Thursday, March 10, 2016

Jesus Called He Wants His Church Back by Ray Johnston

Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back
As early as AD 50, Christians had gotten away from knowing who Jesus really is. Our generation is no different.
In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn't afford to lose: • In the 1950s, we lost innocence • In the 1960s, we lost respect for authority • In the 1970s, we lost love • In the 1980s, we lost values • In the 1990s, we lost faith • In the 2000s, we lost security • In the 2010s, we lost hope in the future
What can restore what we've lost? Only Jesus. Jesus gave us His name, His friendship, and a commission to accept responsibility for ourselves and for the world. When introduced to His words and ways we'll rediscover the Jesus who:
• Wants His enemies won over, not wiped out • Wants you to stop playing it safe • Believed great things were possible no matter what things are like right now • Was full of grace and truth • Unleashed compassion • Believed no one was too far from God to return to Him • Came to seek and to save that which was lost • Loves the church
Pastor Ray Johnston shares the Jesus of the Bible and how we can be Christians without being jerks. He reveals how the radical message of the gospel calls us to love and serve not only our neighbors but our enemies as well. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.
Jesus' mission is clear—risk everything in order to take care of people, starting in our home, neighborhoods, cities, and those in need around the world. That's the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.

My Thoughts:
Somehow the church and Christians got disconnected. Did it happen when we switched to cell phones? I'm not sure when the disconnection happened, but "Jesus Called and He wants your Church Back" will get you thinking, immediately.  

Ray Johnston is a story teller and tells this book through the lens of stories to engage the reader, which helps him stand out as an author, I think that probably makes him profound as a pastor as Bayside Chuch as well where he pastors a church of more than 12,000 people.  He has some great points in this book about the church being like Christ instead of complicating it, like the church does very often. There are some other points and opinions that I think become complicated when we follow Christ, it is isn't as simple. We can't just leave it there. 

I think he has a lot of great spot on ideas, Biblical teaching and opinions. However, as with any book, that teaches, I think you should get out there and read it for yourself.
Take a chance on this one. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading!

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