What if Jesus Was Serious ABOUT THE CHURCH? by Skye Jethani is the third book in this series. I have had the opportunity to review the other two. They are simple but deep discussions on the Sermon on the Mount, prayer, and now Church. This book on Church like the other two includes drawings and short chapters that invite the reader to think deeper about Church, our role, and the function of it. Jethani challenges the reader to engage the Bible as well as church history in a nonthreatening way. Do not let the simplicity fool you. There is much to contemplate and discuss in this simple book from gathering together, the preaching style, communion, social justice, and more. Jethani asks some profound questions and points out some elements of the contemporary church that need to be contended with. Jethani paints a compelling picture of what the Church is meant to be and how it can meet a society that desires justice and craves relationship. The Church is supposed to be life-giving through embodiment of Christ.
I appreciated Jethani’s challenge of the status quo. He asks the reader to think about the initial intention of Church and what that means for the reader. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a starting point of re-thinking Church or to someone who is discontent with what is, especially to teens and young adults because of the presentation style. It would make a great jumping off point for a youth group or young adult study.
***I was given a copy to review from Moody Publishers. The above is my own opinions.