Church planter, Bob Roberts, Jr., wondered why the Western Church is struggling. After working with pastors in the East, he has discovered that we have a lot to learn about being a follower of Christ. In America, church means something different than it does to those churches fighting persecution and death threats daily.
American churches have no idea what true persecution is like. Would our churches operate under a different paradigm if our faith had to follow us into the doors of our churches? Because we are free to worship the way we choose, we may take our church, our faith, our worship for granted.
In “Lessons From the East”, Dr. Roberts gives pastors guidelines to follow to lead the Western church into a deeper relationship with God–a relationship where believers are transformed into disciples, look at the world through the eyes of Jesus and take their faith into their Monday through Saturday world. He doesn’t sugarcoat the Gospel. He doesn’t filter out the harsh words. He doesn’t mince words. He says it like he believes God sees our church today.
If you are a pastor, this book is a necessity. Pastors in America are conned into thinking that they have to be popular and leaders of megachurches. They want to say the “right” things to keep people coming back. Few are the ones looking to lead people to a relationship with God based on biblical principles.
Dr. Roberts wants pastors to throw down their pride and their megachurch mentality. Take a look at what churches have to endure in the East. Find out why churches in areas that experience persecution are growing and ours are not. What will it take for us to go to church to meet God rather than our friends?
“Among many pastors I know in our country, we often pray so God will make our lives comfortable, we pray to be more successful in comparison to our peers, and we pray because we hope God will make us nice people. In other cultures, pastors and all Christians lean into God so they can survive another day and bring the kingdom of God into reality in their communities.” pp. 218-219
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