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There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch...But What about a Free Meal with Jesus
Written by Tim Chester, A Meal with Jesus is one of our newest books to join the Re:lit family. We wanted to compile some reviews to give you a feel for what the book is like, what people think about it, and what God is doing through it. We hope this helps, and if you haven't yet, you can pick up a copy here.
Moving from Jesus dining with Levi the tax collector to the post-resurrection Jesus dining with his disciples, Chester shows that meals were absolutely pivotal to Jesus’ work in the world. And if they were so important to Jesus, shouldn’t they be equally important to us?
This is a book that made my head hurt several times, not because it was so wordy and hard to read but because of the really profound ramifications of what he has laid out. When you think about it, the Bible starts off with people eating (the forbidden fruit in the Garden) and ends with people eating (the Wedding Feast of the Lamb) and the pivotal moment in the Bible, the cross, is preceded by an intimate meal that we still remember and commemorate today.
This is a book that made my head hurt several times, not because it was so wordy and hard to read but because of the really profound ramifications of what he has laid out.
This book has been a very timely one for me as I am just about to make a shift in my community group from one that was very content-heavy to one that is more community-driven. The only unfortunate part to changing our format is that I can't make this book required reading.
Each chapter is solid in its exegesis, profound in its implications, and challenging to put into practice while transforming the reader’s view of mealtimes. These are not to be solitary, rushed affairs, but instead have the capacity to embody the Kingdom, to offer a taste of what is to come—the feast eternal that we shall enjoy with King Jesus and our good Father.
There is no better way, nor is there a more enjoyable way to be on mission, and in community than to eat a meal with someone.
In a missional setting, meals provide the opportunity not just to serve, but to actually get to know the people you are reaching out to. It puts you on the same level. I’ll never look at these type of meals the same way again because of this book!
There is no better way, nor is there a more enjoyable way to be on mission, and in community than to eat a meal with someone. I’ve read a lot of books, but few of them will have such a meaningful and practical effect on mission as this one.
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