The basic premise of the missional church is that “missions” is not simply one of the functions or programs of a church. It constitutes the very essence or nature of the church.
Pastor, God has called you to more than just the people in your church. He wants to mobilize you and your people to reach another people.
To put it another way, the local church itself is the best and biblically-prescribed “evangelism program.”
Our churches can give the gospel a black eye, or they can be used by the Holy Spirit with magnetic effect to draw people to Jesus.
Was church membership practiced by churches in the New Testament? Scripture gives us indications that the answer to this question is “yes.”
This, I think, is the key takeaway from this book: If you start with man, you won’t rise above man-made theories.
In our day, the greatest danger facing the church may well come from well-meaning pastors.
If Joel Osteen wants to be the Norman Vincent Peale of the twenty-first century, he has every right to give it a shot. But he should stop marketing his message as Christianity, because it is not.