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What is the Church?

Faithmapping for you and for your kids.

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“It’s the whole business of the whole church to preach the whole gospel to the whole world.” Charles Spurgeon

Sojourn Pastors, Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper, have recently released their book Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas For Your Spiritual Journey. The book unpacks our vision and mission--to see the whole gospel form us as a whole church and send us to the whole world. Faithmapping is available in paperback and Kindle here, as well as many other retailers like Crossway and Westminster Bookstore. You can take time to read the introduction to the book at Pastor Daniel's personal blog. 

Even if you've heard about Faithmapping, you may not know that Sojourn already has two books for children that unpack the whole gospel (in three perspectives) and the whole church (in five identities). If you'd like to pass on the truths that your learning in Faithmapping to your kids, you should check these out:

What is the Gospel? by Mandy Groce teaches children the message of God’s kingdom accomplished through God’s cross by God’s grace. This whole gospel is given to us as one beautiful mosaic. Our hope is that this little book will help children to see this from their earliest years. The book is now available for order from Amazon.com and the WTS bookstore. The book has been published by Christian Focus Publications.

What is the Church? This is Sojourn’s second children’s book, written by Mandy Groce and Bill Bell.   What Is The Church? was written to teach preschool children that the church is not a building. It is a people that God has called together and made alive by faith. Purchase the book online here.  Pick up a copy at the book table.  It is now available for order from Amazon.com and the WTS bookstore. It has also been published by Christian Focus Publications.

By the way, a big thanks to the Hankins family for the helpful review and critique of What is the Gospel? We're working on a gospel tract for kids that uses the same three perspectives. It will definitely include verses. :) Another big thanks to Tony Kummer for blogging about the books and making a great little promo video. Thanks Tony!

"What is the Church?" Learning Center Installation

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Artists, Danielle Hammon and Jenna Schrock, collaborated on this learning center installation for our pre-K classroom. They built a table and painted it white with grey roadways. Then, they added wood models of buildings from our neighborhood--a grocery store, a school, homes, and the 930 Art Center. Next, wooden pawns were painted red and placed among the cityscape to represent people. The interactive learning center is used to teach kids that the church is the people called out by Christ (painted red). The church is not a building. The church gathers at a building, and it can also gather in homes or at a workplace.

Thursday Book Club: What is the Church?

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What is the Church? is Sojourn’s second children’s book, written by Mandy Groce and Bill Bell.   What Is The Church? was written to teach preschool children that the church is not a building. It is a people that God has called together and made alive by faith.  Unlike other books on the church, this book does not answer the question by first telling about the activities that the church does (gathering, preaching, communion, baptism, counseling, discipline)--although those things are essential marks of the church and they should not be ignored.  Instead, this book begins with who God's people are--recognizing that the church's activity results from its identity.  When we call children to be a part of the church, we are calling them to be a part of a gospel people.  And, as a gospel people, the church is a believing family, a community of missionaries, servants, learners, and worshipers.  At Sojourn, we call our people to stop going to church and to start being the church. Once God's people know who they are, we can challenge them to be who they are.  In other words, we call them to live as the people that God has made them to be.

We are pleased to announce that the book will soon be published by Christian Focus Publications.  The projected date for publication is July 2011.  You can pre-order now at their website.

What is the Church? available for purchase online.

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Sojourn's second children’s book, What is the Church, written by Mandy Groce and Bill Bell is now available for purchase online. The book reinforces the same themes as our current sermon series on 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus.  What Is The Church? was written to teach preschool children that the church is not a building. It is a people that God has called together and made alive by faith.  Pick up a copy at the book table or online today.

Kids Books for Father's Day!

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We hope you'll be able to worship with us this Sunday, which is Father's Day. We'll give a free copy of our children's book Our Home is like a Little Church to all dads who attend. This book teaches about biblical fatherhood, so bring your dad or any dad you know. We'll have a brand new SojournKids book at the book table as well.  Mandy Groce and Bill Bell wrote What Is The Church?, with illustrations by Tessa Janes, to teach our children that the church is not a building -- it's a people that God has called together and made alive by faith.  You can get this book for $5. Copies of Our Home Is Like A Little Church are available for the same price.