Mar 07, Jeanne rated it really liked it Fantastic book that opened my eyes and helped me realize my responsibility to my local church. I especially enjoyed the thoughts on attending church as a consumer vs. Consumers critique and analyze the singing, the sermon, the experience.
A communer is there to stand before the "Audience of One". You're not part of an audience - you're part of a c Fantastic book that opened my eyes and helped me realize my responsibility to my local church. You're not part of an audience - you're part of a congregation. What matters isn't even what you feel. Worshiping with song is a chance to sing truth and express praise and gratefulness to God. So don't live by your feelings in this moment. Instead, focus your mind on the truth of what you sing and the Person to whom you're singing.
God is observing and receiving your worship. I tended to assume that if a preacher wasn't funny or didn't tell good stories, then I was under no obligation to be fully engaged. This assumption is both convenient and wrong. The real burden of responsibility for Sunday morning is not on the preacher to perform, but on the congregation to listen. People interested in discipling Shelves: Although Joshua Harris has done a phenomenal job with providing examples and personal stories, he sets up quite an idealistic example of the church.
This isn't bad, but in some ways the book came across as a to do list. It's still good though that he shows how a church should operate, and gives us a great idea of what we should be striving for at the least. I definitely don't agree An amazing book that paints a beautiful picture of the purpose of church and how we're supposed to interact with it.
I definitely don't agree with his opinion that Christians shouldn't observe the sabbath Harris. I think taking a break off of things and resting for a day is an extremely important thing to do. In America we work our employees to death mercilessly, along with our children. We should be giving people a break from things with an opportunity to rest at least ounce a week.
We tend to get ourselves so busy that we don't even have the time to think about God. I will also mention that the book says you should read your bible in the morning before church. Although this is a good habit, I don't believe studying in the morning is good for everyone. On top of that, I think in America we emphasize studying your bible strongly, but we see prayer being a primary concern in Jesus example of praying in the mornings.
I'm not saying that Joshua Harris is wrong in saying that studying the bible in the morning isn't important. But some people get more out of their study at night and prayer is also extremely important. I'll also quickly mention not to take the authors advice on quickly finding a church.
Take your time with this and play it slow instead. Committing to a church is a very serious thing and should not be rushed, just like a marriage. The problems I've mentioned with the book are quite minor considering the rest of the great content. So most of the theology is good, just a few big ify things brought up.
I very highly suggest this as a discipleship tool you can guide someone through, or just a short read. Add a star if you like short explanations that get to the point and take away one if you don't like having everything throughly explained.