“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields. They are white for harvest.” John 4:35
In this verse, Jesus is saying that opportunities for the gospel are easy to spot if and when we’re looking for them. Engage the culture even a little and you will come away with a burden for the lost, broken and desperate all around you. There is no lack of need in our culture. A microchurch has its beginnings in this type of seeing; a spiritual burden for a specific group of people stirred by being with them. It makes us ask, “What do they need? How can we help? What does love and service look like in their context? How can we represent Jesus to them?” This is the genesis of ministry that becomes microchurch.
When a worshiping community agrees to commit to a novel ministry as their own participation in God’s mission, a microchurch is born.
When an odd mix of individuals that happen to all be committed to bringing gospel-centered ministry to a specific group of people come together in intimate community and common worship, a microchurch is created.
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Nothing will change the world more powerfully than the love of Christ shared with a world that so desperately needs it.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
Even a small light holds back darkness and a group of small lights can banish it completely.
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.
If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit mercy, then it isn’t mercy.
By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.
You can’t build the future of the church on passionless, disengaged people. Nor can you build it on consumers.
The difference between humanity and all the rest of creation is that men and woman were made to relate directly with God.
Genuine spiritual knowledge lies in the union of the believer’s life with the truth of God.
To exist without the pursuit of God’s mission in the world is to exist as something other than the church.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ