Thay’ve got it! This is what church is about.
“Church growth and health isn’t the point. Following Jesus is the point. Jesus may want to lead churches to places that will hurt their growth and health. He may want to lead us to places in which our churches won’t even survive. The issue isn’t church growth or health. The real issue is whether or not a church is willing to follow Jesus.
What about this – a church that is willing to die to its own interests and welfare, to pick up its cross, and follow Jesus? What about a church that, if faced with a choice between following Jesus into unknown and dangerous territory, and taking a safe route that would lead to growth and health – what about a church that would willingly take the dangerous route in order to follow Jesus?”
Or similarly, as Martin Luther King Jr said
“If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.”
Great stuff. How do we do it?