Why Bother with Church? by Sam Allberry
The church has an image problem.
It is widely viewed in the world at large as being outdated, boring, irrelevant and filled with backbiting hypocrites.
How different that picture is to how the Bible talks about the new family that Jesus has gathered. It is a precious bride, a sparkling jewel, a lifeboat for forgiven sinners that is precious and holy; nurturing and warm; filled with truth, friendship and all embracing, forgiving love.
Sam Allberry understands the collision between these two views, and how, even as Christian believers, we can lose sight of how truly wonderful church is and should be, and what a privilege it is to be part of, and to serve.
In this brief accessible but thorough guide to church, Sam outlines what church is and why we need it. And how, when we have got it wrong, we can move closer to what a true church should be. (From the Publisher’s Website)
We all know people who say they love Jesus but not the church. We may have even said that at some point ourselves. But it is impossible to love Jesus and not love His people. It is even worse when we say we love Jesus but throw rocks at His bride. So how do we reason with those who see no need for the church or who have had bad experiences?
Sam Allberry has given us an excellent primer to start this conversation. In his book, Why Bother with Church?, he tackles the important questions to start with: What is church?, Why do I need church?, What makes a good church?, How is a church run?, How do I survive church?, and How can I be a good church member? Mr.Allberry answers these questions with grace and firmness.
This book is written from a universal standpoint meaning that you do not have to subscribe to the author’s denominational views to benefit from this book. The arguments and proofs are demonstrated by scripture. This book strengthened my views on the church. The author sets out to convince the reader that church is vital to the Christian experience and he succeeds in this well-written treatise.
I appreciate the Christ centered approach that the author takes on this touchy topic. This book is mercifully short making it a quick read and an excellent give away to someone struggling with this issue. Thank you Sam Allberry and The Good Book Company for this helpful tool.
- Author: Sam Allberry
- Publisher: The Good Book Company
- Format: Paperback
- Page Count: 96
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About the Author:
Sam studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and has served on staff at St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, and St Mary’s, Maidenhead. He is now part of the team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and also works as UK Editor for The Gospel Coalition. A popular conference speaker, Sam has written several books, including James For You, Is God Anti-Gay, and Lifted. Hobbies include reading, watching The West Wing and anything to do with South-East Asia. (From the Publisher’s Website)
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Disclaimer: I received this book from the Good Book Company via Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my unbiased opinion.