In Reverberation, Jonathan Leeman makes the case that the key for church growth is the Word of God. In our current American Evangelical culture there are many strategies and programs out there on how to grow a church. It seems that a month doesn't go by with some new book whose goal is to help grow the church. Many of these books turn the church into something that must be marketed correctly for those outside to come in. God Word however say "my sheep hear my voice and they follow me" and that God seeks out His sheep. If this is the case then the best thing the church can do is to have the Word of God central in its life.
The book is laid out into Three Parts:
Leeman explains in Part One that the Word of God: invites and divides, Acts, Frees and Gathers. In part two he lays out that the Sermon: exposes, Announces and Confronts. Finally in part three he discusses the Reverberation: (What the Word accomplishes when it is central in the church) Sings, Prays, Disciples, Scatters and Once Again Invites
This book is part of the 9 Marks series. If you have never heard of 9 Marks, it would be worth researching and also picking up 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever. Leeman does an excellent job getting his point across that we need to return to the Word and God will grow His church. I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.