Impossible Commands

Impossible Commands

How to obey God when it seems that you can't

How to try less and depend more

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Numerous voices tell us constantly that there is no such thing as impossible. You can do whatever you want to do and you can be whatever you want to be. And this extends to obeying God’s commands.

Many of our problems in living for Jesus stem from the root problem that we think we can do it. We think that we have the power within us. We are told we can do it. We know we are supposed to be able to do it. If we aren't able to do it there is something wrong with us. So we all pretend we are doing it when deep down we know we aren’t.

That is the madness of our lives. It is the slavery of the impossible.

This book shows us that embracing the impossibility of our own obedience leads not to despair, but to true freedom as we look to the God who can do all things:

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

Author Jonty Allcock looks at ten impossible commands and four steps that will help us depend on God, bringing us to spirit-led obedience – I can’t, I’m sorry, Please help, and Let’s go!

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Contents

  • By impossible, I mean impossible
  • Lazarus, come out
  • Four steps
  • Impossible commands:
  • 1: Love God (with all your heart, soul, strength, mind)
  • 2: Rejoice in the Lord always
  • 3: Don’t be afraid
  • 4: Be perfect
  • 5: Devote yourself to prayer
  • 6: Love one another
  • 7: Give cheerfully
  • 8: Serve wholeheartedly
  • 9: Keep meeting together
  • 10: Make disciples

Specification

Author Jonty Allcock
ISBN 9781784983338
Format Paperback
First published 2019
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8"
Language English
Pages 192
Publisher The Good Book Company
Commendations

With illustrated clarity, pastoral warmth, and heart-searching persuasiveness, Jonty Alcock unpacks how disciples of Jesus should think about the impossible commands of God. With compelling, biblical, grace-focussed logic he shows that "the power to obey is to be found within the commands God has given". Unpacking four steps to joyful obedience, he then applies the steps to eight apparently impossible commands. Every disciple will identify with the struggles described in this book; every disciple, however long they have been following Jesus, will find help and hope in this book.

Jonathan Prime

Associate National Director (Pastoral Ministires), FIEC

This is one of those unusual Christian books that speaks with the earthy voice of the practical pastor and—at the same time—with the careful tones of the skilled theologian. So much good and meaty theology informs the realistic practicality! I hope this book will prove widely useful.

Christopher Ash

Writer in Residence, Tyndale House, Cambridge

There are usually two human responses to the difficult commands of Scripture: we come away either overwhelmed or dismissive. Either we despair at the way we fall short or try to water them down so as to fit our most comfortable behavior. But this book offers a different way—a more biblical way. God did intend for us to obey, otherwise he wouldn't have repeatedly told us to do these things. And yet he has always provided a way, in Jesus, for us to fulfill what seems impossible. This book is exactly what Christians like me need, who both see our inadequacies and God's tall orders. Jonty Allcock offers a pathway of grace-fueled obedience, a pastoral word to the tired, discouraged, lazy, and indifferent. God's people need this word and God has raised up this pastor and this book to be that word.

Daniel Darling

Vice President for Communications, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission | Southern Baptist Convention

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