The church is the place God grows us, encourages us, and uses us best. Fantastic book that opened my eyes and helped me realize my responsibility to my local church.
Loving Jesus Christ involves a passionate commitment to His church — around the world and down the street. I especially enjoyed the thoughts on attending church as a consumer vs. Consumers critique and analyze the singing, the sermon, the experience.
We attend church, but we don't want to settle down and truly invest ourselves.
We're not into commitment — we only want to date the church. Stop Dating the Church reminds us that faith was never meant to be a solo pursuit.
We settled into our chairs, adjusted our microphones, and after catching up a bit more, we got down to business. * * * Boundless: Josh, what motivated you to write ? Joshua Harris: I had the experience when I was single, after getting out of the high school youth group, which was my whole world of church at the time and all my friends there, of really feeling disconnected from the church and not quite seeing how it fit into my life and my plans.
There was a season of time where I was still involved in the church, but it was not my priority. I was essentially "dating the church" -- I use that phrase to describe the mindset that says, "I'm with the church, but I really treat her like a girlfriend, and sadly, often times, a neglected girlfriend." You know -- looking for something better and really not having that much passion or excitement about the relationship.
) - For anyone who has wondered at times what on earth is God doing in describing us lot gathered together as His bride-to-be, this book provides a summary guide to key verses in the Gospels, Epistles and Revelation which outline God's intention for the "little 'c' church" (local) and the "big 'C' church" (global, eternal).
What follows are five important "new attitudes" that will help us break out of dating's negative habits.
Each of these flows from our view of three areas: love, purity, and singleness.
The attitude changes described here give a glimpse of the practical alternative God offers those who want His best. Every relationship is an opportunity to model Christ's love.
It will do the same for you.”–Andrew Hall; Ilderton, Ontario Previously published as Stop Dating the Church “Christians belong in churches–the only places where we can thrive and grow spiritually. We were never meant to live our faith in isolation.
The first step is to change your attitude toward relationships. But in Ephesians -24 (New Living Translation), Paul shows us how we can transform our lives: "...throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception.