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Book to Read: Broken for Blessing

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A reading recommendation from Pastor Jonathan.

While we have shared some content from Broken for Blessing already here I wanted to encourage you to pick up a copy of the book and give it a read. Within its pages Frow sets out a vision (by way of description of his church’s history) for multiplication of medium-sized churches.

We can talk about wanting to have multiplication as part of our DNA but Frow shows you how and why we should. But the book is not just about sending out or replanting churches, it is also about the importance of preaching the gospel, being a Word and Spirit church, and ministering in the culture of California. There are insights throughout and Frow has an easy writing style making the text engaging and fast.

I think this book has the potential to become a manifesto for churches like ours, those that long to see the biblical church in action, marrying a view of Scripture as our authority with the power and move of the Holy Spirit among us. It might even be used by the Lord to spur us on to new thinking and leading so that we too can be about kingdom work.

Order your copy today and share insights you find.

Catechesis and Our Kids

In the age of digital indulgence and instantaneous information we have lost a little something, maybe a lot of something, when it comes to Scripture memorization along with biblical, doctrinal, and applicational truth. But we can get it back, we can endeavor to regain, and firmly root ourselves in the earth-altering truths of the gospel. We can learn anew the wisdom of the ages that points to Christ in all of life. 

And we begin with our students. 

This fall we are launching our weekly studies for Middle School and High School students. To be pursuing this gospel transformation together we will be studying The New City Catechism and it might just be something you take your whole family through. Here is how the publisher describes the material:

Throughout the history of the church, Christians have used catechisms—collections of questions and answers designed for memorization and recitation—to teach others the core doctrines of the faith. The New City Catechism is a modern day resource aimed at reintroducing this ancient method of teaching to Christians today.

This short book lays out 52 questions and answers related to God, human nature, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and more. Whether used devotionally, recited orally, or memorized over the course of a year, families, churches, small groups, and Christian schools will treasure this as a valuable tool for teaching the core doctrines of the Christian faith to children and adults alike.

You can download it for free in app form, order the books on Amazon, or visit the free website with the questions, answer and other media resources to enhance study. 

To make our efforts a success we need your help. Would you be willing to volunteer to help facilitate our student meetings? It is a great way to disciple young people in the church and make a lasting impact for the glory of Christ. Sign up here