“Godspeed” by Britt Merrick

I like subtitles – they give a hint concerning the intent of the book. This one? Making Christ’s mission your own…

This book is about the American church. Something is missing. There is a lot in the church to keep us busy: Sunday service, midweek meetings, missions trips, conferences, and congregational fellowship. But at the end of the day, when reading the Bible, the question always comes back up: are we missing it? Merrick writes this book to address the issue.

What does it mean to be a Christian? The outside perspective is homophobic, judgmental, and hypocritical. While inside the group we don’t view each other negatively, the outside stance is quite different. The focus isn’t on Y’shua, but politics and button topics. To the outside, Christianity isn’t about Christ – it’s about being an elitist club. Merrick takes this and looks at the mission Christ Himself was on. He questions what the church would look like if it emulated Christ in the areas of intentional mission and barrier-breaking actions. What if Christians emulated Christ and His radical, sometimes offensively so, plan? He calls this the Missio Christi. And that’s what this book is about.

Merrick is persuasive in his writing talent. He presents his material if speaking to a church or small group. His voice suggests an authenticity and passion on the subject he broaches, an talks personably. He writes using imagery and tales from Scripture, following Christ and those He impacted. His goal? Display where the church got it wrong, and get it back on track. What is most important, however, is that he recognizes the need of a solid theological foundation, and starts the beginning of the book with that, to help avoid going too far.

Is this book for you? Well, it depends. Are you comfortable with where you are, and like the church? If so, then maybe not the best read for you. But if you are not happy with where you are (it doesn’t matter theologically or financially or any reason) or if you don’t care for the church how it is (again, doesn’t matter why or why not), then this book may just be the read you have been looking for…

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