Dangerous churches should be the norm. Church leaders and church people alike shrink back from danger because we want safety. Jesus said that he's overcome the world and its troubles. Dangerous churches put everything on the line for the one thing that matters most: reaching lost people.
It's dangerous not to be a dangerous church. This book is less about methods or even the message of God, but about a church that risks everything it has to reach lost people. Living Hope was birthed eight years ago and has grown from five families to 5,000 attendees, grown from one to 19 services on many campuses, and baptized 5,000 people along the way.
A dangerous church sees what "only God" can do when it acts upon what the church is supposed to be. It risks everything to reach people. God wants us to live on the edge of our margin when it comes to mission and methods. So much of Living Hope's journey has been going back to the Book of Acts and trying to live authentically with the givens of who they were, where they were, and what they had to work with. They learned to abandon agendas and short-sighted human plans, especially ones that copied what other churches were doing. That's when they found God's blessing. "We went from being a good church to being a God-honoring church," the author reports.
Drawing insight from the book of Acts, this book unfolds the very personal journey of a pastor, and then his entire church, when they finally began to live a dangerous faith. The transition had a dramatic impact on the pastor's life and marriage, as well as on the congregation and its outreach. It opened a new sense of mission and incredible spiritual fruitfulness. The pastor is not only a radically different person today, but the entire church has become an atmosphere that values taking dangerous steps of faith. It will lead Christ's followers to become risk-takers who change the world through a revolution that begins with a dangerous grace.
©2011 John Bishop (P)2011 Zondervan
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