“If Davis gets is way, the church would be a kinder place, and one not so apt to wound people.” –From Christianity Today, about Ten Things Jesus Never Said. Read the full Christianity Today review here.
Revell Books Press Release for Ten Things Jesus Never Said: And Why We should STOP Believing Them.
Some Christians carry guilt and baggage when it comes to their relationship with God. Many have traded lies for the truth. They have believed unbiblical and damaging things about how critical God is and how fed up He is with them. Author Will Davis Jr. of 10 Things Jesus Never Said shows readers how to recognize the things Jesus didn’t say and embrace the life-giving things He did say. Davis explains what the Bible says and the freedom that is ours if we stop believing the lies.
In 10 Things Jesus Never Said, Davis unmasks commonly believed myths about our relationship with God and shows readers how to replace this pervasive theology of failure with truth. Davis addresses such lies as: “You’re Never Too Far Gone to Be Saved,” “I’m So Disappointed in You,” “This Wouldn’t Be Happening if You Were A Better Christian,” “It’s Okay Not to Love Certain People,” “Everyone Should Believe and Act like You Do,” “It’s All Up to You,” “You Don’t Have to Forgive Someone Who Really Hurts You,” “You Missed My Will for Your Life,” “I’ve Given Up On You,” and “This Is A Cross You Must Bear”. In each chapter, Davis discusses the lie, explores the biblical truth, tells current and biblical stories about each topic, and applies the truth of how Jesus feels about them. There are small group discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
Saying no to the lies is easy when we discover biblical truth, understand God’s grace, forgiveness, and believe the things Jesus did say.
Will Davis Jr. (DMin, Southwestern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Austin, Texas. He is the author of Pray Big, Pray Big for Your Marriage, Pray Big for Your Child, and Why Faith Makes Sense. An avid hiker, mountain-biker, and water-skier, Davis and his wife, Susie, have three children and live in Austin, Texas. For more information about Will and his blog site visit http://willdavisjr.com/
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.
“Every book that Will Davis has written enlarged my heart and gave me insight to a part of Jesus I didn’t have before. Thank you Will! His book “10 Things Jesus Never Said” is outstanding. Another great impartation to every believer to quote Christ correctly. Pray with perfection. Will has transformed some of my verbiage that I’ve been using for years into precise purpose. Pick up this book and get ready to have your world rocked. Willie D. has done it again.”
–Randy Phillips, PHILLIPS, CRAIG and DEAN
“With a combination of Biblical truth, keen insight, personal reflections, and pastoral sensitivity, Will Davis Jr. thoughtfully gives us a foundation upon which to build our lives and the clarity to see the fallacy of the distortions that so commonly keep many of us from the glorious riches of Christ. After reading this book, you will live differently!”
–Dr. Dub Oliver, President of East Texas Baptist University
“This will be a tool I will put in the hands of one person after another. Will clearly and biblically addresses the questions that tend to haunt so many, and in so doing infuses us with hope, reminds us of our Father’s grace, and causes us to smile.”
–Jeff Young, pastor of spiritual development, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas
“Will Davis has nailed it. He has identified the most common lies that keep people from experiencing true freedom in Christ and has replaced them with the truth. I was in shock when I saw that some of those lies had crept into my own mind. Thank you, Will, for putting us all back on the solid ground of grace-filled truth!”
–Tim Liston, senior pastor, New Hope Church, Manvel, Texas
“We found ourselves smiling with relief as we read the pages of 10 Things Jesus Never Said. With stunning simplicity, Will Davis diffuses debilitating, unfounded guilt, inviting us to enjoy God with newfound trust and empowering truth.”
–Bob and Audrey Meisner, television hosts, It’s a New Day; bestselling authors, Marriage UnderCover
“Will Davis has a special ability to share incredibly profound insights in a way that makes you believe he’s walking beside you on a journey and knows exactly how you feel. There is not an honest person alive who hasn’t struggled with the mistruths that are outlined in this book. The freedom you will find as you read the ‘10 things’ may change your life forever!”
–Ryan Rush, senior pastor, Bannockburn Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
“This is Will Davis Jr.’s best book yet. You are about to be humbled, dismantled, and brought face-to-face with the misbeliefs that have stood between you and the most beautiful love that has ever been known. Be ready to fall on your face and into his arms and feel the divine lightness of his cross on your shoulders. Know this love. Nothing else matters.”
–Nancy Turner, host, This Is the Day, Moody Radio
Can I ask you a question? What would happen if you were invited to a face-to-face meeting with Jesus? Suppose it was just you and he for an hour, sitting directly across from each other, so close your knees were almost touching. What do you think he would say? Would you be uncomfortable? Is that a meeting you would look forward to? Would you eagerly jump at the chance to spend an hour with the incarnate God? Or, would you dread it? What would you do if you were told to spend an hour alone with Jesus?
For many, spending any time alone with Jesus sounds absolutely wonderful. They know that some day they will be in his presence and they eagerly look forward to their unbroken fellowship with him. But for many others, unfortunately, such an invitation doesn’t sound too inviting. It’s not that they don’t love Jesus and long to finally and fully be in his presence; it’s just that many of them–or I should say “us”–live with a tremendous sense of guilt in our respective Christian walks. We know we don’t measure up to God’s high and holy standards. We believe that we are constantly letting Jesus down, embarrassing him and even causing him pain. And if you felt like that about someone–a boss, a parent, a spouse or a friend–would you look forward to spending time with him or her? Probably not.
So what do you think Jesus would say? If the conversation went badly, what words would he use? I’ve asked that question to adults and teenagers all over the country. The answers are typically the same:
I’m so disappointed in you.
What were you thinking?
You are a serious letdown.
You have no idea the damage you’ve done to my reputation.
If you were really a Christian, you wouldn’t act like you do.
If you really loved me, you’d try harder.
And one of my personal favorites: I’m really getting tired of forgiving the same old sin.
For a group of people that are supposedly saved by grace, loved unconditionally and secure in our relationship with Christ, we certainly carry a lot of guilt and relational baggage toward God. Our hearts and minds are filled with tapes that play over and over, and the messages aren’t very inspiring. You don’t measure up. You’re not doing enough. I can’t believe you call yourself a Christian.
The problem is that many of the things we believe Jesus would say to us are actually things he never said, and never would say. They’re patently unbiblical and don’t represent the heart of Christ. As Holy Spirit-sealed followers of Jesus, we must learn to push back against the mental messages that tell us how fed up with us God is. We must bring those rogue thoughts under the authority of our loving Lord Jesus. We need to rethink our theology and let God’s revealed truth direct our beliefs about him and not some fictitious statement that doesn’t even come close to accurately representing how Jesus feels about us. In short, we need to reject the things that Jesus didn’t say and start believing the things that he did.
In the chapters that follow, I will unmask several commonly believed myths about our relationship with God. I will expose many of the things that we think Jesus would say to us if he had the chance, and compare them to what he actually said. Then, I want to help you replace the terrible failed theology of condemnation that so many of us have with the truth of how Jesus really feels about you. When you’re done reading this book, you will be much more confident, emboldened and joyful in your relationship with God.
But before we look at what Jesus didn’t say, we need to examine something he did say. It’s what I believe may be the most important thing Jesus ever said. By doing so, we’ll not only gain great hope and assurance of how he feels about us, but we’ll also lay the foundation for refuting the things he actually never said.
From the Introduction to Ten Things Jesus Never Said: And Why You should Stop Believing Them