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Real Faith for Real Life: Living the Six Marks of Discipleship

Real Faith for Real Life: Living the Six Marks of Discipleship

For Christians seeking to apply their faith to everyday life, Real Faith for Real Life invites readers to answer the call of discipleship and provides guidance and examples of how to do so successfully. Michael Foss, author of Power Surge, encourages readers to rely on six time-tested marks of discipleships that encourage the practice of faith in everyday life:
  • Daily prayer
  • Bible reading
  • Weekly worship
  • Christian service
  • Relationships that encourage spiritual growth
  • Giving in the spirit of generosity
Using Bible passages and real-life stories, Foss illustrates how each mark of discipleship enhances and supports the growth of a person's faith journey. This book also includes study questions and journaling suggestions for small group discussion and individual reflection.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Books
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806648019
  • eBook ISBN 9781451414745
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 136
  • Publication Date July 22, 2004


"Real Faith for Real Life is a moving workbook for the soul born out of the life experiences of a pastor and a congregation and built on time honored marks of discipleship that form the backbone of a real, live congregation."
— Bill Easum, President, Easum, Bandy & Associates

"Mike Foss' heart for discipleship and love for the church is well articulated in Real Faith for Real Life. Through the use of stories, biblical text, and reflections, this book offers the reader an experience of learning that can be influence a lifetime of living as a follower of Jesus. I recommend its use for both personal faith development and congregational faith formation opportunities."
— The Rev. Dr. Marion Wyvetta Bullock, Executive Director, Division for Congregational Ministries, Evangelical Church in America.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Living Discipleship
Six Practices for Discovering a Faith That Works in Real Life

Practicing the Good in Daily Life
The Mark of Discipleship: Daily Prayer

Our Habit of Weekly Renewal
The Mark of Discipleship: Weekly Worship

Hearing God's Voice
The Mark of Discipleship: Daily Bible Reading

The Call to Christlike Living
The Mark of Discipleship: Serving in and beyond the Congregation

Our Call to Relationship with Spirit
The Mark of Discipleship: Nurturing Relationships

Generosity: A Reflection of God's Heart in Our Lives
The Mark of Discipleship: Giving a Tithe and Beyond

Signs of Spiritual Growth