This book is about being missional by being a good neighbor, or “Gospel communities on mission.”
This book covers living at the margins, everyday community, everyday pastoral care, the mission, evangelism, and hope at the margins. Finally, where to go from there…
What is the margin? Chester explains the margin as being where his grandmother is. When she was younger, she moved into a newer building and became part of a church that had attendance in the hundreds. Now, in her elderly years, she is part of the same building and same church, but only a handful of people are there – most of them from the original times. Chester believes that Christians are at danger of being on the margin. The culture today isn’t focused around G-d or His precepts. Church isn’t an active role in the lives of most people. Christ isn’t a person, but a swear word. Nevertheless, our approach to church, the Gospel, and evangelism hasn’t changed: it is still the same as the Christian nation era.
The argument for this book is to find people in the context of their everyday life, not try to steal them away to a Sunday service they have no interest in. Our mission should not just be about the Christian Gospel, but also be about creating and maintaining the Christian community. It’s no longer about events, but the community. Instead of a focus of holiday services, maintain community-based get-togethers. We need to get out of the margin that this book asserts we are in. And Chester’s primary argument? Reconnect with the Bible.
I don’t disagree. This seems on par, and is worth investigating. Primarily, though, for the review purposes of this review, I should comment on the book’s qualities. Having read the advanced reading copy, I like the voice that is provided in the book. There is a clear mission statement and arguments toward that goal, with an easy voice that is encouraging and motivating. This book has the elements it needs to be successful. Theologically-speaking, though, this book will present challenges for all readers. Any book that necessitates change will do that. So, will you embrace it, or trash it?Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.