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Number of Pages: 140
Vendor: Shepherd Press
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
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Love Beyond Reason: Moving God's Love from Your Head to Your HeartJohn Ortberg5 Stars Out Of 5 7 ReviewsSave 23%
An Army of Ordinary People: Stories of Real-Life Men and Women Simply Being the ChurchFelicity Dale, George Barna3 Stars Out Of 5 8 ReviewsSave 20%
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Throughout the book, Crotts gently reminds these confused believers of the supreme reasons for which God created the church, but also warns them of the spiritual risks they run by not being actively involved in one. Ultimately, Crotts declares that attending, loving, and being involved in the church is not just an option; it is a direct order from God. This is in direct agreement with 1 Corinthians 14:26, which says: When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
Crotts extensive pastoral background allows him accurately to describe Christs blueprint for the visible church and to explain how it impacts individual members. Loving the Church is divided into two segments: What Is Gods Family? and How You Fit into Gods Family. The chief intent of the first section is to explain the purposes and functions of the church, as they are outlined in the New Testament. The second part of the book discusses how God uses Christians of all shapes and sizes to mold the church into a fully operational body. The six coffee shop regulars serve to mirror the books intended audience, as well as to highlight the importance of diversity to fruitful Christian fellowship.
Although not all church members are Christians and not all Christians regularly attend church, God designed the church to give much needed instruction, support, and fellowship to its members. Crotts highlights the importance of the church in keeping Christians spiritually healthy and fully prepared for Christs return. This is supported by Hebrews 10:25, which states: Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one anotherand all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Crotts further explains that God wants you and your family to be all you can be spiritually. He made the church part of the process to get you there!
Loving the Church is a well-written, practical book, chock-full of supporting Scripture. The book is the perfect length: brief yet detailed, and certainly never prolonged or tedious. Although the coffee shop conversations might seem out of place in a theological book, they are what help make this book applicable to present-day Christians. This book is highly recommended for all Christians: especially chronic church-hoppers and those seeking to overcome negative church experiences. Nick Van Heest, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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