Reasons I Liked the Book
I like this book for several reasons. To list a few: it is small, simple, easy to read, practical, inexpensive and it has some great insights. Some of the content makes for some great discussions in small groups.
FIRST Read The Introduction
Many of us dive right into reading chapter one, but in this case I STRONGLY recommend reading The Introduction for it sets the stage for the chapters to follow. The introduction includes a story of the interaction between two different types of church members. If you are a seasoned church member I am sure you will be able to relate.
Making the Case for Purchase
I’m not going to list the chapter titles, nor am I going to give a review, but I will make the case in why I think you need to invest in this book.
Can’t Lose What You Never Had
Rainer says, “Many of us church members have lost the biblical understanding of what it means to be a part of the body of Christ.” We discussed this statement in our Bible Study Group.
At first glance, we all agreed with this statement, but then the question was raised, “Can you lose something you never had? What happens if you were never taught?” The answer is, you are led by your own expectations. This could be based on culture, your conditioning, or simply doing what everyone else does.
How Important is the Church?
The book reminds us how important the church (not the building, but the people) was to Jesus – so important that He sacrificed His very life for it. Because as the church, we have strayed from His original intent, this abandonment has left many churches ineffective and weak with declining membership. The book helps us to get back on track.
Every NEW pastor needs to begin with this book when starting his or her church as it would set the right expectations right up front – in the developmental stage. For those seasoned pastor this book would be a great tool to any existing membership class.
I am an avid reader. So you know this book was read in a single sitting. I really enjoyed the book, however, like with anything else, there are times I may strongly agree with the author and there are other times I may not, and that’s okay. Let me ask you this, “Do you always agree with your friends, family, colleagues, or even your pastor? I would suspect that the answer to this question is, “no.”
A good debate can be healthy and an opposite opinion doesn’t mean we disregard all areas of spoken truth. It’s never wise to “throw the baby out with the bath water.” I’ll never forget this statement a good friend told me,”You’ll stay grounded if you …
“eat the meat and throw away the bones and fat.” “