In Ezekiel 47, the prophet shares an amazing vision. God’s kingdom is an ever deepening river, pushing out ever further into the landscape. It’s not static but dynamic. It’s not restrained but expansive. It’s not protecting ground but advancing and taking new ground. Wherever the river flows it contacts dry and parched places. It brings new life, fruitfulness and hope.

This expression of God’s kingdom dominates the way we think about church.

The incarnation of Jesus was the heart of God’s plan to rescue the enslaved, bind up the broken, reconcile the alienated and radically reorient human life. But his mission did not end with his ascension.

He is the head of the Church. We are his body – his hands and feet in the world. With him as our head we enter into his ongoing dynamic, expansive mission to “destroy the works of the evil one” (1 John 3:8). We go in his name as his “sent ones” to continue his mission.

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples…”

Matthew 28:18-19

reimagining church

Nothing will change the world more powerfully than the love of Christ shared with a world that so desperately needs it.

Carey Nieuwhof

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

Even a small light holds back darkness and a group of small lights can banish it completely.

Brain Sanders

Merely attending church doesn’t make you much of a church because sitting in a row, consuming church doesn’t make you very good at being the church.

Carey Nieuwhof

If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit mercy, then it isn’t mercy.

Tim Keller

By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

You can’t build the future of the church on passionless, disengaged people. Nor can you build it on consumers.

Carey Nieuwhof

The difference between humanity and all the rest of creation is that men and woman were made to relate directly with God.

Francis A. Schaeffer

Genuine spiritual knowledge lies in the union of the believer’s life with the truth of God.

Watchman Nee

To exist without the pursuit of God’s mission in the world is to exist as something other than the church.

Brain Sanders

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me

Revelation 3:20

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