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Impossible Commands

How to obey God when it seems that you can't

Discover how obeying Jesus can be both possible and joyful.

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"Rejoice always." "Don't be afraid." "Give cheerfully."

What do we do when God's commands sound impossible? Most of us find opt-outs and excuses, or pretend we're doing better than we are.

Author Jonty Allcock calls this "the madness of our lives" and "the slavery of the impossible".

There is a better way. What if obedience could be a life-giving joy rather than a job, a delight instead of a duty?

In this book, Jonty shows us that by facing up to the impossible commands of Jesus, we come to the end of our own will and determination, and end up at Jesus' feet. We find ourselves in the hands of a God who can do all things. Where we fail to obey, there is grace. Where we succeed in obeying, there we find the miracle of the Spirit active within us.

This book takes us through four steps - I can't, I'm sorry, please help and let's go - that will help us look to ourselves less and depend on God more, enabling a spirit-led joyful obedience.

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  • By impossible, I mean impossible
    Lazarus, come out
    Four steps
    Impossible commands:
    1: Love God (with all your heart, soul, strength, mind)
    2: Rejoice in the Lord always
    3: Don’t be afraid
    4: Be perfect
    5: Devote yourself to prayer
    6: Love one another
    7: Give cheerfully
    8: Serve wholeheartedly
    9: Keep meeting together
    10: Make disciples


Contributors Jonty Allcock
ISBN 9781784983338
Format Paperback
First published June 2019
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 14mm
Weight 0.21 kg
Language English
Pages 192
Publisher The Good Book Company

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John Stevens

National Director, Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, UK

Jonty Allcock is one of the most engaging gospel communicators in the UK today. He combines exegetical faithfulness with creativity and relevant practical application. In his latest book, he shows Christians that God’s power enables us to live a life of joyful obedience. This uplifting and challenging book will liberate believers from the despair and frustration of feeling that God asks us to do the impossible. Whilst God does give us humanly “impossible” commands, the glorious good news is that he makes it possible for us to obey them! If you want your life to be transformed from crushing and dutiful legalism to heartfelt longing to obey then read this book.

Kathleen B. Nielson

Ph.D, Author and Conference Speaker

Here is an encouraging and digestible book about obedience! Grounded in Bible truth, these chapters give not just an argument but a call that's clear and full of hope. The biblical path to obedience is plainly laid out, with the necessary first step: "I can't." But what a blessing to consider the subsequent steps that in fact lead us to obey: "I'm sorry"; "Please help"; and "Let's Go." I'm grateful for this call to follow the Lord Jesus with joyful obedience.

Richard Coekin

Senior Pastor of Dundonald Church, SW London; CEO of Co-Mission church planting initiative

I am delighted to commend “Impossible Commands”. Writing with the same thrilling clarity as in his preaching, Jonty offers us a fresh and exciting perspective upon the apparently impossible commands of God, giving us real hope of experiencing the joy of obedience that Christians long for. I thoroughly recommend this book!”

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Jonty has written an absolutely phenomenal book about the beauty of the impossible commands in Scripture

Alistair Chalmers, Chalmers

To illustrate how great this book is I’ll let you into a little secret; I never ‘dog ear’ my books. I like them to be in good condition and look nice. But this book is filled with such good content that I had no choice. I’ve highlighted, I’ve dog eared the pages and I even bent the spine!... continue reading

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