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Author: Greg Laurie
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The Upside Down Church by Greg Laurie



The Upside Down Church book. Any church can revolutionize its community for Christ by following a biblical model for local church ministry. Readers will rediscover the first century church priorities of fellowship, evangelism, worship 2000 Gold Medallion Award winner! "The Upside Down Church" is a must-read for pastors and church lay leaders to help them grasp the principles of biblical church growth. Any church can revolutionize its community for Christ by following a biblical model for local church ministry

Greg Laurie's simple, no-nonsense approach focuses on the biblical model for local church ministry. Pastors, ministry leaders, and all Christians committed to the success of their local church will rediscover the priorities of the first-century church-fellowship, evangelism, worship, and discipleship.

Grandpa Greg here! Or, as my granddaughter Stella calls me, Bapa. She can’t pronounce grandpa yet, so Bapa it is. This weekend, I will be starting a brand new series, based on the book of Acts. We call this amazing book, The Acts of the Apostles, but it really is the a record of the Acts of the Holy Spirit as done through ordinary men and women who changed their world. I am calling this series, The Upside Down Life. I chose this title because the church of the first century turned their world upside down for Christ.

Greg Laurie is the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship (one of America's largest churches) in Riverside, California. He is the author of over 30 books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner, The Upside-Down Church, as well as Are We Living in the Last Days and I'm Going on a Diet Tomorrow, and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves. You can find his study notes in the New Believer's Bible and The Seeker's Bible. serves as a board member of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In the New Believer's Bible Laurie says, "Recognize Satan's Strategies. Any so-called gospel that distorts the message of Jesus Christ found in the Bible by adding to it or taking away from i. .is not the gospel, but a 'watered down' version that will give you a false assurance" (New Believer's Bible, 1 Timothy 4, p. 1056 or p. 270).

Greg Laurie (born December 10, 1952) is an American author and pastor who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church of Woodcrest in Riverside, California Harvest Church of Eastvale in Eastvale, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California.

Only an upside down heart could love an enemy and turn the other cheek. The other truth contained in the title is that Greg Laurie’s church has used church growth methods that are upside down when compared to today’s church grown models (The Purpose Driven model would be an example). Where these models insist that the only way to be relevant to a culture is to study it, interview the people and then meet their felt needs, Harvest Fellowship’s approach has simply been to live out the Great Commission. In the final analysis The Upside Down Church is a book I would highly recommend to any believer, especially pastors or aspiring pastors. I can not say if his church growth model is any more or less effective than the more popular models, the fact that it draws entirely on Scripture gives me confidence that God will bless it.

Greg Laurie was born on December 10th, 1952, in Long Beach, California. He became a Christian at the age of 18. A year later, he led a Bible study for the first time. That group titled Harvest Christian Fellowship formed later to church which became one of the US largest churches. Laurie has dedicated his time to writing spiritual books and made it a vital part of his income. He is an co-author of The Upside-Down Church from 1999 that won a Gold Medallion Book Award.

Greg Laurie pastors Harvest Christian Fellowship (one of America's largest churches) in Riverside, California and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. He has authored several books including the Gold Medallion Award winner, The Upside Down Church, as well as Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners and The Best Is Yet to Come. You can find his study notes in the New Believer’s Bible, The Seeker’s Bible, and the Start! Bible. Host of the television program GregLaurie. tv and the nationally syndicated radio program A New Beginning, Laurie is also the founder and featured speaker.

Once I had a friend-I’ll call him Bill-who worked out every day at the gym. When we got together, he liked to flex his bicep and say, Greg, feel this! Bill’s muscles were rock hard. Then one day, I heard terrible news: Bill had died of a heart attack. In an article titled The Myth of Church Growth featured in Current Thoughts and Trends, David Dunlap cites some troubling statistics. For example, during the very time megachurches have sprouted across the landscape, the proportion of Americans who claim to be born again has remained a constant 32 percent. According to Dunlap, growth isn’t coming from conversions but from transfers-up to 80 percent of all growth taking place today. It might fill up an auditorium, but it will never turn the world upside down for Christ.

The Upside-Down Church shows that any church, regardless of size or facilities, has the ability to revolutionize its community for Christ. Greg Laurie's simple, no-nonsense approach focuses on the biblical model for local church ministry. Pastors, ministr
Reviews: 7
Haal
One of the best books I have ever read. Greg Laurie has a story to tell, very powerful!!!
Bluddefender
I like Greg Laurie, and his books are great.
Cel
An excellent book! Easy to read and many good insights for both the layperson and the pastor. I highly recommend it.
Jare
Thank you!
Opilar
Although used, it was completely marked to the point where some pages were not legible.i
Goltigor
Before I began to read The Upside Down Church I had already decided I was not going to like it. I'm not sure if it was the picture of Greg Laurie sitting on his Harley that turned me off (to my shame) or if it was that I had just read The Purpose Driven Church and I didn't much want to hear another theory on church growth. My first two minutes of reading only confirmed my irrational preconceptions. Laurie begins his book by listing the accomplishments of his church (Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California). Over fifteen thousand attend the church every week; three to four thousand come to Christ every year through those services and so on. This all seemed a little self-serving to me. He then describes the unusual way he was thrust into the ministry.
Laurie spends the next 200 pages laying out the principles he used to grow his church from a small Bible study of 30 converted hippies to a thriving fellowship of over fifteen thousand. What is shocking about the book is not the success of his church or that God could take a man from such humble beginnings and grant him great success. What is shocking is that the church exploded in growth and continues to grow without applying any of the principles deemed so important by today's church growth experts. Harvest Fellowship has never advertised in any way. They have never done community surveys, have never sent flyers out to the homes around their church and have never even placed an advertisement in the local newspaper. Their growth has come entirely from the people within the church living out the Great Commission.
The title of the book reveals a truth about the Christian life and a truth about Harvest Fellowship. Christians are called to live their lives in a way that appears to the world to be upside down. Only an upside down heart could love an enemy and turn the other cheek. The other truth contained in the title is that Greg Laurie's church has used church growth methods that are upside down when compared to today's church grown models (The Purpose Driven model would be an example). Where these models insist that the only way to be relevant to a culture is to study it, interview the people and then meet their felt needs, Harvest Fellowship's approach has simply been to live out the Great Commission.
What I undoubtedly appreciated most about The Upside Down Church is that every point the author makes is drawn from Scripture. His method of church growth is based very simply on a keen understanding of the early church and an emphasis on studying and applying Scripture. This compares favorably with a book like The Purpose Driven Church, which draws heavily on marketing and business models, at least as heavily as it draws on the Bible. Laurie spends a entire chapter of the book discussing the problems with treating the unbelievers a church hopes to reach as "consumers" rather than "communers." Laurie also turns to prominent preachers of the past such as Tozer and Spurgeon, whom he quotes extensively, to lend support to his methods.
The only real disappointment in the book was that Laurie did not spend more time giving specific tips for growing and mobilizing a church. He provides many underlying principles but is somewhat short on specifics. But maybe it is better that way, as no two churches will ever be the same and the specifics of Harvest Fellowship may not apply outside of that congregation.
In the final analysis The Upside Down Church is a book I would highly recommend to any believer, especially pastors or aspiring pastors. I can not say if his church growth model is any more or less effective than the more popular models, the fact that it draws entirely on Scripture gives me confidence that God will bless it. It is well worth the read, and weighing in at only 219 pages it is an easy read.
Vareyma
In this book, Pastor Laurie uses the biblical guidance found in the book of Acts to show what the New Testament church really looked like. We have come a long way from them! The author shows us how we can overcome our traditional methods and get back to the point where we can quit "doing" church and get back to the original root and intent of Jesus Great Commision: go out and show the love of Christ and tell others about what He has done for you! Oh, if only we could emulate the first Christians in this manner! Only read this book if you are ready to have your understanding and beliefs of traditional "church" to be challenged and maybe the modern church would begin multiplying daily as the New Testament church did, "41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls. 42 And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; 45 and they {began} selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved." Acts 2:41-47 (NAS)
God bless!
In the Upside Down Church Greg Laurie calls on the church to leave slick marketing strategies behind and return to the ministry model demonstrated in the book of Acts. He challenges Christians to refocus their attention to evangelizing their world, committing themselves to God's Word, loving others, praying with power and worshiping in spirit and in truth.
Laurie's writing style is humble, down to earth, well illustrated, relevant, and enjoyable. The testimony of his personal ministry calling and the launching of Harvest Church are interesting and God honoring. This isn't a book of techniques or methods but rather a back-to-the-basics model of Biblical mandates and challenges presented by one of the most effective evangelists and pastors of our generation.