Monthly Reading Recommendation
Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-Up Call to the Church
by Alexander Strauch
From Our Elders:
Several months ago, I preached a series of sermons to our congregation on the critical marks of an enduring church. Those sermons identified areas of potential weakness in a congregation such as ours. The greatest danger: a lack of love.
No other church in the New Testament describes our church so well as the church in Ephesus. According to Rev. 2, this was a church that is commended by Christ for easy-believism—those who would call themselves Christian but continue to live like the world. They are also commended for their zealous commitment to the Scriptures. They were knowledgeable, and showed discernment toward true and false teachers. They were doctrinally sound, defenders of truth, and uncompromising in the truth gospel message.
And they endured great conflict. They showed patience, loyal, and dedication to their church and consequentially, to Christ. Does this not describe us? I believe it describes us to the letter! So what is the worst thing that can happen to us? What is our greatest danger?
In Love or Die, Alexander Strauch does not merely exposit the church in Rev 2:1-6. He exposits every contemporary church like it. He exposits our church, and you must understand the seriousness of his warning. We are never more than one step away from losing our first love. We can too quickly become blinded to our own sin, becoming self-deceived that all is well. Soon, disputable matters – matters of opinion rather than clear biblical instruction, will fracture, weaken, and destroy our church. We must be proactive to practice love, so we hope that you would allow this book to instruct your heart as your first act of love for our church!
– Matt Tarr
This title is now available at the church Welcome Center
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