All of the statistical factors show serious infertility in Western Christianity… In this situation, we are forced to ask ourselves what the church is all about. What are God’s original purposes in and through his people? Is the gospel capable of renewing the world and transforming the hearts of all human beings? Did God really mean for the ecclesia to be the focal point for the wholesale renewal of society? Are we really called to be a colony of a much-disputed kingdom, or did Jesus intend that we become the chaplains of a so-called Christian civilization in the West? These are questions that take us to the core of our self-understanding and purpose, and we must be willing to ask them again and again.

Alan Hirsch & Tim Cathchim

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