Book Review: What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
Matt spoke to us this Sunday about the wonderful, eternal family that we are part of as Christians. Jesus loves the church - he loves us so much that he died to purchase us as his bride - what a wonderful truth this is! But it's sometimes confusing to know how to make the most of belonging to our Church family. This book is here to help us.
The author writes "The Lord's intent is that you play an active and vital part in his body, the local church. He intends for you to experience the local church as a home more profoundly wonderful than any other place on earth... This little book is written in the hope that you might discover or rediscover what it means to be a healthy member of a local church, and what it means to contribute to the overall health of the church."
This book takes us through 10 different ways that we can play that active and vital role. It's easy to find fault with our own church, with its odd personalities, long prayers and songs we don't like! No church is perfect, but together we can strive, with God's help, to be more like that perfect bride that we will one day be transformed into.
We learn how to listen to sermons better, how to talk about Jesus more effectively, how to love our spiritual brothers and sisters more sacrificially, how to grow as a disciple and how to pray more intently.
This book has helped me to appreciate sermons more, be encouraged by God's work amongst my church family even when things seem to be going wrong, and to marvel at how God chooses to use people - even sinners like you and me - as instruments of grace. It might just be the best two hours you spend reading this summer!
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