Do you ever feel frustrated with Christians in general? Many Christians- often ourselves included-are content to roll along with the status quo. The fact is that we often don't act any differently than anyone else, even though we are citizens of a different kingdom.
When I read the book's description I was very interested in reading Citizen:
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.
In Citizen Rob Peabody begins by explaining how we are citizens of the kingdom of Heaven. He describes the awakening that he experienced when he came to this realization for himself. And then he looks at the identity of a citizen, the community in which a citizen should live, the risks a citizen should be willing to take, the need for unity in the Kingdom, where a citizen's allegiance lies, the choices that a citizen must make, the need to be full time citizens, and how citizens are ambassadors for the Kingdom.
Rob's personal story is related in the book's beginning. He and his family left a megachurch in Texas to move to the UK to be a part of a missional community in a post Christian world. He, along with other like-minded people, founded the Awaken Movement. This is a nonprofit that assists the churches by providing resources and coming alongside them.
Citizen incorporates stories from Rob's personal experiences as he talks in an informal way about what it means to be a citizen of the kingdom. It's not written as a how to guide. And there are no lists of practical steps to be accomplished. Instead it's a conversation between Rob and the reader that informs and convicts. I walked away with plenty to think about and to consider about my own life and the way I live.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
Right now Kregel is offering Citizen for Kindle for $1.99. You can check out the Amazon page here.
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