Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Citizen by Rob Peabody
For Rob Peabody, the young pastor at a mega-church in southern USA, the realization that his faith had little real connection with the world around him meant that something had to change. He redirected his church towards the poor on their doorstep and then took the larger step of moving to the UK to establish the missional fellowship ‘Awaken’.
In Citizen he outlines the Kingdom-centered identity that is given to followers of Jesus. It’s a wake-up call to the church in the West. Jesus’ death and resurrection initiates and invites people into a life of so much more than the status quo. God is re-building, re-newing, and re-creating that which is broken and marred by sin, and he is doing this – setting things right in the world – through Jesus. As citizens of the Kingdom, we have been saved and set apart for this work. We have a new allegiance, a changed identity, and a new mission as we seek to establish the rule of God on earth as it is in Heaven.
My opinion: This book was an interesting read. It really explored what it means to truly be a citizen of God's kingdom, to step out of ones comfort zone and have a meaningful connection with the world around you. I found this book to be inspiring and thought provoking, one of those books that causes you to take a step back and really evaluate what you are doing and what you need to be doing. I highly recommend this book and found it to be an excellent, well written read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.