The Unfinished Church: God's Broken and Redeemed Work-in-Progress
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"I love Jesus but hate the church."

We hear this kind of talk all the time, but what if it's profoundly mistaken? Rob Bentz challenges readers to rethink this popular - yet ultimately harmful - mentality.

Drawing on his experience as a pastor, Bentz helps those disenchanted with the church to rediscover its importance for the Christian life by examining the biblical, theological, and historical reasons why Christ's followers should embrace gospel-centered community - even when it's hard.

Honest yet hopeful, The Unfinished Church provides an encouraging look at God's ultimate building project: his church.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1433540061
ISBN-13: 9781433540066

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Publisher's Description

Pastor Rob Bentz helps individuals and small groups grasp the importance of the local church for the Christian life through engaging anecdotes, powerful reflections on Scripture, and instructive lessons from church history.

Author Bio

Rob Bentz (MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is the pastor of small groups and spiritual growth at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Rob has written numerous articles for various ministry websites and is currently a featured blog writer at He and his wife, Bonnie, have two children and live in Colorado Springs.


Reader beware! If you don't want to be inspired to love quirky, diverse, often unlovable, certainly sinful people - like those in your church - well, put this book down now. Rob Bentz seems to think this is precisely what God had in mind when he redeemed us and planted us in a local church. Personally, I'd rather be entertained in a church full of people like me who are easy to get along with. Bentz says otherwise. Of course, he's right, which is why this may be one of the most important books on the church you read this year.
-Mark Galli,
Editor, Christianity Today

No one is fool enough to insult a man's wife and then expect that man's companionship. But this is the strange spectacle we witness today: men, women, children loudly denouncing or openly ridiculing the bride of Christ, his church, and thinking that Jesus is happy to hear it. Even a careless reading of Scripture reveals the fierce and tender heart Jesus has toward his bride, and his swift judgment on any who seek to hurt her. The Unfinished Church is a clarion call for Christians to be the church, to love the church, and to serve the church until, as the apostle Paul says, we all 'attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.' Convicting, wise, and urgent.
-Mark Buchanan

If you love the church and are not sure why, you are going to love this book. I'm a cynical old preacher who can't stay away from the church. Now I know why and I'm a bit less cynical. What a wonderful book! It's a gift to the church.
-Steve Brown,
Key Life Radio Program

Here is a deep yet accessible book that paints a vivid doctrine of the church. Bentz's wide interaction with theologians and pastoral insights will benefit all readers. Excellent discussion material at the end of each chapter makes it 'small-group friendly,' and his warm and hopeful responses may soften hardened critics of the bride of Christ. I highly recommend The Unfinished Church.
-Chris Brauns,
The Red Brick Church, Stillman Valley, Illinois

If you truly care about the struggle of integrating your faith into this modern world, please read The Unfinished Church. In this engaging and accessible book, Rob Bentz has woven together rich personal anecdotes, insight from astute thinkers, careful examinations of our ancient Scriptures, and even snippets from contemporary music into a focused, substantive, and tremendously helpful book. Here you'll find relevant questions, tough answers, and, perhaps most importantly, a pathway to life-affirming conversation about the stuff that really matters.
-Dan Merchant,

Rich with wisdom and insight, The Unfinished Church is for every believer desiring an enhanced understanding of the call of Jesus regarding the local church. In this transformational book, Rob Bentz takes us on a historical, practical, and enjoyable journey from an unfinished church on the pink sands of Bermuda to the gray corners of a garage in Michigan. Authentic, honest, forgiving, and humble, Rob writes with a deep understanding of gospel grace and the sovereignty of God while standing on the shoulders of giants like Bonhoeffer and Bunyan. The Unfinished Church paints a beautiful picture of God's long-term plan for the body of believers living counterculturally in a world gone mad!
-Jimmy Dodd,
President, PastorServe

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