Sunday, November 13, 2016

Keeping the Fire by Rolland Baker

The Bakers have had decades of a fruitful ministry in Mozambique. Rolland Baker shares in this book what has kept their fire going.

He gives the core values that have guided their ministry. 1. Find God. Hearts are hungry for a Person. Their focus has been seeking and finding God with all their hearts. 2. Depend on Miracles. That requires humble hearts and trusting God. Baker recounts many of the miracles they have experienced. 3. Go to the Least. Prove the love of God by helping the poor. Adorn the Gospel with love and good works. 4. Suffer for Him, if Necessary. They know they must die to live. They are willing to give up all for the Gospel and they share many experiences. 5. Rejoice in the Lord. Many reasons for joy in their work are given and we are reminded of the subject of their joy, Jesus.

I really like how the Bakers approach ministry. Their theology is well developed and balanced. They embrace the work of the Spirit but do not neglect the work of the cross. Baker is quick to say that these are their core values and every ministry cannot be made to fit them. Each ministry must seek God and find their own values.

He also suggests that these core values should be a part of the normal Christian life. As we stay on the path of adoration of Christ, we live out these values.

I recommend this book to Christians who want to know how to keep the fire of revival burning in their own lives and in the lives of others. The ministry of the Bakers' is a good example and great inspiration.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Rolland Baker and his wife, Heidi, are the founders of Iris Global (www.irisglobal.org). After serving as missionaries in Indonesia and Hong Kong, the Bakers followed God's call to Mozambique in 1995. Through their ministry, they watch God provide miraculously for well over 10,000 children every day, plus many more through the Iris network of more than 15,000 churches, Bible schools, primary schools and remote outreach programs. They live in Mozambique, Africa.

Chosen Books, 144 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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