From the Ground Up: New Testament Foundations for the 21st Century Church. : Friday, April 29, 200
April 29 2005 by J. Scott Horrell. Kregel Publications. 2004. 106 pages. $11.99

From the Ground Up: New Testament Foundations for the 21st Century Church. : Friday, April 29, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005

From the Ground Up: New Testament Foundations for the 21st Century Church.

By J. Scott Horrell. Kregel Publications. 2004. 106 pages. $11.99
Review by Wayne Hager

This is a small book that that is packed with a much needed analysis of the concept of church. Most books about the church in recent years have focused on programs and strategies for reaching people with new ministries, worship services etc. This book takes us back to the basics of what church, the Greek ekklsesia, is supposed to be.

In particular, Horrell forces us in his discussion to consider what is truly important and unimportant in the church. Another way of looking at this is what is appearance and what is substance. Horrell is especially equipped to help in this analysis because he brings a third world perspective to the discussion. He has seen the church function differently than it does in America. This has helped him, and provided his motivation, to get beyond cultural expressions to the New Testament foundations. In the model that Horrell proposes there can, and should be, many different expressions of church, while still maintaining commitment to the core of the gospel. A helpful insight Horrell makes is that what we do as church goes a long way toward saying who we are. In order for us to say the right things to the world around us and to our own members, we need to be clear on what the characteristics the church should embody and communicate.

This book is helpful for those struggling with new expressions of worship, new outreach strategies, etc. When these new expressions are measured according to the foundations that Horrell explores, we are liberated from the tendency to immediately jump to labeling anything new as not scriptural or anti-gospel. The contribution this book can make to the life of a particular church is much greater than its size would indicate.

4/29/2005 12:00:00 AM by J. Scott Horrell. Kregel Publications. 2004. 106 pages. $11.99 | with 0 comments




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