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The Monday Morning Church

160 pages
Howard Publishing
Feb. 2006
ISBN: 1582294895

About the Author
Jerry Cook is an Associate Pastor at Eastside Foursquare Church in Bothell, Washington, where he maintains a teaching and church-consulting ministry. He addresses conventions and leadership conferences throughout the U.S., as well as Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. Cook is the author of Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness and A Few Things I’ve Learned Since I Knew It All. He is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary and also holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from Life Pacific College. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and three grandchildren.

Moving Out of the Sanctuary and Into the Streets – BOTHELL, Wash. – Fired by the passion to take the message of the gospel beyond the walls of the church, best-selling author Jerry Cook challenges Christians to reconsider their role in society in his new book, The Monday Morning Church (February 2006).

Cook encourages Christians to consider themselves strategically placed by Jesus Christ to go to the non-believer rather than having them come to God. Drawing from the book of Ephesians, he challenges traditional thinking of how ministry occurs and what the church should be.

“The church on Sunday is great,” says Cook. “I love it and enjoy it. But what I get really excited about is the church on Monday—the body of Christ at work in the world.”

Cook suggests that the church, as Christ’s body, pose to a secular, godless and hurting world the ultimate “Jesus Question.” Cook writes, “Jesus has come to ask that question. Not to condemn us, not to set us straight, not to deepen our guilt, not to make a point, but to ask a simple question: ‘Can I do anything for you?’”

“I’m convinced that as Christians, we’re not about programs,” Cook continues to write. “We’re not about bigger or better blessings. We’re about responding to people who call for help because their world is falling apart. These individuals aren’t looking to be converted—they’re looking for help! Being their help—by being the presence of Christ in their lives—is the only thing we’re about. Everything else we do is secondary and can even detour us from carrying out the true purpose of the church.”

Cook pushes the message even further by speaking to those churches that adopt large marketing strategies. “We’re not in the sales business. We don’t have a product to push; we have a person to reveal. Persons are revealed by persons, not by marketing strategies.”

But before Christians can hit the streets, Cook stresses the importance of understanding one’s true identity. Cook says, “Without the foundation of an accurate understanding of our true identity, we will never have the confidence, courage, and trust to reach out to others with Christ’s healing and love.”

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