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- Publisher: Oasis Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 April 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C4O0K82
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Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches Out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church Audio Download – Unabridged
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". . .So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up."
Only Jesus has mastered all of these five roles. A pastor alone cannot. A church needs its apostles, prophets. evangelists and teachers too. Peyton expounds these verses in detail; writing as he preaches, with great imagination plentiful illustrations taken from more movies than I have ever seen, eighties animated cartoon series and church history, but always with close attention to the dynamic text of scripture. Whatever your take, you won't be bored by this book. I have been very provoked and am meeting up with someone this afternoon to discuss what to do about it.
I'm a church planter and Peyton reflects my great desire that the church rediscovers apostles & prophets rather than just the pastor. He handles this and other situations in a direct and open hearted way, but often with humour, and usually with a movie analogy! As the role of apostle & prophet has been lost to a large extent, we (I) need to start looking out for people with these gifts and making space for them, after all, I read somewhere that we need to be do-ers, not just hearers.
Too many pastors end up burned out. Releasing apostles & prophets is one part of the solution, and equally important is making space for EVERY member of the body of Christ to function in their own unique, God given way.
I highly recommend Peyton's book - be prepared to be challenged, maybe even annoyed, but be open to what God may be saying.
btw, my purchase is not verified by Amazon as I bought it from a local Christian Bookshop. I recommend you do the same :)
I highly recommend.
A review by a 'JT' a Welshman!!
I saw the package when I arrived home at 4.30 yesterday. Some calorific sustenance was ingested and by 5pm I was getting started. I am a fast reader and 4 hours later I finished it I was exhausted. I had laughed out loud on a number of occasions particularly on p92 of the hardcopy version (go on buy a copy to find out why ). I cried and was deeply moved as Peytons narrative either amplified my own feelings about an issue or slammed me from a direction I wasn't expecting. Pages p26 p65 p166 and p176 where comments were made about the lack of engagement with youth had me very moved.
I come from a Church background where many of the things he addresses are a normal part of the language particlarly 'Apostles', I can see though how this book could be like a much needed hand grenade that blows up securely held positions to get the defenders out to 'gain ground not just hold it' as he often states.
His use of cultural connection points is prodigious, He man Master of the Universe, She Ra, Lord of the rings, Star wars and above all the Matrix are regularly referenced as are various Rock bands like U2, , he also references Eusebius 4th century Church historian,Chaucer as well as a range of Scholars and Evangelical luminaries.
Don't be fooled this is no superficial romp around 'being relevant' and 'down with the kids'. To dismiss what he says with some high handed superiority would be foolish in the extreme. He comes across a bit like Keith Green but without the Piano!Read more ›
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