Belong

Loving Your Church by Reflecting Christ to One Another

By Barnabas Piper, foreword by Ray Ortlund

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 as a whole church. Bulk deals and free downloadable worksheets are available.

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

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Contributors Barnabas Piper, Ray Ortlund
ISBN 9781784988227
Format Paperback
First published January 2023
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8" x 0.3"
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.

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