Short and helpful are two words to describe Surprise the World by Michael Frost. Frost builds the book on the foundation of 1 Peter 3:15-16 encouraging the leader to see the fact that Christians are to live “questionable” lives in order to be effective evangelists. As Frost points out it was in being different from the surrounding culture that the early Christians won an audience for the gospel and effectively changed a globe spanning empire. The second chapter lays out the five habits Frost believes would bring unbelievers to inquire about the gospel.
The habits Frost encourages us to develop are blessing others, eating with others, listening to others , learning Christ, and being sent on mission in day today life. Each habit focused on others is seeks to balance fellowship and evangelism. So the person following out these habits would seek to bless, eat, and listen to and with three different people during the week and one of three would be a nonChristian. I personally think that this is helpful and doable, there is a danger of neglecting relationships with those outside of the church, but there is the equal and opposite danger of neglecting our relationships with others.
Because of its shortness and simplicity this book would be beneficial for any believer seeking to learn how to live and intentional life looking for bridges to bring the gospel to others.
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