The church has an image problem.
It is widely
viewed in the world at large as being outdated, boring, irrelevant and
filled with backbiting hypocrites.
How different that picture is to
how the Bible talks about the new family that Jesus has gathered. It is a
precious bride, a sparkling jewel, a lifeboat for forgiven sinners that
is precious and holy; nurturing and warm; filled with truth, friendship
and all embracing, forgiving love.
Sam Allberry understands the
collision between these two views, and how, even as Christian believers,
we can lose sight of how truly wonderful church is and should be, and
what a privilege it is to be part of, and to serve.
In this brief, accessible, but thorough guide to church, Sam outlines what church is and
why we need it. And how, when we have got it wrong, we can move closer
to what a true church should be.