The Humble Church
Becoming the body of Christ
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In this bold and provocative invitation, Martyn Percy imagines what the post-pandemic Church might look like and sets out what it needs to learn.
It argues that the Church needs to stop obsessing about itself - its size, its strategies to shore up decline, its waning public influence - and rediscover how to live as the body of Christ. In other words, what does it need to do in order to become more like Christ?
As Christ poured out his life for the sake of others, he considers ways in which the Church might imitate Christ in practice today. Whenever Jesus visited anywhere beyond the confines of the Jewish community he immediately became socially useful, and so this extols such virtues as humble service in the community, not because it is an effective way to grow the Church, but because it is faithful to Christ's own example.
Avoiding responses such as exasperation, righteous anger at shortcomings or wishful thinking about returning to the past, he sets out a vision for the Church's future that is both biblical and christological.
Incisive, imaginative and engagingly written, this will resonate deeply with many lay and ordained members of the Church.