If you've been a churchgoer for more than just a few Sundays, walking into church probably doesn't seem like it deserves its own 'how to' manual. Right? In fact, it most likely seems like a pretty straightforward and trivial weekly activity.
But things are rarely as simple as they seem, and how you walk into church reveals a great deal about what you think church is, what it's for, and what you think you’re doing there.
In How to Walk into Church, Tony Payne helps us think biblically about church. Along with giving plenty of other practical advice, he suggests a way to walk into church that beautifully expresses what church is and why you’re there - a way that every Christian can master.
If you go to church, this book is for you.
Tony Payne is married to Alison, and they have five adult children and (at last count) four grandchildren. He is a graduate of Moore College in Sydney, and often wonders why he doesn’t have more time for golf now that his children have grown up.
This book is a great idea. It's wonderfully practical, helpful, and relevant. I hope we can give it away to our new members. Tony has given us a necessary reminder on the importance of walking into church with the right heart, the right head, and the right spirit.
—Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church
This outstanding book is packed with profound reflection on what church is and practical application of what it means to 'go to church'. I hope every member of St Helen's reads it—it will do us a world of good.
—William Taylor, St Helen's Bishopsgate
Sometimes the simplest things are the easiest to overlook - things like walking into church. How do you walk into church? If you read this little book, I believe you will think about it a lot differently and you will do it a lot better.
—Tim Challies, author
For most of us our churchgoing - whether regular, occasional, or non-existent - is just an unconsidered part of life. It's something we do, or sometimes do, or rarely do, or never do. But not something we think about so that we might do it with an aim, a purpose, a real intentionality. This clear and engaging book will be a real and practical help. I have myself been challenged by it and hope it will be widely read.
—Christopher Ash, author of "Listen Up!" Director of Cornhill Training Course
How to Walk into Church is so clear, so simple, so straightforward, so practical - and so eternally important! As such, it is a brief must-read for all Christians, and not only for today's "My thumb is always out for a better ride" church hitch-hikers, but for those who find attending church to be a mundane option.
—R. Kent Hughes Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church Wheaton
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