Monday, February 4, 2019

Irresistible Faith Becoming the Kind of Christian the World Can't Resist By Scott Sauls

Irresistible FaithBecoming the Kind of Christian the World Can't Resist

By Scott Sauls 

About:
What if Christians became the best advertisement for Jesus?
Jesus said his followers would be a light to the world and a city on a hill--a warmly inviting, neighbor-loving, grace- and truth-filled destination for all. He envisioned his followers as life-giving neighbors, bosses, employees, and friends, the kind of people who return insults with kindness and persecution with prayers. Rooted in biblical convictions, they would extend love, empathy, and care to one another as well as to those who don't share their beliefs. Over time their movement would become irresistible to every nation, tribe, and tongue. Irresistible Faith is a blueprint for pursuing this vision in our current moment, of redeemed individuals and a renewed community working for a restored world. This is a way of being that gives a tired, cynical world good reason to pause and reconsider Christianity--and to start wishing it was true.
"I miss the kind of church Scott describes in this book, and I don’t think I am alone." -- Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and Building a StoryBrand
"An important call to resist the urge to lobby and position ourselves, but rather to be driven by gospel-powered love." -- Raechel Myers, founder and CEO of She Reads Truth
"An antidote to much that is wrong with our Western, American version of Christianity. " -- Gabe and Rebekah Lyons, authors and founders of Q
My Thoughts:
Scott Sauls has become a favorite voice of mine to read. I especially enjoyed his book, Befriended, so at the opportunity to read Irresistible Faith, I jumped.  His voice and this book are very timely in my opinion. The basics of the Christian faith are important and Scott clearly lays those out here in his book, but not only does he want the reader to understand they are important, he wants the reader to understand they are important because it was what made the Gospel contagious and allowed it to spread in the early church. When Christians are restorative, rather than judgmental, they point people to Jesus. This invites people to a relationship not religion. This book is honest, authentic and the writing is from a place of authenticity, which I can appreciate. Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and know that you will too. 
About the Author:
Scott SaulsScott Sauls serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives with his wife Patti and two daughters, Abby and Ellie. Previously, he was a lead and preaching pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he worked alongside Dr. Timothy Keller. Scott has also planted churches in Kansas City and St. Louis and is a frequent speaker at conferences, leadership retreats, and to university students. He writes weekly on his blog at scottsauls.com and can also be found on Twitter at @scottsauls.

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