Jesus Called – He Wants His Church back is written by Ray Johnston, founding pastor of Bayside church in California. The church serves more than 12,000 people, one of the largest churches in the United State.
The author points out the breakdown of our culture over the last 70 years. The book tells us how different our modern day churches and Christians are compared to the Old Testament church and Christians. It points out that we as Christians often believe the bible, but we do not want to live according to what it says. The book teaches how to get re-connected with our bible, to go out and evangelize and to have passion in our Christian life.
When I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did. The part of the book that really spoke to me was how our concern for safety has destroyed our faith. Playing it safe limits what we do, shrinks our faith, stunts our growth and shrivels our heart. There as so many parts of the books that surprised me, especially the statistics of how many churches close each year, and how few Christians attend church regularly. One part really sticks with me, “You’re not an authentic Christian until you learn to serve others and give your life away.” Jesus came to serve and give and we are to do the same. The author uses bible stories and scripture to back up what he writes. The book is written with humor that kept me wanting to read more. I will definitely be recommending this book to others to read.
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson