What are we relying on to build our churches?

Jonathan Leeman:

Church leaders get caught up in all kinds of power for building their churches: the power of ethnic and cultural affinity, the power of entertainment, the power of rhetoric and humor, the power of good organizational principles, and so much more. But does any power in the universe match God’s power to breathe our worlds or dismiss death simply with words? “Let there be light!” and “Lazarus, come forth!”? No; there is nothing like it. Yet this same power is available to the preacher through God’s Word. This is why people get converted when listening to anonymous radio broadcasts, or even listening to hypocritical preachers who preach “in pretence” (Phil. 1:18). Relying on anything else indicates a dramatic failure to recognize how radically new the new creation is.

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