Title: Why bother with church? And other questions about why you need it and why it needs you
Author: Sam Allberry
Publisher: The Good Book Company (March 1, 2016)
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
This quick-reading little book is a good introduction to the question, “Why should I bother with church?”. It is by no means exhaustive on the matter, but the author provides several reasons why Christians ought to be involved in a local assembly (remember, “church” is not the building, it’s the people): it’s a particular gathering of believers, an outpost in a dark world, both a family and an embassy, and the bride of Christ. The author points out that you can’t come to Christ without coming to His people, for Christians are all baptized into one body; that you can’t serve Christ without serving His people; and that you miss out on a great deal of Christian life if you are not involved.
Allberry moves on to discussing what makes up a good church (apostolic teaching, partnership, worship, and growth) and provides some guidelines for picking a local assembly with which to fellowship. He offers a brief discussion of different models of church government and how the leadership may be set up without claiming one particular method as being superior to the rest.
This book is obviously meant to be a primer on the subject, and in that respect, I feel that it has excelled. It is also part of a larger series, as indicated by the cover art, and I am curious to see how the other topics are handled.
Overall, I’d rate this book 5/5.
Note: I received a free copy of this book through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my fair and honest appraisal. I was not required to provide positive feedback.
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