understanding Jacobsen
A key to understanding Wayne Jacobsen is found in a line on p83 in FINDING CHURCH, "Every human dysfunction is the result of living as if we are not loved." (Written in the context of discipleship and community.
We were created to receive God's love; to know Him intimately; and to find human wholeness in that relationship. However, the story of sin; the Fall of man; the separation from God that it brought; and the consequences of sin are well known.
In our redemption through God's Son, Jesus Christ, we are brought back into relationship with God and are given opportunity to be "whole" once more. That entire process is love-based, i.e. both God's initiative to redeem us and our coming back into relationship with Him.
It is unfortunate that the wonder of that has been hijacked by fear based appeals, cheap grace, rules based definitions of godliness, and performance based understandings of God's love. The institutional church as we know it has historically done a lot to reinforce such, thus robbing God's people of the richness He provided for us at such an incredible cost.
Recovering a Biblical view of God; the God/man relationship; His definition of the Church, the Body of Christ; and the abundant life that follows redemption is what I understand Jacobsen to be about.
 
Wayne Jacobsen and "the Church"**
I've never read anyone who so richly portrays the glory of the Church in such simple terms. Wayne Jacobsen understands the core human need for intimacy with God; the measure to which it is offered to us through Jesus; the effect it has on us internally; the way it shapes human relationships; and how it authenticates our witness to others. Phew! Wow! You will find your heart pounding with excitement at times, concurrent with your mind being tempted to doubt and your flesh resisting.
If you are hungry for "more of God," I promise that Jacobsen's insights will help you. I similarly promise that if you are satisfied with a "good enough to escape hell and go to heaven when I die" kind of religion, and you want to keep it that way, you won't appreciate him at all!
If you accept "going to church" as the mark of "being a good Christian" you will be turned off by him, but if you believe that God intends something far richer for you - - read on!
If you are concerned about storm clouds on America's horizon, and "troubles" ahead for God's people in our increasingly immoral and God-mocking nation - - you will be encouraged and instructed. Jacobsen doesn't specifically address that but it would be the logical result of receiving the truths that he points out about relationships with God and within the Church.
 
Jacobsen has written several books and has many resources available for us, which I have listed on down under Wayne Jacobsen Resources. I highly recommend them but nobody is "balanced." We all typically go past center when trying to correct imbalances we see on a matter. (Balance is more likely to come from our seeking God together, and then hearing each other.)
 
In my mind Jacobson does that a bit in shifting us away from "the church" to "the Church," but I recognize the challenge in portraying the Church as God intends without making the present institutional church look inadequate. Nor are you likely to get well without acknowledging that you are ill.
 
Having said that, its not hard to benefit greatly from his larger sense of walking with God and each other without following him into areas where we disagree. I can learn from any man but I will follow no man. Embrace that, and let God take you where He will in your own journey! Jacobsen would want you to do that. Another principle is that, just as many people pick out a verse or two to make a point, without considering the context or the scripture as a whole, so you can misunderstand Jacobsen and judge him falsely by not understanding his overall message.
 

Okay - here are several of his books .

HE LOVES ME!, Learning to Live in the Father's Affection, Second Edition, by Wayne Jacobsen, Windblown Media. Read their book description here and read the 1st edition, free, online.

Wayne says, and I agree, that HE LOVES ME is the most important book he has written. It is basic to everything else he writes and without it you will misjudge him.

HE LOVES ME is formational for Christians or those seeking to know God, and please read my thoughts on it here. You can link to a WORD or PDF from there.

See Amazon.com info/reviews here for more info. Learn more here.

 

FINDING CHURCH
, What if there really is something more? by Wayne Jacobsen, Trailview Media. Their book description is here.

Twenty two delightful and reasonably short chapters which will resonate with anyone who has secretly believed that "there has to be more." There is, and Wayne Jacobsen does a wonderful job of presenting the "how" of it. I bought a whole bunch to give to family, my pastors and other friends, and I paste some comments inside the front cover to "bridge" my concerns and the book. (WORD or PDF)

I'm 13 years older than Jacobsen but he and I have been down a lot of the same paths in terms of the Charismatic Movement; trying small groups; struggling for "more" without attacking the church; trying to build a fellowship-based church; our attitude toward the spiritual gifts including Dominionism's "signs and wonders" movement; trusting God as our provider; and more. He has thought deeply into these areas and lays it out in a life-giving way in FINDING CHURCH. I am instructed and encouraged!
If you start reading and begin to feel like he's negative, jump ahead to Chapter 8, "Loved into Life" and finish the book, and then go back to the first seven chapters.
 
Read the Amazon.com reviews for more. They're $11.99, but if you by 12 on this page they're only $7.20 each, and if you buy 46 they're only $5.65 each, both with free shipping!
   
THE NAKED CHURCH, Revised Third Edition, Wayne Jacobsen, Body Life Publishers. Originally published as A PASSION FOR GOD'S PRESENCE) See their book description here.

For the hurting, the hungry, the brave, who have refused to settle for anything short of God's fullness which he promised us in Jesus Christ, his Son, despite any obstacle or discouragement of man or circumstance. (inside front page)

Organized in nine major sections and 21 chapters. Some sections will connect with you better than others, so keep reading. I personally got a little bogged down in the middle sections. After the opening chapters he moves into eight major sections:
   
Knowing the Living God
It's Not Too Difficult for You!
Letting God be God
Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus
Beware the Spirit of the Age
Life in the Father's Family
Greater Works Than These
In the Reality of Life
This is really REALLY good stuff. Here's a little thought provoking tidbit from p66. "To understand then what it means to 'accept Christ,' we have to ask not what qualifies us for a pardon from hell, but what opens the door for us to know the living God." That would revolutionize the church!
  Again, read the Amazon.com reviews for more insight and then try it. You'll like it! Free PDF of first edition, read it online or download it.
   
SO YOU DON'T WANT TO GO TO CHURCH ANYMORE, an unexpected journey, fiction, by Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman, Windblown Media. A fictional presentation of what the Church could actually look like. See their book description here.
This is a wonderful book, but please read HE LOVES ME and FINDING CHURCH along with it, for balance. This one will give you a new and exciting sense of what it means to walk with God and fellow believers in the Kingdom of God in our day. Fiction, but excellent. I really wish the title was WILL WE BE THE CHURCH, OR JUST GO TO CHURCH?, or something like that.
"If you're tired of just going through the motions of Christianity and want to mine the depths of what it really means to live deeply in Christ, you'll find Jake's story will give you hope for your own. This book probes the difficult questions and offers some far-reaching answers. It just might turn your world upside down as well!" (from back cover)
I recommend it highly but put this disclaimer (WORD or PDF) in the front of copies that I give away. I was first introduced to it by a young man who, after reading it felt that he and his family didn't need to "go to church" anymore, so they quit. For a while they had family and personal worship times, maybe along the lines of Heb. 10:19-23, but they didn't pursue active v10:24-25 fellowship with others and after while this beautiful family didn't believe in God at all. If they had read HE LOVES ME first, as a foundation for this one, that probably wouldn't have happened.
See Amazon.com info/reviews here for more info.

Buy books, read it online, get a free download, or print it at:
www.jakecolsen.com/contents.html

   
IN SEASON, Embracing the Father's Process of Fruitfulness, by Wayne Jacobsen, Trailview Media. Their book description is here.

I have this book but haven't read it yet. It was first published in 1991 as THE VINEYARD, later republished with parts of it in IN MY FATHER'S VINEYARD and in TALES OF THE VINE.

 
Read the Amazon.com reviews for more on this book. They're $11.99, but less in quantity.
   
AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS, Discover the lost art of "one anothering," by Wayne Jacobsen and Clay Jacobsen, Baker Book House. See book description here and the back cover on what may be an earlier printing.

Wayne and Clay worked together on this one. I have it and it looks like another good one but I haven't read it yet.

 
Read the Amazon.com reviews for more on this book. They're $14.99 but less on Amazon.


Wayne Jacobsen Resources
 
Wayne Jacobsen served as a pastor for twenty years and was a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. He now travels the world helping people learn to live deeply in the life of Jesus and to share it freely with others. He has written and worked with others on a number of books. (From the back cover of FINDING CHURCH)
www.lifestream.org, his main web site from which you can link to podcasts, his blog, bookstore and much more.
Free resources are here
Books, Videos, Audio Series, Lifestream Store (See "Bulk Discounts," but cheaper individually at Amazon.
Book HE LOVES ME, free PDF (read it online or download it)
Book THE NAKED CHURCH, free PDF of first edition. (When you buy it you get the third edition, which is what I have read.)
Book SO YOU DON'T WANT TO GO TO CHURCH ANYMORE, free PDF, read it online or download it in several versions.

** I use Church (capital C) to identify the Body of Christ as in the "they" and "them" of John 17. It is the active, vibrant and fruitful Church which is addressed in Rom. 12:4-6, I Cor. 1:2, I Cor. 12, Eph. 1:22-23, I Peter 2:1-10 and many other texts and which reflects His glory in our broken world . (See cross references from here).
I use church (small c) to identify the groups of Christians of similar persuasion who regularly meet in a certain building at a specific time under the direction of identified positional leaders. Some members are vibrant and alive but few have a strong sense of God in their daily life. Most have little awareness of meaningful partnership with others in a spiritual pilgrimage and essentially no thought of participating with God in making Him known to the ends of the earth.
Authentic Church can occur within the church but much that takes place within the church has little to do with the authentic Church, the Body of Christ.
 

 * Here’s a bottom-line thought. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by viewing American and world events as a wake-up call. If Christian-Americans were to take this to heart the resultant repentance and new Life would make us more like the people God always intended us to be. This would extend the time of God’s grace upon America; and/or empower us to stand firm and to serve Him effectively through difficulties. If such difficulties are only imagined by some (like me), we would have become a more authentic and vibrant Church and would have enjoyed God in an incredibly richer way. Regardless, we win. And regardless, it would be another proof that all things, even evil, ultimately serve the Lord our God! - Isaiah 46:9-10 - II Peter 3:8-9

 
     
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