Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church

I just (finally) finished reading Tim Morey’s book, Embodying Our Faith: Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church. Since I’m a working-mom, it takes me a while to get through books as this one did, but it was well worth the time it took. Time was actually helpful in this case because I found I needed just that to really savor and let Tim’s words sink in to my brain so I could process them and even take an inventory on how we (and me personally) are doing as a Christ-follower attempting to live out what we believe.

Tim has a wonderful way of taking the Scriptures and showing us through the lenses of  history and the current culture that God’s hope for the Church and the World remain the same. Jesus built His Church to bring hope and joy to a lost and dying world as part of “his intentions to redeem the world and undo the damage that the Fall has wreaked on His creation (Gen. 3:15).” Tim gracefully and Biblically builds a bridge between the post-modern/emergent church movement and more modern/traditional expressions of the evangelical Christian faith.  More importantly, guided by the words of Christ, Tim takes the heart of the reader and gently reminds us of what it means to live out our faith in a way that points others to the true Jesus.

My favorite parts of the book were right in the middle where he takes the Great Commission (Matthew 28) and shows us how our traditional view of “evangelism” must become more holistic to include disciplemaking and spiritual formation. He is well aware of and understands this culture correctly by pointing out that people are not going to be drawn to Jesus simply by a logical understanding, but rather through authentic relationships and experiences that are met through the kindness, the compassion and hospitality of God’s people.

I happen to know Tim personally, but don’t think this review is biased because of that.  The only reason why I bring it up is because I have had the privilege of observing first hand how much Tim loves Jesus and loves the Church. He also has a passion for discipleship which is why I was so looking forward to reading His book. It did not disappoint as Tim paints a beautiful picture of what Church is intended to be. A worshipful, loving, authentic, deeply engaging, serving and growing community that pours inward so that it can pour outward.

I highly recommend this book to any believer and community of believers who desire a better understanding of how to daily live out their faith in such a way that they may actually bear the image of Christ.

What great books have you read lately?

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