I just finished reading Thom Rainer and Eric Geigerâ€™s book
Usually, I know if I am going to like a book and get anything from it in the first 30-50 pages. I knew I needed to read this book after the first few pages! The first chapter begins with an illustration of a pastor named Rush who is returning from a conference. It describes his week, and it is blow by blow very similar to mine. I said to myself, â€œdude, thatâ€™s me!â€ These gentlemen go on to describe the process for how a church can simply itsâ€™ structure in order to more effectively make disciples. If you are a church leader it is a must read, and our whole team will be reading it real soon.
I mention this because I try to make it a discipline to read regularly. I have found that when I am struggling through specific issues and need to address some things, God will bring a book at just the right time. There have also been some times (as I look back) that as I have preached through the Bible, the right Scripture has come at just the right time, to deal with a very specific issue. I didnâ€™t plan it that way, God did. People have also come up to me and asked how I knew they were doing something, or going through something, that I would choose to preach to that particular issue. I was just preaching through the Bible, and God worked out the timing. As a church we fall into the category of â€œvibrantâ€ but definitely have some things we need to tweak. This book coming to my attention now, is a God send.