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  • What If Jesus Was Serious about the Church?: A Visual Guide to Becoming the Community Jesus Intended

What If Jesus Was Serious about the Church?: A Visual Guide to Becoming the Community Jesus Intended

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Researchers have uncovered the following three trends: First, distrust of institutions, including the church, is at an all-time high. Second, young people raised in the church are leaving at alarming rates and not returning. Third, loneliness and social isolation are at pandemic levels. What's the connection? It appears that an entire generation is starving for the very thing the church is called to provide but has chosen to look for it elsewhere. Why is this happening? Following the model set by What If Jesus Was Serious?—short readings and engaging illustrations—What If Jesus Was Serious about the Church? looks at what the Bible really says about the church, its purpose, and the impact of its modern captivity to consumer values. Rather than an event, a building, or an institution, the New Testament calls the church to be a community living in communion with God and one another for the sake of the world.



Praise for What If Jesus Was Serious about the Church?

"The most common word for church in the New Testament is not in fact 'church.' It's not building or institution or enterprise either. No, the most common word for church is two words: brothers and sisters. In other words, Jesus came to form you and me into siblings in a new family. Skye Jethani's short, crisp, always to-the-point chapters in this book sketch a way not for church shift or church change but church transformation from the ground up. His vision begins with the church as the family God and each of us as brothers and sisters. He offers an old vision that has been lost in churches that have gotten lost in their vision of church as corporation and managed by entrepreneurs. The old vision is that church is a family where Jesus and the Table are the focus. A wonderful book!
Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary; author of A Church Called Tov

"With his characteristic wisdom, insight, and wit, in What If Jesus Was Serious about the Church? Skye challenges what church has become in our day and reminds us Jesus intended for His church to be a family. We cannot afford to ignore the issues raised in this book, because our witness, and a generation, are at stake. This is not for the faint of heart, but it is for those who truly care about the church. I was simultaneously challenged and inspired, I know you will be too."
Christine Caine, author; founder, A21 and Propel Women

"At a time when many are questioning the value of church or giving up on it altogether, Skye Jethani offers a delightful reminder of what church is and is not. Equal parts winsome and wise, this slim primer packs a wealth of biblical insight and offers a compelling vision for what the church of Christ can be." 
Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of Jesus and John Wayne

"Skye is able to say a lot without using a lot of words. In What If Jesus Was Serious about the Church, he is clear, compelling, challenging, and Christ-exalting. After you read this book, you will love Jesus and His church more."
Derwin L. Gray, Cofounder and Lead Elder-Pastor of Transformation Church; author of How to Heal the Racial Divide: What the Bible Says, What the First Christians Knew, about Racial Reconciliation

"We have all had the experience of rebooting our computers when they became cluttered, overloaded, and dysfunctional. What if we could literally reboot the church? In this time of de-churching, deconstructing, politicization, and division, what if we could recapture the passion, energy, and unity of the very first Christians? In this very important book, Skye Jethani shows us how we can."
Richard Stearns, President Emeritus of World Vision US; author of Lead Like It Matters To God and The Hole in Our Gospel

"This book was a breath of theological and practical fresh air! Too often, books about the church tell the same old, stale tale of instructions—go to church; tithe; listen to the sermon; be submitted; don't ask questions. But these dusty formulas often ignore the ancient, powerful, and risky path that God's people were called to undertake—to turn the world upside down by following the wild Jesus into a subversive way of living. Skye Jethani has written one of the most important books about the church I've ever read that every Christian would be wise to read."
A.J. Swoboda, assistant professor of Bible, theology, and World Christianity at Bushnell University; author of After Doubt

"Because I love Jesus' church, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Skye Jethani's insights about its importance and beauty. What I particularly appreciated was his emphasis on table spirituality—something our churches desperately need to rediscover. Imagine how the current toxicity of the church could be salved with conversation, bread-and-wine fellowship, and conviviality, particularly among those we disagree with. This book is uncomfortable in necessary ways, but it also serves as a winsome invitation to what we're all longing for the church to become."
Mary DeMuth, author of The Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible: What Their Stories Teach Us about Thriving

"If you love the church but sense that we have an identity problem, this book is for you. Skye Jethani's provocative, scripturally centered teachings combined with his vivid drawings will inspire you to be part of the solution. You and I have never needed this book more than now."
Kara Powell, Chief of Leadership Formation at Fuller Seminary and coauthor of 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager

"Our thinking about church is often conditioned on our experience, so we need something that surprises or startles us out of our expectations to think about what Scripture says in a fresh way. What If Jesus Was Serious about the Church? does exactly that, by using captivating images and insightful writing to help us evaluate our assumptions about church. This is a resource that critiques and laments our perversions of church—not for the sake of critique, but in order to encourage all Christians to understand and experience the better reality God desires for us."
Kaitlyn Schiess, author of The Liturgy of Politics

"What if we have misunderstood the nature of church services, family life, worship, and leadership? With characteristic insight, humor, and relatability, Skye challenges us to reconsider what Jesus said about the church. Moving beyond clichés, Skye provides a profound vision of what it means to be a member of Christ's body. Allow him to challenge your understanding about what Jesus said. You won't regret it."
Kyle Strobel, coauthor of The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus' Path of Power in a Church That Has Abandoned It

"Skye has become my go-to thinker for understanding US politics, church, and evangelical subculture. This book brings together both a challenging critique of today's church and a hopeful vision of the world-changing movement it can be when we take the words of Jesus seriously. I wish a copy could be placed in the hands of every church pastor, home group leader, and congregant out there."
Justin Brierley, presenter of the Unbelievable? and Ask NT Wright Anything podcasts

Product Details

ISBN: 978-0-8024-2427-3
Publish Date: July 2022
Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.5
Format: Paperback