Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper are both founding pastors of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. They just released Faithmapping through Crossway as “a gospel atlas for your spiritual journey.” Now, I think many people are becoming a touch skeptical of the amount of “gospel” books hitting the market, and a “gospel atlas” might sound too hipster for many people. But passing over this book could be a huge loss for you, the community you live and work in, and the church you lead (if you’re a pastor). The book exists because of the felt need of the pastors who wrote it – there are too many niche “gospel” books that try to present one facet of the Christian faith as being the important one we must focus on, when the reality is a much deeper and wider existence. Faithmapping is a book of old ways rediscovered, and the stories of how these areas work out in the life of a fast-growing church and church network.
The book is broken into three main sections (Whole Gospel, Whole Church, Whole World) and works from theological foundation, through ecclesiological community, and out into mission and world presence. The book crackles with lively prose, cultural awareness, and a faithfulness to Scripture, Jesus and his church. Each chapter is a contained idea, much like the cities on a map exist in their own right, but also have relation to the surrounding areas. So each section can be read as a guide depending on your current need or interest (the gospel of the cross, or our identity as worshipers, or the reality that we are servants), or it can be read cover to cover to provide a full banquet of foundation, implementation and practice. The chapters all end with a “map it” section to help you review the material covered and begin processing it within your local context.
Finally, since this is like a big overview road map of the various parts of our journey as the church and as Christians, the authors have supplemented the already solid footnotes and references with a recommended reading section. Each chapter has between three and five other books that focus on the particular area, offering more opportunities to consider the riches of Christ, his work, his bride and her mission.
I highly recommend this book. It’s a remarkably well written work, useful and encouraging, and will serve leaders and teams very well as they either survey their current “map” or get their bearings if they have found themselves turned around and upside down.
My copy of this book was provided by the publisher at no charge for participation in their blog review program. No effort was made to coerce a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.