Maybe youre troubled by the disconnect between the words you speak and the life you live. Maybe youd like to see your faith become more active and life-changing in the world around you.
Pastor Kerry and Chris Shook felt that way. Even though their calling involved preaching and teaching, they became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and the needs of people around them.
They decided to do something about it.
Be the Message is their story of waking up to the gospelnot just a gospel of words and sermons, but the gospel of intention and action and people. They discovered a profound secret:
You Are the Gospel
As they explored the deeper truths of scripture, the verse "the word of God lives in you" came alive. Digging deeper, they discovered that the gospel message is really about life messageyour life lived out. Gods call to you is simple:
Be the Message
Be the Message opens up a new world of understanding about what God calls you to. As the Shooks learned, the gospel is not about what you say. Its about who you are and what you doand how you can be Gods hands and feet in the world.
What would happen if we talked about God less and walked with God more?
Be the Message reminds us that Christianity was meant to be a faith of action, not a faith of words. Yet often we sacrifice doing something for the sake of talking about it. When we actually act out on our faith, we find our faith grows even more.
You can do more than nothing. Peoples lives are changed when you allow your life to be the gospel to the world.
Living out the gospel in the world today is both simple and costly. The Shooks explore that paradox through biblical stories and their own experience of making a decision to live out the gospel in practical ways. Choosing to be the gospel changed their family, church and personal relationships with God.
How can it change your life?
Kerry and Chris Shook founded Woodlands Church outside of Houston, Texas, in 1993. Since then the multi-campus church has grown to an attendance of over 18,000 people and is recognized for its ministries to the poor and powerless. Woodlands Church also has one of the largest fair-trade/direct-trade stores in the country with the goal of lifting generations out of poverty by empowering their lives with hope. Thousands of people in over 200 countries tune in weekly to Pastor Kerrys televised broadcasts. The Shooks first book, One Month to Live, is a New York Times bestseller. Kerry and Chris have been married thirty years and have four grown children.