White breaks down the church of Acts' five basic areas of focus as being community, discipleship, ministry, evangelism, and worship. All aspects of their working and doing revolved around these five staples. White pulls these five staples out and expounds on the need for the church to envelope true aspects of these fibers into today's church.
Community involves relationships. Those relationships must exist with those in the church and those outside the church. Christ set the model for relationships with sinners and others. The church cannot pick and choose who to win or be too focused on their own needs and desires. Discipleship must also become a main focus in today's church. Winning people without discipling them is the equivalent of a mother giving birth and then expecting the child to figure life out on his own. Discipleship must flow from all members of the Christian community and not just those designated with titles and so forth. Ministry must also become key in a very non-institutionalized sense. We think ministry in church and typically we think youth ministry, kids ministry, and music ministry. But we neglect the ministry to widows, our community, the poor, the broken, the divorced, the addicted, etc. Ministry must regain its Biblical focus as being expansive and not simply inclusive. Evangelism must also become more expansive to include those who are not deemed culturally compatible or in our inner circles. The church must understand that it exists to partner with others to reach others. Those too holy to identify with a local body completely miss the purpose of the church and Jesus' mandate to the church. Lastly, worship must become practiced and lived. Worship must go beyond our services and include the lives we live. We serve others as acts of worship. We witness as worship. We disciple as worship. We clap and sing and lift our hands as acts of worship. Worship is being completely in love and endeared to the Savior and when those feelings exist, His will and desires for us begin to pour out. Worship requires a broken and soft heart. Any other type will struggle or cease to produce worship at all.
White's book didn't necessarily provide me with any brand new information having read similar books by other authors. However, his is just another reminder that the church, our church, my church, must do a better job at recognizing the state of affairs and realizing the need to accomplish the mission of Christ is even more important than ever. Good book.