I am almost finished with a book that I really haven’t been able to put down. It is titled, The Church of Irresistible Influence, by Dr.Robert Lewis. The “sub-title” is “Bridge-building Stories to Help Reach Your Community“. There have been only a few pages that I have left untouched by my underlining and comments. This book is fanning a flame that I have for Calvary Baptist Church and the community in which we reside. As I am coming close to the book’s end, I read a paragraph that I would like to include in this post. I think it summarizes perfectly what is going through my head and heart right now. I do not know where God is taking me in all of this. I do know that I will follow His leading – I have been sensing a holy unrest now for some time. Will you pray with me that God uses our church to reach our community for Christ?!? How we are surrounded by the need for the Gospel to practically invade our community!
Here’s the post from p.177:
Unless the church rediscovers its primary role as bridge builder, the incarnational power of the gospel will remain hidden, and the credibility necessary to reach a culture of cynical, experiential, and spiritually hungry souls will be lost. Even worse, the church’s incomparable message of eternal and abundant life, despite relentless weekly proclamation, will continue to be largely ignored. People will simply no longer listen to or attend churches that seem incapable of living out what is preached. Bridges of influence – tangible and evident through the lifestyles and good works of believers – are the only answer.