Carl Simmons

Lay It Down: A Journey into Trust

Lay It Down: A Journey into Trust by Carl Simmons
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For readers of:A.W. Tozer, Watchman Nee, Thomas Merton, John Piper, Dallas Willard
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About the Book

Jesus told us in John 15:13-14, "No one has greater love than this -- that one lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you." That's really the heart of discipleship. But it often comes in pieces:

  • How do we lay down our past -- our old life, sins, compulsions, shame?
  • How do we lay down our present -- our burdens, weaknesses, strengths, possessions, reputation?
  • And how do we lay down our future -- our fears, goals, expectations, even the good things God's already given us?

Our lives have to move from being of Christ to being in Christ, and ultimately to where finally each of our lives "is Christ" (Phil. 1:18, et al.). And that's tough.

The 8-week interactive devotional Lay It Down makes the processing part, at least, a bit easier -- and offers you the opportunity to process it both on your own and in a small-group environment.

About the Author

Carl Simmons is author of From Disciples to Disciplers, a six-season series for small groups, Sunday schools, and 1-on-1 discipleship; and the interactive devotional Lay It Down: A Journey into Trust. Carl serves as editor/coordinator for the Character Formation Project. and was editor of smallgroupministry.com. In addition to Lay It Down and the From Disciples to Disciplers series, Carl has co-authored and/or edited numerous other Bible studies and books, including:

  • Dare to Be Uncommon, by Tony Dungy and Karl Leuthauser
  • The Discover God series, by Bill Bright
  • Life of Paul: Visual Bible Study
  • The Gospel Series (Gospel Identity, Gospel Growth, and Gospel Love), by World Harvest Mission
  • The Missional Journey, by Bob Logan
  • Live Again: Wholeness after Divorce small-group kit, by Michelle Borquez
  • Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus into the World, by World Harvest Mission (essays by Tim Keller, Diane Langberg, Boz Tchividjian, et al.)
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