Sadly, because of its inability, and often unwillingness, to adapt to its surroundings, the church lost its point of contact with culture, and with that, its voice and influence. Thus the need for a gospel-centered missional church. But what is a gospel-centered, missional church?
The Church of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus is filled and fueled by resurrection power—so, why do we turn to gimmicks and get-growth-quick schemes?
"Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?" said the poet.
If you want to be known, served, and celebrated in community, you'll need to be challenged by that community. And that community will help you live the life you've always wanted.
"What X marks the spot for me?"
"As long as Christ hath it, believers shall not want."
The deal is all of Christ for all your nothing.
"Would I know the fullness and completeness of the salvation God has provided for sinners? Where shall I see it most distinctly?"
"If you will not let me live, then I will die."