Monday, August 29, 2011

Jesus loves the Church thus should we

REVIEW: Why Church Matters by Joshua Harris

As a pastor, I was definitely intrigued by the title of this book, Why Church Matters, because I know someone people who think otherwise. As excited as I was to dig into the book, I ended up being a bit disheartened as the information given was not that deep. This book might be helpful for a new Christian, but for long-time Christians, the book may not bear much fruit.

Author Joshua Harris offers some simple answers to Why Church Matters, the most clear-cut being that Jesus loves the church thus so should we. He compellingly reminds us that we are living stones of Christ’s church and corporate worship “glorifies God in ways nothing else can.”

The bright spots in the book are all the powerful quotes on the importance of church he brings in from other preachers such as Mark Dever, C.J. Mahaney, Paul David Tripp, Chuck Colson, John Piper. Harris also offers a “Ten Important Questions” section which readers can use to help find a church home. As a pastor, it was interesting to check my own church against these questions to see where my church stands.

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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