“Jesus Wants to Save Christians, A Manifesto for the Church in Exile,” is the third book from Pastor/Author Rob Bell of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Book is co-written with Don Golden)
This book takes a look at the Church and what we as Americans are really about. It compares the United States to powerful empires in biblical times. Rob Bell shows how time and time again we miss the central message of the Bible, that Jesus came for so much more than to just give us a ticket to heaven, but to transform our lives.
The book begins by taking you through the Old Testament, looking at how different empires ruled and controlled the world. It will make you stop and think, “wow” is everything we do in our own country really right under God’s eyes? Critics might come off saying that this book is a bit unpatriotic, but Rob Bell strongly uses scripture to state his points. Rob Bell does a great job at comparing times of the Old Testament, New Testament and today. It will take you to a deeper understanding of the history of the Bible.
Our favorite Chapter in the book is Chapter Five, “Swollen-bellied black babies, Soccer Moms on Prozac and the Mark of the Beast.” Rob Bell starts by again saying that America is one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. He then goes on to give shocking statistics that we may have heard over the years. From America’s wealth to poverty/brokenness over seas, we see the power that each American possesses and how we do not even come close to making a true difference in the world.
At the end of the book Rob Bell challenges you to re-examine your place in the world. To start living more as an example of Christ and not of this world. This book will leave you wanting to point fingers at government and other leaders in the country, but it truly starts with your ministry or organization. Jesus called us to be the example.
“Jesus Wants to Save Christians,” is a book that will make you re-examine your life, ministry, or organization and take more notice of what is going on across the globe. This book has been a strong wake up call for our organization. Innovative Ministry Leader strongly endorses this book and would recommend sharing with your entire teams.
“Jesus Wants to Save Christians” is published by Zondervan
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