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.
About The Author:
Previously the lead campus pastor at an American mega-church, Rob Peabody is now director of the Awaken Movement who left his church in the Texan Bible-belt to start and lead a Fresh Expression of church seeking to engage unreached 20's and 30's in northeast London.
I had not been familiar with Rob Peabody prior to reading his book, but he leads the Awaken movement in London, England. Citizen was full of amazing personal stories from the author and he encourages us, through these stories, to step up and start living more intentionally in our walk as a Christian. The book was well-written, and easy to read, in a very conversational style of writing. Basically, he asks if we are ready or not to take risks for our faith. It is a perfect read for those who want to step outside the traditional church and reach people for Christ in unconventional ways! A great read that all Christians who are asking "what more can I do for God?" should pick up for encouragement!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
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***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***