Saturday, March 03, 2012

Book Review: Why Church Matters

Why Church Matters 
by Joshua Harris

Why Church Matters is an accessible, competently written book.  Its goal is to express why exactly it's important for Christians to not only be in the local church, but to be settled in one church.  Harris cautions the reader to stop "dating churches" and make a commitment.

He covers the topic from a nicely rounded perspective, including God's view of the church as His Bride, living locally, having passion, how to go about finding the church that is right and how to "rescue Sunday." He offers everything from his perspective that the relationship with the church can be saved to why church is important and how to restore a healthy relationship with church.

This book includes discussion questions at the end.  Adding discussion questions at the end is a recent trend I'm seeing in Christian books.  While I'm a little hesitant to endorse this idea because it encourages Bible studies to study books that aren't the actual Bible, it can be a really helpful tool.  In the case of Why Church Matters, I think this is a good addition. For pastors struggling with ways to engage young adults, this could be a great Sunday School or small group curriculum.  This would be a great intro study for new or prospective members or even for high school students (who are soon to be the young adults likely to start "dating churches" or ignoring church altogether.)

I'll be passing this book on to a pastor friend of mine who has recently taken on a church plant position geared toward college students in a fast paced, young faced part of the city.  I think that it could be a very helpful resource in that sort of setting.  All in all, I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

The usual spiel: I was given a copy by the publisher so I could review the book. I didn't have to say nice things.  I just wanted to.

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