Calling for Radical Christians
Jesus promised that he would build his church and that she would be a beautiful bride, holy and blameless before him; but as I look at the modern church our experience falls far short of his promises.
The Holy Spirit has not lost his power and Jesus has not changed his mind, so the problem must be at our end. It seems that our Father is unwilling to entrust the fullness of his Spirit to our wineskins.
Desperate situations call for radical change. More of the same will not get us to where we want to be. If we want the new wine of the Holy Spirit, we must shape our wineskins according to God's plan.
Many Christians all over the world have become dissatisfied with existing forms of church. Some are so frustrated that they have stopped going to church at all. These people are not troublemakers or backsliders, but are some of the best people God has. They have become disillusioned with a church that absorbs all their time and energy, but seems to be going nowhere.
If you know in your heart that God has something better, and you want to go "hard out" for it, you need to read this book. It offers a radical vision, based on the scriptures, that will stir your heart and explain God's purposes for his people in these times.
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This book contains several unique insights.
Relationships are the heart of the church.
Community is essential and practical for all Christians.
The early believers were all together. Modern Christians drive to church.
As Christians get serious about sharing their possessions, a simple lifestyle will start to emerge.
Plurality of leadership is basic to the New Testament.
The ascension ministries are roles of elders, not high-powered leaders or itinerant ministers.
The modern pastor/leader does not exist in the New Testament.
Pastor is not a title of a leader. Pastoring is something that elders do.
Discipling takes place in relationships, not in meetings.
A prophet is just an elder who sees things in black and white.
The modern pastor/leader model has created a desperate shortage of real pastoring in the modern church.
Prophets and pastors must submit to each other.
The best elders should be sent out as apostles.
Apostles exercise authority looking back to those who sent them out.
The Kingdom of God is the goal of history, so every church must have a kingdom focus.
A special building is not necessary for the church to function.
Healing of the sick is an essential aspect of evangelism.
The times are desperate, so radical change is urgent
Radical difference between the church and the world should be normal.
The Holy Spirit loves the world and is always moving out towards those who are lost. If we don't go with him, he will go on without us.
Gods rule must never be established by force. We cannot build his kingdom until we win the battle in the marketplace of ideas.
Ron McKenzie is a Christian writer living in Christchurch, New Zealand.During the 1980s he served as the pastor of a church, but found that he could not manage to do everything that Jesus did. He is now employed as an economist and writes in his spare time.He is married with three adult children.
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Publish Date October 2004
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