Why does church matter to my life? Why should church be a priority to me? What do I get ‘out of church’? These and many more questions are tackled in this book Sacred Roots by Jon Tyson. I’ve been reading a lot of books on the church over the years and this book is by far one of the best, if not the best…especially in light of the millenial generation. Tyson argues that much of what the church was about in the Western church is simply not being implemented and he would say this millenial generation is craving much of the old sacred ways of doing church.
This book is short but packed full. Tyson states that two factors have really damaged the church today and those two factors are: Church as Entertainment and the Individualistic Church. He states:“In a ‘church as entertainment’ culture, instead of seeking to be equipped as disciples of Jesus, we are slowly formed into consumers and critics who give ratings and reviews on a local church’s performance”
He then takes on Individualistic Church: “This kind of individualism can be succinctly defined as ‘the sovereignty of self’: self over others, self over community, self over inconvenience, and self over commitment. Our life and longings are formed around a vision of personal fulfillment at all costs”
I know this Millenial generation has been labeled : “The ME Generation” but our expression of church should never match the struggles of the generation we’re trying to reach. Many Millenials crave true community, but have rarely been able to actually find it, and when they have found it, it has not really been in the church.
Jon, in this book opens up the reality that our forms of church will not be successful for much longer and we need to change the way in which we do church and bring back some of the Sacred Roots of the Church. He then gives four ways and expounds upon them. The four ways he offers are:
1. From Dabbling to Devotion (Acts 4:32)
2. From Transience to Permanence (1 Timothy 1:3)
3. From Preference to Proximity (Ephesians 5:1-2)
4. From Belief to Practices (James 1:22)
Those four ways as I said he expounds upon and when he does it gets a little convicting. Read this book, and get challenged! The biggest challenge for me came when he asked: “What if our homes stopped being the place we hid from the world but havens to which the world comes for healing?” Seriously, this book is worth your time. It’s short, pretty inexpensive and packed full of deep, rich stuff!
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