Love or Die
Christ’s Wake-Up Call to the Church
In this challenging exposition of Revelation 2:2-6, Strauch examines this alarming rebuke of Jesus Christ to his church: our church will love or die!
Part One of the book reminds us that “an individual or a church can teach sound doctrine, be faithful to the gospel, be morally upright and hard-working, and yet be lacking love and therefore, be displeasing to Christ.” Love can grow cold while outward religious performance appears acceptable–even praiseworthy.
Part Two of the book presents practical ways to cultivate love in the local church, including chapters that challenge us to:
– Study Love
– Pray for Love
– Teach Love
– Model Love
– Guard Love, and
– Practice Love
A five-lesson study guide is included, making this an exceptional tool for classes and small groups.
“It is a strange gig, being a book reviewer. There are times when I spend weeks or months in anticipation of a new book only to find it a great disappointment. And then there are times when a book just shows up–a book I didn’t even know existed–and it takes my breath away. Such was the case with Love or Die by Alexander Strauch. The book is short in length, coming in at just 112 pages (which includes a study guide, indexes and a couple of appendices). But despite its length, it packs quite a punch. I can think of few books I’ve read recently that have had so immediate an impact on me and have given me so much to think about. I trust, that with God’s help, the implications of this book will be with me always.”
— Tim Challies, Canadian pastor and well-known blogger
“Jesus commanded us to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Yet few Christians take those commands seriously. Alexander Strauch does, and in Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-up Call to the Church, he helps us understand how to apply Jesus’ commands both as individuals, and corporately in our churches. All believers will benefit from a serious study of this book.”
— Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness and True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia