Futureproof

How to Live for Jesus in a Culture That Keeps on Changing

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Explores the increasingly secular direction that our western culture is heading and shows how the gospel equips Christians and churches to face the future with confidence.

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We are living in a time of rapid cultural change, when Christian views are often seen as outdated and even dangerous. This can leave us feeling anxious about how to live out what we believe and uncertain about the future of the church.

Stephen McAlpine’s first book, Being the Bad Guys, sought to explain how our culture ended up so far away from biblical Christianity and how to reach out with the gospel wisely. In this book, he explores where things are heading and what we can do about that now, both as individuals and as a church.

Stephen examines secular narratives about purpose and authenticity, connectedness and progress, and compares them to the promises made by the Bible. He shows that the Bible offers a more satisfying, more realistic and more hopeful vision of the future.

He also examines the things that cause many Christians and non-Christians to be anxious about the future: technological change, political polarisation, clashes over climate and culture wars around gender and identity. He reminds readers that God is in control and helps them to think through how they can live wholeheartedly for Christ, facing the challenges of the future with confidence and leading the way in terms of citizenship, stewardship and community.

Formerly a pastor and church planter, Stephen McAlpine now writes and speaks on theology, church and culture. He also serves churches and Christian schools as a consultant, and blogs at stephenmcalpine.com.


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Contents

  • Introduction

    1. The Church of Back to the Future
    2. Out-Purpose the Culture
    3. Out-Relate the Culture
    4. Outlast the Culture
    5. Polarisation: How to Flourish as a Community
    6. Technology: How to Flourish as a Participant
    7. Culture Wars: How to Flourish as a Citizen
    8. Ecology: How to Flourish as a Steward


    Afterword


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Contributors Stephen McAlpine
ISBN 9781784989422
Format Paperback
First published February 2024
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 12.6mm
Weight 0.18 kg
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

Gary Millar

Principal, Queensland Theological College, Australia; author of Saving Eutychus

It’s often said that it’s far easier to expose the failings of our society (and the church) than it is to suggest healthy, realistic and, above all, manageable responses—but Steve has managed to do both beautifully. As well as continuing to reflect on the bewildering changes going on in our world, this book offers a richly biblical, sane and thoughtful way forward. Read this book, be encouraged and throw yourself into God’s great project to offer hope to a hopeless world!

Alistair Begg

Bible Teacher, Truth For Life; Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland; Author, Pray Big and A Christian Manifesto

If, like me, Stephen McAlpine’s previous book caused you to ask, “Where do we go from here?”, here is the answer. It has the same clarity and punchy impact as before. A really good and profoundly helpful book.

Tim Chester

Crosslands Training; Author of Enjoying God

Are you pessimistic about the future of the church? Then Futureproof is for you. Not that Steve McAlpine is unrealistic about the challenges before us. But he gives us reasons for hope and ideas for action. Eschewing superficial or trendy solutions, Futureproof digs deep into Scripture to prepare us to live well in our changing context and offer true hope in an anxious world.

Customer reviews


Mar 3, 2024

“Helpful book!”

“There is no guarantee that Jesus will return in our desired timeframe. Yet we have no reason to be anxious, because even if the timeframe is not guaranteed, the outcome is!”

In Futureproof , McAlpine explores how to live for Jesus in a culture that keeps on changing. The first half of the book looks at what the culture has to offer and explains why the gospel is so much better! The second half of the book looks at how the church can lead the way into the future.

I thought this was a helpful book. The chapters on discipleship and authority were especially good! And specifically relevant for me as I get ready to teach on the topic of authority from Romans 13 in a few weeks.

I liked that this book discusses Christianity and culture without diving deep into the background of how we got to the current state of culture. I have read so many books on that topic in the last year and was relieved that this wasn’t another one.

I received this book from The Good Book Company as a gift in exchange for a review.


Feb 17, 2024

“Honest and Hopeful”

How can the church survive in an ever-increasingly secular society? In Futureproof, Stephen McAlpine shows how to live for Jesus in a culture that keeps on changing.

At just over 150 pages, this book is a quick read that explains our current Western culture and how the Church can face it with confidence. Part 1 presents many of our problems: the false promise that we belong to ourselves, the loneliness epidemic, and how secular politics have become their own god. McAlpine calls us to remember where our home is, be patient for Christ’s return, and continue to pursue holiness. McAlpine is accurate and insightful.


Honest and Hopeful

Part 2 presents the biblical solutions. First, McAlpine encourages us to embrace community. As the church community shines, we show the world the gospel. I was most interested to see McAlpine tackle digital technology. Surprisingly, parents are still at the forefront of protecting against the influencing culture. He writes about digital discipleship, and how church communities must be championed. But he doesn’t shy away from challenging churches (and influencers) to get creative and compelling for Christ. McAlpine stays honest and hopeful.

The book ends with the call to live courageously as dual citizens in our earthly lives and our heavenly home. We can use wisdom in politics, but we cannot forget that Jesus is King. We can stay content in Christ. And we will be prepared for and protected from whatever the future brings.


I received a media copy of Futureproof and this is my honest review.


Feb 8, 2024

“Important”

I think this is a very important book for our current Christian climate and am always thankful for the authors willing and ready to take this hard subject on. This will be an important resource for our teens.


Jan 28, 2024

“Great insight into how to navigate our changing world as Christians.”

really enjoyed this book. Stephen offers some great insights into how we can better navigate the issues of our days as Christians and as the church as a whole.
He addresses the rise of anxiety and loneliness and a lot of the things we are anxious regarding different things in the future. He challenges the church with many of his points. He explores how we can live for Jesus in such ever changing and tumultuous times and not just for our sakes only, but all for others who are looking for hope. He talks to many of the different issues of our days and gave some really great ways we can respond as Christians and reminds us of our hope in the Lord. Definitely a thought provoking read.


Jan 24, 2024

“Hope Despite an Uncertain Future”

Another timely read from The Good Book Company! The author starts out with reminding us that God's church will stand. No matter what this broken, sinful world throws at it, the Gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus will never change. God has always been & will always be. With those truths as our firm foundation, how then should we live? As believers, we know our purpose on this earth & can live as wise stewards in Gospel community with other believers. We can also relate to those who don't believe with love & humility instead of hatred & polarizing pride. This book is so helpful in framing our thoughts & attitudes as we live in what seems to be an anti-God or even post-God society. We have a living hope that never fades away no matter what future we face here on earth.


Jan 17, 2024

“An insightful read full of hope for the church even during tumultuous ever changing times.”

I really enjoyed this book. Stephen offers some great insights into how we can better navigate the issues of our days as Christians and as the church as a whole.
He addresses the rise of anxiety and loneliness and a lot of the things we are anxious regarding different things in the future. He challenges the church with many of his points. He explores how we can live for Jesus in such ever changing and tumultuous times and not just for our sakes only, but all for others who are looking for hope. He talks to many of the different issues of our days and gave some really great ways we can respond as Christians. Definitely a thought provoking read.


Jan 13, 2024

“fresh perspective on our relationship with culture”

This is my first book by Stephen McAlpine and his second book where he touches on the Gospel and culture.

Our current society is not the first generation to witness dramatic changes in the relationship between The Gospel, The Church and The Culture. What McAlpine presents in this book is nothing new to our world. Every generation has been forced to reckon with this relationship and how to navigate it well. Many have failed, but others have successfully maintained the truth and depth of the Gospel in the midst of an ever-changing culture.

McAlpine structures the book with two parts and a total of eight chapters.

- Part One: A Lasting Future

- Part Two: A Flourishing Future

The first part discusses how to out-purpose, out-relate, and outlast our culture. The second part discusses ways we can flourish in our culture through community, participants, citizens, and stewards.

I was pleased with the amount of Scripture Stephen used throughout the book along with additional research. I'm always fascinated how research often fulfills what we already know through Scripture. He delves into importance of our relationship with culture and provides practical solutions and opportunities to implement that relationship in a relevant, impactful way.

I appreciate his fresh, raw perspective on our dealings as Christians with culture and found conviction to remember that God is bigger than any barriers or obstacles we may seem to hit.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

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