“The church is God’s grand experiment, in which differents get connected, unlikes form a fellowship, and the formerly segregated are integrated.” ~ Scot McKnight
“Differences are what happens when we’re tempted toward uniformity,” says Scot McKnight, popular Christian author of a new book titled, A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together.
McKnight uses Paul’s early church strategy as the backdrop on how to build a church. If a church is what it is supposed to be, what does the Christian life look like?
McKnight wants you to picture a bowl of salad with a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a little bit of those all mixed together.
Ponder this salad bowl visual: Is your church made up of a variety of people: Caucasians, African Americans, Mexicans, Latinos, Asians, Indians, artists, educators; different genders, sexualities, widows, divorcees, ethnic cultures; rich, poor, homeless, sick, introverts, extroverts – and the list goes on?
McKnight believes many churches are like an ingrown toenail – people who pretty much agree on everything.
This fabulous book is about taking a look around your church. See if 90% of your congregation is made up of people from one ethnic and socioeconomic group.
From his salad bowl analogy, McKnight takes us spiritually through a maze of “wouldn’t it be great if it were this?”
McKnight’s “wouldn’t it be great if it were this” list contains things like:
– Opening the door for God to fill you with His spirit
– Understanding grace is God’s love
– Grace forgives, heals, transforms, ennobles and empowers us
There are lots of scriptures he pulls from to support his reasons for the importance of building a church of differents.
I recommend this book be read in daily doses as it contains so much detail and contemplation to comprehend his vision of “Paul’s” way to build a church into a fellowship of “we is bigger than me.”
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