He Wants His Church BackWhat Christians and the American Church are Missing
By Ray Johnston
The title alone attracted me to this book. A little on the blunt side, but definitely attention grabbing and peaks the interest of a possible reader for sure.
Ray Johnston has put together a very well written ‘handbook’, so to speak, to help American Christians and the church to see what they are missing when it comes to telling the world about Jesus.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I have read others like it and have come away feeling like I was beaten over the head by the author – feeling like I was a horrible Christian, yet, Ray Johnston has a great way of not only pointing out what we as the American church and American Christians are missing, but he also sets out numerous changes that we can make, so that the reader comes away feeling like it’s possible to help make a difference.
It’s depressing to read, how over the years, America has slipped farther and farther away from our fundamental truths, but there is hope. Jesus is still Jesus and He wants us to be alive and active and making a change.
Even if your a skeptic or have been hurt by the church and have walked away, I suggest checking out this book. It’s encouraging, inspiring, and hope-filled.
From the publishers:
As early as AD 50, Christians had gotten away from knowing who Jesus really is. Our generation is no different.
In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn’t afford to lose: • In the 1950s, we lost innocence • In the 1960s, we lost respect for authority • In the 1970s, we lost love • In the 1980s, we lost values • In the 1990s, we lost faith • In the 2000s, we lost security • In the 2010s, we lost hope in the future
What can restore what we’ve lost? Only Jesus. Jesus gave us His name, His friendship, and a commission to accept responsibility for ourselves and for the world. When introduced to His words and ways we’ll rediscover the Jesus who:
• Wants His enemies won over, not wiped out • Wants you to stop playing it safe • Believed great things were possible no matter what things are like right now • Was full of grace and truth • Unleashed compassion • Believed no one was too far from God to return to Him • Came to seek and to save that which was lost • Loves the church
Pastor Ray Johnston shares the Jesus of the Bible and how we can be Christians without being jerks. He reveals how the radical message of the gospel calls us to love and serve not only our neighbors but our enemies as well. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.
Jesus’ mission is clear—risk everything in order to take care of people, starting in our home, neighborhoods, cities, and those in need around the world. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% all mine.