In the early days of the church, Christians gathered to equip one another to do that, and the purpose of the church became about praying with one another, worshiping God, breaking bread and learning from the apostles teachings about Jesus. Our Lord instructed us through the ages to go forth and proclaim the Gospel to all nations, baptizing them and making disciples of Jesus Christ.
But these days, the leaders of the modern church in the West seem to be focused elsewhere. Countless conferences equip us not to share the Gospel but to be good leaders. For example, this year’s largest conference, Catalyst, had as its theme: Go and Make. But nowhere was the word Disciples ever attached to that message, and leaders once again gathered by the hundreds of thousands to learn about how to grow membership, meet their felt needs and get them connected in church programs. (Catalyst, by the way, is the largest in the seeker/growth movement.)
Where does that idea of church growth come from? We believe there is a biblical way to reach seekers, and God certainly does add to the numbers, so what’s to talk about? Joining us today is a pastor who frequently speaks against the modern church growth movement, and for good reason: Today’s popular model is nowhere to be found in Scriptures, and in fact might be opposite of how churches are to grow.
Chris Quintana is senior pastor at Calvary Chapel Cypress in California. Chris has a love for Bible Prophecy and sees the modern church’s move away from historic Christianity as a indicator of the the last days. Chris also leads Rapture Ready Radio, a two-hour program heard around the world every night of the week.
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