This is a book discussion of Andy Stanley’s book ‘Irresistible’ prompted by @tabby68, @O_wretched_man, @Lakshmismehta and @andrew.bulin . There have been some accusations against the book and we would like to take the time to hear what Andy Stanley is really trying to say and to offer thoughtful, gracious critique. Below is a podcast interview with Andy Stanley you may find helpful as well as the original post that started the discussion.
To participate - read along with us and share your thoughts and opinions My thoughts are here hopefully to prompt discussion - so please do join in with your observations / thoughts so that we can all benefit from your perspective. May the Lord Jesus guide our discussion.
Why wrap up early?
I have decided to wrap up this book study - for myself at least, because I have read enough to know the major ways in which I disagree with Andy Stanley. And I do not see any benefit in regurgitating those repeatedly in a review of every additional chapter. I also want to avoid a spirit of criticism.
I appreciate Stanley’s ministry so much. I disagree with his hermeneutic regarding the Old Testament. I think that is the bottom line. The last two sections of the book focus on loving others by communicating Christ clearly and living out our faith - being the hands and feet of Jesus.
I encourage you guys to continue discussing if you want to, but for me, I think I’ve read enough to both know my opinion and to be ready to move onward and forward.
Thank you each for taking this journey with me - it’s been a blast! I hope that this process has been helpful
Big Idea: God’s Kingdom overcomes by the love and sacrifice of the saints - let’s shine His light - let’s count the cost - let’s take up our cross.
The story about the cross in the Roman Coliseum was very moving. If we combine that with the way the Christians served those suffering from the plague rather than fleeing, we begin to understand why Christianity spread so rapidly in a world that was filled with violence. Jesus really did turn the world upside down.
I think my previous posts include sufficient critique - I disagree with the way Stanley confuses the misuse of the OT with the OT itself. That, to me, is the core issue - one of hermeneutics. But I do not think Stanley has compromised the Gospel.
Every generation of believers must be prepared to explain their decision to follow Jesus in their generation to their generation out of concern for their generation.
There was a time when the Bible says was reason enough. And while it may still be reason enough for you, it’s no reason at all for a significant percentage of the population.
For almost four centuries, the Roman Coliseum was a place where death, strength, and brutality were celebrated.
Hanging in the archway of the emperor’s gate is an enormous wooden cross.
Here were two symbols representing two kingdoms. The kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. And in the end, the kingdom of God in Christ prevailed. The Roman Empire is no more. The Coliseum is a tourist attraction.
So why doesn’t everybody in America go to church? Perhaps it’s because our modern version of faith is easy to resist and thus easy to dismiss. Perhaps it’s because we’re too caught up in what’s in it for us rather than what love requires of us.