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12-year-old Dante wrote this interesting biography of his missionary and minister grandpa, illustrated with family and mission photographs. Here are some of his comments:

Geoff Waugh is my granddad about whom this biography is written. He has done many things and gone to many places. These include Israel, Europe, Canada, USA, and he has taught church leaders in Africa, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippines, China, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Malaysia and every state in Australia.

Throughout Geoff’s life he has had faith in God. The principle that has gotten him through is “loving God, loving others”. This is also what he thinks is his purpose on earth, the meaning of life and the sum of his life.

Geoff hopes in the future that more people will turn to God and be with Him.

After learning about my granddad’s life in the making of his biography he has become an inspiration to me, an inspiration to do something good with my life and to travel the world. I hope my granddad will live much longer in his already long and fulfilled life. He has been very kind to me and to this I say, “Thank you Grandpa – The King of the Granny Flat.”

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Geoff’s autobiography is

Looking to Jesus: Journey into Renewal and Revival

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Light on the Mountains is an expanded version of Chapter 4 (Mission) in Looking to Jesus: Journey into Renewal and Revival.

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Journey into Mission is an expanded version of Chapter 8 (Revival) in Looking to Jesus: Journey into Renewal and Revival.

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My First Stories

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Young Ethan tells his imaginative stories at 3 and 4 years old, typed with his Grandpa’s help. It includes photos related to his short stories. A creative collection of short stories about helping one another.

The titles of his short stories are:
The pineapple that was stuck
The farmer
The farmer’s birthday
Mary and the cat lost their hat
Mary and the cat didn’t lose their hat
The cat got lost in the garden
The girl and the boy

I enjoyed these stories from a 3-4 year old boy. Pre-schoolers would enjoy them, and early grade readers would enjoy reading them.

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Kingdom Life

Kingdom Life in Matthew, Mark, Luke

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Kingdom Life in Matthew

Relational Bible studies on every Gospel reading for the year of Matthew in the Common Lectionary (Year A).

Part I, The life and ministry of Jesus: Preparation – the coming of Jesus the Messiah, Commencement – the figure of Jesus the Messiah, Christ’s design for life in God’s kingdom, The spread of God’s kingdom, The mystery of God’s kingdom, God’s kingdom on earth and the church, Authority and invitation, God’s kingdom fulfilled.

Part II, The death and resurrection of Jesus: Preparation for the passion of Jesus, Resurrection appearances of Jesus, Observations about Jesus, The coming of the Holy Spirit, The Godhead.

Kingdom Life in Mark

Relational Bible studies on every Gospel reading for the year of Mark in the Common Lectionary (Year B).

Part I, The life and ministry of Jesus: Preparation – the coming of Jesus the Messiah, Commencement – the figure of Jesus the Messiah, The mystery of the Son of God, The way of the Son of Man, The fulfilment of the mystery.

Part II, The death and resurrection of Jesus: Preparation for the passion of Jesus, Resurrection appearances of Jesus, The coming of the Holy Spirit, The Godhead.

Kingdom Life in Luke

Relational Bible studies on every Gospel reading for the year of Luke in the Common Lectionary (Year C).

Part I, The life and ministry of Jesus: Preparation – the coming of Jesus the Messiah, Commencement – the figure of Jesus the Messiah, Luke’s program for Jesus’ ministry, The Galilean ministry,The travel narrative – part one, The gospel within the gospel, The travel narrative – part two, The ministry in Jerusalem, the fulfilment of the ministry.

Part II, The death and resurrection of Jesus: Preparation for the Passion of Jesus, Resurrection appearances of Jesus, The coming of the Holy Spirit, The Godhead.

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Kingdom Life: John

Introduction:  John an eye-witness    

Section 1:  Details exclusive to John      
1   Signs
2   Sayings
3   People
4   Times
5   Numbers
6   Places
7  General details

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Part 2: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus

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Kingdom Life:  The Gospels

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Church on Fire

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Australian reports and testimonies, 176 pages. (1991, 2010)

Reports and testimonies from leaders in most denominations, describing renewal in Australian churches in the late twentieth century, including two chapters on revival among Australian Aborigines.

“In Australia, the Spirit of God is a work,

renewing, refreshing, invigorating, disturbing…

Church on Fire is the story of that spiritual renewal.

People from many Christian traditions share their experiences, their enthusiasm and their conviction that the Spirit is at work in the chuches, renewing them with life and growth, and calling them to faithful witness in today’s world.”

~ Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne

Contents:[Chapters in Bold type are links to Blogs]

Introduction: Renewal

Aboriginal Revival

1. Pentecost in Arnhem Land – Dr Djiniyini Gondarra (Uniting)

2. Fire of God among Aborigines – Rev John Blacket (Uniting)

Personal Renewal

3. Pilgrimage in renewal – Bishop/Brother John-Charles Vockler (Anglican)

4. A testimony of renewal – Bishop Owen Dowling (Anglican)

5. The disquieting presence of the Spirit – Dr Charles Ringma (AOG)

6. A different view – Dr Dorothy Harris (Baptist)

7. Ingredients for unity – Rev Gregory Blaxland (Anglican)

8. New dimensions – Rev David Todd (Presbyterian)

9. Renewal in the Holy Spirit – Dr Barry Manuel (Baptist)

10. Love song – Rev Ruth Lord (Uniting)

Church Renewal: examples

11. Renewal in a country parish – Rev Barry Schofield (Anglican)

12. Renewal in a diocese – Bishop John Lewis (Anglican)

13. Renewal in a city prayer meeting – Fr Vincent Hobbs (Catholic)

14. Renewal in a regional centre – Pastors Brian Francis; David Blackmore (Churches of Christ)

15. Renewal in a small assembly – Elder Bob Dakers (Brethren)

16. Renewal in a large congregation – Dr Geoff Waugh (Baptist)

Church Renewal: observations

17. Building with God – Dr Barry Chant (Christian Revival Crusade)

18. The cost of renewal – Bishop Hamish Jamieson (Anglican)

19. Charismatic renewal in the Roman Catholic Church – Fr Tom White (Catholic)

20. An Orthodox comment on renewal – Fr Lazarus Moore (Orthodox)

21. A Lutheran perspective – Glen Heidenreich (Lutheran)

22. Charismatic renewal: myths and realities – Dr Rowland Croucher (Baptist)

23. Charismatic renewal: pastoral issues – Rev Arthur Jackson (Uniting)

24. Ministering in renewal – Rev Don Drury (Uniting)

25. God’s new work – Rev Don Evans (Uniting)

26. Future directions for charismatic renewal – Dr Peter Moonie (Uniting)

27. Get your surfboard ready – Rev Dan Armstrong (Uniting)

Conclusion: Revival

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Ideas for Christian groups, 63 pages (1990, 2010).

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How to use this book

Ideas for building relationships

Deep – ideas and attitudes

Deeper – ideals and values

Deepest – ideologies and commitments

Ideas for Bible studies and prayers

Bible passages

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Bible reading and relationship building

Bible readings and prayers

Ideas for church activities

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Devotional, Educational, Creative, Serving, Social, Sporting

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Family and church family questionnaires

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Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit

Personal and group studies, 63 pages. (1992, 2010)

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A study and workbook to explore significant Bible passages on the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each topic can be a relational sharing study of that topic or a personal study for reflection and application to life.

Contents:

Part I: Fruit of the Spirit

1. The Spirit of Jesus

2. Fruit of the Spirit

3. Fruit of the vine

4. Fruit and growth

5. Fruit and gifts

6. The way of love

Part II: Gifts of the Spirit

1. God gives – we receive

2. Gifts to serve in power

3. Gifts to motivate us

4. Gifts to minister in unity

5. Gifts to manifest the Spirit

6. Gifts to use in love

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Information: Originally published as an 80 page book in 1987, and reprinted in 1990 and 1991, this personal or group study book is now enlarged to 127 pages, and greatly improved. Some new sections have been added, and each chapter now begins with a powerful example of that chapter’s theme.

Thousands of copies of the earlier version have been used for personal and group study, including its use as a small group study book. Many home groups, cell groups or student study groups have found this survey of living in the Spirit both informative and inspiring. It invites a response from the reader, whether read alone or studied in a group. If offers fresh and challenging perspectives on living in the blessing, power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, who always exalts Jesus as Lord.

Contents:

Introduction: new perspectives

1. Father, Son and Holy Spirit

 

God is One

The Father’s heart shows God’s love

Jesus reveals God’s love

The Spirit imparts God’s love

2. Born of the Spirit

 

The Spirit creates

The Spirit re-creates

God acts

We respond

3. Filled with the Spirit

 

The Spirit in God’s people

The Spirit in Jesus

The Spirit in the early church

The Spirit in us

4. Fruit of the Spirit

 

The fruit of the Spirit in us personally

The fruit of the Spirit in us communally

Growth in the Spirit personally

Growth in the Spirit communally

5. Gifts of the Spirit

 

Power for mission

Gifts for mission

Unity for mission

Love for mission

6. Ministry in the Spirit

 

Body ministry

Mutual ministry

Wholeness ministry

Freedom ministry

7. Led by the Spirit

 

The Spirit leads us

The Spirit leads gently

The Spirit leads personally

The Spirit leads corporately

8. The Spirit of the Lord

 

The Spirit of the Lord in Israel

The Spirit of the Lord in Jesus

The kingdom of God

The king: Jesus Christ is Lord

APPENDIX 1:   Voices from history     Tertullian, Augustine, Cyril of Jerusalem, Gregory the Great, Francis of Assisi, Walter Hilton, Thomas á Kempis, Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Goodwin, Richard Baxter, John Wesley, David du Plessis

APPENDIX 2:   Spiritual gifts questionnaire

APPENDIX 3:  Revival Books

PHOTOGRAPHS (see these on Amazon – “Look inside”) Photographs in this book show international revival teams from the South Pacific, living in the Spirit together, involved in mission in the islands and in Australia. These studies combine theological and biblical reflection with practical application. Many people have found these studies to be helpful and liberating.

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Group Studies on Prayer, Bible Reading and the Holy Spirit

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Keeping Faith Alive Today

is about building a strong devotional life –

a life in which prayer, Bible reading, and the presence

and influence of God’s Holy Spirit

are vital forces.

The studies combine discoveries

from the Bible and the experience of others

with discoveries from your own experience.

Here is an invitation

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ways of keeping your faith alive.

Contents:

Two Sessions on Prayer

by Nevin Vawser

1 New Ways to Pray

2 What Did I Discover?

Two Sessions on Using the Bible

by Colville Crowe

3 Try Reading the Bible

4 Share Your Experiences

Two Sessions on Life in the Spirit

by Geoff Waugh

5 Faith Alive in Personal Life

6 Faith Alive in Community

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Body Ministry and Open Ministry Education come in its right time for adult education, gospel communication, and the growth of the church.

Open Education promises to become the most commonly used adult educational methodology of the new millennium. The demand is likely to increase. This indicates that the work of Geoff Waugh is a significant contribution to the current educational enterprise. It is particularly valuable to Christian Educators. The author’s orientation is theological and his target audience is the faith community, its nurture, growth and outreach.

To this point in time the educative process has been inhibited by dependence on structured courses, the classroom and qualified teachers. Accelerated technology, as Mr Waugh observes, has made modern resources commonly available to individuals, churches and schools in every village community. By this medium Open Education for the first time in history is able to offer high quality education from the world’s best teachers to people in their own lounge, church or local group meeting place.

All this coinciding with the renewal movement has stimulated interest in theological learning to an unprecedented degree in the history of Christendom. The incredible numerical religious revival in the Asian and Latin church has been stimulated and served by modern technology.

This gives Open Ministry Education and therefore Mr Waugh’s work a global relevance, which he has applied in the Australian context.

As a fellow Australian I am appreciative. My appreciation is greatly enhanced by a deep respect and affection for the author. He is a competent teacher, an excellent communicator, an informed, disciplined renewalist and an experienced extension educator.

All these qualities combine to commend the author and his work.

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Book 2: Ministry Education

This book examines developments in education for ministry with these contents:

Introduction: Ministry Education in the Body of Christ:

from traditional to open ministry education

Chanter 1. From narrow to wide: Open Education

1. Open Ministry Education

2. Distance Education

Chapter 2. From centralized to decentralized: Unlimited Education

1. Advantages

2. Problems and Solutions

Chapter 3. From classrooms to life: Continuing Education

1. Increasing Change

2. Increasing Choice

Chapter 4. From pedagogy to self-directed learning: Adult Education

1. Principles

2. Foundations

Chapter 5. From competition to co-operation: Mutual Education

1. Aims and objectives

2. Implications

Chapter 6. From closed to open: Theological Education

Bases for Change in Theological Education

Chapter 7. From general to specific: Contextual Education

1. Theology in Context

2. Ministry in Context

Chapter 8. From pre-service to in-service: Ministry Education

1. Body Ministry

2. Servant Leadership

Epilogue: The Unchanging Christ

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Book 1: Body Ministry

This book follows on and builds upon the fascinating ideas in Book 1: Body Ministry, summarized here (see the book on Amazon)

Section I. Body Ministry: from few to many

Chapter 1. From meetings to ministry: Kingdom Authority

1. Church and Kingdom

2. Signs of the Kingdom

Chapter 2. From making decisions to making disciples: Obedient Mission

1. Empowering

2. Discipling

Chapter 3. From spectators to participants: Mutual Ministry

1. Clergy

2. Laity

Chapter 4. From limited to unlimited: Spiritual Gifts

1. Unity

2. Diversity

Chapter 5. From programs to growing churches: Body Evangelism

1. Program Evangelism

2. Power Evangelism

Section II. Body Organization: from some to all

Chapter 6. From figurehead to functional head: Divine Headship

1. The Written Word

2. The Living Word

Chapter 7. From firm to flexible structures: Body Membership

1. The Organism

2. The Organization

Chapter 8. From management to equipping: Servant Leadership

1. Servanthood

2. Equipping for ministry

Chapter 9. From passive to active: Body Life

1. Concern for People

2. Concern for Task

Chapter 10. From maintenance to mission: Expanding Networks

1. Congregational Structures

2. Mission Structures

Part 1: Body Ministry and Part 2: Ministry Education

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These two books combine and affirm the strengths of both traditional and emerging church life in the context of current cultural and Christian developments.

Anyone interested in the church in today’s world will be interested in these books and the fascinating potential they describe.

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The possibilities are mind-boggling in our age when classrooms and churches use common technology such as laptops, memory sticks, iPads, iPhones, and data projection of power points and DVDs.

Fading into the past are the one-hour services with wooden pews, hymn books, and organs. The 21st-century churches explode worldwide with flexible home groups, house churches and massive, fast communication on the internet, with emails and YouTube. Thousands of churches now have their own websites, podcasts of messages, and YouTube broadcasts. They can reach millions around the world. Many do.

This book, and its sequel, examine the possibilities and potential of this 21st-century revolution, using this structure:

The Body of Christ, Part 1: Body Ministry

I. Body Ministry ——- with — II. Body Organization

1. Kingdom Authority — with — 6. Divine Headship

2. Obedient Mission — with — 7. Body Membership

3. Mutual Ministry —– with — 8. Servant Leadership

4. Spiritual Gifts ——- with — 9. Body Life

5. Body Evangelism —- with —10. Expanding Networks

The Body of Christ, Part 2: Ministry Education

11. From narrow to wide: Open Education

12. From centralized to de-centralized: Unlimited Education

13. From classrooms to life: Continuing Education

14. From pedagogy to self-directed learning: Adult Education

15. From competition to co-operation: Mutual Education

16. From closed to open: Theological Education

17. From general to specific: Contextual Education

18. From pre-service to in-service: Ministry Education

Detailed Contents of The Body of Christ, Part 1: Body Ministry

Section I. Body Ministry: from few to many

Chapter 1. From meetings to ministry: Kingdom Authority

1. Church and Kingdom

2. Signs of the Kingdom

Chapter 2. From making decisions to making disciples: Obedient Mission

1. Empowering

2. Discipling

Chapter 3. From spectators to participants: Mutual Ministry

1. Clergy

2. Laity

Chapter 4. From limited to unlimited: Spiritual Gifts

1. Unity

2. Diversity

Chapter 5. From programs to growing churches: Body Evangelism

1. Program Evangelism

2. Power Evangelism

Section II. Body Organization: from some to all

Chapter 6. From figurehead to functional head: Divine Headship

1. The Written Word

2. The Living Word

Chapter 7. From firm to flexible structures: Body Membership

1. The Organism

2. The Organization

Chapter 8. From management to equipping: Servant Leadership

1. Servanthood

2. Equipping for ministry

Chapter 9. From passive to active: Body Life

1. Concern for People

2. Concern for Task

Chapter 10. From maintenance to mission: Expanding Networks

1. Congregational Structures

2. Mission Structures

Anyone interested in the church as the living Body of Christ will find this book informative, and worth passing on to others.

Endorsements

by Rev. Dr Colin Warren, Former Principal of Alcorn College, and Senior Pastor of Rangeville Uniting Church  and founder of Freedom Life Centre, Toowoomba.

In this important work, Geoff explores the ministry of the whole body of Christ when Holy Spirit gifts are recognised and are encouraged to be exercised.  Then the artificial division between clergy and laity or pastor and non-pastor is removed.  At the same time there is the recognition of Holy Spirit endowed leadership gifting such as that between Paul and Timothy.  This means that Kingdom authority is expressed through Divine headship.  His emphasis on body ministry thus becomes a reality.

The church no longer consists of passive pew sitters but participants in fulfilling the command of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach repentance, heal the sick and cast out demon spirits, having the certain knowledge that He is with them as He promised “to the end of the age”.

Geoff points out that if the church is to live and grow in today’s world, it must recognise the need to emphasize relationships and adapt to change. This change will include such simple things as the way men and women both old and young dress, and allow others the freedom to dress differently as they attend places of worship in a non judgmental atmosphere.

There is, too, the need to realise the reality that many are affected by a global sense of fear of nuclear destruction and of accelerated and constant change and uncertainty.  The church can provide an atmosphere of security through rediscovering the unchanging gospel in a changing world.

Denominations that once were able to be exclusive and hold their numbers in rigid theological disciplines, have been invaded via cassettes, CD’s, DVD’s, and the internet that have widened the thinking horizons of their often theologically bound members, resulting in communication at spiritual levels not possible previously.

Geoff points out that if we are going to fulfil the Great Commission, we must first live the life of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is only then that we can do the work of fulfilling Christ’s command to go.

I commend The Body of Christ, Part 1: Body Ministry for you to read.  All Christians will benefit greatly from reading this insightful book.

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From the Foreword By Rev. Professor James Haire, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra; Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture; Past President, Uniting Church in Australia; Former Principal, Trinity Theological College, Brisbane; Former Dean, Brisbane College of Theology; Former Head of the School of Theology, Griffith University; Former Missionary Theologian in Indonesia.

The being of the church and its life is predicated upon the grace of God in Jesus Christ as itself defining God’s action in the world for the reconciliation of creation, including humanity.  So its life is that which it receives from God in Christ, and which is continuously empowered by the Spirit.   The church’s very existence will be shaped by the manner in which it confesses this truth.   Thus, Christianity at heart, as it is expressed in the church, sees itself as being created and brought into being from outside itself.   Moreover, it ultimately understands itself as being given meaning from beyond itself.   It lives in the world in a very ambivalent manner.   It inevitably needs some structure and organization in the world.

The church needs to be analysed in order to prepare itself for mission in the changing situations of societies around the world.   However, these always must remain secondary.   Its primary self-understanding is that the church, the expression of Christianity in the world, is the object of God’s self-giving love and grace for the sake of the world.

In this very helpful and timely book, the Rev Dr Geoff Waugh takes up the implications of these issues and applies them to ministry within and beyond the church, the Body of Christ.   As the framework above indicates, Dr Waugh’s analysis, evaluation and application of the theology of the living Body of Christ inevitably is no less than truly revolutionary, as is his analysis, evaluation and application of the theology of the living Spirit’s work.

Dr Waugh has had a long and distinguished mission career, especially in education, in addressing the central Christian issues outlined above.   It has been my honour and my privilege to have served alongside him for eight years (1987–1994) in Trinity Theological College, in the Brisbane College of Theology, and in the School of Theology of Griffith University, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.   He has been a dear and valued friend, and especially one who day-by-day in his life has lived out what he taught.   Moreover, he has had vast experience in his long teaching ministry, not only in Australia, but throughout the South Pacific, Asia, and in Africa.

His work is thus very important reading indeed for us all.

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Part 1 (this book) and Part 2: Ministry Education, now also in one volume: Body Ministry

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