This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute http://www.desertbibleinstitute.com.
Thom Rainer in his book, I Am a Church Member, provides his audience with a clear, applicable commentary on how we, as church members, can better understand, appreciate, and enjoy our time in the church. Perhaps the first point that should be made is that this book’s main audience is the new, disconnected, or frustrated Christian. Rainer repeatedly shares about people who come into the church, get excited, become more involved but ultimately see the flaws in the church. What Rainer offers is that we have two choices. We can either accept the flaws of the men and women we serve with, or we can focus on these flaws and because of this drive ourselves out of the church. This is not to say that we as Christians don’t all (regardless of or time or position in the church) need to here this message. We all experience frustration and burnout; however, the thrust of Rainer’s purpose is how to get the disenfranchised Christian to understand what it really means to be a member of the church.
This book would prove extraordinarily useful in a home study, membership class, or small group study. What makes it most pertinent to these types of studies are the structure, the review, and the pledge. The book is broken into six, manageable sections that could easily be shared and discussed in under an hour. At the end of these sections are review questions. These questions help not only with discussion of a group, but also with the reflection of an individual. Finally, each section ends with a pledge. Not unlike the Pledge of Allegiance that we recited in school, these pledges are there for each person to reflect on our personal responsibly and accountability to something greater: our commitment to God, the church, and to each other.
Trent Nicholson, Ph.D., D.Min.
Desert Bible Institute, President
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