‘It’s the church or it’s lights out.’

I ran across this passage from Bill Hybels’ book Courageous Leadership. After I read it, all I could think was, “Yes!”

I believe that only one power exists on this sorry planet that can [truly transform the human heart]. It’s the power of the love of Jesus Christ, the love that conquers sin and wipes out shame and heals wounds and reconciles enemies and patches broken dreams and ultimately changes the world, one life at a time. And what grips my heart every day is the knowledge that the radical message of that transforming love has been given to the church.

That means that in a very real way the future of the world rests in the hands of local congregations like yours and mine. It’s the church or it’s lights out. Without churches so filled with the power of God that they can’t help but spill goodness and peace and love and joy into the world, depravity will win the day; evil will flood the world. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Strong, growing communities of faith can turn the tide of history. They can!

Don’t bother looking elsewhere. The church is it.

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