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Honor: Loving Your Church by Building One Another Up | Book Review

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What does it mean to honor someone?


The dictionary explains honor as regarding another with great respect. Not merely a positive thought about them, nor considering them kindly, but with the highest respect and esteem.


Who are the people in your life whom you honor?


I'd put my husband and parents on that list; my pastors, missionary friends & leaders, and previous mentors. They would be those who have had an impact on my life, those I look up to and desire to emulate.


When we think about the highest respect we give others, it's often reserved to the special people in our lives. In Adam Ramsey's new book, Honor: Loving Your Church by Building One Another Up, he challenges us to bestow that exceptional consideration to ALL our brothers and sisters in Christ.


Here's the content of his message.



Honor: Loving Your Church by Building One Another Up | Book Review


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Purpose of the Book

“A right understanding of honour is vital to healthy churches. Its presence or absence is a barometer for humility—and God has made clear again and again that any community of professing Christians that is not marked by humility is opposed by him.” In this book, the author explores the meaning and practical application of honor within the context of the church.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Redeeming a Misused Word

CHAPTER 1. A Church That Honors God above All

CHAPTER 2. A Church That Is Notorious for Humility

CHAPTER 3. A Church That Is Biblically Competitive

CHAPTER 4. A Church with an Honorable Witness

CHAPTER 5. A Church Led by Honorable Leaders

CHAPTER 6. A Church That Rightly Honors Such Leaders

Conclusion: The One Whom God Honors


Summary

In six short chapters, the author teaches us the biblical imperative to honor God, one another, our witness, and our leaders. There are reflection questions at the end of each chapter to interact with your understanding of the topic, providing opportunity for the reader to search their own heart.



My Take

When I've considered what it means to honour someone, my mind floats to verses about honoring your parents. I also think about honoring a hero or royalty.


But Scripture teaches us we are also to honor one another. 


He pulls together the concepts of honour and humility, enmeshing their threads into a beautiful weave of love within the church. When we hold a right view of ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ, we become God’s workmen, building each other up in Christ.


I’m sure we all have experienced times this hasn’t been the case and maybe we’ve lost hope in all that Christ calls us to be. But where God has called us, he also equips us, and through reading this short book, I am encouraged to once again bring my weaknesses and my distorted thinking to the feet of Jesus, that truths of who I am and who he has created others to be will root into my heart deeply.


May we who love and follow Christ show the world the grace and mercy of the gospel as we bear honorable witness through our love for each other.



My Recommendation

I really enjoy this series! They are short books that guide you through aspects of loving the church to equip church members in the life and truth of the gospel.


If you’re doing a teaching series or topical study on the life of the church, this will be a great book to add. It will also be helpful for those who want to learn more about how to practically build up those around them in church.


You’ll find further questions for discussion and study at the publisher’s website to walk through this with a group.



Quick Stats

# of Pages: 104

Level of Difficulty: Easy

My Rating: 5 stars


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Scriptures About Honouring One Another


Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Rom. 12:10)

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. (Heb.13:8)
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (2 Tim. 2:21)
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. (1 Pet. 2:17-19)

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*A big thanks to The Good Book Company for the complimentary copy of this book and for the opportunity to post an honest review!

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