In order to have a church, you need Christians. So a planter . . . will need to be able to discern that there are people in his meeting who are genuinely converted.
We need more than a call to just go back to church; we need to give ourselves to understanding what the church is, and then commit to building such a body.
We should make an effort to make our worship clear and accessible, even to non-believers. But we have a primary responsibility to worship God according to his Word.
Taken together, the two books constitute a clarion call to the evangelical church in America, as it adapts to its marginalized status in post-modern culture.
Skip it and go read something by David Wells.
Which brings me to my question: why would the church scramble to take advice from someone who does not share its faith?
Was church membership practiced by churches in the New Testament? Scripture gives us indications that the answer to this question is “yes.”
Even with the Christian church’s spotty record, we ignore the past at our own peril.
It is now an unexamined assumption in many quarters: the best way to reach people is to be like them.
How should we evaluate different prescriptions for a successful church? How can we tell what’s good advice and what’s worthy of the so-called circular file?