"Ekklesia: Rediscovering God's Instrument for Global Transformation"

"Ekklesia: Rediscovering God's Instrument for Global Transformation" is a new book by Dr. Ed Silvoso, founder and president of Harvest Evangelism, the leader of the Transform Our World Network, and a strategist and Bible teacher.

There are some thoughtful insights regarding the Church, such as the explanation of the word ecclesia (in Jesus' day, it did not have a religious connotation, but rather referred to an assembly of people in the marketplace, that to imply the Church is to be more than a building) and the general concept of the "evangelistic method" inferred from Luke 10 (taking consecutive steps to reach out to and share the Gospel with unbelievers: Bless [v 5], Fellowship [v 7], Minister [v 9], and Proclaim). However, overall much of the content in "Ekklesia" I either did not agree with personally or did not consider Biblical, from overarching themes (e.g., highly charismatic) and assertions (including the main premise that the Great Commission's discipleship "of nations", as distinct from "of people in nations", equates to national transformation) to more specific interpretations/views as well as verses taken out of context. Certainly the Gospel will have ripple effects in the secular world as believers along with churches influence their spheres of influence, yet from my understanding of Scripture, cultural transformation or "redeeming" culture, or social justice, is not the mission or end goal of the Church in this age. (For further reading: "On Not Transforming the World" by Mark Galli, Christianity Today; "Transforming Culture: Christian Truth Confronts Post-Christian America" by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.)

Unfortunately, while there are nuggets of interesting truths within its pages, and also I feel Silvoso is both sincere and humble, I cannot personally recommend "Ekklesia: Rediscovering God's Instrument for Global Transformation" due to concerns with its overall content. (For further reading: "Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion" by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck.)

Disclaimer: This book was received for free from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review.

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