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The Everyday Gospel

The Everyday Gospel [Kindle Edition]

Tim Chester
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It can sometimes be difficult to see the link between our Sunday worship and the Monday morning grind.
So how can our relationship with Jesus impact how we live and serve in our daily lives?
Tim Chester unpacks how we can relate the Holy to the everyday. He explores how seemingly inconsequential tasks can point us to Jesus. This detailed exploration considers how even washing the dishes can be done to the glory of God as part of a whole life lived in sacrifice to Him. Wonderfully, this doesn’t have to be a depressing or dismal thing, but can leave us marvelling again at God’s goodness and grace.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1486 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 10Publishing (2 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whatever you do... 10 May 2014
Format:Paperback it all for the glory of God. (1Corinthians 10:31)

Tim Chester's little book, The Everyday Gospel, is only 47 pages long, and can be read in under an hour.

If you want a summary, Chester's thesis is that there is no sacred/secular divide in life (Part 7), and that we should enjoy all the everyday tasks we're set to for God's glory, regardless of whether we feel they are "religious" or not.
His concluding statement explains this: "Anywhere and any time can be holy. Your kitchen sink can be a holy place if you offer up your washing of the dishes to God as a sacrifice of praise, sharing his delight in creation (Part 2) and serving others in love (Part 3)"

He also devotes 2 parts (4 and 5) to the dangers of legalism, working Too hard, and working for the wrong reasons. He even suggests that sometimes, its best not to work when instead we can leave the work to other people in order to have conversation with those who might need it. The key here is discernment for what is appropriate.

Whilst this is subtitled "A theology of washing the dishes", Chester is here simply taking dishwashing as a standard "everyday" task that some people find tiresome, boring, hard work etc. If this isn't you, don't worry - simply replace washing up with doing the ironing, mowing the lawn, doing your homework - his message is the same!

His concluding part (8) "Everyday Mission" puts his preceding thesis into action - "The Gospel is not just for Sundays", but something that we must live out daily, in the "religious" things we do as well as the more mundane. As we live with such a frame of mind, everything we do, by our attitudes, can be turned as an opportunity for sharing our faith with others through the way we live.

Well worth a read, at a cheap price; I read it as part of a University Christian Union book reading group, so it can be discussed in a small group setting too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Life for the glory of God 27 Oct 2013
I've read quite a few of Tim Chester's books and he consistently gives good biblical teaching with a particular emphasis on how Christians should live in missional community with one another, sharing life on an everyday basis, and reaching the lost collaboratively through ordinary day by day activities. I think this book has been written to rectify the idea that 'spiritual' activity like preaching, singing hymns or praying is separate or somehow divorced from 'normal' life where we do chores.

The cynic in me sees a male writer choosing as his example chore the task of washing up - which I've heard a few male preachers refer to as well- and part of me wonders if this is the only chore that some of these men actually do! Hence why it crops up so much in illustrations. But that, as I say, is the cynic in me and probably has no real foundation! But I do think that women, who are perhaps exposed to doing more of the mundane household chores (especially if they are full time mums), see them differently to men. I'm making huge generalisations here, I know, but hear me out: don't we, as women, just tend to get on with it anyway and manage (with varying levels of success) to balance housework with our parenting, job, time with the Lord and in fellowship with other believers?

I think the need for this book lies in the sad fact that we often value our day by productivity, and often housework doesn't 'count', because our efforts are so quickly undone or replaced by a fresh load of dirty dishes. We live in a culture that seeks to define success by attainment, and if you've done the washing up it's a pretty small victory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and practical booklet. 8 April 2014
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Clearly written and an easy read.
This booklet answers the question - how does the gospel impact daily decisions?
I recommend this book.
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