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Bücher von Paul Clayton Gibbs


Jesus hat gesagt, dass die Bibel neue und alte Schätze in sich birgt. Doch warum gibt es dann so wenige Christen, die sie studieren? Ist sie zu schwer zu verstehen oder liegt es vielleicht an der Art und Weise, wie sie gelehrt wird? Hat die Bibel vielleicht ein Problem im mittleren Management?

Haverim bietet uns eine neue Methode, Gottes Wort zu erleben. Sie wird den Anforderungen einer Gesellschaft gerecht, die sich ihre Informationen selbst beschaffen will, anstatt sie sich aufs Auge drücken zu lassen. Indem er den Ausbildungsweg der Rabbis erforschte, hat Paul Clayton Gibbs ein Muster aus vier Schritten entwickelt, das dir alles Nötige dafür gibt, damit du mit jedem alles studieren kannst! In dieser aktualisierten Ausgabe lernst du, wie du Gottes Wort in all seinen Facetten erkunden kannst — und das zusammen mit Menschen, die keinen, nur wenig oder sogar einen anderen Glauben haben.

Haverim ist auch ein praktischer Weg, Hauskreise zu gründen, die für jeden offen sind und keinen ausschließen. Es ist ein Hilfsmittel für Freunde, die zusammen studieren wollen, um Gott zu kennen und Ihn bekannt zu machen.
Die Hebräer damals nannten sie … Haverim.

Leseprobe auf Englisch


Why are many post-modern churches producing pre-reformation Christians?

Before the reformation, when the only organized and recognized church was the Catholic Church of Rome, it refused to allow scripture to be available in any language other than Latin. The people of God had to completely rely on those few religious professionals who could pass on the Bible’s message. They could not unravel it for themselves. No one could question an interpretation because few people, other than priests, could read it. For the most part in today’s evangelical churches, the Bible may as well be written only in Latin once again.

Few study it.

Even less pass it on.

We get all of our interpretation from the leaders we idolize. We are more likely to know the words of Max, Bill, Rick, and Francis than we are to know the words of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

We may not live in the dark ages anymore, but when it comes to understanding the Word of God, we live in the days of willing ignorance, the era of acceptable limitations.

We live in the ‘dim ages.’


We need, therefore, to go beyond curriculum to culture.

If we truly believe that God will change our world and use our churches to do it, then now is the time to build our great, attractive, relevant churches with His understanding of study in mind.

The inventor Sir James Dyson said that reinvention requires a passionate anger about something that doesn’t work.

And something isn’t working, is it?

By that, I mean the purely invitational approach that brings in a crowd
through a great presentation to ‘study the Bible’ by filling in blanks on a
worksheet. That idea is compromised, incomplete, and a little perverted.

It can grow churches, but does it grow His Kingdom?

In most churches, only core members attend Bible studies, and they rarely experience a method of study that can be easily reproduced in other settings or for other passages and topics.

A Bible class experience teaches them what to think, not how to think.

I am committed to getting people on the same page and drawing them to absolute truth. The problem with most curricula, however, is that they
ultimately teach us to search for answers, but not for God. And by answers, I mean the one answer of the one presenter. Once we know that one answer, we quickly get bored. The Word of God becomes cliché: something profound, but weakened by constant repetition of the same over-used explanations.

It loses its vitality. It loses its surprise.

The further problem is that this method of study does not equip us to share that truth with others. It is inflexible, uncreative, and outdated. We live in a new world, with new opportunities, and the need for a new transferable way to share our Gospel.

As I write this chapter, I am sitting at a table in my local Starbucks. Nearby sits an older gentleman who is smartly dressed and a touch debonair. He has just tucked a paper napkin into his collar as he tries to avoid dripping mayonnaise while negotiating a turkey and cheese sandwich. I am wondering how I can start a conversation with him.

If I do manage to chat with him and he shows an interest in discovering faith in Jesus, I know that I now have a new way of sharing it with him —one that approaches the Bible from whatever angle he needs to approach it, one that will present questions not just answers, and one that will guide him through a multi-faceted journey until he can discover for himself the truth of Jesus.

I am also sitting here wondering how other followers of Jesus would feel in my position right now. Would they even want to start that conversation, or would they avoid it because they have no idea how to unpack the scriptures with a neighbor?

Is the spirit willing, but the training weak?

I think it may be.

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The Seed and the Cloud

„Herr, wohin soll ich gehen? Was soll ich tun?“ Oft ist es schwierig, auf diese Fragen eine klare Antwort zu bekommen. Doch woran liegt das? Ist der Grund vielleicht, dass es schwierig ist, für eine schlechte Frage eine gute Antwort zu finden? In Muster in Gottes Reich stellt uns der Autor Paul Clayton Gibbs fünf Schaubilder vor. Damit hilft er uns nicht nur dabei Gottes Führung zu verstehen, sondern bietet uns auch eine neue Frage an.
Schließlich führt eine bessere Frage zu einer besseren Antwort.

Leseprobe auf Englisch

Have you ever lost Jesus?

Some of the best people have.

“Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.”

At first they had no clue that Jesus was missing, but once they did…

“…they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.”

Have you ever felt that God was not where you expected Him to be? Have you ever lost a sense of connection and therefore a sense of purpose? Have you ever lost track of His direction in your life? Sometimes when we feel this has happened, we make the same mistake as Jesus’ parents… we look for Him in the wrong place. We search among our friends and relatives.

It’s human nature. So, when I ask someone to consider an opportunity, I bubble them.

You see, I find that when some people are presented with a decision or opportunity, they might say, “I will pray about that”… but they don’t. At least, not at first. Instead, they search for God’s direction among those they love or respect. After they’ve done that, then they get around to prayer and reflection, but by that time their hearts and minds are no longer virgin territory. Their souls have been impregnated by everyone else’s opinions, and the task of recognizing the Holy Spirit becomes more difficult.

So I put them in a bubble. I make them promise not to talk to a single soul until they have first asked themselves a particular question, which I will share with you later. Then after an agreed upon period of time, I encourage them to inquire of others. The emphasis of my ‘bubble wrap’ is to help people go on a journey with God, rather than take a shortcut with their nearest spiritual guru or make a pit stop with friend.

After all, we, like Joseph and Mary, are pilgrims. A pilgrim is defined as:

“One who travels to a sacred place for religious reasons.”

Yet so many of us seem lost. I cannot tell you how many great and godly leaders I have sat down with in a coffee shop and listened to their lost-ness–their questions of: What’s happening? What am I doing? Why am I here? What’s next? What’s the plan?

And this crisis of fate is a problem.


Because we are made in the image of God. And why are we made in the image of God?

So we can help others imagine God.

I find that inspiring.

But I also find it awkward.

I am concerned that a fragmented, disjointed life may offer up an image of a flaky, dysfunctional God. One who is unsure what to do with us. One who toys with us in a lifelong game of spiritual hide and seek. That is not the image of God I want my life to project, and although I may not have all the answers to my colleagues’ questions, I do have an inkling of a pilgrim’s process. It is a process that starts with a better question than the ones we usually ask.

In order to share this question with you, however, let me ask you another. If we are to live by faith and not by fate, then where is this sacred ‘place’ that we are supposed to be heading?

You will find an answer in these Kingdom Patterns.

The Kingdom Patterns provide a support that help the purpose God placed within you grow safe and strong. They are not intended to restrict you but are designed to guide your growth. They are not artificial or static… they are organic.

Each of the five patterns I have chosen for this book will be taught in three stages:

The pattern – I will show a diagram to depict the journey you may go through.

The pilgrim – I will use a Bible character to reveal the purpose for it.

The practices – I will provide advice for you to apply along the way.

Kingdom Pioneers, Kingdom Principles, and now Kingdom Patterns. All three books of the Kingdom Trilogy can be read in any order, yet every one of them requires a passion to live for His Kingdom. They require a heart searching to bond with His and bind their dream to God’s. In doing so, we will discover something significant:

Many of our desires were planted by Him in the first place.

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The Cloud and the Line

Hat Gott Lieblingskinder? Wenn nicht, was ist es denn, was die Art beeinflusst, mit der mit uns umgeht? Ist da mehr im Christentum als eine Ansammlung von Geboten und Verboten? Wie können wir über der Linie leben und warum sollten wir das tun? Diese Fragen bereiten die Bühne für das neue provokative Buch von Paul Clayton Gibbs. In seinem poetischen Schreibstil geht der Autor diese Fragen an, in dem sechs Prinzipien des Reiches Gottes entfaltet. Jedes einzelne Prinzip ist herausfordernd, einzigartig und verändernd. Während der Autor diese entfaltet, benutzt er die Gleichnisse, die Kultur und das Leben Jesu, um uns zu helfen einige überraschende Fakten zu entdecken.

Leseprobe auf Englisch


There is a line.

Many Christians commit themselves to living on this line. I would describe this ‘line-dwelling’ as the way we define and confine ourselves by trying to work out what we can and cannot do as Christians—what we deem morally correct and morally wrong.

We create two extremes. At one end, we look for a cut-off point of what we can get away with before we reap the consequences. At the other end, we create a cut-off point of how far we have to go in order to gain the rewards we seek.

In our world of line-dwelling, we ask the simple questions.

On the subject of giving:

How much do I need to give to God in order to avoid chastisement?
How much do I have to give to God to be considered generous?

In the area of forgiveness:

What sins perpetrated against me do I have to forgive?
How often should I forgive the perpetrator to be known as forgiving?

In the area of entertainment:

What am I allowed to watch before I am judged as worldly?
What rating can I get away with and still be called pure?

It is as though we draw a line in the sand on certain subjects, and our faith then becomes a continual working out of our position. Once we have defined our position, we defend it as law against anybody who thinks differently. Proving ourselves right becomes our mission, and so we go on exactly the wrong kind of crusade.

We are linear in our thinking and linear in our hearts.

But please notice: You cannot live above the line if there is no line to live above.

The Kingdom Principles are not anti-line.

They are a call to live above it.


Do you know how to hypnotize a chicken?

Simply force the chicken’s head down so its beak touches the ground and its eyes are pointed at the floor. Then from the place where its beak touches the dirt, draw a line by walking backwards. The bird will be transfixed.

It will remain rooted to the spot, peering down the line you’ve created. It will not move. I guarantee it.

Do you know how to hypnotize a human?

Do exactly the same thing.

Get them to look down and along the line. They too will become transfixed. They will struggle to move. You will both define and confine them.

We are called to soar like eagles, but we have been grounded like chickens.

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The Line and the Dot

Hast du eine Idee, eine Vision oder einen Traum, wie du die Welt verändern kannst? Wenn ja, dann solltest du dieses Buch unbedingt lesen. In diesem Buch erfährst du mehr darüber, wie du deine Vision umsetzt und welche vier Stufen dir dabei begegnen. Anhand der Geschichte von Pais, beschreibt Paul Clayton Gibbs die Herausforderungen bei der Umsetzung deines Traums. Dieses Buch warnt dich nicht nur, sondern bereitet dich vor, damit deine Vision zur Realität wird.

Leseprobe auf Englisch

Vision comes from an awkward conversation with God.

Let me explain.

One day as Jesus walked the dusty road stretching between the old and new cities of Jericho, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, called out:
Son of David, have mercy on me!
Why? Jesus was the son of Mary and Joseph.

‘Son of David’ meant more than being a son of a man called David. It was a label. Specifically, it was the title given to the One who would be known as the Messiah. Bartimaeus’ statement was incredible because this visually impaired man saw something that many other people had been searching for and missed.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.
A number of groups in Jesus’ day were searching for the Son of David.
The Zealots thought the Messiah would be a militaristic hero. They believed if they could stir up Israel to fight the Romans, God would send the Messiah to free them.
The Essenes had given up on Jerusalem and the Temple and had run for the hills. They lived in a holy huddle, having nothing to do with the rest of the Jews. They had their own schools, their own shops . . . essentially their own community. They believed the Messiah would recognize that only they were the sons of light.
The Pharisees were looking for a Messiah sent by a Holy God. If they could only get Israel to clean up her act and eliminate the sinners, then surely God would send the Son of David.
Yet they made the mistake so many of us make.

We miss God in our lives, not because we do not know what He looks like, but because we have decided what He looks like in advance. Then, when He arrives, we are so busy investing our time, energy, thoughts, and finances in what we expect Him to achieve, that we fail to see what He is really up to.

We invest in the wrong Jesus.

For us to see, we first have to become blind.

Bartimaeus saw with his own eyes the miracles of Jesus, but only after his blindness helped him recognize the miracle that is Jesus.

When Bartimaeus called out to Him, Jesus asked him a question.
What do you want me to do for you?
This seems like an unusual thing for Jesus to ask. Surely it is obvious. Unusual? Yes. Uncommon? No. Some Bible scholars estimate that Jesus was asked 300 questions during His ministry and that he gave a straight answer to three. They also say that Jesus asked around 125 questions, many of which were in answer to questions He was first asked. In other words, if you asked Jesus a question, you had a one-in-three chance of being asked one in return!

Jesus was a pioneer but He was also a rabbi, and rabbis answer by asking.

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