It has become cliché to say church is not a building but the people. Of course, it bears repeating, but if we continue to limit church to what takes place when we gather in meetings, then we have failed to grasp the point.

   The word church, chosen by Jesus himself, means to come together for the good of the people. In essence, it means to rally, to come together again to prepare to face a new and common foe. When Jesus first used the term church, it was in this context, ‘And on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).

Jesus envisioned his church storming the very gates of Hell and tearing them down, not with weapons of human ingenuity, but with divine power (2 Cor. 10:4). His vision of the church was not about the gathering but what happened in response as those gathered scattered. Clearly he wants us to take the battle to the enemy.

Church is a collective of people who are actively conspiring together against the established and ongoing work of the Enemy wherever we find it and working toward its destruction. This may mean working to take back a neighborhood from crime and poverty, fighting for justice within a town counsel or working to free single moms caught up in a cycle of fear and despair.

Redeeming Mercy exists to encourage and equip men and women in order to release them into these and other battles against darkness wherever it is found.

†this is church reimagined†


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

“God was the first ever missionary when he went out in search of a man and a woman who had betrayed Him in order to bring them back into fellowship with Him.”

Eddy Ho