Where Would Jesus Go to Church?

Where Would Jesus Go to Church?

by Gerald Roe


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ABOUT THE BOOK: Gerald Roe was interrupted while lecturing in his church-planting class by a student who asked, "What if Jesus came back right now to live on earth like He did in Bible days? Wouldn't He go to church the same way He went to the synagogue back then? Which church would He choose? If the true church is all about Jesus, wouldn't it be a good idea to consider what Jesus would look for in a church and make that part of our church planting methodology?" Where Would Jesus Go to Church? answers those questions. As Dr. Roe makes clear, for the blessings of God to rest upon any congregation, the church must answer two important questions: What is the true church? and What is the church to do? In far too many instances, these questions are being asked in the reverse order, leading to a compromising disconnect between the church's essential biblical character and its earthly effectiveness. Where Would Jesus Go to Church? sheds needed light and offers practical, biblical answers. **** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gerald Roe is currently department chair and associate professor of intercultural studies/missions at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. Prior to moving to South Carolina, Gerald spent over thirty years in ministry serving churches as senior pastor in Texas, Hawaii, and Kentucky and as the Director of Missions for the Massachusetts Baptist Association under missionary appointment of the North American Mission Board, SBC. Additionally, Gerald continues his pastoral ministry by assisting churches in various forms of transition and as interim pastor. Dr. Roe earned his undergraduate degree from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, and two graduate degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His passion is for pastors and local churches, both current and future. He is married to Cheryl Dianne and has four grown children and four grandchildren.

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ISBN-13: 9781613140659
Publisher: Innovo Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book revisits the questions of church relative to its origin and purpose. Stating, “what is” and “what to do” bring full focus to the meaning of church. On the surface, these questions are simple and straightforward but corporate church America has adulterated the meaning of these questions to a place of convoluted confusion. Roe states, “the church alone bears the image of Christ” and possesses the attributes of God’s enduring plan of salvation. The foundation of the church is the roots of Jesus Christ and his atoning death at Calvary. Make no mistake, the church is precious and illustrates the enduring strength, salvific promise, and the eternal existence of God (Roe, 247). In conclusion, this book captures the essence of whom and what the church is; the title piques the attention of the average reader, but the essence of the book refocuses the believer to the fundamental aspects of the Great Commission and the headship of the body of Christ. This book debunks the notion that some ideological program or cultural mandate is the answer to church revitalization. By refocusing the reader to the fundamental issue and reason for the church, the book directs the reader to the basic roots of the church as its source of vitality – Jesus Christ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great discussion of what it means to be the church. A must reading for those in church leadership and for those looking for a church home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find this book so appealing because its arguments, applications and conclusion are so thoroughly biblical. It is exhaustive theologically and exhausting personally. By that I mean, the sheer weight of the scriptural data Dr. Roe presents is so enormous that you're either going to be crushed by it, run away from it or surrender to it. As the reader of this book you will not be left in any doubt or ambiguity as to what the church is nor be left to defend your position on philosophical or statistical grounds. This book is written to believers seeking to follow God's Word who need only to understand what God's Word says in order to act upon it. This book is not a call to "go back" to a better place and time or to do church “the way our grandparents did”. It is not even a call to return to the "first century" church as scripture makes clear that many of them were, quite frankly, a mess. The book is, however, a call to temporarily suspend everything you think you know about the church and do some more homework… a “do-over", if you will. A "do-over" using only (only, only, only) God's own words as the blueprint. May God bless us all as we rebuild. John R.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a book whose time has come. There are so many ideas today about the church and its place in the world. It is downright confusing. How eye opening to be reminded that church is not about us, it is all about the Lord of the church,Jesus Christ. The reader will be challenged and stirred by the message of this very readable, timely, and encouraging book. I recommend it highly.