Earthly things, preferences, and tangible security blind us to the brilliance of God’s new vision.
Humankind regularly confuses the leadership of God, the culture of the congregations they have known, and their patriotism regarding their country. This confusion can be sufficiently strong that culture and patriotism are more intensely expressed than God’s leadership regarding the spiritual and strategic vision and direction of congregations.
The earthly success of congregations too often becomes more important than both the significance of the missional service and the surrender to God’s empowering vision. This leads to opposition unless change is good for the culture or good for patriotism. Congregations should look to God’s empowering vision to define and frame their change.
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