Transformational Church (Ch. 1)

I’m beginning to read Transformational Church by Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Ranier.  These are just my notes and thoughts.

Synopsis:

Transformation + Church – “Transformation is non-negotiable for the Christian church. But chsange is not the norm for many of our churches. We are supposed to dsee transformation, but too often we see stagnation.”

Change – “We can’t choose whether change will come or not.  But we can choose whether to embrace it or resist it.  We can choose the kind of change that advances the kingdom of God into our world, or we can retreat into a subculture that attempts to insulate us from the world.”

“Rather than missionary disciples for Christ going into the world, we have a group of people content to go in circles.  God calls us to make a transformational impact on the world, not provide a carnival of frenetic activity for ourselves.”

A Personal Mission – “The goal of a transofrmational church is to make disciples, and nothing will deter them from that mission.”

Now for the News – “We must not give in to the idea that the church will die.  That idea is simply not biblical.  And it is certainly not God’s plan.”

We Believe in the Church – “The church is God’s instrument to deliver the message of transformation to our communities and to the world.”

Transformation Begins with God – “Making well-adjusted and well-behaved unbelievers is not the aim of Christian mission. Deep in their hearts, TCs want to see the gospel help people reflect the very glory of God in our cities.  They want to shine the light of Christ not to make shiny, happy people, but to multiply the number of light shiners and thereby magnify the liught of Christ more and more in every corner, community, and culture.  The hope of a Transformational Church is for a complete change of individual lives and all of culture.”

Leaving Willpower Behind – “Churches do not change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”

Believing Beyond the Obstacles – TCs “realize the obstacle are there.  They simply trust that God will remove them and replace them with His presence.”

Notes:

I appreciate the evident love for the church, as opposed to the disgust manifest by others on this subject.  They close with a quote from Crazy Love by Francis Chan: “I’m going back to Scripture and seeing what the church was in its simplest form and trying to recreate that in my own church.  I’m not coming up with anything new.  I’m calling people to go back to the way it was.  I’m not bashing the church.  I’m loving it.”

gkr1996 posted at 2010-12-29 Category: Book Reviews