A changed community is not the gospel.
The I-Gotta-Get-Myself-Together gospel says: “Clean up the outside before Jesus cleans up the inside.”
Jesus was surrounded by and served toxic people. We’re called to follow Him.
Many people falsely believe their heart will justify them. But the opposite is true.
Tweak the gospel just a bit and you might get a hearing in a lot of congregations. But a tweaked gospel is no gospel at all.
Pastor, now is not the time to drum up false enthusiasm.
‘Let’s build the Kingdom of God! Let’s transform the community! Let’s impact the city!’
If you’re seeking to plant or revitalize a church in a poor community, then you should read this book.
If you’re trying to reach the poor, I’m guessing church polity isn’t high on your list of priorities. Here’s why it should be.