“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”– The Lord Jesus, Revelation 2:4
In Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-up Call to the Church, Alexander Strauch provides a clear exposition of Revelation 2:2-6. In Part 1 of the book, Strauch examines this alarming rebuke of Jesus Christ to his church. Love or Die 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 Love or Die presents practical ways to cultivate love in the local church. Chapters include practical counsel and challenges to:
- Study Love
- Pray for Love
- Teach Love
- Model Love
- Guard Love
- Practice Love
A five-lesson study guide is included in the text, making this an exceptional tool for classes and small groups. An appendix quoting 50 key Scripture verses on the topic of love is, in itself, a powerful read!