Saturday, 29 November 2014

How to Renew the Church

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What's the real secret to church renewal? Is it mission and evangelism? Leadership? Biblical preaching? Contemporary worship? Coffee and doughnuts? Political action? Well - what is it?

Here's some sage advice from a fourth century monk from the Egyptian desert. Read, mark, learn.

Abba John the Dwarf said,
"You don't build a house
by starting at the roof
and working downwards.
You start with the foundation
and work up."
His disciples asked him
to explain what he meant.
He replied,
"Our foundation is our neighbour.
We start there: by winning our neighbour.
All Christ's commandments
depend on this alone."

Our neighbour: is that the real secret? Loving the folks right around us? What do you think?

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