Local pastor writes book on biblical foundation of churches

Posted 2/12/20

Andrew Saul of Jasper has been working on a book project for the past seven years.

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Local pastor writes book on biblical foundation of churches


Andrew Saul of Jasper has been working on a book project for the past seven years.

“The book speaks to a more biblical foundation, in my opinion, of what a church should look like,” said Saul. The book is entitled "Established: The Foundational Distinctive that Qualifies the Church." The release date is Feb. 14.

 Three years ago, Saul and his wife Ellie launched a house church called the Jasper House of Prayer, and it’s based on principals that he laid out in his book.

 The premise of "Established" is to bring out what the church is, and answers the questions why was the church created? What is the purpose of the church? What is the ultimate goal of, and for the church?

“Essentially, what forms the church?” said Saul.

 “Clearly, the church is more than just a gathering of people who like to talk about the topic of Jesus Christ,” he said. “It’s got to have a good presence in the community and it has to have something she gathers around. That being Jesus.”  

They modeled their church after what they felt worked for them. “It’s different and definitely not the norm,” said Saul. “Especially when dealing with kids.

The small church has about nine solid families, and together they have 13 children with many of them infants. “That’s a lot of young ones and we’re trying to figure out how to steward that, said Saul.  

“It’s the kind of church you’d find in the book of Acts,” he said. They like the house church model because it forces issues that they never faced in a traditional church, according to Saul.

“It requires everyone to be a part of it, and everyone to bring something to the forefront,” he said.

It can’t be just a message or a bunch of songs, according to Saul. “She has to be gathering around that man, Jesus,” he said. It’s not that a group of people gets together and forms a church. But a church is formed by the indwelling of His holy spirit bringing them together, according to Saul.

“It has to be supernaturally founded – the Lord has to institute it, or it’s not organic,” he said. 

Saul has worked on "Established" for about seven years, and he completed the writing three years ago, but until recently, he could not find the right publisher.

Mike Dow with Burning Ones Publishing was the right fit for Saul. The beauty of this publishing arrangement is that Saul maintains creative control of his work.

“I’m choosing not to take an income from the book,” said Saul. “I feel that if something is a download from Heaven, a revelation from the Lord, it should be free.”  

He hopes his book resonates with those interested in that approach. Some of the book is his opinion, the vast majority of it is based on foundational scriptures, according to Saul.

Readers can get a free copy of the book, or buy a copy from Amazon.com, and the income goes into the church, according to Saul. The book will be available in person Feb. 14. It’s also online at Amazon, Kindle, iBooks, and other online vendors.

For more information, you can visit Andrew Saul on Facebook.