Wow. This little book packs a punch. Who of us hasn't experienced that person who just knows his doctrine is right and hits us over the head with it?
Harris argues for a strong commitment to orthodoxy and a strong commitment to be gracious in our words and interactions. Humble orthodoxy.
“We must care deeply about truth, and we must also defend and share this truth with compassion and humility.” (5)
I wholeheartedly agree when Harris admits it is hard. He helps us see the difference between contending for the faith and being contentious. He identifies what should be the basis for our passionate pursuit of biblical orthodoxy. (And it is not proving ourselves right!) He also shows the relationship between truth and humility.
This is a hard hitting little book. Have we learned to rebuke like Jesus but failed to learn to love like Jesus? Do you hold to the truth and show love to others?
The text is just 60 pages, followed by a 16 page study guide divided into four studies. This would make a powerful study for a small group.
We are in a time when standing firm for biblical truth is a difficult task. Reading this book will help you do it in a way that will glorify God and impact your neighbor.
You can read the first chapter here.
Joshua Harris is the lead pastor at Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is also a council member of the Gospel Coalition. This is his sixth book. He and his wife have three children. You can find our more about him and his ministry at www.joshharris.com. You can follow him on Facebook here.
Multnomah Books, 96 pages. Publisher's product page.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.