Andy Stanley has provided a wonderful resource to put into the hands of people who are struggling with the question of personal faith. This little book, Since Nobody’s Perfect . . . How Good Is Good Enough? (Multnomah), offers practical, easy-to-understand guidance as to why the culture’s answers will lead you astray and the Bible’s will lead you to heaven.
By the way, the first chapter has a great story you’ll want to use in a sermon soon:
The story is told of a Sunday school teacher whose assignment was to explain to the six-year-olds in his class what someone has to do in order to go to heaven. In an attempt to discover what the kids already believed about the subject, he asked a few questions.
“If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and give all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?”
“NO!” the children all answered.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into heaven?”
Again the answer was, “NO!”
“Well then,” he said, “if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children and loved my wife, would that get me into heaven?”
Again they all shouted, “NO!”
“Well, then, how can I get into heaven?”
A boy in the back row stood up and shouted, “You gotta be dead!”