The Gospel Next Door
Following Jesus Right Where You Are
Published by: MennoMedia
Imprint: Herald Press
As Christians, we pray for God’s kingdom to come “on earth as it is in heaven.” But what does that even mean? Would we recognize God’s kingdom if it moved in next door?
Learn to see God’s work in your neighborhood, city, and the world—and learn how to join it. With stories from his own city of Houston, Texas, author Marty Troyer introduces a theology of place that empowers us to truly see the work of God where we live, work, and play. The Gospel Next Door unpacks the gospel through the lenses of following Jesus, making peace, and overcoming injustice. Those seeking to connect more deeply with the world that God so loved will find compelling stories and practical ideas for healing brokenness and imagining new life. Start living out the kingdom of God here and now.
Free downloadable study guide available here.
<p>“The world God loves, the one Jesus died for, is right under your nose, and you won’t see it the same way after reading this book.”</p> ~Margot Starbuck, Reviews
<p>“<i>The Gospel Next Door</i> shows us how we can be part of God’s transformational work right where we are, every day. This is a powerful book with life-changing lessons. Read it, and watch the gospel come alive.”</p> ~Michael O. Emerson, Reviews
<p>“Troyer’s <i>The Gospel Next Door</i> is a much needed work for the church, because it challenges us to be missional in our own backyards. This work gives believers a blueprint for how the gospel of justice can change not only our local communities but our walk with Yahshua through experiences of radical love.”</p> ~Onleilove Alston, Reviews
<p>“Marty Troyer has taken on the enormous task of helping us reframe the story we tell about what it means to do the work of the kingdom of God. He does that by thoughtfully examining the Scripture in the context of the mission field of Houston and by casting the story as both personal and community transformation. He does that with a pastor’s heart and a prophet’s urgency. And he does it as a wise, thoughtful participant in what God is doing in one of our nation’s great cities. I highly commend <i>The Gospel Next Door</i> to you.”</p> ~Jim Herrington, Reviews
<p>“‘Love God and love your neighbor’ was Jesus’ grand Scripture summary. Marty Troyer paints a picture of what loving God as loving your neighbor can actually look like in the everyday stuff of life. Troyer’s important book is part of a large and growing movement of Christians rediscovering the practices of ‘local-church.’ This book points toward collaboration more than competition, and discovering God’s Shalomic dream for your place and its people more than pursuing your own vision. Be careful, <i>The Gospel Next Door</i> may mess with your plans because it’ll invite you to listen deeply, to join humbly, and to learn to love your real neighbor and the neighborhood within which God has placed you.“</p> ~Dwight J. Friesen, Reviews
<p>“Troyer’s book is much needed and timely. Pastoral and engaging, he makes following the teachings and examples of Jesus so accessible. <i>The Gospel Next Door</i> is a mixture of powerful storytelling, practical discipleship, and a winsome call to be kingdom people who seek the shalom of our cities, our communities, and our churches.”</p> ~Osheta Moore, Reviews
<p>“<i>The Gospel Next Door</i> is an important read for everyone who takes Jesus’ teachings seriously. Troyer is a trailblazer, and this book contains practical examples of how believers can make an impact in their communities. Implement the principles in this book and start living out the kingdom here and now!”</p> ~Dave Runyon, Reviews