Good News And Good Works: A Theology For The Whole Gospel by Ron Sider is a must-read for the Church. it was originally published in 1993, twenty years ago, but the Biblical, theological, missional, and ecclesiological reflections still speak prophetically today. it challenges the way we read the Bible and think about God. and it will challenge the way we think about church and the Church and live out our missional calling.
the title of the book comes from one of the statements in the MANILA MANIFESTO: “Good news and good works are inseparable.”
“This book,” writes Sider, “is my attempt to show how, I believe, a genuninely biblical perspective inseparably interrelates and intertwines evangelism and social responsibility without equating or confusing the one with the other.”
and he does just that; wonderfully. Sider is an intelligent man and his work is excellent. he’s also a great writer and a joy to read.
the Gospel is about evangelism (proclaiming the Gospel and hopefully moving people towards a relationship with Jesus Christ) and social action (give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. but, sometimes, something needs to be done about the lake).
the Gospel is about good news and good works.
the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, calls the people of God to work for the common good.
these brief comments do not do Good News And Good Works justice. my goal with this short book review is the same as a teaser trailer for a great looking movie. sometimes, though, the trailer is better than the movie. i promise, in this case, the book is better, much better, than the review. check it out.