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Announcing "Upward, Outward, Inward" - House church planting from Japan


One of the inspirations for starting Wide Margin was my experience in trying to promote the work of Mitsuo Fukuda. His books have been a great influence on me, and deserve to be more widely known.

That's why today I'm delighted to announce the launch of Upward, Outward, Inward, his latest book, which sets out a simple way of teaching and living out the Gospel. The press release is attached, and the book is available from all good online bookstores.

House churches are the fastest growing Christian movement in Japan, and Mitsuo Fukuda’s new book, Upward, Outward, Inward (Wide Margin, 136pp.), explains why. The book presents a simple and Biblical way for every Christian to “pass on the baton of discipleship” to others, and shows how even new Christians can be involved in evangelism and discipleship. A recent survey showed that just under half of the house church networks in Japan used Upward, Outward, Inward as a way to train up workers for the harvest.

Fukuda explains that his book, now available in English from Wide Margin and all major distributors, “teaches us how to practically work out Jesus’s teaching of ‘Honor God, Love Neighbor’ in a way that’s appropriate to our daily lives.” According to Dr. David Garrison, author of Church Planting Movements, the book “describes an intensely biblical pattern of growth that mirrors our Lord's Great Commandment and Great Commission.” More information about the book, including a sample chapter and commendations from Tony Dale and Wolfgang Simson, can be found at the Wide Margin web site.

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