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Having studied the scripture for over 20 years on the subject of family ministry, and reading over a hundred book on the same, I believe that this is the most important volume on Family Ministry. Of course, though there are not perfect volumes besides Scripture and there are some biblical claims that does not seem to be adequately (or simplistically) exegeted, this is one of the most important volume of all.
I purchased this book on Kindle a long time ago, and it sat on my "bookshelf." After reading Visionary Marriage (also by Rienow), Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom rapidly climbed my "eager to read" list. And I was not disappointed!
I found it to be an easy read, but not a quick one. While I could have read it quickly, I preferred to read it slowly (1-2 chapters a day) and wrestle with the material. Did I agree? If I disagreed, what Scripture supported my "side"? I spent many hours discussing sufficiency and jurisdiction with my husband. That is the kind of book worth my time.
If you are content with your current walk with Christ, this book will upset you. The sufficiency of Scripture is not normal for most Western Christians, so if you determine to live out that doctrine, many people won't understand. But obedience usually costs us something. Be encouraged... and challenged. Read this book!
I read this book for seminary and it was so helpful and insightful! There were so many things that I had never thought about before that were brought to my attention in this book. Rob Rienow is an excellent author and I love his works!
This book is about everything a biblical church should be. The book begins with the sufficiency of Scripture and the jurisdictions of the individual, the family, the church, and the nation according to God's word. The book includes a doctrine of the family beginning with the first chapter of Genesis on through the New Testament. You will learn about how to handle poverty, children's ministries, singles' ministry, equipping parents to disciple their own children and much more. Find out why the local church should be inward focused and the families outward focused to fulfill the Great Commission.
This book is for anyone who is concerned that we are losing up to 85% of our kids to world philosophies. But the real reason to disciple our children at home is because God has given us His method in the Great Commandment in Deut 6.
This is a must read for all pastors and parishioners alike! In this book, Scripture is elevated to the highest degree; not a "new" or "old" method, but simply the way God designed that we would do ministry. This book has been very refreshing to read, and even devotional in the sense that is got me thinking and praying to align my heart with Gods own desires. Do yourself (and your family, and your church, and the government) a favor and read this book. Keep your your Bible handy too...you will need it!
This is a great read for ordained pastors and laymen as well. Anyone in church leadership should read and consider well the Biblical vision that Rob Rienow casts for ministry. It reminded me of the 'little book' in Revelation 10 that John describes as being sweet to the taste but bitter in the belly. The Scriptural foundation supporting this book is both challenging and encouraging at the same time. It is the equivalent of the 'red pill' that Morpheus offers Neo in the movie The Matrix when he says "Remember, all I'm offering is the truth - nothing more."
I study the Bible quite a bit and have a good handle on most of it but this book put everything together in a way I had never fully seen before. Everything he says is backed up by scripture and in a very convincing and compelling way. I have a lot to pray about and probably change in the way we do church and family. It also made me really excited about family life and God's plan and mission for world salvation. Highly recommended.
Mr. Rienow does a great job of expounding on the idea that scripture is sufficient. Most pastors and teachers would agree, but to what extent? They would say that scripture says to feed the poor. But does it tell us who should do it? Why and when? Limited Church, Unlimited Kingdom takes a close look at the consequences of neglecting jurisdiction and attempts to restore a proper understanding of principles we should apply to live in the Kingdom of God.
Dr. Rienow has written an incredible book that all church leaders must read. It is scary to think how unbiblical we are in some of our local church pragmatics. This resource gave me a greater love for the Word of God and challenged me to truly be "Sola Scriptura."