The Church in the West is in a cultural battle, and the church is losing. Once in the position of pre–eminence, the church now finds itself on the margins. Christendom has crumbled. This new situation creates fresh challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, as the old cultural Christianity dies out, there is an opportunity for true discipleship to take its place. However, as the values, laws, and social attitudes of the land become increasingly anti–Christian, Christians are faced with a conflict – compromise the faith and lose God’s blessing, or resist the cultural pressure and risk social hostility.
Radical Church looks at the challenge of what it means to be a faithful Christian in an increasingly godless culture. Ultimately it calls the church to faithfulness. As the church is faithful in the very areas that society is forcing compromise, the church will rediscover the source of its own vibrancy, power and relevance. As the church stands fast as a faithful church, it will emerge as a radical church – and history proves that radical churches have the potential and power to transform individuals, cultures and nations.
I read Radical Church over the holidays it's very very good. He's critiquing where the church is in society and accuses the church of swallowing society's worldview without ever really realising they have. He then gives examples. He teaches what 'sola scripture' means and how this works itself out in 'radical church' life. He applies it to preaching and evangelism in very helpful ways. The book sits as a follow up to Prepare by Paul Nyquist very well indeed. He has a small dig at a couple of things that I don't think he needed to but they are very passing and minor. Its a simple but challenging and thought/action provoking read. I would suggest it's worthwhile for anyone to read but especially those who are switched on Christians, CU leaders, small group leaders etc
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