REVIEW: Eats with Sinners: Loving Like Jesus by Arron Chambers
The idea of the book is modeled on Jesus Christ, as He ate food with people because He wanted to build relationships with them. Jesus’ approach was so uncomplicated. He just found lost people, loved them, spent time with them, ate with them, and ministered to them. Thus, this book is about simply being intentional in our relationships with others once again.
In fact, author Arron Champers said that ultimately this world will not be changed by well organized church programs, magnificent church buildings, better functioning church boards, smooth running denominations, longer committee meetings, or the passing of more comprehensive church bylaws. Instead, the world will be changed when Christians resolve to make life, health, hope, peace, joy, truth, and love more accessible to the lost by simply being in their life, eating with them, and introducing them to Jesus.
This book is not a step-by-step guide on what to say when you eat with a lost person, but it does include many biblical references pointing to what Jesus did when He ate with the lost in order to inspire you to do the same in your own way. Chambers claims that eating with sinners, and building intentional relationships with lost people through which they can be introduced to Jesus, is the most effective way he knows to reach people for Jesus Christ. Thus, we have to be very intentional about interacting with lost people, because sometimes as Christians we can become insulated and isolated from lost people. So, reaching lost people requires big faith, being intentional, and an investment of energy and time.
P.S. Don't get offended by the title. Because as Chambers says in the beginning, in case you didn't know, you eat with a sinner every time you eat with anyone, and anyone who eats with you eats with a sinner, because we are all undeserving sinners in need of God's grace and love. And if you are a Christian, you're just a sinner saved by grace. With God, there are no lost causes. Let us believe that God has the power for positive change in the life of every sinner, even a sinner like me.
*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.