Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of Godby Joshua Harris
Pub. Date: 09/15/2004
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Putting in their hour or two on the weekend, many Christians take the rest of the week off, neglecting the church and her needs. It’s not a serious relationship. Some shop around, looking for a church that suits their lifestyle. It’s dating, with no assurances, no obligations. Bestselling author Joshua Harris calls Christians to stop playing the field
Putting in their hour or two on the weekend, many Christians take the rest of the week off, neglecting the church and her needs. It’s not a serious relationship. Some shop around, looking for a church that suits their lifestyle. It’s dating, with no assurances, no obligations. Bestselling author Joshua Harris calls Christians to stop playing the field and commit, just as Christ is committed to us, His bride. In his new book, Harris explores the ramifications of Ephesians 5:25–32, which proclaims the intensity and the breadth of Jesus Christ’s love for His church. God has designed us to build our lives around a local church; we cannot be indifferent or uninvolved. Rather, we must be in love with and committed to God’s plan and purpose through the church. Are you dating the church, or are you committed?
Are You Dating the Church?
We are a generation of consumers, independent and critical. 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.
Is this what God wants for us?
Stop Dating the Church reminds us that faith was never meant to be a solo pursuit. The church is the place God grows us, encourages us, and uses us best. Loving Jesus Christ involves a passionate commitment to His church — around the world and down the street.
We can't be apathetic. It's time to fall in love with the family of God.
Story Behind the Book
Like all my books, this one is very closely tied to my own journey. I’ve been a church-dater. And I’ve learned just how good it is to get serious about the church. I want to see my generation get a hold of God’s purpose and plan for the local church, too. The same month this book is released I’ll become the senior pastor of my church. This awesome responsibility is being passed on to me by my mentor, C. J. Mahaney, a pastor who has faithfully served for over 26 years. So this book is marking a very important transition in my life. The church isn’t some other generation’s responsibility—it isn’t somebody else’s business. I have to take responsibility. I have to be passionate and committed to it. Through the pages of this book, I’m calling my generation to do the same.
Table of Contents
|1||Can This Relationship Be Saved? What We Miss When We Date the Church||11|
|2||He Still Calls Her His Bride: Seeing the Church from Heaven's Perspective||25|
|3||Why We Really Need the Local Church: Thinking Globally, Loving Locally||43|
|4||Join the Club: What Passion in Action Looks Like||63|
|5||Choosing Your Church: The Ten Things That Matter Most||81|
|6||Rescuing Sunday: How to Get More from the Best Day of the Week||101|
|7||The Dearest Place on Earth: It's Time to Say Yes||121|
|About the Author||139|
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In Stop Dating the Church, Harris challenges believers to make a commitment to the local body of Christ. Looking at the church as the bride of Crist and something deeply loved by God, he urges us to "take the next step" from dating around and actually commit to a local body. Additionally, he looks at what happens when churches beccome so focused on growing the size of the church instead of having a depth and focusing on accomplishing the work of God which is to equip the saints to go outside the four walls of the church and actually make a difference in the world. Finally, Harris offers a great list of qualities that are "must have's" in a local body. It is essential to understand these things before finding a body worth committing to. This is a great challenge to "shopping" Christians and deeply entrenched ones.
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