Your Church Is Too Small Why Unity in Christ s Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message that all of them may be one Father just as you are in me and I am in you Too often these words of Jesus from John seem l

  • Title: Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ's Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church
  • Author: John H. Armstrong
  • ISBN: 9780310321149
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you Too often, these words of Jesus from John 17 20 21 seem like an unreachable ideal But in Your Church Is Too Small, John Armstrong shows that Jesus vision of Christian unity is for all God s people across social, cultural, racial I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you Too often, these words of Jesus from John 17 20 21 seem like an unreachable ideal But in Your Church Is Too Small, John Armstrong shows that Jesus vision of Christian unity is for all God s people across social, cultural, racial, and denominational lines With attention to his own pilgrimage and growth in ecclesial awareness, John Armstrong explores here the evangelical heart and ecumenical breadth of churchly Christianity I am encouraged by his explorations and commend this study to all believers who pray and labor for the unity for which our Savior prayed Timothy George, senior editor, Christianity Today Dr Armstrong s irenic approach should make it easy for Christians whether Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant to engage the challenging thesis of the book, while recognizing that there remain points of doctrine between them which will require further clarification Anyone concerned about either evangelism or Christian unity should read this book, and take seriously its call for both mission and ecumenism Fr Thomas A Baima, Provost, University of Saint Mary of the LakeJohn Armstrong is one of those Evangelical theologians may their tribe increase and the valley abound with their tents who know that full obedience to Christ embraces the historical transmission through which we know him This book refuses to scale down the bearer of that tradition the historical church, that is or reduce the authority of its voice Fr Patrick Henry Reardon, senior editor, Touchstone It s a must for anyone who has grown weary with Christian divisiveness and schism and longs to discover ways of strengthening the bonds that unite us in the Spirit of Christ Chuck Colson

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    One Reply to “Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ's Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church”

    1. Many today agree that the evangelical church in America has problems. It has a consumeristic mentality catering to the pervasive individualism of our society. Church programs are offered, and sermon series advertised in such a way as to get people hooked on the "brand". Surveys and market research are conducted to find people's felt needs and deliver. And with such a cheapening of church, it's no wonder that counter movements abound in Christianity these days. Emergent, post-modern, missional -- [...]

    2. If you have ever struggled with this issue of unity in the visible church (or perhaps you have tried to avoid it!) then I would suggest Armstrong's book as a good starting place for discussion. The "smallness" to which Armstrong refers in his title is not about the size of the local congregation, but the narrow view of what the word "church" means. Mostly aimed at Protestants but encompassing the two other main streams of Christianity (Catholic and Orthodox), the book acts as a guide for how to [...]

    3. The lack of unity within Christianity—by it's broadest defintion—has long been a point of tension for believers and a point of ridicule for nonbelievers. I myself have felt this tension, and John Armstrong addresses it in Your Church Is Too Small. The divisions between Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant (and the further denominational splits therein) can feel a far cry from the unity of believers one might expect after reading through the New Testament. I speak of those three br [...]

    4. Next week, I'll be meeting with a couple pastors and friends from our little town in North Carolina. We'll be a diverse little group, but we will be exploring ways to work together in our town, to present a united witness, as well as create a network of Christians who can respond to needs and hurting people within our own community. Now, I'm naturally a shy and retiring person. I'd rather write about this, than actually do it. What would motivate me to do this? Well, John H. Armstrong's new book [...]

    5. God bless John Armstrong. I've read his stuff for years, and this I think may be his best book. In this book he reveals his passion for ecumenism and the unity of Christians together. He is sick and tired, as many of us are, with the constant in-fighting that goes on in the church. As a counter-vision to the bickering sects and denominations, he insists that mutual Christian love and unity has a very real effect on the effectiveness of our evangelism, witness and mission to the world. The world [...]

    6. If Jesus prayer in John 17 says, "that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you have sent me", then why are there so many church splits? Does knowing the truth mean that we ought to be divisive or should God's truth humble us to pursue understanding and unity? If we care about the mission of Christ, then we would care about being ecumenical with churches that are not apart of our denomination. Most church cultures can emphasis non salvific issues to the detriment of chu [...]

    7. Full review at is on my blog in three partsPart 1 at bookwi/your-church-is-too-sPart 2 at bookwi/your-church-is-too-sPart 3 at bookwi/your-church-is-too-sShort review: This is a book that anyone that is interested in the church should read. It really spends time thinking about how the church can think about itself and how to fully follow Christ, the church needs to pay attention to all of its brothers and sisters in Christ (catholic, protestant and orthodox.)

    8. I want to qualify by saying- I would have liked to give this book 5 stars, but then you would all rush out to read it and might be disappointed. That being said the topic/point of the book is a 5. But the writing bogged down a little. It was a little redundant, and not enough specific examples, or details about his own experiences. Mainly, I think you should read it because I think "Your church is too small".

    9. There were a lot of great points in the book. On some level this book seemed to be written more to the boomers and the builders who have created the many different arms of the church. Today's generation doesn't seem to be quite as entrenched in the schisms of the church. And yet there were some good points.

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