Posted On December 22, 2014

people-of-god-coverLoving God leads to loving the Church. That statement while true is incomplete. Loving God leads to loving the Church and the people in the Church. This statement accurately reflects what God’s love produces in His people—namely a love for Himself, a love for people and a love for His Church. In my experience in Church, I know well the tendency of some churches to emphasize loving God to the neglect of loving the people in the church. A new book The People of God Empowering The Church To Make Disciples by Trevor Joy and Spence Shelton has come out that seeks to make the point that the most powerful asset a Church has is its people.

The People of God has the gospel running through all of its page. In chapter one the author explores hat a shepherd leader looks like. In chapter two the authors look at how community is corrupted. Chapter three explores the distinctives of gospel community. Chapter four looks at how to ask the right questions, and chapter five explores how to have a clear and intentional discipleship plan at your local church. Chapter six and seven conclude the book by looking at applying the gospel to our lives and those around us in our local churches.

As I noted at the outset of this review—loving God leads to loving the Church and the people in the church. Christians have been called to community because of the gospel. This book not only lays out a good theology of community but also helps Christians understand the practices of healthy Christian community. Whether you’ve been hurt by the Church or you’re an aspiring pastor, seminary student or serve in a vocational or volunteer ministry role in the church, The People of God has something for you. This book will help you to understand why community is central to the Christian life. I highly recommend this book and believe that every Christian should thoughtful read and consider what Trevor Joy and Spence Shelton have written in The People of God.

Title: The People of God Empowering The Church To Make Disciples

Authors: Trevor Joy and Spence Shelton

Publisher: B&H

I received this book for free from B&H for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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