Loving Your Church by Building One Another Up

By Adam Ramsey, foreword by Alistair Begg
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How to be a church whose members and leaders value and encourage each other in humility and with integrity, reflecting Jesus.

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A right understanding of honour is vital to healthy churches. It’s a word that’s mentioned hundreds of times throughout the Bible. But what does honour really look like for us in everyday church life? Who should we honour and how?

Adam Ramsey brings a fresh understanding of true honour in our churches. He paints a vision of an honouring church that captivates your mind and heart—a church that shines brightly in the community because of the way its members value and respect each other and their leaders and, above all else, bring honour to God.

Written by Adam Ramsey, Director of Acts29 Asia Pacific.

There are reflection questions at the end of every chapter and a discussion guide in the back, making this book ideal to read as a small group or even a whole church. The discussion guide is also available to download for free online.

This book is part of the Love Your Church series, a collection of thoughtful and practical books that will inspire every church member with a biblical vision of what it means to be a local community of God’s family. Church members can explore together what it means to belong, to welcome, to gather, to care, to serve and to honour one another, and to witness and send people out to spread the gospel.

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  • Foreword

    Introduction: Redeeming a Misused Word

    1. A Church That Honours God above All

    2. A Church That Is Notorious for Humility

    3. A Church That Is Biblically Competitive

    4. A Church with an Honourable Witness

    5. A Church Led by Honourable Leaders

    6. A Church That Rightly Honours Such Leaders

    Conclusion: The One Whom God Honours


Contributors Adam Ramsey, Alistair Begg
ISBN 9781784989705
Format Paperback
First published July 2024
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 9mm
Weight 0.15 kg
Language English
Pages 128
Publisher The Good Book Company

Sam Allberry

Pastor at Immanuel Church, Nashville; author of Is God Anti-Gay? and What Does God Have to Say About Our Bodies?

So much of what can be most beautiful about our churches is summed up in that single (and often overlooked) word: honour. Adam Ramsey's book offers compelling insights that will help us all to make our church communities better reflect the love and glory of Jesus. This is vital to the health of our churches, and a vital key to having an impact on the world around us.

Carolyn Lacey

Author of 'Say the Right Thing' and 'Extraordinary Hospitality (for Ordinary People)'

Surely one of the most neglected commands in the Western church is the command to outdo one another in showing honour (Romans 12:10). In a culture obsessed with self-love, self-promotion and self-fulfilment, the call to value others above ourselves can sound unreasonably hard and possibly harmful. Adam Ramsey helps us understand why honour among members and leaders is essential for the health of our churches, and how it can be a beautiful witness in our communities. He offers a compelling vision of a prayerful people committed to humble love, thoughtful encouragement and Christ-exalting service. This is a people I want to be part of! I pray this book will be widely read and that the church of Christ will shine more brightly as a result.

Brian Howard

President, Acts29

I am thrilled to recommend Adam Ramsey's excellent new book. Having worked alongside Adam for close to a decade, I can attest to his exceptional character and unwavering commitment to living out what he writes in this book. In each chapter, Adam explores the true essence of honor within the church, showing us how we rightly honor God and one another through humility, biblical competitiveness and godly leadership. His insights are not just words on pages but a reflection of the honorable man he is. I wholeheartedly recommend Honor as an instructive, convicting and inspiring read that mirrors the wisdom and integrity of its author.

Customer reviews

June 29, 2024

“Great Resource”

(Review written for 'Honor')

"Honor" is a great book that talks about why it’s important to show respect and value to each other in our churches. The author, Adam Ramsey, shares a clear and inspiring vision of what an honoring church looks like, both inside and in the community. The book includes questions to think about and a guide for group discussions, making it perfect for reading with friends or at church. This book is part of a series that helps us understand how to be a loving and supportive church family. It encourages us to care for each other, serve together, and honor one another in a way that shows our love for God.

June 20, 2024

“another great addition to the Love Your Church series”

(Review written for 'Honor')

I have had the privilege of reading several of the books in the series Love Your Church and have walked away from all with encouragement and conviction to do more for the Lord through our Church. This is the latest book to join the series and it provides the same encouragement and conviction as the others before it.

Ramsey structures the book with an introduction and six chapters:

- Introduction: Redeeming a misused word

- A Church that Honors God Above All

- A Church that is Notorious for Humility

- A Church that is Biblically Competitive

- A Church with an Honorable Witness

- A Church led by Honorable Leaders

- A Church that Rightly Honors such Leaders

I have always enjoyed Ramsey's writing style and appreciate his including scripture throughout the entire book. He brings out a renewed perspective on the word Honor and highlights God's desire for us as believers and a church body to act on this word rightly.

My favorite part of each chapter is the concluding For Reflection section. This section provides questions, insights, and thoughts that require the reader to dig a bit deeper on a more personal level. These allow the reader to understand simple ways to truly implement the concept of honor within their daily lives.

Ramsey includes a small group discussion at the end. Each chapter has several questions that are designed specifically for small groups to utilize.

This is a great addition to the Love Your Church series.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

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