You can already tell, judging from the title of the book itself, that there’s about to be tension. When it comes to churches, many shy away from the topic because it is too sensitive; yet churches are institutions that exist, and most importantly serve a purpose which needs to be restored for everyone’s sake.
Churches are where the solutions of the world should come from, where the standard of life is set, because it is at churches where the Word of God is preached initially. The concern, however, is the issue of churches not representing what they were intended to represent, and not fulfilling the duty they were called for.
In this book, Anesu has expressed the heart of God concerning a lot that is holding the church back from fulfilling its mandate. Let’s have a look at a couple of the chapters from the 18 chapters/ topics raised in the book:
The first chapter speaks of division among leaders that occurs for a number of reasons, and it flows down to even believers; while the Word of God stresses that we are many but are one body in Christ and members of one another.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same
function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each belongs to all the others.” – Romans
12:4 – 5
Chapter 4 talks about hunger for power and quick church growth, where the mandate of grooming
pastors, prophets, evangelists, teachers and apostles – among other duties – is neglected.
Chapter 7 talks about the lack of the fear of God that is evident in the actions of leaders, and how believers tend to follow them regardless of the fact that the actions are outside the Word of God.
Chapter 10 talks about the negligence when it comes to caring for, guiding and teaching the youth.
Chapter 13 speaks of lack of stewardship, where the main leaders don’t concern themselves about their other church branches, neglecting the fact that the other branches represent them and their main church.
Chapter 16 speaks of lack of service amongst saints, which speaks about believers no longer serving in the church.
What I love about the last chapter titled “God’s call to the body of Christ” is how the solution to all these concerns is brought, considering each and every single one of them. God wouldn’t point out our faults if He knew He wouldn’t give us the power to overcome them. It is only for the best, for the benefit of us all.
This is a great book for any church leader, and even believers, to get, for introspection and self-improvement.