A growing church?

Here is a little piece of Francis Chan from his book ‘Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.’

“Even our church growth can happen without Him. Let’s be honest: If you combine a charismatic speaker, a talented worship band, and some hip, creative events, people will attend your church. Yet this does not mean that the Holy Spirit of God is actively working and moving in the lives of the people who are coming. It simply means that you have created a space that is appealing enough to draw people in for an hour or two on a Sunday. It certainly does not mean that people walk out the doors moved to worship and in awe of God. People are more likely to describe the quality of music or the appeal of the sermon than the One who is the reason people gather for ‘church’ in the first place.”

And he later writes this:

“I think the worst part is when you get outside the church’s walls and interact with believers and nonbelievers in the same sphere. Can you really tell a difference? If you didn’t recognise their faces from church, would you know from their actions and lifestyle that they were followers of Jesus? Honestly, sometimes I am embarrassed by some of my ‘Christian’ neighbours because my unbelieving neighbours seem more joyful, welcoming, and at peace. Why does this happen? And how is it even possible?”

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