Thursday, 12 October 2006

Sayings from Acts 29 That Got My Attention

For the past few months I've been listening some MP3s of talks by Acts 29 church-planters.

Here are some interesting and pointed statements:
  • Community is not the mission of the Church, it is from where the mission comes.

  • Hospitality is to unbelievers so they can meet Jesus. Fellowship is for church people.

  • Don’t invite people to church, invite them home for dinner (hospitality) and love them.

  • Culture will define how we express our values rather than determine what they are.

  • Spending time with a gay couple is better than going to an anti-gay rally. How else will we get them to know that God loves them?

  • People should feel welcome in our churches but not safe.

  • Make a pathway out of the church, not in.

  • St Patrick invited people to belong before dealing with their behaviour and belief.

  • What God calls us to do should scare us.

  • We go to the culture through the Gospel, not the other way around.

  • Risk losing people to stay on mission.

  • “Heaven is better than hell. I’d like to see you there. Shame on me!”

  • He calls for a church where sin is the problem, Jesus is the answer, the Bible is the truth.

  • 80% of churches in N America are plateaued or declining.

  • 3,500 churches close each year in N America.