Happy Church: Pursuing Radical Joy as the People of God
:Most Christians resist the idea that we are to pursue happiness. We are more comfortable with the idea of finding joy or being blessed. But seeking happiness seems too superficial or too flighty for people of faith.In Happy Church ,...
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:Most Christians resist the idea that we are to pursue happiness. We are more comfortable with the idea of finding joy or being blessed. But seeking happiness seems too superficial or too flighty for people of faith.In Happy Church, Tim McConnell offers a radical call for Christians to reclaim happiness. Happiness flows from the joy of the Lord and being glad in Christ. When the church expresses happiness, we are making a countercultural choice that the world cannot help but notice. "It's time to bring the happy back," he says. "It's time to get serious about happiness."This is a book to read with your small group or congregation, with discussion questions to help you become happy together. You'll discover that God's call to the church is to radiate happiness?because we live in a world that desperately needs it.
Tim McConnell is the pastor of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia. Serving Christ in ordained ministry since 1999, Tim has served churches and campus ministries in New Jersey and Virginia prior to moving to the Atlanta area. He was a US Army Reserve chaplain, worked in higher education teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, led students in Christian fellowships at the Darden Business School and the Virginia School of Law, and led mission trips to Kenya on multiple occasions. Tim is the author of "Illumination in Basil of Caesarea's Doctrine of the Holy Spirit" (For
- :foreword By John Ortbergpreface1. Getting Serious About Happiness2. Where Is The Happy Church?3. Satisfied In The Word4. God's Instrument Of Praise5. Prayers Of The People6. Laughing Matters7. The People Of Limitless Hope8. Suffering The Mission Of Joy9. The Future Feast We Taste10. When The Church Is Heaven's Sunlightacknowledgmentssmall Group Discussion Questionsnotes