There are ten powerful reasons why every Christian should read the book Where are the Christians: the Unrealized Potential of a Divided Religion:
1. Grasp the Origins of Christianity: The Bible provides a glimpse of how Christianity started; however, there is far more to understand as to its early beginnings, struggles to survive, and how a small band of believers was able to overcome insurmountable odds that led to one of the world’s most prolific religions in the world today.
2. Recognize the Foundational Fractures: There are currently 33,820 Christian denominations around the world, whereas there was only one a thousand years ago. The proliferation of denominations is organic and when understood helps to frame how Christianity is now one of the most fractured religions in the world today.
3. Become Familiar with the Definition of a Christian: There are hundreds of definitions offered by the largest Christian Churches in the United States and scores of secular and non-secular sources leaving one bewildered and confused. A simple examination of the Bible reveals a clear two-part definition of a Christian that brings sensibility to the ongoing lightning rod discussion.
4. Evaluate Contemporary Christian Performance: Synthesizing data from multiple studies (Pew, Barna, etc.) that evaluate the knowledge and behaviors of the four largest Christian denominational groupings in the United States reveals how each performs in faith and works demonstrating for the first time surprising patterns among Christian youth and adults.
5. Rethink Mormonism: Categorized as “Marginal Christian” by the World Christian Encyclopedia for its non-traditional Christian beliefs and ranked as the fourth largest in the United States according to the National Council of Churches, Latter-day Saints consistently outperform other Christian denominational groupings in national studies relating to Christian belief and practice causing one to wonder—what is Mormonism and why are its people the way they are?
6. Meet Modern-day Pharisees: You may have thought the Pharisees died off after the ascension of Christ… not quite! There are Modern-day Pharisees (the book provides specific names) that force themselves into the Christian discussion with the same pharisaical pattern as those of ancient Christianity—persecuting, criticizing and seeking to destroy those with whom they disagree with.
7. Meet the Five Christian Types: After an exhaustive review of the data (including over 400 secular sources and 600 Biblical references) five Christian types in America emerge, four of which are most common: Departing Christians, Adequate Christians, Hesitant Christians, and Laboring Christians. Each type is identified by measuring an individual’s belief and practice of Christianity making the question “are you Christian?” irrelevant and the question “what kind of Christian are you?” more relevant
8. Identify Your Christian Type: The book provides a simple exercise the reader can complete to identify their Christian type with 32 thought-provoking easy to answer questions—16 regarding beliefs and 16 regarding practices—providing not only a conclusive identification but a framework for future improvement toward reaching greater spiritual potential (the exercise is automated at findyourchristianity.com)
9. Realize What Divides and Unites Christianity: There are Liberal Christians and Conservative Christians; Christians who are Democrats and Christians who are Republicans. There are issues of theology, race, gender, culture, personalities, logistics and other matters that can divide Christians. However, there are an equal number of opportunities to unite Christians that are often overlooked leading to the division that afflicts Christianity in America today.
10. Appreciate the Model of Christian Unity: The spiritual and behavioral dynamics of the individual, family, church and community are examined introducing never before seen models and powerful examples of how disparate Christians and Christian denominations are working together to do great things across America while inspiring greater Christian unity.
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