A Great Hope For The Future

When we say, ‘I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,’
we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness.

Henri Nouwen
Bread For the Journey


Chapter 13 in “They Like Jesus But Not The Church” rings of being prepared to have some answers for the emerging generation. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “…always be prepared to give an answer to everyone…with gentleness and respect.” We sometimes forget the “gentleness and respect” piece of that scripture.

Dan Kimball proposed the following set of questions that are good for all of us to wrestle with as we think of the great hope for the future.

1. Who are you having ongoing relationships and conversations with?

2. Are you training the people in your church to have a missional heart?

3. Are you creating in your church a culture and encourages people to hang out and develop relationships with those who like Jesus but not the church?

4. When you answer questions, do you do so with “gentleness and respect”?

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