Church Matters: God's Original Purpose for the Church, and Why it Matters - Book by Gary Miller
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Disagreements and church splits can be disillusioning, both to those within our churches and to seekers. Some want to relax church standards in order to be more relevant to the surrounding culture. Others rigidly adhere to traditional lines. Both have strong arguments to back up their views. Who is right?
Many of us have wondered at times, Is church life, as I am experiencing it, really what God had in mind? How can ongoing friction accomplish God's plan? Some have decided it's not worth it and have checked out, thinking it easier to worship at home than to deal with the personalities and opinions in the larger church. Others keep attending church but are constantly on the lookout for something else - something a little more compatible with their view of church.
In Church Matters, Gary Miller compares the current state of the church with God's original vision as seen in the book of Acts. His examination of God's purpose for your congregation is a thought-provoking challenge to complacency and drift, and to the conflicts and struggles that keep us from reaching others with the Gospel.