"With passion, insight, and wisdom, Powell . . . demonstrates how the Spirit works when the church does two simple things--asks a good question and turns to the Bible with open hearts."
God's People Made New: How Exploring the Bible Together Launched a Church's Spirit-Filled Future reveals the essential role of God's Word in forming a thriving congregation.
Through the voices of congregants living in crisis and hope, creative investigation of biblical texts, and solid, accessible theological reflection, Rachael J. Powell offers hope for congregations.
Readers will appreciate Powell's wise pastoral companionship through the often exasperating yet life-giving process of helping a congregation discern who and what they are called to be.
Powell also suggests concrete tools for engaging the biblical text so congregations, in their own contexts, can listen for God's voice to empower them in their God-given identity. Finally, she calls on preachers to claim their role in this powerful work.
God's People Made New demonstrates how through active engagement with God's Word, we are shaped, equipped, and empowered to be forces for God's good news. While uncertainty and fear abound in congregational life, this book will inspire congregations to enter into the power of Scripture through word and deed.
- Publisher Fortress Press
- Format Paperback
- ISBN 9781506467054
- eBook ISBN 9781506467061
- Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
- Pages 114
- Publication Date January 11, 2022
Rolf Jacobson, Luther Seminary
"Powell probes and celebrates the transformation we can expect when we allow God's Word to breathe new life and purpose into God's people."
David J. Lose, author of Preaching at the Crossroads
"What a simple yet profound testimony: the Word of God equips the people of God to be about God's mission in the world! The story of Grace Church will inspire hope for all who read it."
Kathryn Schifferdecker, Luther Seminary
"Taking seriously God's People Made New will help reframe every conversation about the future of Christ's church."
Jim Gonia, bishop, Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA