It’s no secret the church, specifically the broader evangelical church, is in a state of crisis. Attendance and engagement is down, stories of financial, physical, and spiritual abuses are mounting, and any meaningful conversation regarding theology, philosophy, and morality in the cultural mainstream has become nearly impossible. Even the faithful in the evangelical church are becoming disheartened, weary, and have stories of frustration, disenfranchisement and hurt. This growing crisis should cause us to take an honest look inwards through the lens of Scripture, in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, and with a heart of great humility before the Lord.
I’m burdened for the state of the church today, but I also have great hope for it. As I share in this deeply personal and emotional sermon, we must come to rightfully own what is ours – a failure to authentically love our neighbors. We must understand and return to following the heart of God, because love is the defining outcome of the gospel. Then, and only then, will we begin to see countless lives transformed and the Kingdom of God become the blessing to the world that it has been called to.
This message was given live at Village Church of Barrington on Sunday, December 30, 2018.