Belong (ebook)

Belong ebook

Loving Your Church by Reflecting Christ to One Another

By Barnabas Piper, foreword by Ray Ortlund
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How to build genuine, real, deep, honest and authentic Christian relationships as a community of believers.

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Author Barnabas Piper states in the first chapter of his book:

“We are looking for something personal, something deeply meaningful, something with which we can identify. And this book is an invitation to find that in the church, because God wants us to …Part of God’s perfect strategy is offering hurting, tired, worn out, needy sinners like you and me a place to belong in … A place in which to encounter the profound, transformative, healing, restoring grace of Jesus Christ.”

This book explores how you can help to create a church where everybody feels at home: a place where fellow believers build genuine, honest, meaningful Christian relationships and enjoy deep fellowship as a community of believers.

You may be a new believer and wonder what it means to belong to a church; you may be reluctant to commit to your church because of past experiences; you may have recently relocated and want to find a church where you feel at home; or you may love your church and desire to commit to it more deeply and serve it more fully. Whatever the case, this book will help you to see that belonging to a church is a good gift from God, the outworking of our identity as brothers and sisters in Christ, and worth your time, love, and commitment.

There are discussion questions at the end of every chapter with action steps, making it ideal to read as a small group or even a whole church. Accompanying free downloads are available that can be used for small groups. There are downloadable worksheets, a PDF version of the book's discussion guide, introductory videos for each chapter and more.

Perfect if you are a pastor looking to encourage your church members to treasure their church family and play their part in making it a place where everyone feels they belong.

This is one of the first books in the new Love Your Church series, which is being written by a collection of Bible teachers from Acts29. It is designed to inspire every church member to love their church in practical ways by casting a biblical vision of what it means to be a local community of God’s family. The series will explore what it means to belong, to welcome, to gather, to care, to serve, and to honor one another, and to witness and send people out to spread the gospel.

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Contents

  • Introduction: What Could Church Be?
  • 1. What Does It Mean to Belong?
  • 2. You Do Belong
  • 3. What True Belonging Actually Looks Like
  • 4. The Only Way It Happens
  • 5. What Do I Do If…
  • 6. Jesus, Friend of Sinners

Specification

Contributors Barnabas Piper, Ray Ortlund
ISBN 9781784988418
Format eBook
First published January 2023
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 128
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

Jen Wilkin

Bible Teacher; Author, None Like Him

We are saved not just into an individual relationship with Christ but into the gathered community of his church. In an age of extreme individualism and profound loneliness, Barnabas gives us a glimpse into the church’s purpose and beauty, her shared values and challenges, inviting us to take our place in something greater than ourselves: the communion of saints. Here is good help for all who long to belong.

Paul Tripp

Author, New Morning Mercies

The church of Jesus Christ is designed by God to be a celebration of the miracle of belonging. Because of the grace of Jesus, we belong to God and to one another. In a way that I have never read before, Barnabas Piper not only defines that belonging but also helps us to understand how to live with one another in a way that always reflects that, by grace, we together belong to God

Russell Moore

Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today

Most Christians really want to connect with and to serve their local congregations. They often just don’t know how or where to start. Barnabas Piper does away with hectoring or manipulation and offers accessible and wise counsel on how to find that kind of love and belonging within the community of Christ.

Customer reviews


17/01/2023

“The Gift of Loving Your Church”

(Review written for 'Belong')

The second book in the series by Barnabas Piper is titled Belong: Loving Your Church by Reflecting Christ to One Another (2023). Everyone has the desire to belong. We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Yet often times we look in the wrong place to satisfy this desire. The local church is the place, above all others, where people should feel that they belong. Yet this is not always the case and we can do better. This is what Piper discusses in the book.

A major aspect of belonging is unity. We live a society today that is far from unified, even among followers of Jesus. Yet this is what the church is called to be. The church is to be different from the society in showing unity across differences. Christianity is not just the faith of majority culture, but is the good news of salvation to all who would believe. Unity comes not when everyone agrees on every aspect of church life, but when we agree on the biblical gospel as the only hope for the world. The local church, then is the place where we should find belonging as we practice the “one anothers” of the Bible. It is a place where we “stir one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24, ESV).
The Love Your Church series is an excellent set of resources for church leaders and lay people alike. Each volume exhorts local churches to be what the church is called to be by Jesus. The church is an institution established by the Lord to propagate the gospel to the ends of the earth. Jesus promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). This promise should give the church confidence in its mission, but also serve as a warning. It is only when we are standing on the biblical gospel, that we stand firm. For this reason, the church should be a place to gather for worship, find true belonging, and welcome others to come and find rest.


02/01/2023

“great understanding and actionable steps”

(Review written for 'Belong')

This is another new book in the Love Your Church series by The Good Book Company. This book focuses on how the church body can work together to make everyone feel as though they belong to the body of Christ.

The book is structured with six chapters, each describing some facet of biblical belonging within the Church body. Piper begins by discussing the "belong" actually means biblically. As he states within the first few paragraphs: "A person can be a member of a church without belonging, and a person can belong to a church that does not offer formal membership. The pressing questions is not about processes or polity but about connection to and closeness within the body of Christ."

Once again, the chapters conclude with action steps, one of my favorite parts of the book. Some of these questions are more reflection questions to ponder about your own life and actions within the church and how those could be adjusted to more biblically follow God's call to helping all belong. Others are much more practical and simple actions that can be practiced during your daily walk with Christ.

As a side note, Barnabas is the son of well known pastor, John Piper. This was my first reading of Barnabas Piper's own writing and I enjoyed his hint of wisdom taught by his earthly father but also his own style obviously gifted by the Father.

I appreciate that they include a small group guide accessible online for group study and discussion.

I received a copy of to this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

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