Stearns deals with what truth is and who God is calling each Christian to be as a disciple. He goes deeper into calling the reader to understand the job Christ left for each Christian as He ascended into Heaven. He stirs the zombie minds of rocked to sleep Christians in chapter 4 where he deals with the Magic Kingdom mentality that the church has developed. In the Magic Kingdom, ticket holders are whisked away to a land where there are no troubles and happiness ensues. The church has become such a place and in doing so, the mission of Christ has been neglected. Stearns deals with the five traps that keeps the church from being more Kingdom minded and speaks specifically of what Jesus meant about the gates of hell not prevailing against His church and people.
Without a doubt, Stearns' book is extremely challenging. It's an easy read in the sense of readability, but the content is challenging. What he presents is nothing short of a modern day indictment of the church, but more so the people the comprise the body of believers. We've become to accustomed to our consumeristic societies and churches that we've forgotten about the least of these, the mission fields, the command to love and share the Good News, and the responsibility to become a disciple and then to disciple. His first book challenged me, and his second book has taken it a step further. Truthfully, God has blessed us abundantly in this country and in the church. My heart yearns for a church and an opportunity in my own life to let out those things trapped inside of me that burden me to do and work towards. We've all been called on the discipleship journey. If we will answer it, Christ's work will not remain unfinished.
Good book! Get it. You won't regret it.