Here are six reasons I was burdened to write Reverberation FOR CHURCH MEMBERS:
- For knowing what’s important when looking for a church. It’s easy to say the Bible is important to us, but a lot of things sure grab our attention when we walk into a church for the first time. Yet Jesus, talking to Martha, pointed to Mary sitting at his feet and said, “One thing is necessary.” Does he really mean us to be so singularly focused?
- For becoming careful, opportunity-maximizing sermon listeners. It’s easy to say that we believe God’s Word is “true.” But it’s more than that: it’s illusion-exploding and reality-defining. Do we anticipate Sunday’s sermon knowing that it’s an opportunity to shed our illusory assumptions about life and grab onto God’s reality?
- For learning to engage the heart in our singing. It’s easy to say we love God’s Word, but has our generation called for music that leads our hearts to confess, mourn, and lament like the psalmist does? Or rejoice, praise, and exalt like the apostles do? Do we love to sing music full of Scripture and which engages the whole range of Scripture’s emotions?
- For adopting proper ambitions in our praying. It’s easy to say we want what God wants, but do our prayers sound like Paul’s? Do we really want the same things?
- For giving focus to personal discipleship and counseling. It’s easy to say God’s Word is sufficient for change and growth, but how do we spend our time in one-on-one discipling and counseling? Do Sunday’s sermons reverberate through our conversations?
- For gaining confidence in our evangelism. It’s easy to say the biblical message of the gospel should be at the center of our evangelism, but how much confidence do we put in being clever or saying something just the right way? Is the plain truth of the gospel not really powerful?
An excerpt from Reverberation: “The goal of this book is to help you see that God’s Word is what grows God’s church. God’s Word gives life to a church like electricity gives power to a city. Picture it. Electricity leaves the power plant and buzzes through power lines. Then it makes its way into street lights, grocery store freezers, office computers, and rows and rows of neighborhood homes. Lamps glow and refrigerators hum. In the same way, I’m contending that God’s Word buzzes and hums through people and the local church, giving light to their eyes and hope to their hearts” (from chapter 2).
"Here’s what I want to plead with my fellow Christians: as you or I sit there wondering whether or not we’ll come back to a church, the most important thing to consider is how seriously the church treats God’s Word. Are the sermons meaty? Is the music theologically beefy? Do they read the Bible out loud? Do the public prayers reflect the priorities of the Bible?...If the Father’s Word of the Son working through power of the Spirit is the only thing that gives life to the dead and freedom to the slave, then you and I should primarily be looking for one thing when we gather with a church: God’s Word" (from chapter 4).
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