2020 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year ("Also Recommended," Church) Is a church just something we create to serve our purposes or to maintain old traditions? Or is it something more vital, more meaningful, and more powerful? This...
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2020 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year ("Also Recommended," Church)
Is a church just something we create to serve our purposes or to maintain old traditions? Or is it something more vital, more meaningful, and more powerful? This can be hard to believe when we look at what happens in any one congregation or denomination. Certainly not all churches act like Jesus in the world, and many individual churches in the West are dying. When it's so easy to be confused, frustrated, or simply apathetic about the church, how should we understand its purpose today? In this appealing introduction to the nature of the local church, set in the context of Christian history and global diversity, historian and missionary Scott Sunquist shows us the church in motion. Why Church? clarifies the two primary purposes of the church-worship and witness-and unpacks what the church is (and ought to be) using five movements of worship:
stand to praise God
kneel to confess
sit to listen to the Word of God
go out into the world
Packed with stories and insights from experiences in churches around the world, this book explores cultural contextualization, the meaning of conversion, worship in both personal and communal aspects, and how mission combines telling the good news with being good news as a community. From Fuller Theological Seminary's renowned church-planting program, this primer is well suited to leaders and their core teams to read together and share with new attenders as they catch the spirit of the dynamic gathering that is the local church.
Scott W. Sunquist is associate professor of World Mission and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and lead editor of The Dictionary of Asian Christianity