Follow Me: Reading List
One of the great blessings of being a Christian in the 21st century is the ability to read what brilliant people have written about the faith over the centuries. I've had many of you ask what I am reading for our current series, "Follow Me".
I have read, apart form the Bible, about 8 books, but here are the three I have found most helpful and a great quote from each. I really hope that you are blessed by them today as I have been as I've studied.
12 Who Changed the World, Morris Inch.
"It remained for the apostles to foster the unity, purity, and universality said to characterize the fledgling community, even though they encountered many difficulties along the way. One such event occurred at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15). Gentile converts were being fiercely criticized, and the apostles convened with the council elders to settle the matter. Again, it was Peter who spoke out. “God, who knows the heart,” he observed, “acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith” (15:8–9). Their commonalities blurred any lines of distinction in regards to their faith."
Twelve Ordinary Men, John MacArthur
"Among those who stayed with Christ were the Twelve, whom He had personally selected and appointed to represent Him. They were twelve perfectly ordinary, unexceptional men. But Christ’s strategy for advancing His kingdom hinged on those twelve men rather than on the clamoring multitudes. He chose to work through the instrumentality of those few fallible individuals rather than advance His agenda through mob force, military might, personal popularity, or a public-relations campaign. From a human perspective, the future of the church and the long-term success of the gospel depended entirely on the faithfulness of that handful of disciples. There was no plan B if they failed."
"The church has a double responsibility in relation to the world around us. On the one hand, we are to live, serve and witness in the world. On the other hand, we are to avoid becoming contaminated by the world. So we are neither to seek to preserve our holiness by escaping from the world nor to sacrifice our holiness by conforming to the world...So the fundamental question before the church is who is Lord? Is the church the lord of Jesus Christ, so that it has liberty to edit and manipulate, accepting what it likes and rejecting what it dislikes? Or is Jesus Christ our Teacher and our Lord, so that we believe and obey his teaching?"
See you Sunday!