Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The House That Jesus Built

In South Uist and Benbecula Free Church, we're currently running a series of studies based on Dale Ralph Davis' book, The House that Jesus Built. Dale Ralph Davis is pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It has just four main sections, is written in an easy, non-technical style that's ideal for seekers as well as Christians, and it's only 64 pages in total, so it's not daunting for people to take away and read. The four sections are:

  • What Our Church Believes: mainly on the Bible, God and salvation, but with a very good section entitled Life is wholly holy;
  • What Our Church Is: looking in a realistic way at exactly that, including explaining what a Presbyterian church is, and how to join a church;
  • How Christians Live: which has sections on reading the Bible, the sacraments, prayer, worship and fellowship; and
  • The Matter that Matters: a final section on responding to Jesus.
It's published by Christian Focus and is available (right now!) for £2.99. Bargain! Here's the blurb...

People are often curious and occasionally apprehensive about what the church is like. Not many people come sliding out of a reformed pipeline and straight into a pew – they come from all over the religious and non-religious spectrum. We don’t want people to be surprised in a bad way about what they will encounter – thus this book. Although written for a Presbyterian church, it does not assume that only Presbyterians are reformed, happily many Anglicans, Lutherans, Baptists and others would place themselves under the ‘reformed’ banner and can find help in this little book.