Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Church Awakening (Book Review)

In The Church Awakening, Chuck Swindoll--bestselling author and one of America's most treasured Bible teachers--issues a call for the church of Jesus to see how far we have drifted. This great erosion has erupted into destructive worship wars, devolved from enlightening to entertaining assemblies, replaced God's nourishing Word with junk food, and sunk to new lows in cultural toleration. The church is asleep at the wheel, and it's time to wake up!

Subtitled "An Urgent Call For Renewal," The Church Awakening is exactly that.  Author Chuck Swindoll reminds the reader of the essentials of a church (based on Acts 2:42):  teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer.  He goes on to point out how some of our churches have drifted from those essentials:
  • by turning to marketing techniques and corporate organizational strategies, rather than seeking to become contagious ministries
  • by following the ways of the world instead of the Word
  • by focusing on the expression of worship (the outward forms) rather than the essence of worship (the inward, personal contemplation and adoration of God)
  • by diluting the Word of God to be a politically correct, warm and fuzzy, feel-good message
This may be my favorite sentence in the book:
When we sacrifice truth on the altar of relevance, our words are no longer relevant.
As the author explains, this erosion has happened so gradually that it may go unnoticed.  He goes on to outline the changes that must occur, beginning with this:
As Christians, we must demand a halt to superficial religion that substitutes for personal faithfulness.  We should refuse to be entertained any longer.  We must stop calling it "worship."  It's time we openly state that we expect deep teaching from the Word of God from our pastor, not a twelve-minute sermonette.  We must begin looking to our pastor to equip us to do the work of ministry and not expect him to do ministry for us.
While The Church Awakening is most instructive for church leaders, it was eye-opening for me, as well.  I recommend it.

Product details:
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (September 8, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 044655653X
ISBN-13: 978-0446556538
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  1. This does sound like a much needed message. Thanks for the review!

  2. When we sacrifice truth on the altar of relevance, our words are no longer relevant.


  3. Those are strong words. Thanks for the review. It sounds like a book worth checking out.


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