"I love everything that Scott Sauls writes." -- Christine Caine
What if Christians became the best advertisement for Jesus?
Jesus said his followers would be a light to the world and a city on a hill--a warmly inviting, neighbor-loving, grace- and truth-filled destination for all. He envisioned his followers as life-giving neighbors, bosses, employees, and friends, the kind of people who return insults with kindness and persecution with prayers. Rooted in biblical convictions, they would extend love, empathy, and care to one another as well as to those who don't share their beliefs. Over time their movement would become irresistible to every nation, tribe, and tongue. Irresistible Faith is a blueprint for pursuing this vision in our current moment, of redeemed individuals and a renewed community working for a restored world. This is a way of being that gives a tired, cynical world good reason to pause and reconsider Christianity--and to start wishing it was true.
"I miss the kind of church Scott describes in this book, and I don’t think I am alone." -- Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and Building a StoryBrand
"An important call to resist the urge to lobby and position ourselves, but rather to be driven by gospel-powered love." -- Raechel Myers, founder and CEO of She Reads Truth
"An antidote to much that is wrong with our Western, American version of Christianity. " -- Gabe and Rebekah Lyons, authors and founders of Q
Sauls (Jesus Outside the Lines), pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn., provides conversational, scripture-heavy advice on how to incorporate Jesus's example of openness into one's life in this upbeat book. He begins with a simple question: "What would it look like for the local church to become the most diverse and welcoming rather than the most homogeneous and inhospitable community on earth?" Sauls unpacks passages from the Bible relating to the need for community, kindness, and faith-filled connection. For instance, he does a close reading of Genesis to stress the importance of marriage and then examines the Pauline epistles to illustrate how those without family also form the core of communities. He focuses particularly on Jesus's speech on hospitality from John 13: "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Woven throughout are stories of lessons in humility learned from figures Sauls admires, such as Austrian businessman and Christian philanthropist Karl Rabeder, who gave his fortune away to charities, and J.R.R. Tolkien, who explained how imagination and reason are deeply reconciled in the gospel accounts. Though the book greatly lacks in practical advice, it is a readable, hopeful exploration of creating an inclusive Christianity through a close reading of scripture.