"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
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.