“The chief and sole goal of the church is to bring glory to God. Yet, glorifying God cannot happen without holiness, and holiness cannot exist apart from the truth.” —Chap. 3, para. 1, Kindle Location 540 (pg. 47, paperback)
In early 2007, a book was released by an Emergent (or Emerging) Church pastor titled, THEY LIKE JESUS BUT NOT THE CHURCH: INSIGHTS FROM EMERGING GENERATIONS. From a title like this, it’s clear he (and others) hasn’t a clue what the church is all about, what scripture says about what the church is and what it is not, what is the gospel, and what is Biblical Christianity. Imagine this scenario: You invite me to your home, I arrive with my lovely wife, Lisa, in tow, and when I get to your door you tell me, “You can come in, pastor, but I don’t like your wife. She’s not welcome here.” There are certainly gatherings of people calling themselves a “church” of Jesus Christ that do not reflect the behavior or resemble the Biblical picture of what is, in gospel truth, the beloved bride of Christ. Come on people, we’ve all read Matthew 7:21-23, haven’t we? Yet, to portray the true church of Jesus Christ, with the kind of perspective presented in the aforementioned book title, though pervasive today, is altogether wrong— doctrinally misinformed at best and hateful, unbiblical and unchristian at worse. Hard words, I know, yet words needing to be said regardless of toes and feelings.
This is why a book like Pastor Johnson’s THE CHURCH: WHY BOTHER? is an important blessing for American Christianity today. It is a must read for anyone professing Biblical faith in Jesus Christ, in my humble opinion.
Although Jeff’s tongue is firmly pressed into his cheek in his chapter titles, he is sober and serious when it comes to the glory of God, the exaltation of Jesus Christ, and the holiness of Christ’s beloved and precious church. As a master builder under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Johnson dispels the untruths with surgeon-like precision and builds upon the sure foundation of Jesus Christ.
It is a book I whole-heartedly recommend, not only to Christian believers, but also to church leaders as a standard for membership. As a pastor myself, I’m so very happy to have the convenience of this book in Kindle eBook form as we have already begun incorporating THE CHURCH: WHY BOTHER? into our membership curriculum. The questions at the end of each chapter make this little volume excellent for use in Bible studies and membership classes.
I read this eBook on my Galaxy S6 (Android phone), as well as on my desktop and laptop. It is formatted well and the endnotes are hyperlinked so as to view the references easily and return to the exact point of reading.
My only misgiving about the book is that there is currently no accompanying workbook and an audio version would be a blessing to some of those in our congregation who are visually impaired (politically correct way of saying “blind as a bat”).
For the week October 19, 2015 through October 23, 2015, the Kindle eBook, which is regularly
$4.49, will be a ridiculously low 99 cents.