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Seeing the Church the Way Jesus Does

Caleb Batchelor

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Visible Grace

Seeing the Church the Way Jesus Does

Caleb Batchelor

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Transform your view of your church family in under an hour!

When Jesus looks for grace in your church, it’s like spotting the sunrise in the dark sky. The smallest rays of grace eclipse sin, each sunbeam from the Spirit stirring the heart of the Son.

Unfortunately, apart from the Spirit, we don’t naturally see the church as Jesus does. We know grace is there – somewhere – but as hot tempers, cold relationships, bitterness, unremarkable sermons, lacklustre programs, and unmet expectations fill the page, grace seems invisible. We must confront sin. We must disagree. But as we learn to see the church the way Jesus does, we’ll become less focused on other people’s failings and more alive to God’s remarkable grace in their lives.

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Selected Commendations:

“Read and ask God to help you see others the way you hope they’ll see you.”

Matt Smethurst, Pastor & author of Before You Share Your Faith

“It's a valuable resource that will undoubtedly benefit those seeking to deepen their understanding of grace and foster godly, grace-filled relationships within the church.”

Greg Gilbert, Senior Pastor, Third Avenue Baptist Church

“Read this wonderful book to recall the grace of God in your own life and how you can be an agent of grace to others.”

Dr. Tom Schreiner, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the SBTS

“When you think of your church, do you briefly glance at grace but stare at the sin? Then this book is for you. Batchelor prescribes lenses to give us a God-like view of Christ's beloved community – the church.”

J. Mack Stiles, author of The Truth About Lies

"An impatient generation is slow to perceive sanctification in others. A cynical generation loves to find fault. A hopeless generation will forget that glory is coming. We often dwell upon our fellow church members’ shortcomings and not their status in Christ. Batchelor’s alternative encouragement to marvel God’s handiwork - His grace in His people even amid disagreement - is an apt message for Christians today."

Jonathan Worsley, pastor, Edgefield Church, Nashville

In this book, Caleb Batchelor helps Christians love the local church by looking at the church through the lens of Jesus. When Jesus looks at His bride, He sees her beauty, her obedience, her service, her love for Him, even if imperfect. And yet, the reality is we often look out at our churches and focus on flaws and faults. Visible Grace comes in, then, and provides something of a spiritual LASIK surgery, correcting our view of Christ’s people by pointing us to God’s Word and the heart of Jesus.

Omar Johnson, pastor, Temple Hills Baptist Church

A great read for:

  • Churches to read together
  • Pastoral teams
  • Discouraged church leaders
  • Title

    Visible Grace

  • Author(s)

    Caleb Batchelor

  • ISBN

    9781915705471

  • Format

    Paperback

  • Publisher

    10Publishing

  • Topic

    Church Life

  • Audience

    Adults

  • Pages

    48

  • Published

    05/02/2024

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Caleb Batchelor

Caleb Batchelor

Caleb Batchelor studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is now the Assistant Pastor at First Baptist Church, Boynton Beach, Florida.

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How to love your brothers and sisters in the church.

It is so easy to slip into self-righteous judgmentalism, especially when thinking about our own or other churches. Just as individual Christians are recipients of God’s grace, so is the Church as a collective, which is obvious when you think about it, but perhaps we don’t. Caleb Batchelor brings out some implications. When we think about our own church, we can rejoice that the Gospel applies to all her members, rather than focus on the negative. As for other Gospel churches, yes, we may disagree with them on minor points, but far better to be encouraged by how they reflect Jesus. There is a helpful chapter on how to disagree in a godly way and another on how to be an encouragement in a local church. Sin must be confronted, but in grace. One quote I particularly liked “Idealized visions of the church destroy Christian community because they extract mercy from the bloodstream of Jesus’ body and replace it with morality”. Christian: Love your brothers and sisters in the church.
Stephen

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