Dating the church
Hopefully, this is again his overstating of the need for disillusioned disciples to regain a rightful respect and positive expectancy for their local church within God’s plan for the Body of Christ, but surely, it is love for Christ which will overflow in love for His people, rather than vice versa? Do read the book (you could do it in one sitting of 2-3 hours) and let me know what you think!Harris believes that many, and perhaps even the majority of Christians, have a fear of committment to the church.In Failing to commit to the church, we cheat ourselves, we cheat our church community and we cheat the world.
But when Joshua Harris challenges followers of Jesus to have a God's heart for the church in the same way that they might seek to have God’s heart for the lost, or for the poor, (he quotes Ephesians 5:1 to support this –'Be imitators of God'), I wonder whether this is tending to 'Churchianity' rather than 'Christianity'?!
) - For anyone who has wondered at times what on earth is God doing in describing us lot gathered together as His bride-to-be, this book provides a summary guide to key verses in the Gospels, Epistles and Revelation which outline God's intention for the "little 'c' church" (local) and the "big 'C' church" (global, eternal).
Joshua Harris outlines 3 distinctive, unique, essential ordinances which, he claims, makes a church a church rather than a Christian group, Bible study, or ministry group.
There is no shortage of conversation on that around our home already, and we are excited for our son and our new daughter-in-law as this wonderful day approaches.
The marriage I have in mind is not my marriage or yours.Joshua Harris’ main aim is to challenge the consumerist, self centred, critical attitude so many of us unconsciously, or even deliberately, carry into our local church, which sadly results in many believers (and pastors) giving up on a commitment to a local congregation.