Bringing Home the Message
How Community Can Multiply the Power of the Preached Word
Imprint: Cascade Books
"In the context of an excellent, in-depth reflection on the biblical and theological meaning of community, Perkins shows how small groups, as churches in miniature, can enable people to hear biblical truth preached, experience its meaning for their lives, and then live it out with strength and courage. . . . Here is the secret of lasting revitalization of parish ministry."
--Lloyd John Ogilvie, Senior Pastor, Hollywood Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, CA
"Perkins is a preaching pastor who argues in favor of interactively involved parishioners, who not only listen to sermons but also study with others the texts from the Bible in 'sermon-based' small groups. These groups become inductive, expositional explorations of the biblical text that are the sources of the sermons. The good result of this . . . is in its potential for life-changing impact in the lives of people because both people and pastors are encouraged to become expositors of and listeners to the texts of the Bible."
--Earl Palmer, Pastor emeritus, University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA
"His plan for sermon-based small groups and his own reflections on implementing the plan will help preachers and congregations who are serious about reclaiming the essential connection between the Word preached and how it is lived out in a particular congregation."
--Rob Weingartner, Executive Director, The Outreach Foundation