A detailed catechism for organizing small Christian gatherings and teaching sessions.
Hon opens his nonfiction debut by noting two phenomena that feed into each other: the fact that church attendance in the West has been in steady decline for some time, and that the original Christian concept of “church” was a series of interconnected, small gatherings, rather than large, corporate institutions. This book is intended to help guide such home-based meetings. The chapters are short, heavily segmented, and thickly supported with quotations from Scripture, all presented with the clear aim of aiding Bible studies and discussions. Hon brings up an array of challenging, faith-related subjects; for instance, he expands on the nature of the Trinity in no-nonsense terms: “Denying that Jesus is God in the flesh reflects the spirit of the antichrist,” he writes. “This is a clear, essential tenet of the Christian faith—belief that Jesus is a man and continues to be a man.” He also delves into the perennial problem of why God allows suffering on Earth, telling readers that it’s “highly unfair and illogical” to blame God for all the suffering caused by man; he contends that mankind and all living creatures on Earth were cursed as a result of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden, because “everything is subject to futility, or vanity.” Like many of Hon’s assertions, these claims are bound to spark discussion, which was likely their aim. Some of his more conservative ideas may rankle progressive or nonreligious readers, such as “the conscience of the believer is more sensitive than the conscience of the unbeliever, because as sons of their Father God, believers are born of Him with the eternal life and divine nature.” But his underlying, main message of salvation will appeal to a core audience of believers, for whom he aims to supply some essential, communal reading.
A thorough guidebook for fostering faith meetings.