In our current culture the idea of family is in turmoil. It has been abandoned, broken, redefined, reformed, and broken again, resulting in generations adrift in the waters of confusion and hopelessness. There seems to be a wider gap in the generations than ever before. Out of this uncertainty, foundational roots which promote stability and identity are not being passed on as an inheritance. What has been the church’s response? Instead of leading the way with the light of God’s alternative, many churches have been so concerned with preserving the last generation they have lost touch with the next. Young people are leaving churches in record numbers feeling there is nothing there for them. The biggest mistake any church can make is becoming one generational. The Biblical perspective is that the church is to be multi-generational. Every generation is to be connected to and concerned with the generations behind and before them. If the church fails in this area, instead of being a spring board launching people forward, it becomes a road block that must be avoided in order for people receive their spiritual inheritance. The Lost Treasure reveals the Biblical design for a multi-generational church. It deals directly with sins of the older generations “spiritually retiring” and the younger generations “spiritually rebelling,” and offers solutions to both. If we discover and reclaim this treasure, the church can become the answer to the current cultural crisis.
Why do some people seem so spiritual and “put together” on Sunday morning but hide a personal life of relational turmoil? How can a person attend church week after week and still feel like a stranger? Where does a person find help for dealing with inter-personal problems besides sweeping them under the rug and tip-toeing around on egg-shells? Answers to these relational issues and others are clearly spelled out in this easy to read doctrinal study on living real life in the church today. Most of the problems in church today stem from relational issues. While disagreements in beliefs sometimes come into play, underlying relational tensions cause the majority of the problems. This is why almost half of the New Testament letters contain exhortations and instructions on how God’s people are to treat each other. In fact, the majority of the Bible is revelation about how to relate correctly with God and His people. Relational Theology addresses these topics with straightforward and applicable principles from God’s Word. Jesus prayed in John 17:22 that the relational harmony that exists in the Trinity would be lived out among His people. This book is designed to stir us to capture the important relational elements found in God’s Word that is often missing in the church today. If God’s people will endeavor to embrace and walk in the truths contained in this book, we will go a long way in becoming the testimony in the earth that God desires and the world needs.
In John 21:16 Jesus expresses something amazing to Peter about the importance of shepherding God’s people. Jesus tells Peter that if he loves Him, he should shepherd, or care for, His people. “Jesus asked, Do you love Me? Peter said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” Caring for God’s people is close to the heart of God. Anyone who has ever attempted to do so knows it is sometimes a unenviable responsibility that is full of challenges. Certainly there can be great disappointments, but along with these come great rewards as we help people walk closer with Jesus. God’s word gives us specific insight into how He wants to care for His people. The church today has lost their hold on much of the wisdom found in God’s Word concerning how to care for His people. This book explores various aspects of shepherding from God’s Word and gives insight into caring for His people. It examines aspects of shepherding often not covered in contemporary leadership books. The church is in the “people business.” Beautiful buildings, marvelous meetings, and successful ministries are no substitute for the call of God to personally care for His sheep. This book will provide wisdom to help you be more effective in that mission.
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